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  1. Looking at the old Boating NZ feature on Essence (I am a magazine hoarder) all the deck fittings are Lewmar so most likely a Lewmar hatch which I think would have 4 dogs
  2. One point the report skipped over is the likely cause of the forard hatch coming open. It can only be speculated how this happened, whether Essence twisted so much that it popped or the internal pressure caused the same. I was discussing Essence's loss with Peter Smith and he made the comment that he felt the standard plastic handles on your typical aluminium framed perspex hatches were woefully inadequate.
  3. this was before Des moved to behind the Panmure shops, he used to be in Morrin Rd in the early 60's
  4. Remarkable the resurgence the Zephyrs have subsequently had. There was a story that FoMoCo heard about Des using the name Zephyr and sent someone to check him out, as they had the name registered. Apparently after the guy made his way thru the black berries into Des' shed in Morrin Rd he figured out Des' one man operation was not much of a threat to them
  5. per BP request, reposting from my MNZ Report post: The report tells it how it happened, based on my discussions with Pam Pedersen and the wife of one of the other crew members. I had been in regular email contact with Pam and Stu prior to their departure as they had found me a crew member for my passage back from New Cal. I believe their departure date was to some extent set by the arrival of their crew. Riada and several other yachts had left Fiji the previous week and had a fast if bumpy passage with an easterly wind pattern. When i saw on their tracker they had departed Fiji
  6. The report tells it how it happened, based on my discussions with Pam Pedersen and the wife of tone of the other crew members. I had been in regular email contact with Pam and Stu prior to their departure as they had found me a crew member for my passage back from New Cal. I believe their departure date was to some extent set by the arrival of their crew. Riada and several other yachts had left Fiji the previous week and had a fast if bumpy passage with an easterly wind pattern. When i saw on their tracker they had departed Fiji I had a look at the weather during the period of their
  7. Going by this https://www.noonsite.com/news/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-special-procedures-being-introduced-in-ports-of-entry-worldwide/ apart from Fiji, the Sth Pacific is closed. I see the Tongan link says you are supposed to get prior approval to stop at Minerva
  8. Starlink looks alot like Global Star, with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Needs alot more satellites than Iridium for coverage so it is natural they will be located over high density population areas for best revenue. So I would be doubtful there will be much coverage for the South Pacific for quite some time
  9. pawls are pesky little spring loaded components that love to make a leap for freedom into the tide when you lift the drum off the shaft
  10. Try Roger Hill, he has access to all Jim's designs https://www.powercatsnz.com/
  11. That was the long proven way of training young people for a profession or trade right back to the time of druids and witch doctors . Remember the old 8,000-9,000hr apprenticeship system where at the end of their time a boatbuilder could build a boat from lofting to final fitout and similarly for a chippy to almost build a complete house (except for brickwork/roofing/electrics and plumbing).
  12. I sailed on Flight Path in the early 80's with 2 owners. Had alot of great racing. We had a few wins, Amnesty would have had the most with Angstrom and White Lightning fighting it out with us. When Bevan Woolley showed up with his (can't remember her name) she was often first across the line The Akarana winter series were awesome, first season they had downwind starts, everyone running line abreast under spinnaker until we reached Izzy Bay buoy with a mega pileup of about a dozen trying to get around.
  13. unfortunately it is not just the little guys nor is it just the marine industry. It is really a case of finding some good guys and sticking with them. That being said one employee from a local boatbuilder is banned from ever setting foot on my boat again, still have the glue stains and other damage he left behind A mate had a new engine fitted to his launch, brand "C" (so you get 2 guesses), there were some minor problems that required attention, and altho he could have repaired them himself, he insisted the supplier attend to them, the number of visits it took to resolve was ridiculous.
  14. Unfortunately economic reality for them, a lot more money to be made from hauling and working on superyachts than a typical 12m yacht/launch where the owner does most of the work
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