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  1. 4 hours ago, ex Elly said:

    Meanwhile the Weiti river is full and has a 3 year waiting list.

    Why don't Hoppers provide 10 and 12 metre berths to provide some more affordable options?


    Same question to be asked of Westhaven slowly clearing out all the pole mooring users. It was the only real middle ground in terms of price and they seem determined to get rid of it.

  2. 23 hours ago, Island Time said:

    Paywalled. What does it say?



    there you go :)

    22 hours ago, kiwi_jon said:

    This is the email that was sent to Gulf Harbour Marina berth holders last week.

    Hoppers will apply for fast track consent. Presumably once the legislation has passed into law.


    Given the protest at waiheke about extending an exisiting sea wall for a fully consented marina project, I can't  imagine a fast track project is going to go terribly smoothly either....

    The RMA does need reform, but I don't think buying taking Shane Jones to lunch is the fix we need. Very concerning that a sole minister can override the courts that are the only mechanism to keep parliament in check.

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  3. 12 hours ago, Guest said:

    Don't recall any of my cars having fuse in main start cable, so why have it on boat. Switching circuit does, but not heavy cable to SM.

    My bmw has an explosive battery lead among other safety features.

    Nope, that's not a typo! It's meant to cut power to the engine bay in event of accident to reduce fire risk....


    Now that might be a be a bit overkill for my little boat, but at least having a starter circuit fuse probably makes sense in a lot of vessels. I've seen a few tractors and utes melt their battery leads due to things like short circuits from chafing, or even alternator issues melting cable insulation!

  4. 1 hour ago, waikiore said:

    When are insurance companies going to wake up to the Lithium battery issue, they worry about Ewof and gas lines -but the really dangerous fires lately have been battery started -I witnessed one , the intensity would make short work of boats in close proximity such as a Marina.. 

    do you know what type of lithium it was? I understand some chemistries are far safer than others, and having the correct chargers  and circuit protection is also important.

    You  make a good point though.... I'm sticking with AGM lead in mine securely strapped down low where they can act as ballast. The keel is already 900kg of lead so whats the harm of another 40  right?


    LiFePO is less energy dense than what you get in your phone for example, but far far safer. That, and I certainly would not be mucking around with some unknown brand of battery cells.

  5. One bad batch of fuel and the ship has to be sent to Singapore?!

    Is this ship robust enough for us, or are we just that short sighted when it comes to maintaining skilled people and capability?

  6. On 9/04/2024 at 12:25 PM, aardvarkash10 said:

    a disposal bond on all moored boats.  Bond is held by the applicable regional authority.  Just like a tenant bond, but different.  It would probably require registraion and formal ownership tranfer I guess...

    this idea just sounds like an annual registration with levy to me

    those disposal (and admin) costs go up with inflation, and the existing abandoned boats wont be paying any bonds

    I'm surprised that the aluminium, copper and lead aren't enough to cover a an old rusty digger smashing it up for an hour.... but I suppose it gets to be made much more complicated than that.

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  7. "A proper lookout is not required at all times at anchor. However, at times a proper lookout will be required at anchor, such as when the prevailing circumstances and conditions indicate a risk to vessels or people.

    "Generally accepted standards of seamanship will always apply, even if a continuous watch is not required. The master is responsible for ensuring an adequate watch is kept that is appropriate for the conditions, such as intermittent checks and the use of anchor alarms."

    common sense prevails! becoming a rare event these days it seems.

    On 5/05/2024 at 2:00 AM, DrWatson said:

    Rule 30, Vessels at anchor or aground

    part c. A vessel at anchor may, and  for vessels over 100m shall, show available working lights to illuminate her decks 

    good - I'd never get any sleep with deck lights shining into the cabin!

  8. Interesting discussion here, having just had recent drama again with Westhaven mucking us about on the Pole moorings - they clearly have no plans to keep any cheaper options available long term.

    $450 a month for an 8m pole mooring! - it's 5 times the going rate from harbourmaster or any boat club.

