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Everything posted by SpareHand

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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>
  8. 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.
  9. 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?!?!
  10. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/121468952/escaped-remand-prisoner-ricky-wilson-recaptured
  11. I couldn't see any sign of it. looks like they've retrieved it and take it off for repairs..
  12. Heading down that way in a bit, I'll let you know..
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. more top advice Grant.. Thanks.. Starting to think I maybe need to buy YOU a beer once lock down is over.
  16. thanks Grant,.. that's some tip top advice.. I'll add a few relevant details as you suggested. And thanks for the tip about the Classic Yacht Trust.. that sounds like just the ticket.. I did chuckle at your comment about friendliness at rpnyc.. I wondered about that.. Thanks again.
  17. A newcomer to the forums, knocking on the door of the big 5 0. I did the Learn to Sail course through Wellington Ocean Sports in February and am 2/3 of the way through the Cruising Crew with them as well. Hoping to pick up a boat of my own before the years out so in the meantime I'd love to learn a thing or 2 about the realities of boat ownership. I'd like to offer my time free of charge to help anyone who wants a spare pair of hands when all these lock-downs are over and there's a chance to get back on the water. The way I see it, a spare pair of hands could get you sorted out
  18. Thanks for all the advice. I think my best course of action is to wait a few more months and up the budget. Look out Wellington, there's a bloke that looks a lot like me asking for crewing opportunities as soon as the boats are unleashed. Not just for the cool sailing bits either. I'm keen to build up my knowledge in the not so glamorous side of the lifestyle too, so if anyone needs help with getting things ship shape and shiny post lock down, give me a yell.
  19. Thanks DP.. It's the extra mast and all that entails that puts me off. I'm inexperienced and stressed about handling 2 sails, without adding the complications of a third. Is that me being silly?
  20. in my naivety I was thinking that I would be able to build up to that over the years of practice and gaining experience. Am I dreamin' ???
  21. I've tried searching the forum for these answers without much success so apologies if this has been asked before. New to the actual sailing aspect of sailing but have been reading and dreaming about it for 20 years. I'm fast approaching 50 so that probably needs to be borne in mind. I'd like this first boat to also be the only boat I buy, so I want it to be able to take me on all the kinds of sailing I might ever want to do. I have no interest in racing so it doesn't need to be quick. Initially my practice runs will be in and around the Harbour with a circumnavigation or 2 of Matiu
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