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  1. If the sight glass empties, the unit needs topping up with gas. It should start empty, fill quickly on startup, and then remain full. If it is empty, partially full, or there are bubbles going through it (after a few mins running), in needs recharging. Engine driven units are powerfull, freeze down systems WAY fast compared to electric, but they do not maintain constant freezer temp due to the fact that they only run when the engine is on. Electric systems are great for maintaining the temps. You can keep icecream!! Icecream is a real freezer test as it requires a max temp of -15 c.
  2. Hi everyone. I have a 10yr old Aquapro rib that is starting to fall apart. All the glued on attachments are coming off, the hull has a couple of creases and now two cracks, and it is rapidly approaching its use by date. It has really been abused, and has been an excellent dingy. It was made in NZ in 2001. Its a 2.7m SMR model, and has had a 15hp on it most of its life (manufacturers rec max is 9.8hp). We have used it for the kids to ski behind, towing biscuits etc, but primarily for a tender. Aquapro has, in recent years, had some really bad press - since they moved production to China.
  3. Does it have a sight glass? If so, before starting the fridge, the sight glass should be empty. When started, it should fill, and stay full. If the level drops and or it has lots of bubbles after a few minutes running, it is low on gas, and needs servicing.
  4. Yep, the guys on last years one said it would be the last, they knew then. Mostly the pirate issue I understand.
  5. As have others, I've had this issue as well. The flush is a start. If that does not work suffiently well, check all other basic items - the raw water inlet seacock - is it clear? Pipes/plumbing from there to the raw water pump, clean/clear, no kinks etc. Next, after the raw water pump, if there is a refridgeration heat exchanger in the line, disassemble it and make sure it is clean as well. Had an oyster in my one lately! As previously mentioned, the exhaust elbows are a real issue. Also, the thermostat, and the thermosat bypass connection. If all this does not work, you may find that th
  6. You can't steer without flow over the rudder. Also The boat is unbalanced without a jib. Point a bit lower, and get moving, then come up. Have you got lee or windward helm - it, when moving is the load on the tiller windward, leeward, or neutral? The windier it is, the more the rig windage effects the boat, and partially cancells the drive of the sails. Steep waves also slow/stop progress.... Same, bear away a bit, get going. point up a bit up the waves, and down a bit down the back to get momentum for the next one... it's all about balance!
  7. i dont know about 830 tuning specifically, but here is a good starting point for most keelboats - for 1x19 SS rigging. Rod is different. 15-20% breaking load on the caps, enough on the lowers to keep the mast in column when fully powered. Forestay length determins rake, about 3 degs to begin with. Backstay tensions forestay and depends on weather, sail cut etc. You CAN NOT accurately tell stay/shroud tensions by hand. They must be measured either by stretch or with a rigging guage. There is a good reference book, Sail and Rig tuning, by Ivan Dedikam (spelling??), that expla
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    Nav lights

    In my experience, don't get too hung up on Nav Lights. Run the correct ones yourself, of course, but do not expect others to do so. They often dont. It is uncommon here in SE Asia to see another vessel with the correct lighting. For example In Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand, many fishing boats use BLUE strobes wether anchored or underway. But sometimes they are RED or White, or nothing but a torch if you get too close. A Cigarette glow has been the first thing I've seen of a small wooden fishing boat on one occasion. Fishing nets may be unlit, or have strobes. They can be anywhere, incl
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    Nav lights

    Wheels, my AIS was about $1200 NZD when I got it late 2009, but they have come down since. Around $800 (see the one quoted at $500 above) seems reasonably common now. Mine is an ACR one. There is no "screen" for it, it has NMEA output only. Works on most plotters/PC's etc.... And, also as mentioned above, also works (transmits) with no screen on - although you get no collision alarms then either. It was complete with GPS and ariel, so, once installed, gave us a backup GPS for gerneral use as well...
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    Nav lights

    AIS is great. Get a transponder, not just a receiver. We have had multiple occasions of large vessels altering course to avoid us, way before they could have seen the nav lights, without any radio or signal of any sort. If it's close, we have had ships call us (by Name and callsign!!!) to make sure we both agree on what should happen. One ship called from 50 miles!!! In the singapore straits last year we had 267 ships on screen, all moving. AIS lets us filter for only those who pose a collision risk (with setable range). We still had 30!! All data is given, speed, course, CPA, Time to CP
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    Nav lights

