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  1. This is an interesting idea, when under sail the prop spins and recharges the batteries - I would imagine there would be a certain amount of drag, - but with one a few solar panels I would think you could go a long way with this system. http://www.propulsionmarine.com/electric
  2. Anyone seen or had anything to do with these - Not sure how tough the floor would be but it would Pack up a treat. http://www.promarinesh.com/AH.html
  3. No it's exactly the sort of info I am after sow1ld, given it's easy to buy and hard to sell I want to make an informed purchased and get it write for both me and my family first time round, I understand there will always be compromises but I'd rather live with a few faults I knew about then a headache I never saw coming.
  4. Cheers for the heads up BooBo - so I guess taking up and down the coast would be no issue in your mind - it makes sense that a lighter boat might get a slightly harder time. but I guess it makes it a little faster in light air as well ? is that correct?
  5. Would this mean in you opinion the Maurader would not make a good coastal yacht? Were they designed more as a harbour racer, seems they hold their price well and are a sought after yacht, although I have never seen one in the flesh they look very similar to many of the others mentioned here. Although I have spent many hours crawling around yachts pulling wires ( and the odd Ice breaker) I have never really got my head around hull shape and design, despite knowing it will make all the difference when in heavy seas. hope someone can point me in the right direction with this cheers
  6. you Need the main switch, and being double pole this will eliminate any stray currents form other boats so keep that and a RCD down stream of that, the Hot water cylinder should not be covered by the RCD as you will get nuisance tripping due to earth leakage. I would go for the same size element down sizing will just take twice as long to reach temp and end up using just as much power. Hope this Helps - I'm sure you Electrician will sort you out
  7. Tried to answer this earlier but I must have hit the wrong button As Redline has well pointed out the boat wiring should be fine - if it's to be connected to mains power It will need an RCD fitted at point of supply - I would also recommend a galvanic Isolator - an inspector will want to see this when he issues the WOF, it will also save you a whole heap of other issues on the boat. Its my understand if a Reg Electrician does the work he can issue the first Wof for the boat -I would check this as the regs seem to be changing every week in NZ at the mo.
  8. Thanks all for your great advice - I'm still a bit torn between boat types, I'll let you know the out come either way but if any one comes across a boat they think I should look at let me know. Cheers
  9. life to short to worry sbout what might happen - and no point worrying when I don't even own a yacht yet mind u once I have found the right boat to fall In love with I'm sure ill be do my fair share of worrying
  10. Wow nice looking Yacht did you have much trouble finding a mooring, Diamond harbour does worry me a bit for security - would be interested to hear your thoughts, and how you got on finding a berth.
  11. Nice looking yacht bit out of my price range unfortunately,
  12. hey mate thanks for the heads up - to be honest a trailer sailor has never crossed my mind, may suit some folks but not my cup of tea. and lets be honest it would take some big balls sailing a trailer sailor up the east coat.
  13. Thanks for the heads up I'll look into it - it's my fav bay to drop anchor and just chill out, and only a 5 minute ferry ride away it's almost perfect
  14. Does anyone know who one has to contact re availability of mooring in Diamond harbour. At this stage I have been looking at yachts already on moorings, finding a good boat and a sheltered mooring are not easy in this neck of the woods. If I can find a good mooring I can look outside of christchurch at yachts
  15. Awesome stuff this really great hearing some honest opinion's I guess I might have to re think the GPR Verse wood, I called an insurance broker a few days ago to get an idea of annual costs to insure a yacht in lyttelton, the first question was "is it wood" I assumed from this that maybe wood was an issue. Having seen BB's boat on trademe has really made me think twice, it's certainly way more then a GPR H28 which seem to be going for similar coin. Good thing I'm not in to much of a rush, really trying to find a yacht that ticks most of the boxes on my list.
  16. Wow that's one well laid out boat very tidy indeed $30 k almost seems to cheap - One of the reasons I was steering away from wood was also the fact that insurance can be more difficult to get, and it's not easy in christchurch full stop. I have looked at the Cav 30 in Christchurch and agree it's a bit on the high side price wise and looks like it needs a wee bit of TLC, and I really want a roller furler just for ease of use, I'm hoping to do a bit of single handed sailing from time to time. Thanks for all the great advice folks, I think I have all but been talked out of a floating cara
  17. some really good advice thanks all - anyone got thoughts on the cav 30 - are they fairly easy to sail and are they capable as far as coastal cruising goes, I have read somewhere on here they are a bit if a handful down wind. sow1id - I like your comment about being able to make good time, makes perfect sense with the ever changing winds here in NZ. does the cav 30 fall into this hull shape ? I like the look of the cav 32 but they to are getting into the top end of my price range, and I want to have some coin left over for any extras I might need fitting it out and tidying a yacht up.
  18. Out of interest, why not a wooden hull? To be honest I love the idea of wood other then the fact I am lead to believe they do require more work to maintain, and being a tradesmen the last thing I want to spend my weekends doing more work on a yacht.
  19. yeah I do like the look of the D28 the marauder looks to be a bit more expensive, I'm unsure if I want a full Keel or a fin Keel, as I'm wanting a sea kindly yacht that will take me up and down the east coast comfortably, and maybe further once I have a little more experience
  20. Hi Royale - yes looking for a Keel boat - don't want a yacht in my back yard and don't really like the idea of towing a large boat around. Sounds like a good survey is a must, I'm want a yacht to escape from work hence not wanting a doer-uper, apart from the obvious annual up keep
  21. Hi All have just joined this cool forum I'm amazed by the wealth of info here. I'm wanting some advice on a first yacht to learn sail on and eventually use as a coastal cruiser. I know this has been done to death, I'v read what post I can find on here and else where I'm not totally new to sailing growing up sailing lasers and hobby cats and then spent a few years wind surfing. I'm based in Christchurch so the yachts on offer are limited. my thoughts so far have been an H28 even though every one says they are slow the sound like a good place to start, option 2 would be a Nova 28 or Cav 30 o
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