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SpareHand last won the day on May 10 2020

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  1. First of all, Happy New Year everyone. It's been a while since I posted, been a bit busy. I finally realised my dream of the last 20 odd years and I have managed to buy myself a boat. What a reality check. All you jokers make it sound and look so easy.. Oh yeah, just get yourself, this , or get one of those, and do this and that.. far out!!!! I've not been so stressed in my entire life. and it's not even in the water yet. It's a 23' Southerly, the hull was built by Compass and she was finished off elsewhere after Compass went out of business. "Swift" spent some y
  2. http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/synoptic_col_satellite.shtml This Australian site can be a good one as well, Gives you half an idea of what might be coming New Zealand's way in the next week or so.. Used in conjunction with Sabre's suggestions, Jim HIckey wouldn't have a look in.
  3. that made me chuckle.. Thanks for the tips though Tazzy. Given all that's kicked off with Covid, and the reality that it's probably going to happen again at some point with Covid-20 or 30 or whatever.. so with that in mind, rather than looking for something that could maybe one day take me across oceans, I'm going to stick to crossing Cook Strait and spending time cruising the sounds. I'll get joined up at Mana Cruising Club and start making a nuisance of myself out there. Thanks for all the advice from everyone.
  4. Indeed, that's the reason Team Vestas Wind hit a reef in the Volvo Ocean Race back in 2014. https://www.yachtingworld.com/blogs/elaine-bunting/comment-how-the-team-vestas-wind-crash-really-happened-and-the-surprisingly-simple-things-we-can-learn-from-it-62634
  5. https://www.sailingschoolasia.com/downloads/International_Chart_1_Symbols_Abbreviations.pdf like that ? or there's this, straight from the horses mouth.. https://www.admiralty.co.uk/news/blogs/the-quick-guide-to-enc-symbols
  6. I managed to find this document with a quick google of "nautical chart symbols" https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/bbm%3A978-94-011-7370-4%2F1.pdf US but hopefully would shed some light on whatever you were after.
  7. cold showers.. saves money on heating water, running fans or requiring domes. keeps showers short, especially in winter. add in the health benefits.. it's a winner on all fronts. Comfort is the enemy of the soul.
  8. Andy Schell of 59-North covered his nav' set up on one of his podcasts.. https://www.59-north.com/thinksailing , search the page for iPad Navigation if the link below doesn't work. He's done a fair bit of mileage with his iPad solution. <iframe style="border: none" src="//html5-player.libsyn.com/embed/episode/id/6284928/height/90/theme/custom/thumbnail/yes/direction/backward/render-playlist/no/custom-color/000000/" height="90" width="100%" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen oallowfullscreen msallowfullscreen></iframe>
  9. Multihulls don't do it for me. Whatever I buy I need to like the lines and the look of it and, for me, that won't be a multihull.
  10. Thanks Panther & RIYCA, I'm still at the super keen stage with enthusiasm to burn, so if the stars align and I can be in Aucklandshire at the right time to be able to help you out, then I'll be there, I''ve got a few friends and contacts up there so accommodation won't be an issue , happy to cover my own transport costs.. what price experience, right?!?!
  11. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121468952/escaped-remand-prisoner-ricky-wilson-recaptured
  12. I couldn't see any sign of it. looks like they've retrieved it and take it off for repairs..
  13. Heading down that way in a bit, I'll let you know..
  14. I took you're advice and got my offer of help out to all the local club notice boards. The helpful guy at Evans Bay even said he would add it to his email Newsletter which was good of him. Didn't do the re-post yet, lots going on at work and home. Also it's been more than a few lunchtimes since I did a lot of that stuff in any kind of anger, but thanks for the advice. I'll need to work on my marketing skills to make sure I set expectations at a realistic level , without coming over as a dreamer / tyre kicker.
  15. I did actually do that at Mana, just before the bloody lock down started. I don't know if anyone has even seen my notice. I took Grant's advice and I've joined the Wellington Classic Yacht Trust. I'll reach out to the other clubs and marinas as you suggested too.. I'm not without skills. I looked into editing my initial post to add something of a CV but it seems like that's not possible. I was an apprentice mechanic when I left school. It was with a local authority so 90% of the vehicles were diesel. Tractors from the parks department, Bin lorries from the Refuse a
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