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  1. Some old charts I have are like thin cardboard, the new ones are like thick tissue paper. I have a roll of thin plastic tube for rolled charts. Lets know if anyone wants some, any length more or less, 20 metres no trouble.
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    Thank you Kevin and Bad Kitty. Yes thinking things out in the head is not much use until the hearts there as well. We do have some good people for help and counselling so will forge on.
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    I know a few on here read my post from 1 Dec last year called. Raglan to Whakatane. Crew were my 43 year old son Shae and a mate, Shae was a tower of help and strength and he regretted not being able to do the full trip. Then on March the 10th this year tragedy struck our family when Shae was killed in a vehicle crash on the Kaimais. The other driver crossed over the centre line and hit Shaes ute at speed killing him instantly. We were plunged into a very dark place and after the funeral struggled to leave the house for 3 months. It wasn't till the 6 month mark that we really started to engage
  4. This is my MK 3 knock up ply version. I under stand a nice glass factory one was made but where to find one?
  5. Yes there are comments that Gone with the Wynns boat is not fit for purpose. I think a Cat 1 inspector would have cracked a fit. Cracked windows, let alone storm shutters. Wondering if good luck or good planning that got them to Opua. Bit of both maybe.
  6. Will check out Sailing Parlays Revival. Thanks havent seen that. With La Vagabonde you can easily go a year or 2 without missing a lot.
  7. Have followed La Vagabonde on and off for a few years. Their stats are impressive by any standard. Coming up 7 Years, 2 kids now, 70,000 miles, 1.6 million subscribers on You Tube, half a million views per episode, 6000 subscribers on Patreon. As someone said in a previous post they are to upmarket now for the average yachty. Take Patreon, subscribing per episodes is from $3 to $200, so say average of $5 and an episode every 2 weeks thats $30.000 a fortnight. And no I have never been a Patreon to anyone, to miserable for that. They can sure play the internet, they put in the work so good on t
  8. At least Raglan has leading lights. Years ago i went on a bar day wirh the Coastguard, well worth it, but was so calm I could have rowed the tender over it.
  9. Yes called the number. A temperature sensor, evidently monitoring a marine heatwave thats coming. Double boeys so maybe not destroyed. Was surprised at the sheer number of boeys around the coast. Can understand fishing nets cray pots etc. But all the others. There was just a mass of them in the marine reserve at Leigh. I probably could have been further off shore , was at about the 20 metre depth line at the time. I think the last straw for them was when they asked max speed under motor. 5 knots didnt cut it! Didnt get to discussing channels They advised not to a
  10. Found out why we lost momentum on Mahoe and had to be towed into Whakatane. A small bouy and rope wrapped around the propeller.
  11. We motored from North Cape to Mangonui incalm seas so Shae could get a bus home for work. James and I carried on day sailing. Stops at Cavalli Is. Bland bay, Tutukaka, Omaha, Tryphena, Whitianga, Waihi Beach, and then this” After Mahoe did a sterling job in allconditions and a last day from Waihi beach to Whakatane , within 10 miles of home there was a clunk from the driveline and viabration. Towed in by the Coastguard at 2 am. On temporary swing mooring in Whakatane river.
  12. This would be no big deal for a lot of you guys but for me my biggest trip as skipper. quote from my facebook page for non boaties so bare with me: “Big thankyou and gratitude to my crew James and Shae, couldn’t have done it without them. For example ,the Raglan bar was no problem,not even breaking, then the wind got up higher than forecast and sea built up and I was seasick . Eventually Shae made a correct call too take down the genoa and put up a smaller jib. I was still capable of steering at that point so pointed into wind and waves while Shae and James went forward. I had rigged
  13. Simpower in Auck. They only had 3 at the time so maybe they dont carry much stock, same brand and identical to original. Have safety vents in bottom And 50mm soldering tabs top and bottom
  14. After looking at battery replacement costs for some time i thought stuff it. So replaced the batteries myself. Pretty simple as designed to be user opened for decommissioning. Batteries easily obtained in NZ $52 each and there are 2. New O ring off the shelf $2. $106 total parts Old batteries were way out of date but were the same if not slightly higher voltage than the new ones.
  15. Pumbaa you sound like a person that might point me in the right direction. I have a Avon hypalon but need an Outboard mount. I am up to the Mark 3 plywood model now but believe a factory glass one was made. Any ideas where to find one?
  16. No, he doesnt wait around untill he has to, Two Sounds to go, hes off to Chalky Inlet
  17. Making a break for Breaksea Wed Sep 23 2020 It poured with rain last night but that meant a blissful sleep as it heralded the end of the relentless wind. I was woken by the sound of a helicopter landing at the Blanket Bay “Hotel”. This is the name given to a rudimentary shack on a little island about 200 meters out from where I am moored. The crayfishing boats moor up there and transfer their catch to the helicopter. When I finally poke my head up through the hatch the half dozen boats have all gone and I am once again alone. I motor over to the “Hotel” and tie up. There is a perma
  18. Looks like hes scootered off up the sound, maybe looking for better shelter?
  19. Latest instalment: Well that was not a restful night. The wind was like a fearsome beast prowling around the boat all night. It howled and screamed in the rigging, it shook the mast and banged the halyards, it shoved and rocked the boat and tried it’s best to pluck us from our mooring. I was worried the line might chafe through and break at which point we would be flung off into raging black night. To that end I prepared as best I could. I had the anchor cock-a-bill, ready to drop and the radar on all night to give me eyes in the dark. The plotter cannot be relied on. When entering the bay i
  20. Hes into it again. A begger for punishment. 65 miles to DoubtfulSound by 1800 so should be all good.
  21. PredictWind shows 30knots off shore but a large part of the weat coast at 15/20 on the coast or just off. Thats not likely I would have thought! Haven’t actually used it much so not to be taken so literally maybe?
  22. Hes Heading into some solid weather soon.
  23. Briski are good , custom made in a couple of weeks. I got a floppy folder. They say the advantage of geared over floppy is longer life only, no difference in performance.
  24. I thought Joshua Slocum achieved that a long while back in Spray.
  25. Gee, interesting. Not much strength In that situation, 200kgs
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