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Everything posted by funlovincriminal

  1. Wee yacht moored off the beach, mainsheet has come adrift and the boom is thrashing about in this Easterly rubbish. It would be a grim row out at the moment but someone may know the owner
  2. I've often considered it But I reckon running extra halyards, utilizing anchor winch etc can be more progressive than suddenly realizing your rudder is supporting 50% of your hull
  3. Was viewing a boat on the hard at Marsden Cove yesterday and afterwards went to the marina to visit a friend who was staying there for a short time was surprised to see a seal swimming around the boats. Kids thought he was great. Most amazing sight for me though was all the Fan Worm attached to the pontoons. Quite pretty I have to say. My mate (who's French) reckons in the med they cut the top off and use the worm living inside as bait, to great effect. Maybe we need to think of a way to commercialize all these imports
  4. The issue I have (and I would wager I'm not the first to suffer this).... Is that we have a particular trip in mind. Duration 6 months. And although we are a family of 4, part of the attraction (read persuader) for getting this endeavor off the ground with my fair lady is the ability to periodically home other entire families with kids for 2 weeks at a time to break up the boredom for the kids and her. So, myself who would happily go offshore in a Ross 40 or some such now has to look for something that can sleep 8-9, and sustain land folk who don't grasp the concept of not show
  5. Had a look at 1 with the Family and although it was a stunning example, and they tick a lot of the boxes for me, the size of the cockpit was a real turn-off for the misinster of profit disbursement and shoe acquisition. I see it as a good/safe offshore cockpit, she sees it as something where you can't stretch out to sunbathe I know of a couple that have sold recently for well under what you'd expect, I recall them being over $200k not THAT long ago.
  6. My old one (Gaucho) was I believe built 86/7? I seem to have 85 locked in my head as design date but could be wrong. Gary from Leading Edge boat builders in Beachaven is restoring Aqua Vitae and seems to know pretty much everything about kiwi yachts. Look him up or head to the SR26 page on Facepalm. Great boats - good luck!
  7. We were in Longhaul ona wooden 30 footer and finished just before midnight. Spent about 2 hrs drifting NE of Rangi light avoiding the tide in zero breeze but never got bored as we were defending our lead from a few big boats. Change of tide bought a fresh breeze line which we hooked into and flew to the finish... great fun
  8. Only issue I have is draft. 2.2 max. Otherwise I'd e converting a Ross 12 to Pacific cruiser by now
  9. Yeah old listings A couple in OZ at the moment
  10. Looking to get out of the 1020 and replace with something suitable to take family to the islands next season. The 1020 is such a good boat that it's bigger Sister would seem a good way to go. Anyone have/know of one that may be coming up for sale? Cheers
  11. Today feels like it should have been the day
  12. Looking like quite a different breeze to the first race for this Saturday - not very SSANZ-ey at all! Huey must have got his dates wrong?
  13. I must admit I have been out on 2 handed races in the past, early hours, sleep deprived and approaching commercial/fishing/processing boats with all kinds of lights coming off them. Worked myself into a lather trying to decipher what they were up to, imagining sub surface tow cables, networking net dragging trawlers etc etc until I get to the point I have to wake the off watch crew for a second opinion or just tack/gybe and get the hell away from them. Although the off watch crew has also told me in great detail about the rabbits that managed to stay 1 or 2 waves in front of the bow
  14. In this case, the captain of the smaller, unladen freighter refused to pass the Mont Blanc Port to Port, being in a hurry and having already passed two other smaller vessel's Stbd to Stbd. Restricted by depth he came to almost a halt and the Mont Blanc was barely squeezing by when the freighter restarted in reverse, the prop walk kicking the stern to Port and digging the stem into the side of the Mont Blanc. The sparks created when they pulled the boats apart ignited the Benzol and their fate was sealed from there
  15. Google "Halifax Explosion" for worse case scenario when the rules are left on a shelf
  16. I bought Shapeshifter (ex Fadeaway) off the guy who developed Sunset Sam. He reckoned they used SS as a development platform for their 830 but the SS was such a weapon they kept sailing it and left the 830 in a shed for over 20 years! Great send
  17. Guess we will find out tonight at the Briefing
  18. 108 boats now with a day to go. 10 Piedies and a Sloth of 88's Somehow found myself in longhaul on a Ross boat made of matchsticks that are too soggy to light... oh well at least it'll be blowing 30+knots and probably raining
  19. My initial thought was that they could have been Northern Hemisphere units. They were purchased in NZ from a reputable retailer, possibly shipped from supplier in error. I have brought them home with me and they are going to sort him out with replacement or credit. Interestingly enough, they were only installed to meet Cat 1 and we never looked at them once on the trip. As it was 99.9% Autohelm all we used was the heading on the control unit
  20. I've just done a trip to Fiji on a mates cat, now that we are in flat calm Anchorage it has become apparent that both of his compasses are not acting correctly. The cards on both are tilted towards the center and front of the boat. The starboard one is 5 degrees to the center and I'd say nearly 10 forward. Port is about 5 degrees to center and 5 forward. Both 2 months old Riviera Polare units. Nothing ferrous near them, when removed and held level in cockpit they don't change. We have sat a hand bearing compass in the hole when removed and it behaves properly. Any
  21. I've had good work and value out of Steve at Firefish Fab in Gulf Harbour
  22. Ha ha Good luck with enforcing that particular gem
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