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  1. Peninsula is an 800m high ridge dissected by 2- 3nm deep fiord like bays so yep bullets and downdrafts in close, like the barrier only worse. Only place to hide in a southerly blast is purau or pigeon bay really
  2. Sitting in Canterbury now, sure as hell would not like to be out there... it’s cold and the about 40-50kts, not gust just steady, the wind through the shelter belt sounds like a jet plane taking off. See is a foamy mess of white and done decent swell has arrived. Can’t imagine a 10m boat out there.
  3. We have a marina trust up here which keeps everything honest and affordable. Seems trailerable is the way racing is going up here rather than keelers, maybe the same in Auckland. As for boat sales, mine is for sale (has been for a wee while) and working with a few prospective buyers but none willing to push play until Covid recovery certainity, which seems to be the go in the low-mid priced racer market at present from what I hear. The tupperware cruisers are going quite cheap (45-50ft bene's for 150-250k mark) as owners have long since bailed out with their boat on the hard.
  4. It’s for sale cheap (bottle of gin) comes with anchoring bits and cranse iron.
  5. Still not sure what she is capable of, but with a new keel bulb she could really light up. Still very quick downwind, not quite the height upwind of the skinnier boats ( she is 4m on the beam). I recently removed an alloy bowsprit, she now sits a good 30-50mm higher in the bow which can only be a good thing for a snoutty boat. Will see when we go sailing next week. Fastest we have had was 18.5knots but 12-15 seems to be the sweet spot in a good send. when I got her the keel fin was a shambles so we faired that and that made a monster difference. A T- keel seems to fire th
  6. Duracore, Kevlar and glass for the hull foamply decks glassed with ply winch patches. 3.7tonnes on the travel lift.
  7. Up on Trademe now if you know anyone looking for a good RNI boat for reasonable https://www.trademe.co.nz/a/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/listing/2771536047
  8. Stupid question but have you checked the sources are matched to the data in the source menu? my 2 vulcans keep defaulting to getting their gps data off each other which is annoying when you turn one off and everything shuts down. sometimes my older raymarine AP starts feeding the heading data rather than my fancy 9-axis etc. refreshing the source list seems to fix it, but had to manually select where I wanted data to come from in some times.
  9. I think that’s where the inspectors get confused... the single braids which are mentioned in the Regs- have a uv coating. The local inspector said he thought that was sufficient to count as a sheath as long as chafe protection was sorted. But he wouldn’t commit until he saw the lifelines. at half the price of super cable and still loads of strength figure it’s worth exploring.
  10. Cost and ease of splicing are why I wanted to go the single braid route. Regs don’t specify single or double braid. I know overseas single braid is fine and that’s what my backstay is made out of so hoping it would be fine for lifelines. The local inspector says he thinks so. it’s pretty easy to lash on a sheath where it goes though staunchions.
  11. Just thinking through lifeline options and was wondering if anyone had recently been through an inspection. Plan was to used single braid dyneema that is uv coated and as sleeves at major chafe points (stanchions and where headsails skirt) will this comply? Rules are clear as mud. I know KM has written about this a while back but was wondering if the safety inspectors had clarified it since ( I want to use the fine line dyneema braid).
  12. I'm selling my Elliot 10.5 after lots of work, time for a dedicated cruiser and a wee racer. If you are looking for a fun, spacious cruiser/racer that's well appointed and had's lot's of $$$ spent on her message me or give me a call on 0275 985 735. Currently out of the water and being antifouled next week for relaunch. Full receipts for all gear and work done. This boat would make a great lower budget RNI boat and is probably the roomiest 10.4 metre boat around for cruising.
