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  1. PS. Leeks are bad luck on boats.
  2. Must have been the dreaded curse of the welsh onion.
  3. In that order, I was thinking $7k. Note I don't have one (can't afford it). If your initial capital budget is $10k - $20k for the boat, as per the OP, then I think a water maker may be bit hopeful. (tell 'em he's dreamin) PS, that is excluding the extra solar and / or generator to run it And batteries to store all of that solar. And most likely an inverter because, if I'm correct, 12v systems need far too high a current to the pump to create the pressure required to run an RO unit effectively.
  4. Wait until you see the price of a small 12v water maker... Will make jerry cans look extremely attractive.
  5. The liability is if the boat sinks. Especially in the marina entrance, blocking the whole of the marina etc. Or if it catches fire. Fires in marinas are super cool... Or if it sinks in some pristine environmental spot and requires all sorts of spill response and detritus recovery. Councils love to recover their costs for all of these things. Now, with regards to risk. A boat is more likely to sink or catch fire if it is not regularly checked or maintained. Corroded sea cock. rusting hose clips. corroding wiring. bilge water flooding a battery (may not catch fire but salt water in a FLA ba
  6. Because, on a low value boat, there is no difference in liability to the insurance company. But there is likely an increased risk. 3rd party normally requires a minimum of $5mil cover (or there abouts?) if a low value boat is worth somewhere between $10k - $30k, the liability doesn't change for the insurance co and their underwriters (fractions of a percent). A $2mil Riv or Leopard cat or something, the liability increases by 40%. But, whoever owns a $2mil boat is going to make sure it is well looked after. Possibly professional detailing and servicing. Possibly remotely monitored bilge a
  7. So if there is no cost difference between 3rd party and full, why not just get full insurance? that is available. Is the problem survey's etc? I expect they apply regardless of the level of insurance. The bulk of the risk is in cost of salvage. It may be that someone that only wants 3rd party are seen to not care about their boat (in the eyes of the insurance co) and that in itself is enough to put the risk up. I can see a behavioral thing there. Checking the boat regularly, fixing little issues, keeping up regular maintenance is what in reality reduces insurance risk. Only wanting 3
  8. I may be wrong that it is 3rd party only, but boats worth $5k-$30k the premiums aren't going to change noticeably for full insurance, as the liability based on market value is next to insignificant. I spoke to a guy who bought a 727 type boat about 6 months ago and had no issues getting insurance for it. We're with Mariner. Have a 40 yr old home built kiwi boat, market value maybe $100k (we've had it 20 yrs so no real idea what the market value is). Full insurance on that is about $900 / yr. No survey, nothing at all. PS, in your mates situation, the brokers don't deal with Mariner,
  9. You will need insurance at fairly much any place to haul out and re-do the antifoul. Black Panther has copper coat which is a 10 yr antifoul. Keep that in mind, and suss how you will maintain the boat (antifoul) as problems will escalate quickly if you let it get away. The Council compliance team may issue a requirement to haul out (if they fined fanworm) with penalties if you don't. You can't haul out without insurance (anywhere that I know of), and often you can't get insurance if you are un-insured, or you need an out of water survey to get insurance, which you need to haul out for, which y
  10. Ah... OK (slinks back into corner).
  11. If you are going to run a new fuel line, chuck in one of those priming bulbs for an outboard motor. About $20 bucks at Burnsco I think. They make bleeding and priming an absolute breeze. And also much, much faster, if, say, you need to bleed an engine in a river mouth with a fast incoming tide and 20 knts up your jacksy.
  12. I got wedged in a key-hole once while caving in a past life. It is amazing how a little bit of claustrophobia and a genuine, guttural fear for your life can get you out of a tight situation.
  13. That is soo disappointing. I can't believe you fixed it so easily. You should have spent weeks, if not months, wedged upside down, lying on a bed of nails, swathed in diesel & oil, trying to adjust bolts with your teeth and using a measuring device that needs a minimum of 3 hands to hold straight... I bet you didn't even skin your knuckles. You know it is not possible to align an engine without skinning your knuckles. It is like a law of physics you know. Life is so unfair!
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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