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  1. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/428430/grieving-british-family-seeking-options-for-yacht-sale-in-nz Doesn't sound like this family have been told they can just sail here. But sounds like the local industry is trying to organize shipping for a bunch of boats (without owners) so they can be sold in NZ. Would be a reasonable outcome for a bunch of people if that can happen. Not to mention the taxes paid straight to the govt.
  2. Its not the border, its the availability of flights, and lining up the requirement to book MIQ in some cases. Literally the ability to get to the border. But yes, I would have thought this family should have been given compassionate grounds. Easy for a faceless bureaucrat to say no, then a smiling PM to say yes in a public way 3 days out from an election. Optics look better ay?
  3. I've no problem with them coming here. From the photos it looks like an Oyster 50 something, which is likely worth in the region of what they are talking about. The NZ market is hot for good sized family holiday / cruising boats. I have little doubt they will sell it here quickly. Might struggle to get a marina berth though... For the wider cruiser fraternity, I think the issues are around the visitor visa and ability to leave later. I would have thought, as MH suggests, a pragmatic solution is a repatriation bond just as FP already use. I do hope that after the election, some things loos
  4. You are correct Fogg, but then how come they can't return to the UK from FP? There are flights from there to Europe, possibly direct I think. I think the point is that these other essential visa holders all have a third party guaranteeing they will be repatriated. The cruisers will use visitors visas, which don't have that third party guarantee. Given their current argument for needing to leave FP (visa expired) and needing to come to NZ (no where else to go), there is a high likelihood that at least a proportion of these cruisers either wont want to or wont be able to leave NZ again...
  5. Meanwhile, 450 Russian sailors are coming in to work on NZ boats... Admittedly, I have a vague idea why NZer's wouldn't want to work in deep sea fishing for 6 months at a time, even though there is a large number of NZ'ers loosing their jobs. But it shows the borders can be opened fairly easily, if you've made the appropriate donations to the appropriate secretive political foundation one would assume (reference to NZ First being in the pocket of the fishing industry). From a practical point of view, the fishing companies are paying for the isolation, but I thought the whole issue wa
  6. Govt letting in a narrow group of international students... https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/428159/government-to-let-250-international-students-into-new-zealand
  7. Slightly related, Tahiti PM catches it. The latest official figure showed French Polyensia had 2754 cases of which 633 were active. In July, the borders were reopened and mandatory quarantine requirements were abolished in order to boost tourism and revive the economy. https://www.rnz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/428117/french-polynesia-president-tests-covid-19-positive
  8. Did you say it was the Herald? I'd expect nothing more, nothing less.
  9. If you've got the design sorted, I think it is straight forward cutting the panels yourself. Pencil lines marked with a curvy piece of wood, jigsaw then block plane down to the lines. The trick is getting the design right so you can get the 3D shape of the boat onto 2D (flat) panels and it all fits together. But if you do the design in a CAD platform, it is also straight forward to then get them cut out. Should make tricky details easier like getting the stem just right. I really don't think it can be that hard designing a small boat, its just generally easier to buy plans because someone
  10. I'm not aware of that. Depends on the amount of V upfront. The Nutshells have a good deep vee. Other designs have a dead flat bottom panel right up to the bow, but with good rocker. The pram bow doesn't start until above the waterline, so only an issue if in waves, but us racked a fair bit, so not so much barge like. My understanding is that they tow better than a deflatable...
  11. I agree, and I think it would be nice if they were let in. Perhaps after the election, but only if you vote Greens But to be the protagonist, realistically, how long do you expect the typical cruiser in this situation is going to need to stay? Fiji is open, so next winter they can head up there (assume Fiji is still open then). Then what? Can you head west from there? Kind of need to get into Aust before crossing the Indian Ocean? Or do one more season in Fiji, come back to NZ and sell the boat? How many do you think would give up and sell their boat in NZ, given the current di
  12. Sorry BP, I was using that to highlight where things would end up if we have a substantial fleet of world cruisers stuck in NZ for a few years. I am wrong, and I withdraw the comment. And I'm not trying to cast aspersions on your ability to fish, but there is no way you'd catch all of the fish
  13. Appreciate your reply. My apologies if I've over complicated it. Sometimes the obvious aspects are not the important ones. Example being I don't think the issue is these cruisers coming here, I think (from an immigration / govt point of view) is how long are they going to stay?
