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  1. No bridge before WRE marine centre. There is a lifting bridge before Town Basin marina (opens on demand except rush hours). Both are about 9nm up the Harbour from the mouth.
  2. Definitely a sad day for the city as well. The port was hanging on a bit as the 105miles up the Chesapeake added a lot of cost to carriers. This could be the death knell. Over the years we sailed under that bridge many times, Also Wed night racing the harbour side for about a dozen years. It is a busy port and always fun. Was often cat and mouse with the ship movements and interesting to see if anyone got an immediate disqualification from5 honks -and it did happen
  3. If you want to drive north of the Brynderwyns then Rob Harrop at RH Engineering on Port Rd in Whangarei has made me all sorts of custom pieces out of custom materials and at a good price.
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    Lanolin available

    Thanks Wheels. I’ll call KM or Alan next week. Cheers
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    Lanolin available

    Thanks Wheels. I PM’d KM last week and had no response. The person who answered when I called earlier had no idea and KM wasn’t there that day. I clearly need to go back to TM and check what spelling I searched with as that is just too obvious.
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    Lanolin available

    Thanks for the name. I had not been looking for ProLan. I will check it when next in town.
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    Lanolin available

    This thread is a bit old now but does anyone know of a current source of ‘good lanolin’? I’m in need is some and not having any luck locally in Whangarei. Thanks
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    GelPlane Hire(?)

    Flit, I am aware of one in Whangarei. The owner is out of the country but returns in the next week. Send me a PM and i'll try to connect you
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    Weather

    BP, where did you see those breezes? We left Whangarei around 7am, saw 13 briefly on the quarter around Patau and rest of the way saw less than 10. Ended up motoring around Brett about 6 in a glassy sea. Still a great day but never saw the 15+ that was forecast.
  10. Friends arrived at the atoll immediately after the grounding and then spent a couple of days trying to help with the refloat efforts. They have expressed that the skipper had been warned in simple language not to anchor their by the locals but had a 'I know best' attitude. The result of not trusting local knowledge....
  11. We lived on the US East Coast for years (Maryland and further north). I went through this process for more than a decade and never had a problem. But, I kept the water in the tanks at a percentage of antifreeze that would be expected to form slush and not freeze solid (ratio depends not he batch and I would use the recommendations on the bottle). My worry would be what happens when you dilute out the antifreeze in the lines with the fresh water -while you may not mix it intentionally a few weeks of freeze thaw in autumn before the big freeze will mix it pretty well (don't close the valves t
  12. Thanks Frank. I had passed on Mike Menzies name to them already but I had not done so with Hutcheson's. An estimate had been given to them (not sure if it was someone in Opua or Whangarei) of $35k. With that sticked shock I can understand why they are thinking of doing this themselves. Thanks
  13. Friends have arrived in NZ from Germany and have an osmosis issue (late 80's Swan). They are wanting to plane the hull back to bare glass, let it dry, fill/fair etc then apply barrier coat. Having known them for more than a decade, sailed around the Atlantic with them, worked with them on keel repairs after a grounding, rewiring, plumbing and general maintenance I am confident they have the skills to do the job, just not the tools at present. What we are trying to find now is either somewhere that they can rent a gelcoat planer or, if necessary, purchase one. The fall-back position is to h
  14. I know what you mean. Having spent more than 2 decades in the US I too miss that government information availability. Interestingly I have, with poking around, found there is a whole heap collected here in NZ but the big difference is no government agency (local or national) seems to proactively put anything they have collected out there for the public. They all try to hide behind a 'user pays' or 'register before we show you' or even worse a 'we'll tell you if you file a FOIA request' curtain. The US philosophy of your taxes paid for us to collect it so we'll make sure you can see/use it
  15. Aren't we talking about the simnet lead on the back/inside of the deck plug fitting (what would be inside the boat) -also has power connection wires? Or, has it changed and is it now directly on the TP32 and exposed in the cockpit? Yes I assume it would void the warranty on the deck gland fitting but thats just a fitting not the TP itself. Isn't it pretty normal for any brand to tie into a backbone close to where the cable enters the hull? I certainly dont recall any brand of tiller pilot I've worked on having a multi-metre length on their deck fittings.
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