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  1. Okay thought it best to update this post. The boat came out of the water and and I was on hand to watch and learn the process, never having done that before and to see if I could help with the now dreaded, potential nightmare rudder removal. So the rudder came out with some persuasion but all in all, relatively easily. The diagnosis was pretty instant. Dan from Weber Marine suggested that the grease the last "repair person" had used to resolve the problem had just made it worse. Swelling the plastic bearings. So I spent 3 hours of hard yakka sanding out the scores on the
  2. Thanks guys. Being capable mechanically and wanting to get stuck in myself, I feel sure I could do this (especially) if someone experiance like Matt was mentioned for the odd gotcha with advice BUT time constraints with work, keeping it on the hard and paying for that etc. It feels like we're caught between a rock and a hard place. So I think we'll just go for it commercially. Damn Boats !!!
  3. Working with a boat builder to replace the siezed bushings in our Ross 830 in about a months time when we get it hauled out and put on the hard. They estimate $500.00 for the replacment bushings and 16 hours labour..... I was kind of expecting 5-8 hours labour, was I totally wrong?
  4. Fantastic, thank you for the suggestion! I'll look in to it.
  5. I agree with others that your boat is setup for the winch top to be the cleat. Its actually the same as ours. We have a cleat and various other angle changes in the same area for spinnaker sheets and other things. I was confused on how to cleat off the headsail sheet with all that was there until I realised to use the winch itself. Could the cleat be for a spinnaker sheet or something else like on ours? Or maybe a cleat for when the winch isnt necessary, light wind, small sail etc. I do often do just that as well. Though I'm still learning our boat.
  6. I did a few Rum races on her approx 24 years ago. I met the then owner (part owner possibly) after buying a 23" Moonraker Trailer Sailor on the hard at Westhaven off him. I wish I could remember his name, he had a book binding business in Morningside and was a nice guy. The old guy in the photos on trade me is (I think) his old mate who used to sail with him They used to have little barneys at each other (like a married couple) while racing and eventually I stopped going becasue of the "banter".... Which I later regretted when I lost touch. Anyway, this is why we ended up with
  7. I have been looking in to the Raymarine Lighthouse 3 GOS plotters and if you have your boats polar map (wind speed, direction to boat speed etc) it will do best corse, best lay lines etc. I presume getting this information on a locally designed boat made over 40 years ago is highly unlikely but it did get me to thinking, What about the sails sizes it was designed for? I get that most sailing is done by seat of pants and insinct at the club/cruisor level but I wonder if there isn't any, more techincal recorded information on these or the 930? For example, How big is the original
  8. I found this awesome video of the Axiom and the sail features mentiend above. Skip past the polar section and watch from there. prox 21 minutes in.
  9. Hi crew Spending a nice time on the boat and making a list of things to resolve. The St40-wind display our boat came with has a badly cracked screen. I'm presuming repair is either going to be not economically viable or not possible. Does anyone have an okay condition one for sale? Also looking for a compass or pair to fill these pair of vacated holes.
  10. Thank you for all the good advice. We went out this morning and encountered some decent, uncomfortable wind and cross swell. Motoring with the storm gib up. We hit out from GH in waiheke's direction to ride the swell better. Turning across to Kawau when we could make the gap. Sarah had a few moments but I told her we would turn around if it got any worse and we would just see how it was around the corner. Fortunately by the time we turned across the top of Whangaparoa and headed North we were riding/surfing the swells and running with the wind, on a slight angle okay. So thanks to
  11. While a bigger more comfortable yacht is on the cards when we can afford to trade up, not so much. I think a y88 might be next. For the moment we're happy with this boat. It's more the wind gusts that I'm concerned with. As mentioned above, just being cautious, especially as I dont know the boat very well at all yet. Wife hasn't been sailing in 15 years and then only briefly, so she got a shock when we hit cross tide, wind swell through the gap. I'm also being ultra cautious because I'm short handed (with a 6 year old onboard) and dont want to reinforce her bad experience.
  12. Ross 830. The boats capable though the rudder is stiff with play and needs attention so im not so keen on being out where I have to do a lot of steering up and down faces of swell etc. Also had the missus in tears a few weeks ago crossing from Tiri to Whangaparoa with approx 2 m swell coming broadside to us. 6 year old and I were enjoying it, her, not so much. Was a bit "exciting" to be fair. So in the interests of keeping her onside we will wait out this current wind I think. Just trying to balance all factors Thanks for the input all. Perhaps while
  13. Thank you, thats kind of where im leaning. Picture below shows what I mean about the "dangerous" warning. They say 1-3 dangerous, 4-5 moderate etc... 2 seems squarly in the dangerous zone. Maybe they are factoring the strong winds currently.
  14. Hi Crew Windy says swell over next 2-3 days as 0.7m. Met service says 0m swell but condition 3-5 which registers as bad. Can anyone offer general and more specific guidance please? We want to short hand (me) with wife (who is capable to steer in flat to moderate conditions) and 6 year old daughter for a few days, maybe up to Kawau from Gulf harbour.
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