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  1. 14 minutes ago, aardvarkash10 said:


    Its nearly as simple as terminating wire rope.  ;-)

    Way easier than rigging wire. Bending 1x19 into thimbles etc is a huge pain in the butt. 

    I used one of those crimp punch thingys, no idea what they are called. You put the wire/crimp in and whack down a punch like thing that puts divot, so to speak, into it. A few on each crimp and it ain't coming off ever again...I know I cocked up a colour so tried. Wire cutters won that one :)

    I'm a strong user of the right colours in the right places as who knows who'll be looking in there next. I have opened things up to find 100 odd wires, every single one of them the same colour, sort of thing and more than once.

  2. One set was done by a sparky who now runs a chandlery, the other 2 were done by a dude whose card claims he is a marine electrician.

    I made a set for the farms small solar array over Xmas, as would be expected they are perfect. It's not like it's rocket science or takes more then 30 seconds to check all is good is it.

  3. On 17/04/2021 at 11:43 AM, Tamure said:

    Milford used to be like that, very working class, but relatively recently its been used by people with pretty expensive boats who really can afford the bigger professional yards but just want a cheap option.

    To use the Milford yard you have to be a member and there is a stand down. The big fancy in there belongs to a member.

  4. 16 hours ago, Island Time said:

    Its the maritime approved cable - 5000.1 spec - actually has 3 layers - outer sheath, inner sheath, and the thin celophane like membrane, then multistrand  tinned copper cable. It surprises me that the correctly sized lugs would fit over the celophane - proper lugs only just fit over the bare cable.....

    Oh is that a specification, I didn't know that. It certainly was a trick one. It caught at least 3 professionals out.

    The crimps are probably like a vast array of goodies that are made imperial but sold as metric and the other way around, maybe the wire was off spec or the wire and crimps were at either end of the allowable tolerance range. The wire was reported to be LR Approved.

    We run into it a lot...I even did mid Sth Pacific ocean when replacing a broken water impeller. The spare pumped but not in volume so I couldn’t get much more than a fast idle before overheating. On return we found it as a converted one so a fraction of a mm different than expected stopping it seal on the end plate properly to give us full flow.

  5. Also when stripping the cover off good sized wires CHECK you don't have wire that has a lightweight gladwrap like skin over the wire itself under the far bigger far gruntier plastic coating. We've had 3 instanced in the last year where new anchor winch installs suffered WTF power supply issues. All 3 had the wires crimped professionally, all 3 times the professionals missed this skin, it is very hard to spot and is only on some wires. But it is enough to cause issues and once under the crimp its invisible which makes diagnosing it just a guess.

    The first time we just couldn't figure it out, new wires and all that so should be fine. In desperation I said check each wire just to make sure one hasn't broken when dragging it from the batteries to the winch, expect to find all were spot on. But one short wire got a flickering reading so I fiddled with the crimps and it got worse so pulled one end off to re-crimp it thinking a poor squeeze to find the glad wrap under it. The other 2 installs were WTF until I remembered and thought, lets check each wire to find........ hello, gladwrap again.

    It maybe just one brand of wire, I never did find out, but whatever it is it is being sold in NZ.

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  6. 15 hours ago, Lifejacketfits said:

     I’m prepared to join a club to access facilities if it makes sense financially.

    Be aware some of the places being mention here have stand down periods so if you think you can join the club just to use their haulage facilities a week later you maybe disappointed. They are aware they are being used just for what your wanting to do and aren't that keen on being used as a handy convenience.

  7. 41 minutes ago, Fish said:

    What? Congratulations are in order! I always wanted to get a gun licence, just so that I could show at least 2 people vouched I am of good character. How did you manage it? ;-)

    I lied my arse off, I told them I voted for Jacinda  ;)  To WTF even more, I got a dispensation to get my license when I was 15, the age at the time was 16. So that's how long I've been a fine upstanding indigenous member of NZ society.


    Saw neighbour again last evening and she reckons the prop fell off in the Motuhie Channel. There are little signs the retainer may have fizzed off.

    So that one wasn't stolen FLC.

  8. I'd like to agree with all of the above...............except possibly Aard until I suss his what his homothingy word means.

    We've had our moments, more IT has and I've had to correct him obviously 😡 😉 but he's still welcome to dive into my fridge all day any day.

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  9. 1 hour ago, funlovincriminal said:

    Have you, or anyone you know ever had a propeller pinched off a yacht whilst moored in Westhaven marina? 

    Yes... but it is more a 'possibly' than a 'Done deal'. My neighbour put motor in gear and went no where, the 'damn gearbox' turned out to be 'Where the F has my prop gone?'.  But then I was uttering 'Where the F has the end of my C board gone?' at the same time.

    That's a interesting question to ask though dude so spill......


