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    ex Elly got a reaction from Deep Purple in YNZ Race Regulations Cat1-Cat5; Anomalies and concerns   
    You will have a very light boat, since you can now remove all the safety gear! 
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    ex Elly got a reaction from harrytom in YNZ Race Regulations Cat1-Cat5; Anomalies and concerns   
    You will have a very light boat, since you can now remove all the safety gear! 
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    ex Elly reacted to L00seM00se in Sail GP coming to Christchurch   
    😃 https://i.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating/124004616/christchurch-to-host-multimilliondollar-global-sailing-event?fbclid=IwAR1eEab6xJU_Tbj6nYnVpjVX8OLnoLJz_y-EnFtvvUIX24vKptM_VCOJHQ4
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    ex Elly reacted to erice in prada cup, when we know which course...   
    Nothing better to do so rode into dock. Lots of TV cameras waiting...cold crew coming back and hugging wife + kids
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    ex Elly got a reaction from erice in Dozens of sharks spotted off beach   
    Dozens of sharks spotted off popular Coromandel beach including a large group of hammerhead sharks
    Aerial photos showing dozens of sharks just off Matarangi Beach might surprise some people.
    But Whitianga resident Philip Hart often flies over the water and says seeing sharks is normal, with some just 50 to 100 metres away from surfers and swimmers. Yet the fear-inducing predators are more interested in fish, he says.
    Hart recently took aerial images, which show groups of bronze whalers – measuring about 1 to 2.5m long – and hammerhead sharks just off the popular and placid Coromandel Peninsula beach.
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    ex Elly got a reaction from harrytom in Dozens of sharks spotted off beach   
    Dozens of sharks spotted off popular Coromandel beach including a large group of hammerhead sharks
    Aerial photos showing dozens of sharks just off Matarangi Beach might surprise some people.
    But Whitianga resident Philip Hart often flies over the water and says seeing sharks is normal, with some just 50 to 100 metres away from surfers and swimmers. Yet the fear-inducing predators are more interested in fish, he says.
    Hart recently took aerial images, which show groups of bronze whalers – measuring about 1 to 2.5m long – and hammerhead sharks just off the popular and placid Coromandel Peninsula beach.
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    ex Elly reacted to syohana in Public piers in Auckland CBD   
    1. The fuel dock at bayswater is all-tide
    2. the fuel dock at Orakei is accessible all tide.
    3. The whole outside of the Western pontoon at Orakei marina is for public pickup/dropoff too but it is very shallow. It would be good at high tide. There's a lack of cleats but there are a few rings to tie onto. The gate to that and the fuel dock (inside the end of the same pontoon) is locked at night but should be open in the daytime (the marina is required to provide public access to that pontoon so complain to security if it's locked).
    4. The pontoons at the landing boat ramp on the east side of Orakei Marina (might be too shallow at low tide but good at high tide)
    5. Viaduct basin pontoon next to the swimming steps but you need to go through the lifting bridge and it's probably closed during the america's cup.
    6. Pontoon next to half moon bay boat ramp
    7. At high tide use the long pontoon under the walkway behind Westhaven boat ramp next to Z pier. Loads of space and nobody ever uses it! At low tide that's too shallow but you could probably still access the ends of the actual boat ramp pontoons.
    8. The other side of Z pier used to be available for free pick up and drop off but now they are charging for 30 minute slots (book online) and I think it's now restricted to commercial vessels only.
    9. Panmure wharf or Panmure yacht and boating club (PYBC) pontoon, next to each other up tamaki river
    10. Floating pontoon on the south side of Tamaki river just downstream of opposite PYBC, it's primarily for launching kayaks but you can pick up and drop off there.
    11. The long concrete jetty at Okahu point just East of Orakei is deep water but the waves might bash you against the piles and it's usually full of people fishing so watch out for the lines. More suited to bigger boats with good fendering.
    12. Old jetty at Beachhaven next to new ferry jetty
    13. Pontoon between Birkenhead boat ramp and the ferry dock
    We used to pick up charter guests all over Auckland so I got to know all the spots. Some of my info might be a few years out of date, not sure the viaduct is still viable but the rest probably hasn't changed. All of these are pick up and drop off for a few minutes only. You might get away with longer on the shallow pontoon at the back of Westhaven, but do be gone before the tide goes out!
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    ex Elly got a reaction from lateral in Circumnavigating NZ.   
    The Circle is complete
    Wed Oct 07 2020
    At 1610 I crossed my outbound track, surging into Matiatia on a brisk Southwest wind. I rounded up in the lee of the headland, furling the genoa and dropped the main for the last time. After over a month at sea I felt like an albatross folding it wings as it returns to the land from its soaring across the boundless oceans.
    I have sailed two and a half thousand miles around New Zealand, through triumphs and disasters, challenges great and small, through happiness and despair. Through every emotion really. The hardest part has been dealing with myself, with the little mind that wants to give up or complain or be lazy or just feel sorry for itself. Out there alone I have passed through my own cold stormy nights but always I seem to manage to come through those into the glowing sunrise of a new day and I feel the better for the experience, cleansed in some way by the wind and the salt spray.
    On the dock, as I glide in on the wind, finally engineless simply because I have run out of fuel, are my dear friends and family. They come to help and share in what is for me a very moving moment. Their kindness and care touches me deeply.
    All these posts have been painstakingly tapped out, letter by letter with one finger, on the tiny keyboard on my phone, sometimes in very trying situations. It has been, in some way, a conversation I have been having with you. I had no one else to talk to.
    So thank you if you read them, and thank you if you helped out by supporting the restoration of the Kate. She’s a fine old ship.
    I am home now.
    The circle is complete.
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    ex Elly reacted to erice in Team Ineos boat problems   
    becoming famous
    the 2 Italian take
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    ex Elly reacted to Kevin McCready in Launch on Reef   
    Fire is not launch on a reef
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    ex Elly reacted to wheels in Head, renew piping   
    I had to do a lot of plumbing for my land based inside out boat with PVC pressure pipe. I was shocked at the cost of fittings etc. So I looked on trademe and now use this business to supply all my fittings. Always been very fast delivery and parts are at a fraction of the cost. All stamped with the proper ANZS numbers as well.
    Look on trademe for
    I noticed a couple of others as well, so could be worth a comparison.
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    ex Elly reacted to Roval in Great Barrier, Mercury Island and Coromandel   
    Leaving 27 or 28th December for 1 week on a 45th one off Bob Stewart centre cockpit yacht based at Hobsonville Marina. Free passage with 53 year old experienced yachtsman from UK. Contribution to food and drink. Berth in own cabin provided. 

