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  1. Slightly off, but related. Who owns the old wharf at the old yard now and is it still usable, or is it closed off. I note that the Shed is still there, but the area nearer the road now has new Homes built on it. With Wharf access with deep water being limited in the Bay, I have always wondered if Jorgensons Wharf was still usable. I used to be in the Chandlery game back in the days when the yard was operating. The guy I worked for was related to Pop. Thinking back, Picton was a thriving Boat building industry. So many businesses no longer existing now.
  2. Why is it too expensive to defend here, as against defending overseas. Is it a situation of being able to get bigger and better sponsorship if they are overseas? I would have thought the cost of taking everyone and everything offshore would be far more expensive.
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    All three of the major rivers need on the coast need reat care and the best of weather before considering entering. Westport has a Bar that shifts, but it also has a Harbour master that can give you advise before entering. He can also Close the entry if deemed too dangerous, although the local Fisherman have " educated" Harbour Masters in relation to who deems whether the Mouth gets closed or not. Greymouth is deeper and I have never heard of it being closed. But the Seas can be spectacular and down right dangerous on that one. Hokitika I have never been too and cannot give accurate inform
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    Fiddly Repair

    Another idea. I don't think the slides of the top hatch slides back that far. So you could squeeze some glue into the cracks and fix that part, then screw a small piece of SST in the track behind the cracked area to stop it being broken out again. You will need some SST thick enough(say 3mm) to tap a thread into and then use two countersunk machine screws fitted all the way through from the front and into the SST plate. Both screws will have to be to the side of the slot of course. The plate could have a L shape bent into one end to encapsulate the slot around its front edge to protect it all
  5. What I am meaning is that the combined load of all stays around the hull trying to pull the boat into a Banana is 80T. For instance, the Americas cup mono's have some 70t of load trying to Banana the Hull. All that force pushing down on the mast and onto the Keel. The 80T figure is what I remember the lad saying when he was first tensioning the rig up. I must say I was shocked at first and also shocked at the diameter of the wire used.
  6. First car was an HA, then I went to an HC.
  7. Not sure it is fair to blame on build/design issues. For instance, the first Cat that lad bought was one of three out of several thousand, that still had the rigs standing. That was one of the reasons they chose the boat. The Hull was swiss cheese and that should have been the glaring obvious for Not choosing that boat. It had been hammered hard up against other Hulls or jetty or something. These Boats have absolutely enourmous loads on the stays. This is not exact, but I am not far from the correct numbers when I say a 45ft'r has some 80 tonnes of loading on the main stays, which are trying
  8. Listening to an engine is as accurate as pointing your finger into the air to predict the future weather. It tells you which way the wind is blowing and the rest is a guess. But testing an engine is not simple and thus not cheap. A compression test tells you not a lot more than the finger. You need to get a " Leakdown" test to give you the real info. Then a good look internally with a bore scope at the manifolds and exhaust etc. A test of the oil and a test of the coolant. It's not a simple job. Or you simply use your finger so to speak and do the listen test and get an educated guess as to ho
  9. The Turps comment was for " wet" adhesive. Which is usually recomended on many of the products for clean up. Acetone doesn't seem to hurt the Acrylic immediately. But I found that some acrylic had crazed in areas that I had also used either thinners or Acetone when I installed it. I had just assumed it may have been the solvent that caused the damage. That is simply an observation though.
  10. I do suggest the use or turps for cleanup. I have noticed any acrylic that has been wipped with Thinners seems to craze much earlier than acrylics that have not. Maybe it is coincidence, but I have always wondered if thinners may remove something from the Acrylic surface that causes UV to break it down faster. The issue of using the sticky tape stuff is the UV attacking the Adhesive over a long time and likely causing the tape to release eventually. The Sika products use a paint on stuff that is actually about stopping the UV from attacking the Sealant, not just better adhesion to the acr
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    The Walborg

