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PeteG last won the day on January 16 2019

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  1. I know the previous owner of Wide Load if you need some info. Be aware it only has a fin and no bulb.
  2. We have two each and auto inflate option (both with harness rings as is standard these days). We tend to wear our lighter Hutchwilco PFD's during the day and in for pottering about, and then wear our bulker full noise Crewsaver ones at night -especially on passage (they have a bit more gear inside them). We are usually two-handed and on solo watch -and offshore a bit. So get the best you can afford and wear it. Remember it is the tether that is most important. Just a tip - add some extra glow in the dark tape onto the front. Makes it much easier to find your PFD in a dark cabin! And have spare
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    Grab Bag

    Spare specs if you wear them Sea sick tabs Cellphones in dry bag Wallets Passports Any medicines that crew are taking Bottle of fresh water I would take a microwave too, as think a hot pie while in the liferaft would be bloody awesome.
  4. Again pick your weather. The last time around (going north), we spent the day sailing north past Gisborne in the forecast 10 knot E winds and a lazy swell, a yak on the vhf with the ship that nicely gave us some room at East Cape at 0200, then the forecast 10 knot NE breeze to follow us as we came around and headed across the Bay of Plenty. So nice we even doodled into Cape Runaway and along the coast for a bit for a gander, then out to White Island for a look. Think it ended up 4 days from Tory Channel to Mercury Islands for a break. There is a sea god!
  5. Having done both coasts a couple of times, and both directions. Best idea is to be organised to go either way, and don't be totally fixed on a date. The weather will dictate which way is best, and you won't make the final decision until the day before you go. Don't get hung up on which way people on here say is "the best". Probably the only advantage of east over west is that there are a more places to stop if you want/need to. The weather forecast that YOU decide to go on will decide it for you, and it is not compulsory to get snotted.
  6. Oh and ours is a Raymarine Evo 100 system with a ram onto our tiller.
  7. Our boat is quite similar to your's. Unless you spend moonbeams, don't expect a regular off the shelf tiller pilot system to be able to steer a nz style racer/cruiser for more than a few moments. Our style boats with wide flat bums need active steering (particularly off the wind) in any seaway. The pilots just can't keep up with the fast alterations needed, as the boat slews around on the waves. Well thats our experience - and we have pretty much hand steered to Tonga and over to Fiji. Otto is great when motoring or sailing in the light.
  8. Will be if you already have a ssb set up. We didn't, so just went with an iridium go via predict wind. Forecasts were very accurate. Also gave us voice calls home. The airtime package we needed was around NZ $210 per month. Once we got over to Fiji from Tonga, we stopped it as cellphone coverage very good and much better plans than NZ (we are on a $25 per month for 25gb but you also get $100 of calls to NZ and some other countries in that). We will reactivate the Iridium Go when we are in the Lau next year as we hear only limited cell coverage there. Good luck with your cruising preps.
  9. PeteG

    Backstay flicker

    We have a had a 20mm? sail batten as our flicker for about 10 years. But we put heat shrink over it to protect it from uv. Has worked very well. Just have a small block at the end that the backstay goes through.
  10. Great info thank you. We swapped out our Yanmar 2 cylinder 18hp for 3ym20 when we brought our boat some years ago. Has been a wonderful little engine and never regretted spending the money going new verse wasting it on a rebuild (done that once before on previous boat) Out of interest as you don't mention it, what is the warranty situation given you have done the installation and commisioning yourself?
  11. There are a number of Cat 1 inspectors in the South Island you can choose to use.
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    We went in for a couple of days in April. Got in no problem at low tide and we draw 1.9 m and then anchored off the boat ramp/upper wharf. Not much room, you are amongst the moorings, and lots of current. Outside, Hohoura Bay is not to be missed (and a puff up the hill to old Pa site with views forever)
  13. At the end of the day you can make your own choices. 1) sit at home and complain about the costs and the Cat 1 system and try and invent wsys to get around it. 2)just get on with it and go cruising as you only get this life once. By the way, it is another great day in Fiji today !
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