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  1. I can only speak on behalf of myself but I stand in awe to most other species. Humans as a collective are quite successful at being predators but this has only been the case for a vanishingly short period of our existence. At the individual level our brains are still those of prey not predators, hence the fear response whether rational or not to a true predator in proximity to you. I would expect to see indifference to another species in my proximity as the marker of dominance not the adrenaline fueled fight or flight response that the seal evokes. Progress derived from following the scienti
  2. I do not think she cares what we think of as her natural environment from our point of view. She probably just figures any place where she can have a sleep and catch some food from time to time will be sufficient. It is also natural for things to adapt as best they can to change, unfortunately not animals are as apt at adaptation as she appears to be. Point and case is just look at how difficult some of us are finding the adaptation to the change of a leopard seal becoming part of our environment.
  3. Hi all, I have decided to let her go on $1 reserve since work has taken me abroad. I would rather the boat be enjoyed and kept in good condition than let it become another one of the neglected boats. Please share if you know of anybody in the market for a boat! https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1845004666&ed=true I wonder why more people dont syndicate boats among a couple of club members or friends...
  4. New Force is for sale. Type: SR26 Construction: GRP with wooden core She is a really fun boat both for racing and weekend adventures. She comes with a dinghy and a 2hp Yamaha outboard. At present she does not have an outboard and that is reflected in the price, a 8hp long shaft outboard will do the job. $13,000 ono. If interested please send me a message, then we can take it from there. She is currently out of the water and will likely go back into the water after the weekend. Sail inventory: 1 x Big roach in good condition 1 x Dracon main OK for cruising 1x No1 Genoa Kevlar very
  5. Thank you for all the advice, much appreciated.
  6. I am after some advice regarding the best qualification to get in NZ to allow me to charter a yacht in europe for a vacation. Options appear to be coast guard coastal skipper, RYA equivalent to the coast guard coastal skipper or ICC? Whats the benefit/difference between coast guard and RYA qualifications any opinions?
  7. Hi Ian, I had a similar mooring line tension issue on my swing mooring about 300m from the halfmoon bay ferry terminal, earlier this year. I had quite a lot of mussels on it (about 30cm diameter) my moorings previous service was at a similar time to yours. I ended up going to the boat at low slack tide and winched the line up bit by bit clearing the mussels off. It was about 2m worth of them, that sorted my issue completely. Before sorting it out, the mooring buoy got pulled under by the current on me, disappearing below the surface when I let go. It was a fairly unpleasant start to the w
  8. Thats what I am after, thank you will make contact with them.
  9. Hi, Can anybody please give me a link to where I can find a form to rent one? Cheers
  10. Hi Guys, Thank you for the response I will try to get photos this weekend or the corroded area. JP
  11. Hi all, I went to look at a boat today and saw some corrosion on the aluminum mast. The corrosion occurred just below the rubber boot seal where the mast goes through the cabin roof. The corrosion formed a 3mm hole all the way through the mast at the leading edge. Does anybody here have any experience with this type of problem? Is it a problem?
  12. Hi all, I am new to the city of sails and have decided to take up sailing. Me and my wife would appreciate the opportunity to crew on a boat or separate boats at the rum race this Friday and/or subsequent events. I have sailed a bit on a Hobie 14, my wife has no experience. I would really appreciate any opportunity to get into the sport over here. Please let me know if you can assist or know of someone I can contact to make an arrangement. Kind Regards, Johan Pretorius
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