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  1. Another disadvantage of the outboard is that the propellor is not in front of the rudder, this can often mean steering issues at very low speed, having seen this with a number of boats with skeg hung rudders they are very slow to answer the helm in windy weather or a chop.
  2. This is quite a common problem with staggered butt joints, this means that where each one of these joints is the cabin top is only as strong as a single layer of plywood. These butt joints actually create a stress riser making these cracks show. My solution would be to use a router with a batten as a guide to rout out about 50mm each side of the crack x 3mm deep and fill with epoxy and glass. Raking out the butt joint and filling with epoxy would make the job even stronger.
  3. Because AIS channels are at the very top end of the Marine VHF band, dedicated AIS antennas are usually cut for the the top two or three frequencies in the band resulting in a considerably shorter antenna with a centre frequency of around 162 mhz where a normal VHF antenna will be centered around 159 mhz. On our commercial boats the AIS antennas are about 30cm shorter than the normal VHF communication antenna's. Two separate dedicated antenna's at similar height will always work better than one single antenna but on small boats compromises have to be made. Step 1 would be to disconnect th
  4. They do it because they can, they don't answer to anyone.
  5. Psyche, you beat me to it, these things get introduced with seemingly innocent intentions but later you suddenly find that the innocent $200 per annum that you initially paid has steadily climbed towards thousands, this has always happened with taxes in the past. I hate to see any kind of freedoms encroached on and this is where it will eventually lead. Proper registration does cost, keeping it updated like car rego is an expensive exercise and of course these government agencies have a mentality that says user pays. The perception of these people in Government and local Government departments
  6. I would rather see the people who are causing the problems get crucified than see every innocent boatie saddled with the cost of registration. licencing I could probably go along with but even that doesn't seem to work on the roads and I fear won't make much difference on the harbour. Compulsory registration does enable the culprit to be quickly identified but at great cost to boat owners that know how to safely operate their vessel. There is no magic solution where everyone will be happy.
  7. I think you mean most of the wooden boats were built by Phil Wilson, many of these were sold as kitset frame packs, he never built glass Trackers. Glass Hulls from 1975 to approx mid 80 were moulded by Sandglass productions and finished by Mike Bentley and Malcom Booth's company Pacific Line Yachts. Craddock didn't get involved until mid 1980's.
  8. Because of my passion for sailing fast I didn't want to install a strainer on the outside of the hull so just installed flush skin fittings. My suggestion for a cooling through hull is immediately inside the sea cock is to install a female Tee connector and plug and have the cooling water to the engine branching off the side of the Tee and plug the opening that is directly opposite the sea cock. If you suspect that the flow is restricted it is just a simple matter of removing the plug and clearing the obstruction with a screw driver or appropriately sized piece of brass rod.
  9. In the old days of three strand rope we used to use a long splice but with today's boats having braided line stitching and taping is probably the easiest method. An alternative to using tape is to use heat shrink tubing as it is strong and compresses the area where the ropes join.
  10. Be pretty hard to get Paul back unless you can work miracles.
  11. Muzza

    Prop Speed

    I went into Burnsco a few days ago and noticed Propspeed on the shelves for sale, No doubt Propspeed were getting worried by some of the generic equivalents that are soon to be entering the market. It would be nice if the price was half what they are asking but that may come in time too.
  12. There was one years ago called the Dinghy Minder or some name like that, haven't seen one for about 40 years.
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    New prop

    Chris, Briski is now quite a journey, they are no longer in Howick but based just east of Maramarua about midway between the village and Smythes Quarry or just before the Heavens Road passing lanes when east bound. Henley's are a lot closer to Auck's. Brent is the guy who runs Briski.
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    New prop

    Chris The 30 horse power from Yanmar may be a bit misleading for instance the 1GM 10 is only 9hp and the twin 2ym15 is only 14hp the 3 cylinder 30 (forget the number is actually 29hp This horsepower rating will include the water pump and alternator but not the fridge commpressor. A typical fridge compressor can asily soak up 5 to 10 hp so best to have an electro magnetic clutch fitted to turn it off once the fridge has reached the required temp.
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