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double n

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    shorthanded sailing, motorsports
  1. Went out of Whitianga on 23rd in 40 foot yacht. Was character building for sure. What was surprising was how far out the waves were forming so that when you waited for a lull the next set would get to you before you could get behind them. Would have been good to watch.
  2. Three times in last two weeks between Barrier and Tauranga had weed foul prop. Never happened before. There was large clumps all over the place as result of big swells. Have folding 3 blade prop. Each time was able to clear by going to neutral to try to fold prop then hit reverse to the extent of making boat back up. Then back to forward. Each time prop cleared. This on sail drive. I think the weed folds around sail drive and you need to back up to remove it.
  3. Easy to see Will's away cruising and nothing to do but play on inter web thingy. How far North did you get?
  4. Yep cockpit drains always an issue. If to many people boarded like customs etc we would have to kick half of them off as the cockpit rapidly filled. No problem at sea though make sure they are crossed so that leeward drain goes out the high side. We filled the cockpit with the hard pack life raft to cut down volume. I sold my Contessa here the last I knew it was up at Greenhithe. I thought the other one was sailed from Vancouver.
  5. Great to see the photos of the Contessa 26. Many memories, back in early 70's a bought hull and deck in Canada as they were produced in both England and Canada. Put it together and sailed the Great Lakes then a 3 year voyage down Eastern seaboard through Panama and ultimately back here. I started out with an outboard and changed to a 8hp Petter diesel as it became quickly apparent whilst in calm water it was ok the prop lifted out in any seaway and was next to useless in many entrances to harbours. We would not have seen many of the places we went with the outboard or been able to transit Pana
  6. Keel on Not Negotiable. I have looked into changing to a more modern one but there are some issues. There are substantial floors in the hull which would carry it but there is also a stub molded into the hull which protrudes about 150mm underneath which is same as Fastlane. To do it properly this would need to be cut off if a smaller fin was attached. This problem has been worked many ways on Y11's and photos can be found on the web. Having raced against Fastlane many times she is quicker in the very light and Not Negotiable is quicker when it blows above 10knots as she stands up to her sail
  7. I have just swapped out 2gm 20 from saildrive replaced with 3ym. Needed more grunt. It is a good runner if you are interested.
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