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  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.
  8. I imported a couple of these panels about a year ago. Bought them with zips in and just zip them into the dodger top when go cruising. A word of warning in that they are only low voltage about 10volts and my MPPT controller would only step down any volts to 12 not step up so couldn't get any power until I put them in series to get 20 volts in the system. Like all panels they work at about only two thirds of rating and then in good light. Overall through out day I would say you get just over half of rating but I have two 40watt panels which take care of my fridge and a bit more.
  9. Double N has running backs as do most Y11's so that just goes with the territory of a fractional rig. Oracle nearly had me cause a nasty burn with with my cup of coffee with his post but there were plenty of truth seekers out there. We did see the back of her in the RNI a couple of times and very close at night a couple of times but managed to wriggle free at the end of every leg. Maybe it was his watch those couple of times when they got in front which has clouded his memory and sleep deprivation got the better of him at the end of the leg. All in all it was a close race and we could see each
  10. Well maybe Willow can't let these proddy things get the better of me. But next weekend no flash stuff dont want to show to much on the handicap race. See you out there. I reckon a prod on your old girl would get the juices flowing. Cheers
  11. Having let the dust settle and everybody have their say as a long time lurker its probably appropriate that now I get to say my bit. Especially as there is now 4 pages devoted to the great ship Double N (as half of you have guessed). She is not on the market and hasn't been but of course everything is for sale. To answer the question a Young 11 will beat a Young 99 just look at the handicaps on racetrack. Maybe a well sailed 99 with new rags will head off an Y11 with old rags. Looking at another thread I see a bunch of usual suspects are looking at the RNI again, maybe these old bones have g
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