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  1. But still there are no accounts / examples of when a flare has actually been used in anger.

    Does that not indicate that the other means of communication are reliable and effective?.

    When Aztec was lost in the Welly to Gisborne race, it was a flare that attracted the attention of another competitor, who arrived in time to rescue the crew as the yacht went down.

  2. Doesn't seem too harsh to me - speeding is a big problem in the Sounds, and the requirement is only to carry the life jackets. Mind you, I'd be a bit pissed if I got a ticket for not having a lifey in the dinghy while rowing the stern line 10m to the shore.

  3. I have a copy of some 930 plans at home with has a rudder profile on it. I can hunt them out for you. May be a starting point.



    that would be a good start thanks - I can at least get the barn door fair to original, eh 

  4. The 'ship is going to get a bottom birthday and while I'm at it I'm thinking to tidy up the rudder and try and get rid of the hummmmm.


    The rudder is still the original plank, but now stood up perpendicular (rather than following transom line). So I have to cut off the bottom to level with waterline, but I'd like to make sure the profile is good too.


    What's the appropriate profile for a rudder on a turbo'd 930?

  5. Well, it was blowing cats off chains that night :-)


    I passed it on the way to the airport Friday morning - tide was up and it didn't look too bad at that point. When I saw the video from later that day it was ugly. I guess as the tide went out it became more parked.


    Very sad, must be heartbreaking for the owner.

  6. I vaguely recall the story of the loss of the Aztech on the Wellington-Gisborne Race years back, the sinking yacht let off flares and that's all that alerted the yacht that rescued the crew.

  7. the endless racket of pointless TRs on ch80/82 is mind-numbing and spoils a nice sail. 


    This is why I got a DSC VHF and programmed my MMSI number and those for my friends - I can turn the volume down to zero and still be alerted when a friend is trying to get me (poor cell phone coverage areas). They've selected the channel they want to talk on, so the radio has switched to that channel and sounds a call alarm - that way we don't even add to the noise on the calling channel/s (like 16, 63, etc)

  8. Once heard a TR being lodged for someone leaving Issie Bay, bound for Motuihe Island.

    A couple of years back we were on a mooring and there was big forecast (Predict Wind had run out of colours). There was a little fizzy in the bay too, nice couple. They decided to tie up to a jetty and they tied it and tied it and tied it - a sky crane could've ripped the jetty out of the ground by pulling on the boat.


    After the blow they eventually got themselves untied and left the bay. Then we heard them make a TR - they were towing the boat from Picton to Havelock, by road :-)

  9. Agree it's easier to minimise consumption. On that point, figure how much you need in the fridge and whether you need to freeze or just keep cool and size accordingly.


    Don't get one of those thermoelectric coolers that also warms - they absolutely kill the battery. What you need is compressor fridge, like Waeco/Dometic or Engel. Looking at specs of the Waeco CFX 35 it says


    0.32 Ah/h at +20 °C ambient temperature, 0.60 Ah/h at +32 °C ambient temperature, both at +5 °C interior temperature



    So that's something like 8 - 16 Ah in a 24hr period - which should be easily replenished by a 80-100W solar panel on a normal day. Yeah, a panel that size is big, but I had no problem mounting it on a rail (for cruising I took the top pushpit lifeline off and fitted a tube in its place, on which I had some of the starport mounts for the panel) on the transom of my 930.


    Get a portable fridge, that way you can get the temperature down at home then take it to the boat cold already. For longer trips I would freeze my meat packs at home so they slowly defrost in the fridge, which also reduces the load on the battery. Buy your meat vacuum packed so they won't leak and also it'll last longer.


    Also, don't turn the fridge off at night or whatever - all that's doing is allowing the interior to warm up, so when you turn it back on it has to go hard to cool down again. The designers designed it to be on full time so just leave it running and it'll use less juice overall.

  10. I have a spare one of these little furlers.


    You run a continuous line through it. Attaches to the tack, the sail needs a non twisting tape in the luff, and a swivel at the top.


    I used on a Fractional Zero on a R930 but it was a little small.


  11. This seems like a good opportunity for the Great Crew Eelsnot Trial.


    Suggest two boats with same antifoul applied at similar time (eg within a month of each other) and which are moored in same place. Lift and clean both boats. Apply snot to one. Put them both back in. Wait one month then inspect.

  12. The other thing that's primo is that ring thing you see on the stove. It's an oven :-)


    There's a lid that fits over it all, to cover the hole as well, so the heat from the stove heats from underneath and also up through the hole to heat the top of the food. 


    Works a treat on the little alcohol stove. That's home made bread baked in there - en route to the Nelson Regatta.


    I just remembered what it's called, or the brand anyway - Omnia: 



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