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  1. This information is from John Hopkins University and is in line with all the peer reviewed studies that I have read. It is important that we realize the extremely limited validity of the PCR test that are used throughout New Zealand In the report on the findings published May 13 in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, the researchers found that the probability of a false negative result decreases from 100% on Day 1 of being infected to 67% on Day 4. The false negative rate decreased to 20% on Day 8 (three days after a person begins experiencing symptoms). They also found that on the d
  2. If a flooded cell is dry and been charged; you have a permanent loss of capacity in the area of the 'dry' plate. If there is 'no fluid' in the battery and it was being charged (as in charged dry). The entire battery is history. Get a charge controller for the solar panel and buy another flooded battery, then you should be fine.
  3. https://www.peregrinasails.com/ some info here with a map showing stop overs
  4. Good point, we read on a Facebook site where a NZ citizen offered to sail a boat to NZ.... if someone was "stuck" with their boat and could not come to New Zealand.
  5. Fish... As a side note. The mother wrote me to say that they have no place to keep the boat around Tahiti other than a mooring. It's reportedly a $1M asset the sale of which is their only pathway back to having a home in the UK. She says that there is no hull insurance available to them in Tahiti where they could try to sell the boat. They can fly back to the UK... but what to do with the boat which they must sell?
  6. https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/the-sunday-session/opinion/francesca-rudkin-declining-border-exemptions-doesnt-show-kindness/
  7. This (for me) is a truly tough one and it may be that the herald got some of the facts muddled? It might help to know that I had an exchange with the mother and she said that they had to leave FP with no time to spare to accomplish the burial of their son. Then apparently had to return to attend a judicial investigation hearing in September in Tahiti over this tragic death. It may be that they could not have stayed in the UK ? There is allot to this we don't know and many possibilities. In the end... I feel very very sad for this family.
  8. Frog, I'm trying to understand... If it is a foreign boat and a New Zealander puts 1M into it, That liquid capital leaves the country and is probably gone forever. New Zealand now has a 1M asset that is deprecating at some rate (high if a new boat and lower if old) Money spent of the boat is already in the NZ economy and is going into the maintanance of a deprecating asset (i.e. lost capital) instead of into say into a home or business, that usually increases in value. How does this actually build capital or help the NZ economy. I don't mean to disagree, I am looking to understand this better
  9. Thanks for posting and I am trying to understand what you have done a bit batter... You cut what pieces out of what parts? Is the whole affair home made or did you modify a loft made stack-pack and from what vendor? A picture of the arrangement with the mainsail raised and the stack-pack battens 'fallen' below with the lazy jacks pulled forward would be very nice to see?
  10. Thats' a youtube channel try here... https://bandbyachtdesigns.com/spindrift
  11. The boat depicted in the article....The "Solandge" was birthed next to us before we left San Diego two years ago. They were practicing helicopter landing on the aft deck all day long.... allot of noise. We heard they were trying to get things ready for the owners imminent arrival. The whole thing with these super yachts getting in makes me feel like I got drug thru a knothole backwards, arrrrgh!
  12. How long does the crew & Captain get to stay in New Zealand?
  13. Can Someone Please explain to me why the German cruisers who have EU passports (which allow them to stay in French Polynesia long term) .... why they can not have just stayed there or sailed back there to one of the two hurricane safe areas in FP?
  14. Just came across this, Anything you would like to know, glad to answer.... We have the full sailing rig w/carbon spars version. At anchor in Whangaruru at present, but headed back to the marina in Opua by the 6th. Glad to show you the boat and let you have a row or sail after that (assuming you are in the area? I've written the folks at PT WC about the situation and if I get something back about international shipping and the current order stoppage... will report back
  15. We have full battens on a square top main with Lazy Jacks, it's great when you drop the mainsail! We got rid of our rigid Selden boom vang (used to hold the boom up; it actually tore itself free of the mast on our last 2,000 mile passage) and allow the lazy jacks to hold the boom up when dropping the main. It would be nice if there were a way to more easily keep the full length batten ends from catching the lazy jacks when raising the main, esp. when it's gusty/variable. I sometimes think that a diaper or stack-pack would be nice when reefing in higher winds. The gaskets tied thru the
  16. For his Tracker Position: My Predict Wind still shows 19.0 kn wind and 15.7 foot seas at 7AM to 8:30AM this morning. There is most certainly an old rough sea out there
  17. It looks like it will settle down quite a bit by late morning tomorrow (Wednesday). I think the loss of his engine is tending to keep him out at sea a bit more now.
  18. He's almost around the Banks Peninsula with some shelter in it's lee a long way back in. However, this was just posted..... Tue Sep 29 2020 I am sitting on the floor, wedged between the saloon berths,cold and damp in my wet weather gear. I am watching the clear blue sky through the skylight. Occasionally it goes green as a big wave breaks right over the boat. Inside is a shambles. I would like to be somewhere else. Things were going fine this morning as we ran before an average gale and everything well under control with one third of the genoa rolled out. Then things
  19. So.... If we are taking about the specific case of the Germans; They are EU citizens and can remain in French Polynesia. They would not have been kicked out of FP or had their "time run out"
  20. Yea... I think so. A few days ago I went to look at biographical info on him and what is a fascinating life.... He started out cutting his teeth working at a navel design firm working on nuclear submarine and frigate design got his navel architecture ticket but decided designing and building a 20-somthing foot trimaran back in the 1960's was more like it and took off across oceans, then a stent as captain and 1st mate fighting nuclear testing in the Tuamotu in blockades, then doing sail training on square riggers, ticket there and doing youth sail training... A bunch of other stuff thrown
  21. We were sitting in Wangamumu at anchor last night with some 40+ kn gusts and almost flat calm water thinking of this 77 year old fellow out there on the edge. I am heartened an uplifted by his good natured approach to all that he is sailing thru, he inspires me and my life feels somehow larger for how and why he is doing this trip. Time for me to make that donation...
  22. No... I am saying that they could have gone three separate ways to avoid the risk of hurricanes. They are Germans this means they are EU citizens. As an EU citizen, you are allowed to stay in French Polynesia and are allowed to renew this for quiet some time. Given this status: They could have stayed put on Nuka Hiva thru all of this. Which is exactly what we are doing here in New Zealand. We had planed to go to Fiji this season but decided that it was inappropriate to leave here and expect to have a hurricane refuge in some other country. They could have sailed south to th
  23. Yes, The USA has a consulate in Papeete that is open. (This is actually where the Germans left from) Sorry but departing north from Tahiti is a recommended time..... October-December Tahiti to Hawaii is a recommended time in "World Cruising Routes"
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