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  1. I have often sworn at my lazy jacks, usually when I have been too lazy to take them to the mast before hoisting the main. My bad. However as a solo sailor I would not be without them when dousing. No great pile of sail on the deck to tidy up.
  2. If outfits like the ones being mentioned in this thread had to pay an 'end of life' tax on the junk they import they would be broke by the end of the month.
  3. Laurent Giles 38 foot sloop.
  4. Well it was minor, a small local area of rot near the top of the transom beneath the backstay chain plate, but what the hell rip it all off and replace with new laminated transom just to be sure. Turned out not to be too major. None of the rot had migrated to the structural bits and bobs.
  5. OOOooooops, and Apology, Memory lapse, forgot about the new stern due to some rot in ply caused by poorly fitted back stay plate,
  6. Old. Wood. Carvel Planked. (1 1/4" NZ Kauri) High Maintenance. Thats my boat. 60 years old. 17 years into my ownership of her and never touched the hull, for any repair or maintenance that I can recall, mind you I am old too (70.s) and may be suffering from some memory loss. The timber hull, with no fancy glue just the plank seams calked in cotton allowing her natural sea water environment to keep her tight and dry. The way boats were meant to be built dry, warm and smelling sweet. I have never once had to dry out a cored deck, repair blisters on the hull, endure expensive osm
  7. It would surprise me if the Westhaven Marina security, are not investigating this on behalf of their customer, as they should be, and could be for all I know, after all they may have the key to the offence and offenders sitting on their camera system, which is probably about to overwrite itself and lose any possible footage forever, unless they have saved the footage. Surely the customer whose boat was broken into, is entitled to have access to the camera footage for the relevant period of time. Twisty is more than entitled to, and should do without delay, request any information from
  8. So the possible video footage of the offender/s is locked away and nothing done. As a former Detective in the NZ Police, I find the police response to the complaint as described by twisty as disgusting and is deserving of a letter to their local MP. You deserve better !!!!!!!!
  9. My bamboo garden stake has never failed. BP, I am an old skipper on an old boat I dont want to change anything.
  10. The tube of New Zealand Cancer Society Everyday sunscreen, SPF 50+. I been using has failed AMA testing. Bloody Hell !!!!! Who can you trust. Plus the Testing Body (USA) was found to have been duddying up the results prior to 2017. Well thats what the Herald reports.
  11. Sparky

    Grab Bag

    BP I have no liferaft just inflatable, and that is likely to be lashed on fore-deck. So cutting tool essential and attached to inflatable to hack the lashings. I solo, so a quick exit would mean 3 tasks, get grab bag, cut free dinghy, and then toss over side. Quick prayer and follow suit. Well that is 4, I guess. A Solo sailor can at least forget concerns for crew safety etc. I have never carried flares. I have read some of the pros and cons on this forum regarding their value, but have not been persuaded to carry them. The two main concerns in my case is fire or springing a plank, bot
  12. Sparky

    Grab Bag

    EPIRB in bag for duration of trip. Good idea, thanks folks. I think I have an evaporation problem with the Appletons though.
  13. Sparky

    Grab Bag

    Appletons I have. Chocolate I have. I good to go then.
  14. Sparky

    Grab Bag

    What are the essentials of a grab bag for coastal passage. Appreciate suggestions. Or link to previous on this topic.
  15. Wow!! that is amazing how different marine environments/locations can have such a diverse effect on the anti foul. Opua is a river outlet of course and heavily inundated with mangroves in the upper reaches, wonder if that is a factor. Anyway it is back to GH as soon as there is a weather window that doesn't include headwinds. Did I mention the damn bird invasion at dusk and dawn that necessitated washing decks and sail covers every day to remove the damn bird s..t. Still great sailing up there and will return frequently. But could not leave my lovely old girl on the mooring for an
  16. Rehab, I use Altex No 5, all I have used in the last 12 years and been getting 3 years easy, the last antifoul was12 months ago and was still in excellent shape as expected, and hardly warranted a wash down when I hauled in December, 7 odd weeks ago so anti foul is/was on point. So all the growth, and barnacle bills has occurred whilst in BOI over the past 7 weeks.
  17. Hauled mid December and cleaned at Gulf Harbour anticipating an inspection on arrival in BOI or soon after or during the season, my plan was to moor which I have done in Opua, but after 7 weeks the hull below water line is completely fouled, plus for the first time in my 12 years of ownership in the Gulf, i have small barnacles growing below water line. Abandoning plan of mooring indefinitely up there and returning to my clean GH berth early next month. Will have to haul again and clean after being up there for only 3 months.
  18. Ditto on the No 5. 3 years on 2 coats. Gulf Harbour.
  19. That reminds me of Victor Borg (funny and clever guy RIP) "Are you a this one or a that one"
  20. The LPG powered forklift tootling around the GH hardstand has the gas tank mounted lying down on the back.
  21. Sparky

    Trip reports?

    Agree, could turn into my favorite thread. Good to read post from Shane about his trip north. Nothing mundane about your trip report BP, its about sailing, and is why I read and ocassionaly post on this forum.
  22. I have twin forestays (side by side) Recently had a reef point put into the 100% working head sail. Had initial doubts over the baggy bit at the foot, but have since found that it is of no consequence and easy as hell to reduce sail and maintain great (perfect) shape. Oh and as a bonus of course you can have battens sewn into the leach, Brilliant in my view, and the reef point is just below the first batten. Now for loading the 2nd forestay,and have just ordered a high cut yankee. Should provide me with a pretty full compliment of sail options.
  23. BP You knew this would happen, you probably a little surprised that it has taken 8 months to kick off.
  24. Thanks for sharing Matt. Enjoyed the read, awesome up the mast solo episode is of course not for the faint of heart. I think you may be being a bit hard on yourself, you finished and finished well, without mishap and demonstrated good seamanship looking after the ship to the finish line. Well done.
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