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  1. From what I've seen, there's no shortage of boats who don't have any form of anchor lights, either...
  2. Well that was indeed the case which is why the "Zero tolerance" weekends were to such fanfare. Additionally there was a court case over it where a judge ruled in favor of a cheeky defendant, and since then the police have made a statement that such a practice is no longer to be expected. As for cellphones, I've seen zero enforcement from police. Same for red light running, and frankly, traffic enforcement overall has definitely dropped off a bit the last few years.
  3. I'd suggest the poles at Westhaven for the security and insurance etc with less of the cost, but they are trying to kick us out and wont take new bookings. There's some new poles out clevedon way (Brooklands boating club) that are very well priced, but it's tidally limited. Weiti/Stillwater have poles and are very affordable, but theres a years long wait list. But Westhaven insists there isn't demand for poles (while they ramp up the prices and refuse new bookings), but say they have growing demand for (14m+) berths! (willfully ignoring the 2013 plan feedback to provide "afforda
  4. Do we have an outcome from that?
  5. Oh wow good to have the clarification that the vessel was at anchor, rather than a mooring. I had suspected the usual poor reporting had got that detail wrong.... Feeling a bit more justified in leaving our anchor at Station Bay and heading back to the marina before the winds picked up that afternoon.
  6. FYI the same Orakei local board had voted against raising their rates a few years previously. Also, from what I heard, The Landing was actually returning "non rates revenue" to the council so it wasn't actually a drain on public coffers (and therefore a closure is NOT in the interest of improving the council's fiscal outlook)
  7. Nowcasting at Tiritiri Matangi was reporting 45 knots northerly around that time so I'd expect that to be the same at Rakino.
  8. Everything is out of the boat and the cabin airing out, but I don't have the power to run a dehumidifier or anything like that. Fibreglass hull and (so far) fresh water only so some positives there I guess? Current plan is a dozen damp-rids and leave the 12v fan running overnight when I can't have her open, and even then I'll set the hatches to allow a draft. Theres wet timber all around the base of the cabinetry, the floor boards are in the cockpit for now, sails have gone to a loft to dry out and the carpet probably was due for replacement anyway I guess. Any advice from some
  9. Yeah I was really glad to see we've dodged this bullet again. Between my outboards, motorbikes and farm equipment biofuels are all bad news. And more importantly, all evidence suggests that biofuels have been a net emitter of carbon rather than a reduction in emissions so in practice its only making the climate worse.
  10. oh, so the junction box is set into the cabintop then? pretty serious setup!
  11. ideally you should have a boatbuilder complete a survey and they can tell you a lot of the imprtant stuff - you're going to need that for insurance and without insurance you can't get back on the hardstand, and you need to be on the hardstand to have a survey done...... also, the cheaper the boat usually means the more expensive to fix.....
  12. How did you mount those solar panel so flush with the deck? Everything like that I see has a big junction box stuck to the back of it which doesn't suit flush wiring like that... Keen to know as fitting more solar to my little 25ft Tracker has proved very difficult.
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    Parking was pretty full around U and X pier, with a lot of gaps in the berths on U pier, but they all seem to have returned with the change in the weather. Of course, the demographic is changing a bit too with the poles being cleared out in favour of a lesser number of larger boats.
  14. From what I've read, the council has actually refused to make a marine plan in light of these issues rearing up (before covid)..... But, of course, Panuku does seem very determined for some select developments to go ahead..... https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/116638559/why-is-auckland-council-so-eager-to-sell-prime-waterfront-real-estate-to-a-millionaire-developer
  15. Orams is dreaming if they think they are going to be immune to reverse sensitivity in there with all the new high density housing going in. Give it 10-20 years and they'll all be getting shut down under onerous requirements being imposed on them. Pier21 was just a soft target that the developers have already picked off.
  16. I'm not sure if my little Tracker is going to be able to lift a Toyota.... the car would weigh as much as the boat does!
  17. Sail Nelson does 5 day live-aboard skipper courses you could look into, but it sounds like you need to buy a smaller yacht and re-learn how to sail - maybe take the plunge and buy a trailer sailer or 7-10m keeler? (There's a few good trailers out there and you might pay more up front but save it in mooring costs and antifoul.) In my own experience I've found that sailing solo is a big combination of experience, familiarity with the vessel, and having the correct setup for single handed sailing. That, and a calm resolution when things go horribly wrong! It wasn't until recently I was
  18. I dunno, but from the questions asked and the discussion on the actions it seemed the Chair had no interest in reviewing the decision and seems to think they shouldn't be responsible for "providing a haulout service". By the end of that it seemed they dropped the note to look into any legal exposure and nothing confirmed they would postpone closure from the current date. Also very illuminating to see the two groups who want the hardstand gone, and it explains the loss/relocation of dinghy racks too. They just want their own dedicated space to run their organization and to hell with the co
  19. Don't head out there - the sale is online orders only. Just wasted 2.5 hours and far more petrol than I'd like to admit finding that one out.
  20. But given the Dyneema is stronger to begin with, then end strength is about the same isn't it? My halyards are sized for comfort in the hand well above load, so is there much advantage to using Dyneema over polyester? Doesn't it have less stretch to it?
  21. Good to know. On my foredeck I have the quick release pin thingys with swivel built into them... not having to to cut these off and take them to be spliced onto the new halyards is one of the attractions of knotting everything. Well I won't argue with that! well... my chafing issue on the spin halyard is also the "where did the masthead light go?" issue so maybe I need to think more about where the rigging lies first...
  22. I'd they're good enough provided you know what the number means for your battery and it's limitations. With the way things are going, I'd assume everything to be bluetooth before much longer and just keep a cheap tablet onboard.
  23. Hi Crew, Looking to pick your collective brains a bit: On my wee (25ft) Tracker 7.7 there is some damage on the cover of my main halyard, spin halyard is totally stuffed and the jib halyard and topping lift are at least 15 years old and looking sad. All are 8 or 10mm Dyneema and seeing as there's a sale on I'm planning to replace the lot. All the damage and failures are from chafing or rubbing on the same spots over the years, so my thinking is if I used a knot instead of a splice, I could shorten the halyards and re-knot them every year or so to prevent damage on one spot ruining th
  24. There was also the mt wellington go kart track, in an industrial area with no complaints, which had multiple clubs using it. Panuku were hell bent on letting the neighbouring container yard park containers on it. 5 years later and we're still waiting for the new track we were promised over by the airport. Panuku have also been on a mission slowly eroding all the marine industry at hobsonville and wynyard quarter, "activating" the "waterfront" at westhaven to the detriment of marina users, and seem to be very committed to allowing luxury apartments to be built on the boat ramp and marina c
  25. Well that's why we are meant to have a robust process to prevent someone from moving in next to a regional asset and ruining it for everyone else.... At the rate Auckland is going all we're going to have left is walking around your local neighborhood and wondering where all the young and capable people went.
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