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  1. One unusual thing I have found when staying in Port Charles is a very strong catabatic wind coming off the higher land that can be less enjoyable in the evening
  2. Hi CD, depending on the weather, of course, Mayor Island is amazing. SE bay can cut up if there is SE winds but around the corner is NW and Honeymoon Bay as an alternative. The water is crystal clear and lots of areas to snorkel and fish, landing on the island is interesting with a walk that circumnavigates the island (5-6 hr) with a koha ($5 maybe) to be paid if you want to do this. Further on is Whangamata which has a marina that is shallow to enter but if there is no swell anchorage areas are in the southern corner or in the deeper water inshore of the islands. Next is Slipper Is. whe
  3. That day will be worth celebrating Grant, hopefully a smooth run from now on! Go the Lizard!
  4. What I like about Penrite is it's online oil selection tool, you specify the vehicle and it defines the correct premium oil and then suitable alternatives. The range is very specific and applies to Australian and NZ models. This tool doesn't apply to marine units unfortunately.
  5. Does anyone have one of these in any condition?
  6. Cation has a nice system for the halyard and the squaretop, check out the BoatingNZ video. This may not be applicable for you though!
  7. I used a Meguiars restore product from Repco that did a good job, cheers!
  8. Thanks for the info, I will see how it goes. My judgement is that it's not ready for replacement yet, maybe in a couple of years as it has scratching from folded up with the dodger folder down.
  9. Who has some good tips and products for cleaning dodger clears apart from replacing them, mine are getting a bit hard to see clearly through them, a few scratches but not fogged up.
  10. If the stack pack is made with parallel sides they can be rolled and clipped neatly away under the sail, with the lazy jacks secured under the boom fitting horns
  11. There are 2 projects at least in NZ for producing Hydrogen. One proposal is to use the excess night generation at Wairakei Geothermal to extract it from water, still high energy component needed but at present there is excess capacity https://www.hiringa.co.nz/ are heavily involved. Toyota and Hyundai are into it big time with small fleets being trialed but current refueling facilities can only fill to half the maximum pressure (which is very high) and Ports of Auckland are working on hydrogen fuel vehicles and machinery, too.
  12. They have unloaded the stern to get access to the rudder by the looks of it
  13. The image in the article looks like a microchip with bling, that makes me a bit dubious as batteries tend to have fewer connections, or at least in series. May be parallel on a circuit board?
  14. ballystick

    B&G gear

    IT is a specialist, try him
  15. Yes, the inevitable system replacement is on the cards. I like the pricing of the B&G these days and it seems that the quality and reliability has been retained with the budget range.
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