    In the news articlew, the name is spelt Walbourg. Can you confirm which way it is spelt.
  12. Wow, a great example of people not looking before posting. The very answer being in the thread directly below this one.
  13. I spent a huge amount of time initially in getting rid of FB suggestions and calling them spam or not interested or something. I think FB now has no clue what to send me because I don't get advertising or suggestions hardly at all. Which is the way I prefer it. For me, FB was just a way to keep in touch with close friends and I have always wanted to keep it that way. I simply do not have time to go looking at the suggestions it offers me.
  14. Not so sure on that. It does only to "firends" but not to general public, unless someone specifically searches for a relevant page, no differently than they would googling for a page topic. For instance, no one would know about Crew unless they searched for the word Crew or a word (perhaps "sailing" for instance) in their search is tagged to the Crew page. Otherwise, no one knows a particular page exists. Or am I even worse at this interwebing thing than I think I am???
  15. The only negative I find with having a FB page like that, Is that they are a pain in the A to use. That's what I find anyway. I look after the Hartley Ferro Cement Assoc page. I find it nearly as slow as paint drying. OK, so I am on copper, but it's still slower by far than any other site I visit. I find it difficult to use and navigate and do any sort of Admin on. Well.....I am nearly 60, so not of the right generation perhaps. But I do have to ask, why a FB page when you can do the same right here and much easier. The Forum is aleady created. People already ask questions and many a
  16. There are only two types of products that adhere to cast acrylic sheet. Silicon and MS Polymer. MS stands for Modified Silicon, but don't let that fool you into thinking it is Silicon mixed with other stuff. It is kind of like Synthetic Oil. Synth Oil comes from a high quality base stock of crude Oil, but there the similarities end. With the Silicon, they take the foundation Chemical Silane and then modifiy it to suit what they want to achieve. I do wish this post came up about a month back as I was hunting down a well priced but good product for a mate. The only products I ncould find were
  17. What have you got right now? You can use a normal ratcheting crimper. There is not a great deal of difference between them. The jaw is usually a bit flatter so as the heatshrink is not damage when crunched down. but I have always used the noirmal crimper with no problems. Once you have made a crimp, give it a tug to ensure it is tight.
  18. I don't see that the ones buying boats are the ones that can't go on Holiday. They are two very different People types. the ones buying boats have always wanted a boat, or better boat, or bigger boat and now that they have huge equity in their Home, they have been able to borrow. A mate just enquired about a Trailerable Fizznasty and it wasn't a huge flashy one either. This is the guy that was told over a year waiting list before they could start the build by the way. His eyes watered when he was told $300K. I thought Crikey. But it had a 300Hp engine. That is some $80K I guess. then a trail
  19. Low Interest rates is what is doing it. People are putting a boat onto their mortgage. Boat Sales, especially in the smaller fizz nasty Trailer Boat market is through the roof. One manufacturer I know of, currently has a waiting list of just over a year before they can even start a new build once you place an order. Waikawa Marina is going through exapnsion, but that has been years in planning. And they are only increasing the number of 16M berths. However, another reason for that is because moorings are no longer allowed to be put down and some are going to be removed. Sea View allows liv
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    Stack Packs

    After fitting one myself, it instantly went on my list as one of the best things I ever did to my Boat.
  21. Please do not take any of the following as me patronising you. None of your post is wrong, I am just expanding on some points because it's not quite so simple. Sort of. In this "tug" situation, it is about getting the charge back in to the Gel as fast as possible while as you correctly state, not causing gas in the Gel. However, simple chargers, or those specified for FLA/AGM can also be used, providing the charge current remains below the threshold of Gassing. Only in some points are they better. There is also a big advantage over AGM. Gel can dissipate heat much better th
  22. Don't panic. They are nothing special. If the picture of those are the original of course. Just a 20Ahr Sealed Gel is all they are and any sealed Gel of same size will suffice. The problem is that these are not great at a continual everyday deep cycle situation. These kind of Gels are designed for Standby operation where they stay charged up for long periods and then if power goes out, they provide current for a time till the power comes back on and are topped back up again. You could get away with a deep cycle AGM or FLA even. But if you go larger capacity to get greater duration from the m
  23. The IUOU designation is the important point here. Actually the letters hould read IUoU. The charger may have 24V on it, but that is not just what it is. IUOU is actually DIN 41773 and designates the specifics required for 3 stage charging of the batteries. I =Current U =Voltage. ( U and not V will be make sense in my description below) oU= is also Voltage (as above) In this situation, the I is maintained as a constant current bulk charge. The Voltage is varied. oU is a constant Voltage stage and takes care of the absorption charge and trickle charge stage. The idea is to be able
  24. The person to buy from and ask those questions to is IT. He sells and installs the B&G gear and will be able to give you the advice on which transducer to use.
  25. I suggest there was an explosion. The sub is lying in three pieces. Implosion would not likely do that. They tend to crack and water violently and almost instantly fills the void. There may be hull deformations in places, but they don't suck in like an empty tank under vacuum does. Early on it was said they were undergoing Torpeedo firing tests and I would imagine one has detonated inside the tube or even inside the Vessel. Which has happened in the past. I really can't see water falling fast enough to overcome a Submarine surley. But that is just my opinion. Anyone have any knowledge of thi
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