    And I like the Seal ....mainly as the bitch hasn't eaten any of my fleet or charges for a while. Maybe she heard that after 7 months of waiting my gun license renewal has finally come thru so yesterday I brought a pump action 12g and a semi auto .22.....even though I'd use my 223, heavy grain hollow point, on her.

  10. YNZ are asking the following 3 questions of the clubs and will represent the feedback they get.

    The questions are  -

    • ONE. Does your club support or oppose the following: No swimming within 400m of marine mammals

    • TWO. Does your club support or oppose the following:

    Approach no closer than 400m of marine mammals. 

    No pursuing interactions - view on marine mammals terms - if approached by marine mammals within a distance of less than 400m remain idle/neutral/drop sails/stop until all marine mammals are 400m away.

    • THREE. Does your club support or oppose the following: 5-knot marine mammal safe zones - two zones totaling 21km2

    There is Support, Oppose and Don;t know as the 3 responses plus room to say why. Plus there's room to put alternatives.

    If you'd like your club to represent your views then best ya let the club know what they are.

    Individuals can submit in their own right if they so desire.

    Here's the link to the proposal again - https://boimms.co.nz/the-proposal/


    This is worth taking a minute or 3 to contemplate this as it is being seen by many, many with the power to action, as a trial for a wider roll out. Imagine a pod swimming thru the Rangi Channel on a nice weekend afternoon..... let alone into any bay or harbour.

    I can't find a single soul who doesn't like the protection concept, everyone thinks it's needed BUT many have very real fears that excessive unworkable overly punitive regime that it could come. As we see once stuffs put in place it's near impossible to change it so now is the time to ensure what does go in is fair, reasonable and will be workable in real life, if it's not then everyone loses including the Dolphins.

  11. Quote

    This email is to let you know that the consultation period for the Pēwhairangi (Bay of Islands) marine mammal sanctuary proposal is now expected to open on or around 20 April 2021 for a 28 day period.  We had planned for consultation to begin mid-April, but there have been some unavoidable delays. 


    Earlier this week, Minister Kiri Allan stepped down from her role as Minister of Conservation for medical reasons. Our thoughts are with Minister Allan and her whānau, and we wish her a speedy recovery. The proposal is now being progressed by Acting Minister of Conservation Hon Dr Ayesha Verrall.


    When the sanctuary proposal is notified, a public consultation document will be released to assist people who would like to make a submission. We will also be holding a series of drop-in sessions during the public consultation period.


    Because of the revised timeline, these sessions will now be on the following dates and times:


    • Wednesday 21 April 2021 – 5 pm to 7 pm at the Paihia War Memorial Hall, Paihia

    • Friday 30 April 2021 – 10 am to 2 pm at the Procter Library, Kerikeri

    • Saturday 1 May 2021 – 10 am to 1 pm at the Paihia War Memorial Hall, Paihia

    • Saturday 1 May 2021 –  2 pm to 4 pm in Russell, location to be confirmed


    We will keep you up to date with any further developments.


  12. 2 minutes ago, Deep Purple said:

    Yep, same boat K8512

    Trubi bought the old Unitec2 and has probably upgraded it. It never seemed to perform as good as it should

    He is also rebuilding Elliphunk at the moment

    Cheers. Maybe he's been tickling it. We thought that but then thought Na, it looks a good cut n polish, new graphics and the flash new black cloth tricked up.

    I stubbed my toe on Eli's keel last week, it's a lot shorter than I would have expected...... but not for long ;)

  13. 14 hours ago, Kick Ass said:

    I think it is the old unitec, Elliott design

    That's what we thought as well but bits just didn't seem right.

    Maybe it's had some work done to her, she is looking very shiny and was pulling up new cloth as we past. She was looking real nice, in proportion and nice lines. We'd spend a bit of the drifting moment critiquing the gawd awful after thought tacked on flying bridges.


  14. No not the papers the boat.

    Coming in from racing on Sunday and saw a 30fter +/-, a fawn like colour, called Zig Zag setting up for a yacht. What a sweet looking things she was with her black mini square top. Nice lines and all on proportion, very nice.

    Anyone know anything about her like designer and so on?

  15. 2 hours ago, DoT said:

    Unless I am mistaken, the only NZ government charges in that lot are: "MPI BACC processing fee", "Customs clearance" and "Customs compliance", but it's not even clear if those are the customs charges or admin charges by the shipper.

    If you could buy the anchor direct, you would pay the same charges: it is expensive enough to attract GST, and the shipper pays all the other charges, so it would be included in your courier cost.



    NZ and a origin Govt charges in all bills like that, we can't avoid either.

    For the chain out of Italy we also have Brown Stink bug costs as well, around 400 euros per container and due to how they do it we can't load the containers as much as we could before. Individual punters doing a sly on the interweb don't cop those.

