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Everything posted by aardvarkash10

  1. On the upside... https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/political/517050/63-point-6m-for-surf-life-saving-and-coastguard-in-budget-2024
  2. For crew? That implies all rescue helicopter crew are millionaires
  3. Uninformed response here, but in all likelihood the difference in response is the result of: the locations; access to crew and appropriate equipment; risk assessment; time of day. The cost of operating a rescue helicopter service is significant. Crew alone (pilot, medic and winchman) would run around $3k a day if you assume 24 hour cover with provision for training and credentialing. This from a Stuff article in 2015 "The trust operates rescue helicopters out of Christchurch and Greymouth, costing more than $10 million annually, with $4m of that covered by operational payments
  4. That would be great but, life. Also, Clevedon River. So nutrient rich, you can grow potatoes in the airspace over the water
  5. That's our approach for cookware and plates. Does silver tarnish in salt water?
  6. We are tired of rust-spotted cutlery. We wash dishes in sea water so really should have 316 or plastic I reckon. Ok, maybe not plastic. What steelware are you using to get food into your face, and where did you get it from?
  7. Just got back from 9 days sailing around the gulf with the filthiest sails this side of a Pirates of the Carribbean franchise. Headsail UV strip is green like it's been rubbed with lawn clippings, and the main has brown stains from nesting wildlife. What's the bet way to deal with this? Is there a sail drycleaning service? Do they iron them as well? Or do I break out the wet n forget and spend the afternoon with a water blaster?
  8. This! CD just spent more than the total capital value of Stepping Out so he could identify a 2% difference in wind speed. Not knocking at all. I wish I had the $ to do it and the brains to make it worthwhile. Different uses and priorities.
  9. Mat was from brands.co.nz They are great. Need an inflatable boat foot pump for them. Packs down small enough to fit in a big supermarket tote bag. If i was buying again, I'd get one with drink holders ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
  10. Stepping Out has been about on the gulf this summer and autumn. I know it goes against the grain for some people. They think boats are for building, or fixing, or sitting on in a marina, or putting off until next weekend. This little Spencer goes sailing. To Coromandel and it's offshore islands. And now to Great Barrier via Port Jackson. VID_20240509_110246.mp4
  11. this is the kicker. Unless unsafe is defined somewhere (and I suspect it is not) this is a universal catch-all. "Unsafe" is a matter of opinion (you can call it professional judgement if you want to be less derogatory). If I am your gasfitter and I think something that is not compliant to CURRENT standards is ipso facto unsafe, its unsafe even if it is compliant with a previous standard The wording of the clause is very poor.
  12. Worse, its the boat owners' fault aparently. "Unfortunately, vessel owners are reluctant to have any form of gas safety inspection carried out on a regular basis, and when finally, they do, a lot more work than is anticipated is required to bring the installation to an acceptable standard." Experience on this forum and in life tells me that the open-ended cost of an "inspection" and lack of clarity about what is in and out of scope leads to the reluctance. My car gets tested annually for a WOF. I know exactly what to expect, the standards and testing methodologies are prescribe
  13. Left the Wairoa river on Thursday and motored to Home Bay. Ended up with a dozen or so out there for the evening. Left the next morning in to shifting and rising wind that turned west and the southerly as the day progressed. Out to Noises, then a single tack to Hooks Bay for the evening. Some great fun riding on 15 gusting 20 and nice with no ground swell in Hooks. Only 6 others in there Friday night. Saturday we left for Ponui Island but wind direction made it a trip via Whanganui Island (almost). Shifty at the start the wind settled early in the afternoon and we had a great ri
  14. Yeah, everyone knocks marketing until sales drop through the floor, then it's marketing's fault. You need to consider whether you (we) are the target of the new branding. I'm picking not. We are already clients. The rebrand is aimed at those who are not at the moment. I'm picking the rebrand is to appeal to a younger and more diverse clientele. More members, more $, more support for the service.
  15. I expect it will be across the gulf in 18 months. We will need to find ways to live with it. Control rather than eradicate
  16. The s0ftc0cks will want every one wearing lifejackets next. It's a disgrace to the newzild culture of dying like men. White men. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ
  17. Updated to include power boat options
  18. I have summarised this thread into this post - you can find links to the survey, links to the live response summary and the link to a spreadsheet of results that will be udated monthly. Hi all. Insurance questions are a perennial subject. The idea of this survey is to provide some data that Crew-ites and those who drop by can use. You can find the survey here. No-one responding will be named or identified. If you want your information deleted, let me know by private message. No particular insurance provider will be endorsed or derided in the survey summary. You can
  19. Do they stipulate the temperature setting of the beer fridge and brand of rum as well? ๐Ÿคจ
  20. Update. Looks like a bit of sense will be applied and public moorings may be made available. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/514752/aotea-great-barrier-island-businesses-welcome-new-moorings-for-boaties-hit-by-caulerpa-ban
  21. enjineer, surely? Now I know that, I'll type slowly so you can follow... ๐Ÿ˜†
  22. Just furl the jib and it will be accessable, surely ๐Ÿ˜ For my sins I once managed a tertiary provider of training to the plumbing and gas industry. The board was, to put it succinctly, a collection of geriatric iliterates with a fondness for gin and ensuring the continued protected status of thier businesses. It may have changed, but I see no evidence.
  23. Loads of data, no information. Sounds like my workplace
  24. drives activity in the medical industry. And divorce lawyers.
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