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  1. Good choice with the deep reef,putting up a trysail in a storm is a hell of a job.I put a very deep reef in my main and with a stac pac was very easy to use.
  2. One advantage of the stacpac is when you reef there is no tying off your sail it all sits nicely away.
  3. My father used to own chaos lovely boat I think she is now in Aussie,only had one wee issue rudder was too small and she would spin out when pushed hard downwind.
  4. I was down there 3 years ago great place .Get the user guide to fiordland called beneath the reflections all you need to know is in there.I went down the east coast as the weather didnt allow us to get down the west coast,more places to stop.Got pinned on Stewart Island for 3 weeks by the weather so be flexable and dont push it.
  5. Used to have a stacpac awesome system,used to get the end of the full length battens snagged when raising main,not a big issue.Also made it virtually impossible to use trisail which had it's own track on mast.Ended up putting in a deep third reef In mainsail.Fantastic system for single handed reefing just drop sail haul in out haul slip ring over hook haul up and done.
  6. If there is water getting in your sail drive rubber would be wise to sort it properly.Could be very expensive to leave it
  7. Done that 5 times it is dead right,bit early to head to stewart island though most people leave it till Feb.january is usually bloody windy
  8. Take some lengths of chain down to secure around rocks,saves your ropes chafing,I used to store rope in old sailbags.we used 2 old anchor ropes both 100 meters long.
  9. Trysails are bloody near impossible to put up in crap weather solo,I ended up just putting a deep third reef in mainsail much easier to handle.
  10. Beneath the Reflections,fiordland users guide
  11. Marlborough sounds are the only place a friend of mine ever had his mast smack the water and that was when he was anchored.Can get some massive blasts of wind in there.
  12. Couldn't even sell mine just swapped it for a 4wd,hopefully that's easier to sell.Shes a rich man's game owning a yacht now. Unfortunately I think the golden years of cruising are gone in NZ to many rules and regulations.Am selling everything and moving down west coast.
  13. I think what people conveniently forget is that the electricity has to come from somewhere,are we going to have to dam more rivers or burn more coal to produce it?
  14. Marlborough sounds are horrible all pine trees and slips,Abel Tasman is nice but overcrowded with kayaks and fizzys.Stewart Islannd and Fiordland are the best cruising spots in New Zealand by far.
  15. If your not clearing into a country why bother we go sailing to get away from bloody rules.only things I would think are necessary would be life raft and epirb on board.
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