    GST maybe depending on where you buy it from, the rest is unlikely as they related to real shipping not a TNT/DHL like courier. We do get things TNT/DHLed in and on some occasions, but not always and there is no pattern, they bypass all that even GST. But we deal mainly in bulky and heavy so DHL/TNT is out due to the extreme costs. They do cost a lot more in being all in one like mobs, but we still get many lines with assorted extras.

    I brought a $2000 set of panniers for my Ducati from Italy and the freight cost was around NZ$320 (hell good and way less than expected but from big mob so probably a volume deal thing). If they had gone on a ship they would have attracted pretty much almost all of the above charges.

    2 hours ago, Fish said:

    Hay KM, since you are paying the SOLAS administration fee, you couldn't have a word with them about the flares for me, could you?

    PS, do you really airfreight anchors?

    That list of charges certainly is innovative... If they were open and honest, they'd just have a rodgering fee and do away with all the BS.

    Yeah I only just saw the SOLAS thing and WTF did spring to mind....as did you f**king flares ;)

    3 years ago the list of levies and taxes was 2/3rds of the length, a new one seems to pop up every month. And at the moment world wide freight is a horror show in timing and costs. 

    Yeas we have been flying some in trying to keep up with demand, Excels mostly but also some big Spades, 2 bigguns for a new build on the go locally. The invoice invoice above is sea freight though. Airlines have a whole raft of differing taxes, 'Airport Coffee Cart Levy' and other such crap.

    Yeap I've said the same thing, Just have freight and the next line being a 'just because we can charge of freight times 3'.

  16. For the many who are very quick to flap their uneducated jaws about 'I got one for a dollar so all NZ business are thieving scum as they want $2'.

    The shipment this invoice relates to is 3 pallets of anchors from Melbourne that arrived here yesterday. Very well packed pallets, the manufacturer has some anal affliction about shipping 'air' or the costs would be even higher. After the below is done, the gear is now on NZ soil, a raft of others costs kick in that punters can circumvent. Nurses and Teachers salaries being a big one of a shed load.

    The current NZ Govt has increased many of these recently and brought in some new ones. They will all be flowing towards your wallet right now....and I suspect the pace of that flow is about to increase a significant amount.




  17. Get hold of Singapore Airlines, they know how to do it.

    A year or 10 back our place was next door to Tim Willets Spars where he built the, at the times, world leading spars for a few classes, one being Finn's (from a shady memory). The Worlds were coming up and Tims gear was in hot demand. We saw him packing up 2 rigs using a good 100mts of red 'fragile' tape to do to so. All good but a few weeks later........ Tim being the bundle of joy he was when things weren't going well {insert Tui advert here} we saw him merrily (Yeah right) running around like a loony packing 2 more rigs. When asked 'Why the panic?' we were told Singapore Airlines (I may have exact airline wrong, it was  many splifs and rums ago) to be told 'Singapore Airlines thought they would save me over length charges so they cut the rigs in 1/2'


  18. Agree there V, there needs to be either some form of easy way of the owner (technically just a holder) to be identified...or they are pulled. Heard of Woody conflict and seen a few around the 2 on the SW corner.

    I know the Woody owner and while being a rich prick he is very reasonable but I don't know his kids and they would be the ones to use it most. So....... ;)

    Yeap, it is a small bay to have a large chunk taken up by one mooring.

    If any more like this come up I'll post here sooner. Many do come up and we jump on them, if required, but there is politics at play so at times going wide can get counter productive. There are a few scraps on, got word today I've another day sitting in a Town Hall Hearing in 2 weeks time, this is the 3rd time for the same thing....Oh joy. 

  19. 1 hour ago, Veladare said:

    Knot Me, the new moorings at Rakino are news to me... where can we submit? Im assuming you are talking about Woody Bay where there already is one of the buggers already

    Closed for submissions now unfortunately sorry. Not Woody this time.

    They want to drop a few more in the SW corner under that da-de-da-da place on point above. The gist is they are subdividing that land and some of the new sections need a mooring for access.

    The mooring in Woody Bay is available for use by the general public. That is a condition of it being allowed and it has ALWAYS been the case, not that some and the media wanted you to know that as it fucked with their narrative. The owner has zero problem with it being used, at the boaters own risk, and all he wants is to be able to use it when he's there, he has a house there (the one his son burnt down a year or 3 back). But he uses it rarely so the mooring is mostly empty.

    A condition of these proposed moorings is they are also open for public use when the holders aren't using them. But having experienced the utter wankery and dangerous wankery of the holder when he came in in his bland boring over price POS tupperware and went 'off' big time at a boat on the mooring with threats and a pretend (or had a change of mind at the last second) ramming, I'd expect any public using it may cop some abuse at times. Only an assumption there but it is based on previous history.

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