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  1. Had a real fun day out on the water for the race, apart from shredding our kite somewhere off Long Bay. Did lots of transom watching as the proper racers showed us how it's done. Really appreciated the generous start line, even though we were a smidge late the amount of room made for a stress free experience. Be back next year.
  2. Does it actually self clean? I've got MacGlide on my boat which is supposed to self clean, but it builds up a layer of slime which doesn't come off, even with a decent amount of speed. I also find that the slime dries at the waterline which allows barnacles and such to get a foothold, it is very easy to clean though.
  3. Hi Ash, In my opinion it depends on your criteria, as an indication mine are in red (and for context I have a 30ft trimaran with no lifelines): intended usage worn 100% of the time on deck, so must be comfortable. area of use coastal - offshore PFDs are spendy, like your second example (tasty though). integrated harness I intend to short hand and solo occasionally so the ability to tether is essential. adult vs child adult - life jackets for children are a whole other issue. inflatable vs 'solid' I prefer inflatable due to comfort of wear, 'solid' PFDs need
  4. Slides or slugs BP? I've got these you're welcome to: 12mm diameter by roughly 70mm.
  5. Yeah sorry, that was firmly tongue in cheek. I'm actually freaked out by the relative angles of the two boats, mind blown...
  6. Yeah, but obviously lightly loaded, old mate is trimming it without mechanical advantage!
  7. I couldn't find an insurer in NZ willing to take the 'risk' for my trimaran and ended up with a crowd called Edward William Marine Insurance. They're based in Spain and the underwriters appear to be Costa Rican. I did do a bit of research on the company with mixed results, suffice to say I hope I never have to make a claim. The premiums seem reasonable though and there weren't too many hoops to jump through.
  8. Thanks BP and IT (and Fish for piquing my interest), much appreciated.
  9. I'm curious, is there a course available that teaches pilotage as you refer to it?
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    foredeck hatch

    +1 to that, had to do a bit of reconstructive surgery in order to fit the new one to my boat earlier this year. Royal embuggerance.
  11. Might work, I seem to recall that there's a top speed for the wrap above which it's not recommended, the guys at MPS will tell you I'm sure. I don't know what the relative 'boat speed' of a propshaft is at revs but I guess you could work it out algebraically. I hope it goes well for you.
  12. I tend to agree Tamure, I had hoped that it would have been a bit of a "silver bullet" in the war on fouling, but realise now that its probably not quite there for the majority of prospective users. By that I mean that to get the benefit out of the wrap I think you'll have to be pretty stringent on maintenance if you're not using the boat regularly. Leaving it as I did for so long was asking for trouble so have only myself to blame. From a cost perspective the wrap was around $4.5k, as well as probably $2k for the hull prep and paint. The product is warrantied for 5 years so for me it
  13. Thanks for the reminder CD, I'd intended to post an update on the MacGlide post sailing and hopefully have some photos/video to share but I haven't actually managed to use the system as intended yet so was holding off until I had done so. In any case here's some impressions that I have so far. The boat had a fairly thick layer of slime on it with some obvious small barnacle action and hard wormy type things on it after about 8 months up the river. On the initial sail I managed to get the speed up to 10kts for reasonable periods but there was no perceptible self cleaning evident after th
  14. Dave

    Maxwell 16 winch

    Is this any use? Maxwell Winch Service Manual--small (1).pdf
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