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  1. Here's a direct link to the discussion document. https://www.bionet.nz/assets/Uploads/Discussion-document-FINAL-web.pdf Online feedback here. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MarineRules Feedback form in PDF here. https://www.bionet.nz/assets/Uploads/Feedback-form-FINAL-web.pdf
  2. I just saw this article talking about a joint initiative between the Northern, Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions with respect to marine pests and boats. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/biosecurity/news/article.cfm?c_id=500816&objectid=12213849 More details and to leave feedback for the public consultation go here. https://www.bionet.nz/control/marine-pests/marinepests/
  3. Just wondering what the KIZO MARINE Ultimate Dinghy Wheels as used by OC Tenders would be like?
  4. Some boats and cars with electric propulsion use water-cooled motors.
  5. Thanks for the offer wild violet but steel isn't something I'm looking for although I do have a thing for aluminium. I have been in touch with Vorpal Blade about his mates Young 88, just waiting on some more details.
  6. Looks like fun but doesn't appeal from a cruising comfort and storage space point of view. Plus the cost of bringing it back and paying import costs doesn't make it attractive.
  7. I'll pass that on to the owner but avoiding large boats coming at you who refuse to leave the middle of the channel remains a problem.
  8. With a drop in fatalities like that of last year, not that things still can't always be improved but I wonder if the boating environment demands licencing and/or registration as the solution? https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2019/20190111a.asp
  9. It was definitely the bottom, I know what hitting it feels like and what it took to get moving again and staying in the middle doesn't work when you have someone coming towards you. That said, the boat has been kept there almost since the marina first opened and it's only the second time it's touched. The first time was at dead low many years ago again with another vessel approaching and steadfastly maintaining their position in the middle of the channel so we had to avoid a collision by moving right to the edge that time.
  10. That's interesting about Pine Harbour as I was going up the channel in a launch back in November that draws 1m and bumped the bottom hard enough that we had to power on to push through. It wasn't dead low and we were definitely within the poles and certainly not close towards the side of the marked channel.
  11. At this stage, it would either kept at Pine Harbour or Shelly Park and both have issues with access at low tide. Shallow draft isn't critical but it would certainly add flexibility to when I could go in and out. I knew there were some twin keel versions made of the Lotus 9.2 and I had heard there was also a centreboard version but have never come across either for sale. I have also seen a shoal draft fin keel version but from what I understand most have the normal fin keel. The Whiting 29 has two versions, a shallow draft masthead rig cruising version and a deeper draft version with a
  12. I think the SR 26 and the Ross 780 look like fun but a bit smaller than I think will suit my needs as I want to do some extended cruising. The Lotus 9.2, the Young 88 and the Whiting 29 are on my list. There are a couple of other possibles but it seems fairly hard to find much information online for older NZ boats.
  13. Thanks for the advice so far. While I love a beautiful wooden boat I don't really like the associated issues and teak decks are not on my list of positive attributes which is why I'm more focused on GRP boats. The Davidson 28 seems good but slightly dated, not off the list but not at the top at the moment. I'll keep it in mind. I hadn't considered the Young 88, probably because I had associated them more with racing. What are they like for single or short handed cruising? How weight sensitive are they and how tender? I see there's a Mk I and a Mk II. What's the difference?
  14. Hi all, I've been reading through posts on this forum as I am considering buying a yacht around the 29-30ft mark. Could be a little smaller or a little bigger but I think this size would suit me. Based in Auckland for cruising the Gulf and Northland but looking to go further afield with it if I feel comfortable. Mainly I'll be sailing single-handed or with one or two others from time to time. I'm on a tight budget so I'm thinking $20-30,000ish with some extra put aside for upgrades and maintenance. I'm comfortable doing work on it myself and I'd prefer GRP, not wood. I'm just under 6' and woul
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