  14. Calm down Sabre, and let the emotion settle down a bit. You are saying several things there that I did not say and don't agree with. You are conflating a number of issues. I am not at all concerned about these guys bringing the virus in. They'd all be sick as a dog before they got here if they had it. I'm actually fairly concerned how a boat could leave a place like Tahiti that is virus ridden, and the risk of coming down with it mid passage. There is near-zero risk of any cruiser brining the virus in. The issue is how long they will stay for when they get here. Now, we might get int
  15. C'mon Sabre, you're going to have to articulate yourself better than with just a down vote. Are you disagreeing with what I'm saying, or how I'm saying it? If you've got a counter to my argument, I'd been keen to hear it?
  16. No, the point I am making is that there are a number of options available. They are just not as attractive as doing what you had planned to do from the start. And its not clear why they can't provision in FP, other than that it is expensive. More to the point, there is no shortage of flights into and out of FP, especially to Europe. The issue here is what to do with the boat. The last RNZ story on the Germans (the one with some actual details in it) indicated the underlying problem was the commercial terms to secure hauled out storage. Tahiti has a reputation for being hellishly expensive
  17. If I was being silly, I would have proposed going over the top of Canada, which if you left Tahiti in July, would have been open in August. Then its just a short hop to Hamburg.
  18. Its not July, its October. In a month it will be November. You can go from Tahiti to Europe via Cape Horn, just like some french guy did back in the early 60's, or you could head west, across the top of Aust, across the Indian Ocean and take your pick of the Suez Canal or Cape of Good Hope. By the time you get to Good Hope, it will be Christmas and a few less storms. There is enough of the world's navies around Suez now for it to be safe as houses. Just as long as no one starts a war in any number of the countries in that general area... All you need is a reliable water maker, (either an
  19. It would be fairly straight forward from a bureaucratic point of view to limit exemptions to those who are already in the Pacific now, by the basis of their current visa / passport stamps. The guts of it would be a one off to allow those currently in the pacific to come into NZ. The issues start up with how long do you let the people stay in NZ, and then, what can they do with their boat, if they aren't allowed to stay? Do you let these people come in, park their boat and fly out straight away (lets say 1 week to get sorted), or do you let them come in and live aboard, in our bays not spe
  20. Is the rudder further back to aid with foiling stability?
  21. Was that in NZ, or in covid ridden Tahiti?
  22. No, I didn't think there was anything legal about it. I think the govt is being a dick about it, cause there is an election in 3 weeks time. And I think these Duetch have been made an example of, and are hard done by.
  23. A maritime lawyer says there may be a legal argument for allowing foreign yachts into New Zealand when they can prove where they have been through electronic tracking. Hundreds denied entry because of the border closure have tried convincing authorities they pose no threat because of the time it takes to sail here. https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/427309/electronic-tracking-of-yachts-possible-legal-argument-for-their-entry-to-new-zealand
  24. Apparently the Hershoff H14 is very similar to the PT 11, there are line drawings and offsets (in old money) available here (link below), if you feel up to setting one out yourself. Wouldn't be that hard I would have thought. If you start with the bulkheads in the right shape, you can cut out the hull panels oversized and trim them in with a block plane. Basically design one yourself from a reasonable starting point. Bottom of the page: https://www.duckworksmagazine.com/11/columns/austin/05/ CAD renderings here (need to scroll down a bit) http://forum.woodenboat.com/showthread.php?21
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