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chippie last won the day on April 14 2018

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  1. Now that's worth a try. Thanks for that.
  2. Seems a pathetic thing to bring up but we've replaced some quite old ones in the last couple of years and the new ones self destructed in a few months! Anybody got an idea which brands last a bit longer than that?
  3. My mate's currently got eight old optimists that we have a couple of race days each year too. Heaps of fun, just not much room, hence buying at least a couple of old lasers We swap boats each race and everyone has a turn at Start Officer. Most of them are aluminium, of all things, so the barging at the start is something to see. And hear! Minimum age sixty to compete.
  4. Thanks! Not sure where the green shed is but I'll have a look. I've sailed a few old lasers but have to admit I don't really know what to look out for. I gather cracks around the mast step is one thing to watch for and not leaking I'm quite keen on! Other than that, they don't have to be anything flash. We reckon we'll just swap boats all the time as a rudimentary, keep it fair, handicapping.
  5. Anyone got an old laser they'd like to pass on? A mate and I keen to do some muck around match racing against each other.
  6. Plus 1 for the Delta, way under rated. 3m long and I could just haul it up on a halyard on my own. I think the Sunburst would be a lot heavier.
  7. Agree with Fish re lubricating the track, especially for hoisting. We had a few problems of the same sort but did two things which now make it very easy to get up and down, and we're 43ft with a large, heavy mainsail. Firstly, we eased the bearing for the spindle at the mast because we discovered that was one part of the problem, it was just too tight a fit. Now I can raise the main by hand (at the mast), at least halfway before it needs to be winched. Secondly, we abandoned the furling line, exchanged the aluminium winch handle socket on the drum with a stainless steel one, and no
  8. And we had a Piedy. Twenty boats or more and super competitive. Spent the first year coming second to last, consistently. And the Feltex, four days of racing over two weekends. Buddy magic time for yacht racing!
  9. I don't understand why there aren't 20, 30, 40, or 50 Goat Island type reserves in the Gulf. They would just take up a small fraction of the Gulf area and would surely make at least a small difference. I was up at Kawau for the weekend and saw several instances of people fishing, catching only small ones and throwing them back in. Do those small ones actually survive?
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    Non Skid deck

    I presume those panels behind Ran Tan's wheels fold up into a platform for the person on the helm. Just wondering how they work and whether they were custom made or something you can buy off the shelf.
  11. The Delta is a Ron Given design and although it's glass, it's pretty light. Sails way better than any of the other sailing tender types. Looks really nice too.
  12. One of ours has died, anyone got one they want to sell? Or suggestions for a replacement?
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    Houhora?

    We draw 2.7m and were up there in March. The channel's narrow but deep enough as long as you hold your breath in a couple of spots. We tried to anchor upstream from the wharf to not be in anyone's way but too many moorings and bit dicey on the depth so came back and anchored in the pool off the wharf hoping we weren't going to be a nuisance there. A big fishing boat came right up beside us and we prepared to receive an earful but he offered us his mooring while he was away for a couple of nights and said we were fine where we were anyway. Nice people up there. There's not heaps of room so
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