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  1. I've been in and out of that pass a dozen times perhaps, it's pretty straightforward, Looks like the bommie on the outer western side. We were part of a group swimming and diving the pass a few years ago, some of the guys were resting, standing on that outcrop.A superyacht arrived intending to go in, blew their horn at them to get out of the way.ah, um, we're standing on something very hard... He eventually caught on and did a circle for another go. As he went past and into the pass, several people called out the Fulaga mantra.. stay in the centre and at the end hang close to the rock(
  2. John Mac Farlane did a boating article on colours. As I recall there was a surprising difference even between white and gray let alone the darker colours. Then again , our 49 yr old boat is blue over cold moulded kauri and a boat cloth sheathing, paint job needs to be done ,patches etc, but its 20 yrs old and serviceable. Waitangi is glassed, incidentally.
  3. Reminds me of a certain French production cat owner who went for a swim in Neiafu ( 2017) and thought .. 'thats funny'. one rudder gone altogether , and it had slime on the broken rudder shaft ( flush with the hull).
  4. Check the bearings on the motor, I had the top/ main bearing fail and progressively seize after 20 years and the covid down time. It needed pressing out and replacing with a new sealed bearing. Of course while it's out you'd refresh brushes and go over it or get it gone over . Grease up the gearbox and check the gears and bearings in there too.
  5. ^ We cleared in that friday morning after a midnight arrival from Fiji, Essence was lost on the monday . We use Bruce as well but actually left a day in advance of his recommended departure , sucked up the pain for that first two days too. But I'm glad we did and had a little in the bank. NV had left before us but had to return with broken gear, So I think they ended up leaving about the same time as Essence, maybe a day later ?. But they stopped and idled around roughly Norfolk latitude and let it go through below them. I was impressed by that seamanship. I never did discover why they
  6. Its dry and needs grease( as the photo indicates and others have said), either persevere with the cup or remove the cup and replace with a zerk/grease nipple, get a small grease gun with a flex pipe that gets it nearer where you can reach and pump it up. Next step , hose clamp the gun to something like a bulkhead or inside a locker and leave it there. Thats a remote greaser. 30 dollar solution. Or by a Henleys remote greaser ( do they still make em?) you won't regret the investment. I don't believe that lip seals shaft seals should be retrofitted to old installations unless the prop
  7. Does it have a grease cup, most NZ units do. I first gimmicked up a small grease gun to make a remote greaser a couple of feet up and nearer to hand, but later bought a specific device from Henleys to do that job. Ie a 1/4 or 1/2 turn as required or on leaving the boat.
  8. Two thoughts . CorrosionX saved my bacon with a rigging job. saturate it with that. The reefrite company still trades in Kerikeri, you could ring them, see if there's some hidden grub screw etc.
  9. One of the boat kids in our coast cruising group, probably eating sand when you were blasting around in your pathfinder. Must ring his dad and tell him what a good job we did helping raise him.
  10. Man , Live sail die have gone up a level or three with their video. Fantastic job. and Rogers coverage from land is impressive as always.
  11. John B

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    The cruising vloggers Nahoa are going to build one of his 55 ft aluminium Catamarans. Plenty on the youtube about it.
  12. To my eye the Kalik is quite different to the Chico 40/ 42. Its clearly built to a different rule with much more pinched ends .Put Second Chance beside Carenza if you can find it and its very obvious. . Still a great boat like any Mull , different animals.
  13. Ovitalmap was fantastic. Free , easy and faultless in the 17 and 19 trips we made to those places. The only area it was out was around Albert cove on Rabi, but of course thats the 180 degree longtitude line and lots of systems go a bit goofy around there. Down to the GE more than the program I think. But it used google earth or bing images and they were shut down, I assume due to copywrite or similar reasons, or the marine charting guild has had it closed so they can selI it. I haven't tried to boot it up this year but it was dead on my devices and the app had disappeared from lists.
  14. Random drift, You know donut holes? I have Gypsy's hole. Ie the bit of hull punched out /in when she was run down. I bought it at the fundraiser to get her rebuilt.
  15. Thats the tie rod at the mast partners which opposes the lifting force on a cambered deck as the mast bears against it . and as Jon says opposes other deck lifting forces in more modern boats. If there is a bulkhead there as there often is , that may be structured to do the same job, it is on my 1975 boat.
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