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  1. Good call Tim. I'll set them both up then sit in darkness for 5 mins then turn one on and see what I can see using a book. Turn it off and repeat with the other colour. I know from just last night alone if your eyes can see the source they start doing unwanted stuff, or at least mine did but I do have a small photophobia (light sensitivity) issue which wouldn't help. Yeap red has been the usual night light but I've seen stuff that suggests Blue is now an option as it is now an option where until recently blue wasn't.
  2. Had a play and it was interesting. NOTE: We noticed that what our eyes saw isn't what the camera (Sony Z1 with 20.something megapixls) saw. Got 2 lights, NEWT's they have on them. 30 milliamp. One red and one blue. Wired them up the same and connected to the same battery. 12V Set in cockpit like this, the photo used a flash. The white square in the middle is a pad of paper. The lights are 2mt apart. No flash. The group call was the photo shows more output from both lights than our eyes saw. The call was also both seems to put out about the same amount of light. Just the
  3. The sales blurb is pure marketing dept and detail free, as seems the way these days. Does it have AIS in any form? My concerns with touch screen only are the same as Wilows. My Sony was promoted as being able to be used underwater, the website even had videos of it being used in a pool............ but try it in real life and you will be sadly disappointed. Also that whole pinch to zoom/whatever is hard work at the best of times. On a small device in the pissing rain and wind against tide off North head or off East Cape in a Force 8+.... I stand to be corrected but I would be expecting
  4. I was pretty happy with some stuff I got from Wairau Paint Center which they called a 'single pot lacquer'. I got a white with a tiny hint of black stainers added (it helps it cover better) and a hint of 'knock off the gloss' whatever it is to make it more semi-gloss than shiney, which I despise. That went over well sanded unknown paint and assorted bits inside my boat. Put on 2 coats and it covered well, flowed out well and has proven surprisingly tuff to scuffing bashing and crashing. Done with small roller and brush, not warehouse shitters, good ones.
  5. Bugger, that's a shame I liked the look of that one. But I've yet to find a touch screen that works reliably with wet paws.
  6. Red is a tricky colour and one that disappears fast in 1/2 light so that could be right WB. I'll find a friendly optometrist and see what they say. I'll wire a few up tonight and put them head to head and see what we see ..... or don't.
  7. I'm glass so not to sure how it goes on that. I may look into it deeper just to knock it all back to the gelcoat layer and sand from there. There is a few coats, some being epoxy based, over the gelcoat so I'd like to take some off if I can.
  8. That is a wicked toy, I think I want one. One does have to wonder what exactly it is you think is worth someone peeking in the window to watch BP.
  9. Caves like that In Waipu?? Who would have thought that.
  10. KM...

    Doing forepeak

    Mine's split fore n aft. One side you get into by locker lid, the other you can access from the end so we can stick long things up it. It extends right forward (to the new collision bulkhead) but I'm going to stop at least one side doing that.... things creep froward and get too hard to get, lost, forgotten etc.
  11. KM...

    Solar Power

    Crap, that should be 'saving' 82%.
  12. KM...

    Solar Power

    Just as a suggestion. Have you considered rather than spending the coin on buying more generation and storage you spend it on upgrading your gear to more efficent stuff and in doing so reducing power consuption? If your gear is anything like mine was, some is serioulsy inefficent. I changed all my 6 bulb and fluro lights to 12 LED lights and in doing so can now have all 12 of the new ones on using only 82% of the power than just 1 of the old fluro ones did. That cost $252 six years ago..... and by todays standard those are now not that effcient nor cheap. We saved 50% just by chang
  13. Ah. I do have the ability to strobe my masthead light should I want to draw attention. It's one of those Opti..Octi...errrr sexy and clever ones IT sells.
  14. Oh gawd, with everyone knowing Red is faster and now Blue is heavier and keeps you awake, the dilemma is getting intense I never considered the physiological aspects of the lights, that's a interesting angle Wheels.
  15. Ask the missus, hell no. But I may ask the hot MILF over the back fence. At least the 1/2 hour near diatribe on colours will be mellowed by magnificent but highly inappropriate thoughts I'll be having at the same time
  16. Yes theatres, I'd forgotten them. They are just for night or mood lighting Kevin. So they want to be subtle and throw out just enough to get around the boat with. Flashing would drive me nuts, which is why the stereo head that came out of her had duct tape across the front of it, it flashed... once. The blue does look good but a play last night would suggest the red 'light up' more than the blue. They were the exact same lights just different in colour. I dunno if the extra light was just Red doing more then Blue due to a spectrum thing or it was our eyes seeing Red easier. But the pos
  17. Traditionally night lights have been Red but technology has now given us Blue. If you were staring from scratch and the cost was the same would you fit blue or red for night lighting? Anyone used/got Blue? Would you keep it or change to another?
  18. Yeah I suspect that a time on a sander is in my future. I'm wrapping her so that's one bonus.
  19. The video and the attached story didn't seem to match well. If there was a drouge in the end of the trailing line it was a pretty sh*t one, the boat was getting along at quite a clip. Also can't understand why they got off, it looked OK whether to bang up a chicken shute and have a hell ride.
  20. KM...

    Stainless Steel

    No its caused by only one thing, poor quality control.
  21. I had a Yammy 9.9hp 4 stroke Hi Thrust and was going to replace it like for like, she's old and done some hard yards but still goes OK. I ended up getting a Yammy 9,9hp 4 stroke but not the high thrust model. I did get a high thrust prop for the new one though. The new Hi thrust is remote control only, which I don't need nor the weight. The non Hi thrust is quite a bit lighter. The hi thrust prop for the new one isn't as large as the hi thrust prop on a hi thrust motor but it is a lot bigger than the std prop. So I've sort of split the difference between a Std and the Hi Thrust model
  22. I'm sure it's come up before but buggered if I can find it. After spending a hour or 3 going back to bare glass on my hull ready for deck bonding, the entire boat, shed, cat every freaking thing is green, the colour of the original gelcoat. I came out looking like a psycho Irish Clown about to go Columbine on someone. What a mess. I found I have 4 coats of paint, at least, plus the gelcoat. Some has to go but not all but if it's getting a biggie why not go for it all and start from scratch is a thought. What was the outcome of the idea to soda blast paint off discussion, a good or
  23. There are a few variations on that theme out there erice. One boat I delivered to Aussie last year had a fancy version. Looked very similar in over all shape but down the sides it had flaps, for lack of a better word, which opened depending on the speed you were doing, the faster you went the more they opened. It was cunning in that you could adjust the mechanism more or less depending on what you wanted or the boat it was on and things like that. We chucked it in at one stage but we weren't moving fast enough fr the flaps to deploy, we were bored filing in time waiting for some weather to fin
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