    It's really no wonder though that yachting is getting older and less of us younger generation are taking it up - all our money, time and effort is being sucked up into real estate via rents and mortages.

    There certainly is a reckoning coming via westhaven in 2026, and while it's totally avoidable and a product of greed and  mismanagement, I can guarantee the general public response will be that it's just for "rich pricks". The sad matter is that the regular Aucklander is indeed being pushed out of there - many very large and very expensive new boats on those new berths and many of the owners are nowhere to be found outside of the peak season when they choose to visit.

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  9. On 13/05/2024 at 7:47 PM, Black Panther said:

    It's not unusual to get enquiries for gh apartments from people wanting the berth and then rent out the apartment. 

    ..... what about boaties looking to rent a berth without buying an apartment? Sounds like owners can lease them out, so I suppose we just keep an eye on trademe?

  10. 1 hour ago, waikiore said:

    They need to get over it , all the fan worm has disappeared from my Westhaven pier?

    Fanworm is a complety different pest, and since the freshwater cleared most of it out in Jan 2023, in 2024 I've noticed it making a comeback on U pier.

    It's a shame to see it growing again without intervention since nature gave the marina a big hand in managing it there.

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    One of the issues with many of the abandoned vessels was tracing the owners, Hayton said. Boats do not need to be registered in New Zealand, unlike some states in Australia.

    The cost of setting up a system to register boats would be significant. In Auckland alone, there were more than 100,000 boats.

    “People aren’t used to paying to register their boats so it’s not going to go down well.”

    Yeah, I think he's on point with that last comment there.


    Rest of the article is completely unrelated to the actual issue of abandoned boats - that rusting eyesore has long been sold to another owner, as the article (eventually) gets around to mentioning. Usual trash for the herald these days - more of a gossip tabloid than any actual news, all just a thinly veiled advertising channel for real estate.

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  12. 19 minutes ago, waikiore said:

    -or this year have a pleasant run home as the forecast looked a little perky for Monday.

    Yeah I figured the weather may have put a few off.... 

    Although I did derive quite a bit of entertainment watching some madman putting up their Gennaker/Code0 in those gusts. It went exactly as one would imagine, with the boat ahead of him pulling away with far less sail and far less drama 😂

    He even got into a broach situation right where you'd expect while getting past the ports. Great to watch, but not sure what the skipper thought was going to happen exactly....

  13. So they got rid of the harstand next to their luxury retirement village project and are turning it into eateries and other amenity for their existing development plans while adding another drydock and few berths to add value and probably meet land use zoning requirements.


    We're still left desperately short on haulout facilities.


    It's also a weird name....

  14. 15 hours ago, Psyche said:

    I resent having  to wear a helmet on a bicycle yet I would never get on a motorbike without a full face and a lot of protective gear even for a trip across town. 

    Same here, but I also find bicycles to be far more dangerous than motorbikes when riding in traffic. Ebikes are an improvement in power and stability but the brakes are still sorely lacking... and while pedaling might be hot work, my Ducati has a habit of burning my leg while stopped in traffic....

    The fact is cyclists and motorcyclists are exposed to the exact same hazard around town yet only one is expected to be dressed for the event and yet they are the best capable to get out of a tight spot quickly and aside from licensing they often have specific training alongside that too.. One group is considered deserving of being hit by an suv or truck, yet the other gets special treatment and demands a special societal pedestal on the road. I could go on, but the double standard in how cyclists and motorcyclists are treated is just ridiculous.


    Off topic rant aside, I agree with those saying the perception of safety is certainly variable, but a lot of that is circumstantial. In the case of sailing, it depends on both the nature of how we sail, and the actual design of our vessels. That is a decision best made by a (capable)  skipper as circumstance dictates.

    As for helmet protection levels, even the motorcycle world is full of contradictory evidence and outdated standards despite decades of legal mandates to wear them, so I can see how the sailing world would have a similar problem.

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