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  1. Weiti is looking pretty good just for the sake of proper parking, jetty, haulout and dingy lockers.... 

    I had a chat with Westhaven and they're not taking new rentals to fill the largely empty poles as they'll be reconsolidating anyone left into the one row eventually, which I presume is after replacing the rotten/broken poles and tidying the place up a bit. However, this doesn't bode well for me if I have the boat transported out to my place for some refit and repair work next year and want to come back after 6 months.... trailer sailers are sounding like a pretty good idea these days!

  2. 5 hours ago, waikiore said:

    Hobson Bay ,Glendowie etc are all good mooring areas but the council are actively removing Dinghy storage facilities, if you are a Westy what about Herald Island? Or alternatively pay to join the waiting list at Milford creek -there are a few Trackers in there.

    What on earth is council doing removing dingy racks? City of Sails no longer it would seem.

    Milford seems a bit limiting with the tides, and in any case I imagine it's not going to be as cheap as Weiti, but I hear the old floating piers from Westhaven are going to be sent up there to be reused so that might be part of a nice do-up of the place for those that are there.

    Hobsonville or Herald island might be an option as it only adds an hour by sea to get out to the inner gulf... of course that makes a 4 hour return trip to Motuihe into a 6 hour trip but at least it's on the water. Does anyone here know what the dinghy/parking/jetty situation is like out there?

    2 hours ago, aardvarkash10 said:

    Long shot, but we are pretty happy at Brooklands Boating Club on the Wairoa River, Clevedon.  Yes, a bit of a drive for a westie, but only two hours to the bottom end of Waiheke under pretty much any conditions.  And in a Tracker, the river depth at the mouth will not limit you a lot.  Poles, around $300 a month, very sheltered, jetty with drinking and washdown water, secured gate entry and parking.  No clubrooms or other facilities.

    https://www.bbclub.co.nz/

    $300 a month is a bit cheaper than what I'm paying now, but definitely a big drive to get out there. Thanks for that info though they actually sound interested in supporting their customers.

    Westhaven poles went from 200 in 2013 to 380 now, probably 400+ next June. There's no maintenance being done, a snapped off pole that is only visible near low tide and they are using the area as a graveyard for old piers. 

    In that time, a small berth went from 390 to 670 per month. So after removing the swing moorings for superyachts and massive cats, they've increased poles 90% and small berths 70%, then claimed that there's falling demand..... meanwhile a 14M berth has only gone up 38% in that same time. They then have the audacity to tell us our rates are going up to fund the redevelopment project (that is removing small berths and all the poles) and maintenance (that isn't being done).

    Ugh... I'm just sick of council and council controlled organizations constantly screwing over regular Aucklanders. The prospect of paying more for a pole than what a berth cost just 10 years ago has really got to me.

  3. 20 minutes ago, Kevin McCready said:

    Okahu Bay is fine. But make sure your boat has big cleats so it doesn't get parted from the mooring in storms. 

    The bow of my tracker as a very well set bollard(?) that got towed by the coastguard at about 12 kts and it didn't part ways so I reckon I'd be ok with that. Is there a lot of wave action with a north/north-easterly?

    What is the story with getting out to the boat? Is there a dinghy rack or anything like that?

    20 minutes ago, Black Panther said:

    Gett8ng on the list is easy. Times are random. Seems there has been a lot of turnover recently. 

    Ohhhh very interesting. I'd always written the idea off because of that. Thanks.

  4. 15 minutes ago, Black Panther said:

    Check out Weiti. Not a terrible drive and close to all the excellent destinations once you get here.

    It's a bit of a drive (for me) to get up there, but if I lived closer I would certainly be onto that one. Do you know how long the waitlist is? (I heard it was a bit tricky to get on that list, too)

    Definitely would be a nice way to get to Kawau though.

  5. Hi Crew - New member here but have been sailing a little Tracker 7.7 since 2013. I've been on the Westhaven poles ever since buying her, but haven't been out once since the whole covid thing happened, and now with life getting back on track I've finally had to bite the bullet and reassess the cost of this! Rental rates have almost doubled since starting there while the service/value has been reduced and all maintenance long since halted (and there are abundantly clear signs that we're going to be kicked out before too much longer, however, that's a rant on it's own for another time....)

    SO, having never had to look at moorings beyond the boats occasionally washing up against the westhaven sea wall, what are good spots to look for available moorings in the Waitemata? I'm based out in West Auckland for now, so trying to balance the nightmare of driving to Bucklands beach against time spent motoring against tide and wind to moorings up near Hobsonville.

    I'm thinking Little Shoal Bay looks neat, as does Okahu but I'm not sure if these are too exposed? How does dinghy/tender storage work in these places?

    Is building a trailer and parking it with the rigging up at a boat ramp a possible option? 

    Any thoughts, advice or sage wisdom out there?

    Thanks

    (7.7m LOA, 1.4m draft, about 2000kg unloaded)

     

  6. How often does CC need blasting and/or sanding, at least how often are you guys doing so? I imagine a neglected boat is still going to get some barnacles (or worse) growing that could take a chip of the paint off with them?

    I just seem to see some mixed reviews, and I wonder if it's as much about the prep work vs the tolerance for a missed season or what defines "low maintenance".

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