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  1. Nothing more expensive than a cheap boat. This, however is a bargain https://touch.trademe.co.nz/motors/listing/view/1481193685
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    New Sails

    There is usually more benefit in using a local loft that can give good service than trying to pick between the brand names, although is there a loft in Dunedin anymore? if realibility over price really is a driver then north 3Di is about the most bullit proof option out there, there is a reason the majority of the round the world racing fleet use a varient of it, but be prepared for some sticker shock
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    Crew.org Rum Race?

    Is there a theme this year at all?
  4. Just had a 1/2" 31600 stainless bolt fail after 10 years of cyclic'ish loading, went just below the nut and looked suspiciously like fatigue that had propogated from a small crack in the thread root. Time to replace the other 15 in the spirit of preventative maintainence ????
  5. 9 hours 36 minutes and drinking rum before sundown on Friday ????
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    Winch maintenance

    The stuff out of the lewmar winch grade pack looks and feels remarkably like bog standard ep2 Grease. A bit of 3 in one oil for the pawls as Eric suggests and you'll be fine. Servicing winches 6 monthly or yearly is easy. Every 5 years takes a lot longer!
  7. Top tip, the thermos was still hot at 8pm for coffee and rum ???? We averaged 13.6 on the way up, and 13.4 on the way back. We were only 2up on the way back and went through the hen and chicks for a change of scenery ( and because we couldn't get above then with the masthead kite and couldn't be bothered taking it down)
  8. I would hazard a guess those pads are some variant of tufnol, a phenolic cotton laminate if memory serves.
  9. Big high just about to roll of aus and into the ditch. SW next week but steadily dropping. Looks like it could be a drifter at the moment
  10. The multihull start is going to be an interesting place to be this year:/
  11. Storm is so bad we have even lost power in titirangi
  12. No, its a charter base hence the identical boats
  13. He's quite correct, you can, but only if you are not wearing safety glasses or gloves, and have removed the handle and taken the guard off of the spinning wheel of death first. Safety stubbies are optional
  14. Rub gently with a chainsaw
  15. 25:1 by my calc, 24:1 through the Cascade, plus 1 extra fall
  16. Yet when the High Hazards Unit (part of worksafe) show up to my tunnel site, they specifically ask to see RCD test records. Horses for courses maybe but we are obliged to regulary test (and record) all RCD's.
  17. Clockwork Orange.....?
  18. A little birdie told me there might be another Mod 70 and another ORMA 60...busy start line
  19. The spinlock deck vests say you can self check, and should every 3 months/season, but then they also say they only have a 5 year lifespan, doesn't seem much for a very spendy piece of kit
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    Need a good idea

    Bonding epoxy to aluminum can be problematic due to how fast the alu oxidises. One way around this is to paint the alu with epoxy, then sand the alu while the epoxy is still wet. Keeps the oxygen off of the active surface and makes a good bond.
  21. Looks like it's still waterfront rumours for now
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    Lost kite

    Georgia asked me about that, it was full of beer. Fell off the back of a Magic 25, not the one that lost its rig though, they kept their priorities straight and salvaged the rum. I saw the bag float away, but seeing as how we were rigging up with coastguard at the time to pull the boat back upright it wasn't high on our priority list either
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