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  1. It looks a lot like a Seabird. We have a 3.1m seabird. If it is not a seabird, it is close enough in size shape and characteristics to have the same / equivalent performance. They are not light. At least, our 3.1 m one isn't. In the order of 55kg to 60 kg I believe. That one is obviously shorter than 3.1 m, what is it? about 2.7? I weighed it once, but also weighed another at the same time so get them mixed up. In saying that, ours has teak trim all the way around the coming, and a fancy rubber rubbing strake. That may not be a bad weight for a boat that size, but I am comparing it to a 2.9m d
  2. 16 hrs is not unrealistic. 2 days. Esp if that includes driving anywhere in Auckland traffic. Measuring, ordering and collecting new bearings. Getting the old ones out has a high variable time component, hence a degree of conservatism in the estimate I suspect. We did our own rudder bearings. Easily 2 days of faffing, probably more. The work on the boat maybe 5-8 hrs, but the specifying, ordering and collecting add to that. It is not that complicated a job, if you want to have a go yourself. The trickiest bit is measuring the rudder stock just right so you don't get slop or a tight r
  3. Had you ran out of rum? i.e. was there a compelling reason to try and navigate through the fog, rather than just sit tight and wait for it to clear? We don't get sea fog in NZ, so in normally clears by mid morning. Not like the UK, where you might actually need to sail in a fog.
  4. Not sure if Don Jamison is the most compelling argument for anything. Esp cluttering up your boat with sh*t you don't use. Possibly better if people drank less rum and looked where they were going... I found some emergency nav lights the other day, complete with an un-opened set of D size batteries. Buggered if I know how old the batteries are. Really keen to know if they still work. D batteries aren't cheap either.
  5. PS, just to blow my own counter arguement, I have paper charts onboard. I always fold them into 8ths and keep them in a canvas zip close folder. My main reason for carrying them is so I can spread them on the saloon table and show the kids where we are going. Also have several at home for the same purpose. But to be honest, I actually used the chart plotter to show them each day's passage. I've done Blind Navigation exercises in the UK as part of my RYA Yachtmaster training. It teaches a different way of thinking and answering questions other than relying on the common modern conveniences
  6. So did charts help, or give a false sense of security in that one? Pilotage (i.e. looking at the surrounding land) of that area would tell you it is a rock strewn coast, unpredictable changes in depth, and best to stand well off. Chart possibly indicates it is clear inside the 5m contour, when in actual fact, its a jumble of rocks. Some deep, some not so deep.
  7. Has anyone ever heard of pilotage? You know, when you look out the window, look at the colour of the water, the depth, location of the land and understand your geographical position with it? You don't need a chart for any of that. Not in an emergency. Name a passage in the Huaraki Gulf or Norhtland Coast you couldn't complete without a chart? We don't have tidal rips, there are no currents setting east or west like the English Channel. We don't have tides like Brittany. The one tidal gate in NZ is at D'Urville Island, long way from the Gulf. Any passage the in the gulf can
  8. I'm curious, I've got 3 VHF's and 3 PLB's, but are you going to be sailing out of cell phone range? Channel 16 is so full of fluff now I didn't turn my VHF on on the last 7 day cruise. We can spend a pile of $$$ and really clutter out boats up with things that are a good idea, but never actually get used.
  9. Fish

    Something Fishy

    There are reports of a Mahimahi being seen in Administration Bay on a fishing forum, this week (or this month). By an experienced bill fish angler of 30 years. Those ones above were all caught off the Northland Coast, according to FB.
  10. Sounds like sat phones can't get through the ash cloud. NZRAF were saying they couldn't get data off their Orion today, and had to wait for it to get back to access the images. I'm assuming that is a sat comms issue, although, giving it some thought, it could be cause the Orions pre-date satellites... And they have to wait to develop the films they used in a dark room, or something like that. One island had satellite comms links, as they did a Zoom meeting with a Labour minister. It wasn't Tongatapu. So it is likely the comms issues are affecting particular islands, and it just happens th
  11. Yeah, it is just easier to say 'govt' than list all of the disjointed CCO's State Enterprises and qausi govt departments. I am more interested in Wheel's point, that the warning bouys up to the kermadecs aren't working. No mention in the media - surprised / not surprised.
  12. It was on the stuff live feed. "No tsunami threat to NZ". Giving this some thought, it is possible the statement was "no tsunami threat has been reported", which would have been technically correct, and would have been Stuff doing their usual misleading BS. That could possibly explain it.
  13. I check online at 7:30 pm. Saw the first reports of tsunami in Tonga. It specifically said "no threat" to NZ. Had to put the kids to bed after that and didn't see any cause to go re-checking for alerts when they said there was no threat. Noting that my missus heard the sonic booms and our front door and windows were rattling (that have never rattled in 10 years of living in this house). The news of the eruption explained the rattling. This issue here is the initial statement saying there was no threat. That was clearly wrong. It is far better to say nothing than to give the wrong an
  14. Saying there is no threat when there is a threat is a bit irresponsible also.
  15. This is the key part. The rest is just a distraction. The system / govt issued a warning after the damage occurred. About as useful as tits on a bull...
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