    I agree with BB, Its the most visible light while sailing. Put it back!!!
  12. These guys left for Sri Lanka about 3 days before us, from Phuket I understand. I'm told that the weather was around 45knts, and on the nose. Several other boats reported large detours and very unplesant conditions. Baccus had a rudder failure, and I have heard that they had a leak around the rudder stock. All third hand, so could be completely wrong! At Phuket, several boats were lost, including race boats from the Kings Cup going ashore (from Anchor at Kata Beach). There were 2m waves in the Anchorage at Ao Chalong, and they had 40 + Knots there, with lots of boats dragging, and gen
  13. Hey wheels, you moved permanent to Auck? Might do that myself once this trip is over - prob another 2-3 years!! NZ costal sailing is tough. Don't be demoralised, it's normal to think "why am I here" in these circumstances. Once passed East Cape, all normally improves... you have made sound decisions so far, and are to be congratulated. Catch up for a beer when I get back to NZ?? cheers Matt Currently in Phuket
  14. my calefont has on o2 sensor. If it depletes the o2 to a set level, it turns off, same if the flame goes out....
  15. But do you actually turn it off every time? (some do, and thats OK). I have a gas calafont that stays on, as does the gas detector! Most of the gas plumbing is copper, but that can have it's problems as well...
  16. Ok, slightly different, but this might be usefull to someone; While in Ausy, (Tropical area) our engine driven fridge and Freezer had large temp variations. It needed to be run too often and was really not up to the task. It is a large freezer about 190 ltrs, with a fridge the same size beside it sharing one of the two coolant tanks. I had thought about putting in an electrical compressor, but had been told by fridge techs here that the space was too large and it would be no good. I decided to make some more enquiries, and ended up purchasing a OZEFRIDGE from www.ozefridge.com.au.
  17. Yep, just go! The conditions can be bad, but it does not last. You will suffer from calms more than storms! Plan for the worst, hope for the best! If the crew does not work out, get rid of some! They can be dropped off somewhere! In mast furling. HEAPS of offshore boats have it. Possibly most now. Personally I don't like it, and I have seen it bent and jammed with 2/3rds of a main effectivly locked out. The boat was a cardinal 43 (44?), called Cardinal Sin, owned by Robert Cardinal (yes a coincidence!). He was in Vuda point in 2003 and I helped him straighten the furling rod. Failure was
  18. Not so. In Auckland at least, i have been informed by the head of the water police (a relation) that there is a council bylaw that requires all vessels to have a reg number OR a name clearly displayed. Don't know how or if it is enforced, or the status in other areas - but it is not enforced in central NZ (Wgtn, Sounds, etc)
  19. Yep, fair enough. Wheels, not sure I agree re the VSRs though, although it can take longer to reach 100% charge. If it changes from start to house at say13.8v (for a 12v system), then it charges both banks untill 100% or switched off. Lots of offshore yachts rarely acheive 100 % charge unless motoring for long periods, or connected to shore power. Many still use diode based spliters whch charge all banks when charging, or dedicated alternators for the starting and house banks. At least the Vsr puts most of the charge into the start battery first, before switching to the others.. Merry Chris
  20. jumper cables to hard. Stick in a decent VSR (voltage sensitive relay), then, when the start batt is full, it will automatically switch in the hose bank as well. When voltage drops agaiin below a certain point (charging finished) auro switches out. You probably only need the + side switched, provided there is a common -. Simple, automatic, and foolproof!
  21. Work? Sunny here, 10 Knts, 22 at 9am, heading for 28..... Matt
  22. Next time I would not be going cruising. Empty the boat, take a small heavy weather kite, and do some decent research on the East Ausy Current. I lost 30 odd miles in the last 30 hours to the two boats ahead, both of whom are Brisbane locals.... I could have pushed harder - but Trying to preserve the boat for the reat of the trip. The one day of strong headwinds I backed off both heading and sail plan to reduce the slamming to weather.... Matt
  23. Everyone, It’s a while since I posted and the finish of this race now, but being a cruiser now I only have intermittent internet. I said I'd provide my thoughts on doing this race, so here goes. It was a pity that with over 40 registrations of interest only 13 boats started. The Tasman gave its usual sort of weather - from close to 50 Knts (gusts only) on a couple of occasions, down to one day (for me - more or less for others) of almost complete calm. Many of the competitors thought it was a tough crossing. Most boat finished with some damage. Aparori (spell?) 1st mono, with a broken
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    Bye everyone, thanks for your help and entertainment over the last year or two! I'm leaving Mana for New Plymouth (and the start of the Solo Tasman Easter Sunday) tomorrow at 9. Following the Solo Tasman my wife and I are doing the Sail Indonesia and Sail Malaysia rallies leaving Darwin on 24 July. We intend to go up to the Med next year. For anyone who is interested I'm keeping a blog and website at http://http:\\www.paulins.net Squid if you feel there is anything interesting feel free to copy it. I'll keep it up to date when I can, but posting will normally be when in port When
  25. Some people do. I don't. I try to keep the Radio ground (counterpoise) and DC ground seperate. RF grounds need copper strap. It is a good idea the break the strap - a 10mm gap, and bridge the gap with ceramic disk capacators. This allows the RF ground, but breaks any DC ground loops you may have made, and isolates the plate to help avoid electrolysis....
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