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  1. I have a lot of respect for what Dalts has achieved in his own racing and with ETNZ. However, language like that "talk to someone sensible" reminds me of a bully who is used to getting their own way. As you said, the ratepayers will likely foot the bill, and if indeed the city holds the risk then I'd support anyone who tells him to get stuffed.
  2. The Spanish team defending the America's Cup should be able to afford a pretty nice event in Auckland with all that extra sponsorship money they've opened up by moving to Europe right? Right? They're not going to expect a small city like Auckland no longer directly involved to pay, right? Right?
  3. My hope would be it would last long enough so that the next owner is the one to have to sand it!
  4. I've used Altex Timbercote on my boat's fairly extensive exterior timber. Very easy to apply, looks great, but is ultimately a traditional varnish that needs 1000 coats and starts to look a bit tatty after 18 months. I've seen some fantastic looking results from people using 2 pack varnishes, so finding some user stories about them would be interesting.
  5. The fact that executive level management have managed to convince society that in "order to get the best you have to pay top dollar" while they laugh all the way to the bank with millions in salaries, bonuses, stock options, golden parachutes, etc, despite their companies doing terribly is one of the great cons of the modern era.
  6. He seemed like a nice guy, I'd never buy a boat off him though. There's a really weird mix of boats at the moment, over priced pieces of junk, dreaming half million dollar machines (but nice ones!), and surprisingly well priced tidy cruising boats that seem to sell fast.
  7. The meme where the guy puts a stick through their own bike wheel comes to mind...
  8. I just fill the bilge with diesel and swear a whole lot, but each to their own...
  9. Just as a comment on pre-heat, my Volvo engine doesn't have preheat/glow plugs, but does have a starting procedure involving pulling and releasing the fuel cut-off handle prior to cranking to engage an extra starting fuel switch. It's difficult to start without that, first pop otherwise. Point being, start procedures for different engines may not being obvious, but are important! I've found Nigel Calder's book good for thinking about things in a logical way, starting with "Engine Won't Crank" and what to run through, then "Engine Won't Start" and what to run through. Sitting in the m
  10. Hey, thanks both, some great leads there.
  11. Seeing if anyone has a Furlex Type B Mk1 halyard slide/swivel lying around they'd want to sell. Mine can probably have new bearings fitted, but the sleeve appears to also be worn, causing the slide to bind on the foil when hoisting. Boat is currently out of action unless I've got some crew because both hoisting and furling had become nearly impossible. If parts aren't around I might have to pull off the whole furler and buy some 2nd hand hanked on sails when my partner isn't looking...
  12. As someone who bought a cheap boat, I can confirm that it was in fact expensive.
  13. Yeah exactly, the money is all that matters unfortunately, I'm just grumpy. The government didn't get their return on this cup due to Covid cutting off all the big $ coming into Auckland, which isn't ETNZ's problem, but ignoring that probably guarantees that the public pipeline is closed for a long time to come. Although people have short memories so maybe the risk is worth it for them.
  14. Indeed. I know it's a business and that there are no friends only cash etc, but I'd be fuming if I was the Labour Government. Considering the flak they took for the border exemptions and the cash pumped into the campaign, I'd have thought that there was almost an implied contract that a non-COVID Am Cup defence in Auckland would help pay back some of the promised economic benefit. Plus I want to see that J boat regatta that was planned for this year's cup.
  15. https://fostersshipchandlery.co.nz/ They have pawls and springs for Murray winches. I know because I bought some from them a week ago! The minis have their own size, but the other sizes are all the same parts. If you're prepared to give them a proper polish they'll be the best looking part of the boat!
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