  13. Lot’s of large toothy fish on that bar in summer. We used to surf the left just north of there, rode our XR 250’s in from TanuTanu (which is a pretty magic place too. You used to be able to cross a couple of metres back from the entrance from mid tide down where the channels braid out - it really is that shallow. there is a great small swell aframe reef/ point just over the hill. This was before jet skis and life jackets and such. Sailing link is a yacht called the “Erewhon” went up on TanuTanu beach - luckily on a rare calm night and at high tide. Insurance company
  14. I grew up in Ahipara, know the area pretty well and surfed and fished that coast. Biggish tides (3metres or so) so yes there’s water at high tide on the bar and the main channel, drys extensively just up from the entrance- used to be able to ride a motorbike across at low tide but the sand and channels move around a lot. It’s more a lagoon than harbour. not much to see so a lot of risk for no real reward. Pub is closed down so not even that to visit. Whangape however is much more of a harbour. Both have closed bars with little or no channel meaning you’ll be surfing in. Als
  15. They shared a berth with us last Bay week, really lovely family sailed her. Cool boat but quite a bit slower to windward than most C div boats definitely Div E.
  16. what’s the survey for? Don Burch @ Harbourside boat works does Category and insurance surveys. Not sure about pre-purchase but really good to deal with.
  17. We’ll be doing Div C. Will enter soon. Hopefully we get plenty of wind
  18. I love point 4, the threat that if levies change service to member clubs will be reduced. Really happy to receive half the service. Half of nothing is still nothing. That's breathtakingly arrogant in my view. I don't think the argument is about the fee as such, it's about who benefits from it, and that isn't local sailors.
  19. Not Judging the rights and wrongs of letting the cruisers in, but imagine the governments situation. There is no real difference on how you arrive in law today. so that would need sorting. So you legislate or regulate to allow entry by sea for pleasurecraft. Next thing a flotilla leaves China/USA/India/Australia/South America full of prospective migrants. The demand to emigrate to NZ is massive right now so it's a real prospect.
  20. I think that is the moral hazard - there a lot of people that want to move here (especially from countries with no welfare/medical systems. A depression is a great time to be in a country where healthcare is free and there is state care. Many of those people have paid very little tax in NZ, they are simply trying to get here to take advantage of things now. If you let the cruisers come (who have other options like tying up their boats and flying home- they aren't in any real personal danger) then you are saying NZ is open and the flood begins, our services get overwhelmed and we all pay for it
  21. I once sat on a board of a PHO that worked like that (I resigned after 4 months as it plain scared me as a director) - the CEO was completely incompetent at managing a medical business but very good at capturing the board and Chair with dinner invites, conferences etc.- anyone who put that cozy relationship at risk on the board was ostracised. It was eye opening to say the least. I don’t think the majority of boards work like that but certainly seems to be a lot in the Not for Profit space.
  22. But what can they really do? YNZ has a business model based on taking money from clubs and not delivering anything much in return. It's a very comfortable model for those whom can get their snouts in the trough. To do something about it they would need to abandon their current path and switch to a strategy of actually adding value to regional clubs. that will take, at the very least a CEO sacking/resignation, clean out of the management team, massive restructure and a pivot to grass roots organising and engagement perhaps backed by a change in levy sytems and structures. That's a m
  23. Where about are you based, plenty of options out if Auckland too.
  24. Or get them signed up as crew on a racing machine. They will be well sought after if they are committed and will learn a lot. Get to do some cool races on hot machines that other people pay for and learn what makes a boat fast, about category safety gear, heavy weather etc. They will learn so much from a regular race crew over a season. Then the Variant becomes their adventure vehicle. The Variant will always be slow no matter how well sailed compared to the 30-35ft cruiser racers in most club fleets, and it does suck constantly being a back marker in the fleet. By crewing on a
  25. Cool little boats, much more a keeler than similar sized Trailer Yachts. 4-5 knots and you are doing well for speed. As for conditions, if the boat is well found and proper seamanship applied they will handle most stuff. I remember lots of the bilge keel versions sailing from Wellington across to the Able Tasman area for summer holidays and they seem to handle the Strait fine - Could often be seen drying out the stern hung outboard though!. In terms of advice, these boats won't go much faster or slower than hull speed so choose sail area for comfort, reef early and often
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