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  1. Used to carry one of these when I was diving - tiny when rolled up but but pretty effective..
  2. Found: https://www.maritimenz.govt.nz/public/news/media-releases-2021/20210218b.asp The yacht missing off the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula has been found and both people on board are believed safe. Maritime NZ’s Rescue Coordination Centre NZ (RCCNZ) began coordinating the search yesterday evening after a brief and partial Mayday call was received. Senior Search and Rescue Officer, Chris Henshaw, said that a short time ago a vessel advised that it was the one that had broadcast the Mayday call. RCCNZ is standing down the search aircraft and vessel. More detail
  3. Heard a rep from the RCCNZ being interviewed in the radio this morning. That's essentially all the info they're working from. Minimal info from the very broken radio call, no call sign heard. Conflicting info re location, Waiheke was stated, location given east of Coromandel and VHF call came through repeaters on Barrier and BoP.
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    Been with my wife for almost 30 years and feel like a rank amateur when it comes to those aspects. What's your secret?
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    As we're talking about a wooden vessel, this might be of interest: https://waitematawoodys.com/2015/05/15/electrochemical-damage-to-wood-the-marine-version-of-leaky-homes/
  6. Good wake up call. Just moved to an area I'm not overly familiar with and have now purchased a full set of charts which I will be using along with the plotter....
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    Thought this was an interesting story here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/300138081/a-girl-and-her-wolf-attack-the-coastal-classic
  8. Most of the updates are here with the bonus of some photos added: https://www.waihekeworkingsail.org/category/circumnavigation-2020/
  9. No offence to anyone here but you may have a better response on this forum: https://www.fishing.net.nz/forum/the-outboard-clinic_forum73.html Quite a few very knowledgeable outboard folk there. This one is more yachting orientated...
  10. Can't make that venue but would certainly front up if my local yacht club was to organise a similar fund raiser. Very fond memories of following the Whitbread campaigns...
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    Pilot boat

    Tend to do the same - keep well away and make intentions as clear as possible..
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    Pilot boat

    Interesting, I heard the opposite from an ex ferry master - he found it frustrating that stand on vessels didn't hold their course and speed and gave way when they shouldn't. Made situations harder to anticipate and manage.
  13. Small point but one of the issues we face is a perception that we ARE a government entity - especially in certain sectors of the community. This can lead to a reluctance to engage for fear of consequences etc and it could explain why some are surprised that there is a cost for non-urgent, non member assistance.
  14. I'd have to see the context of that - as a volunteer I'm not aware of a current and significant drive to add vessels of that size into the fleet. We do have 2 x 15m "Heavies" based in Auckland. Are they useful? Extremely - greater operational capacity - overnight duties, deployment to other areas to provide cover due to operational issues when required, extreme weather, patient facilities, long heavy tows, mothership capability (toilets & galley etc) for longer duration incidents just to name a few. I can still smell the toast wafting downwind towards during a paused search which paged
  15. Sorry if I singled you out - perhaps it was my interpretation that sparked a reaction so all good. I don't want to get drawn into the politics and the he said and she saids but as a volunteer, bursting my family's bubble to help a kid who somehow finds themselves drifting off a beach on an inflatable unicorn is one thing. Having to do that to go and jump start Bill and Ben 'cause they wanted to catch a feed - that's something else.
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