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    Excellent thanks. I have a pattern for a catcher that'll fit our boat on the foredeck, but like yours IT it will only be useful at anchor. The catcher I traced the pattern from seemed to be made of white PVC. Do you know if there are any types of PVC to avoid? Obviously I don't want to taint the water.
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    Anyone made one of these and have advice on what material to make it from?
  3. Certainly makes Cat 1 look like a sensible idea.
  4. There seem to be bugger all of these for sale on trademe - maybe you need to reclaim that space in the front yard!
  5. Forgive my ignorance Dan (I'm new to dinghies) - is that a delta?
  6. Thanks Elenya, great to hear and thanks for the suggestions.
  7. Sounds ideal. Let me know if you want to part with it before April/May.
  8. Good to know, thanks. Easy enough for a capable 10 yr old?
  9. Love the sound of them but last week we got the new shaft and prop put in (ie. the budget is now pretty small).
  10. They look stunning - and I can see yours in the photos, what a great boat, PM me what you're after for it, . We're still in Wellington so hoping to buy further south but we could always hire a skipper to bring it down for us
  11. We haven't set our external aerial up yet and aren't getting great reception with just the fold up aerial. Texts are fine, calls seem to have a delay and drop out.
  12. We’re looking for a sailing dinghy to take offshore cruising - hoping to combine our needs for a tender (to fit 2 adults and a child) with something our 10 yr old daughter can use to sail. She currently sails an optimist dinghy but I don't like our chances of using that as a tender. We can put it on davits so towing drag isn't an issue. We’re thinking of a seabird or townson. Does anyone have any experience or recommendations?
  13. nagy582 - there's a facebook group I've just found that discusses sewing for boats, they post photos of projects (sail covers, lee cloths etc) and seem keen to give advice - could be helpful for your webbing ears question? https://www.facebook.com/groups/sewingonboats
  14. Looks great, well done. Let us know how you go attaching the lazy jacks. I'm going to do some sheet bags etc before making ours to get a bit of practice in.
  15. That sounds like the right option! Would love to see some photos when you're done and hear how it went. Hope it all goes well
  16. What did you decide the end? I'm going to be making one in a month or two so keen to hear what works out cheapest and easiest!
  17. Yes they actually did. They came to ask if it was a xmas decoration we were trying to make.
  18. I tried a patch of artificial grass on the foredeck. Before we went I duct taped it to the lamppost outside our house to get it 'scented'. It didn't work, he just laughed at it and we took this stinky bit of stuff all round the sounds for a fortnight while taking him to shore to wee. Our dog gets scared when we heel over so we dont take him a lot now, especially because he can stay for free with my parents who have his cousin.
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    Lotus 9.2

    Also, our 9.2 was sold to an Auckland guy who wanted to live aboard and called Sojournie if you see it up there.
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    Lotus 9.2

    We sold ours in December for 38k just to give you an indication of average price. No osmosis and recently updated rigging etc. Only sold as we wanted an offshore cruiser about 40ft otherwise we'd still be enjoying it! Spacious inside and easy to sail single handed. We went across Cook straight several times and it handled well even on one dodgy crossing. It was our first boat and we weren't (aren't!) experienced sailors, particularly me, but I felt safe in it and liked how simple it felt to sail. There's a decent fleet of them at Seaview in Wgtn if you want to find some fans of them.
  21. We didn't get a rigging inspection when we bought ours last year in Nelson and a few weeks later discovered a crack in the mast - so I'd also recommend getting a rigging inspection. Hurricane rigging would be my rec for that.
  22. Don't get one that's too big. We did and it was a real pain to get on/off solo and we couldn't fit it easily on the foredeck. We got a smaller one with the next boat and it's much easier.
  23. Thanks for this detailed reply Jean, much appreciated. I see where you're coming from about the logistics and of water dictating where we go. I am a bit worried about the washing and missing the comfort of a hot shower as often as I'd like. We can carry about 600L and I am the biggest water culprit, liking a quick shower every day. I have to nag Iris (9yrs) and Robin (husband) into washing in anything other than saltwater. It seems one of their cruising aims is to get a salty crust. The power and maintenance put me off getting a watermaker for this first season (and costs, obvs). We mig
  24. Is the filter built into the tap? We don't have one at present but can see we should get one.
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