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    ex Elly got a reaction from Kevin McCready in Launch on Reef   
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    ex Elly reacted to B00B00 in Summer plans?   
    We are heading to Matai bay now and maybe will venture all the way to cape reinga tomorrow weather permitting. Had an awesome holiday so far. Snorkeled the poor knights, had a week in the bay of islands, cavalli islands yesterday and will keep going north until there is a reason to come back south. 

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    ex Elly reacted to Deep Purple in Summer plans?   
    Hanging around Whitianga and the Mercs. Mostly in our Tristram "Alfresco"
    some sailing in deep purple for bay week practice 
    bit of flying
    rainy day jobs are to pull the engine out of the Morgan to replace a $200 wearable part. Very British problem. 
    displaying our Christmas stuff till New Years then packing it up
    feelers And elemnope at the coroglen New Years eve
    merry Christmas everyone

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    ex Elly reacted to MuzzaB in NZ37; Scot Tempesta video   
    Part of it is realizing that many of us are now also a little "antique".  Sometimes it comes as a shock.
    Because I started keelboat racing as a young nipper on the foredeck from both ends of the harbour, I raced against Namu and some other EnZed Thirty-Sevens (I'm not totally American) when they were still relatively young (excuse the pun).  Nemesis and Notre Dame were active at the city end, and Amber at Bucklands Beach.  Several others here on Crew did the same (as already noted).  Many of the boats of that era which were competive at Richmond, Squadron, Akarana, Bucklands Beach an others are now on the register of the Classic Yacht Association of New Zealand.  So realism sets in.
    It is great to see these boats in good condition.  My heart sinks when I see a boat I used to know years ago in a condition today which is beyond economic repair. 
    I think the basic hull shape of the NZ37 is still fast.  Jim Young once told me (circa 1986 I think) that he didn't think hull design had changed much over the years, but that designers designed boats that were capable of being built and rigged with the technology available at the time.  You couldn't build a Rocket 31 in 1966 with the materials and technology available at the time (he said) but that he would have if he could.  What he was meaning by this was that he designed to a displacement that could be built and with a rig that could be made to stand up and sails that worked when made of the sail cloth of the time.  Much of the development (he said) was in the rig, sail materials, appendages and hull materials.  It was the 1980s, but even now his observation makes a lot of sense, though obviously hull shapes have evolved beyond a mere reduction in displacement.
    I think if I took the NZ37 hull design and tweaked it a little for new appendages, deck, cabin, cockpit and new rig that would still be a very modern boat.   
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    ex Elly reacted to Jon in Watching practice races?   
    We are one of the Stake Boats marking out the spectator fleet boundary 
    Its all a big learning curve with 3 different organisations organising different parts, plus on top of that the race marks can only be towed at 4.5kts and then someone has to climb inside to anchor then.
    Be patient and just head for the general area and it will all become apparent.
    The organisation has improved heaps since the practice days earlier in the week.
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    ex Elly reacted to syohana in Deep cycle batteries (again)   
    I'm now running "The NZ Electric Boat Co" up in Kerikeri so I have acquired a bit of knowledge on this subject, we've been equipping a few boats with propulsion batteries.
    For our own hire boats which are intensively used commercially, if they can take the weight then we use conventional flooded Trojan L16H ("Motive" branded) lead acid batteries. These are about the heaviest duty 6v traction batteries out there and high quality. You can discharge them quite deeply while still getting a decent cycle life.
    If you buy a lead acid battery which has really good deep cycling performance then you might need less nominal amp hours capacity because twice as much of that capacity is actually usable without damaging the battery. 
    One of our boats came with Sonnenschien 6v gel batteries, maintenance free. If you observe the slightly lower charge voltage then these are very long lived too and no need to top them up. Sonnenschien are available in NZ.
    We've heard some good things about the Narada lead carbon batteries, some people have put a lot of deep cycles on them in a short time and they are still going strong, but they've not been around for a lot of years so not 100% proven. Certainly worth a look though.
    A good guide as to which is the best lead acid brand is simply to compare the weight at the same capacity. The heaviest brand will probably last the longest. Make sure you compare like with like... the C10 capacity of one battery is not comparable to the C20 capacity of another and some sellers quote capacity at different discharge rates. C10 is the capacity if the discharge is over 10 hours, C20 measured over 20 hours. Some quote C100 which is very optimistic!
    For our catamarans, which are more weight sensitive, we use lithium. enertec provide fantastic local support and their Juice Pro batteries are worth the money, but it is a lot of money. Having had one apart I can tell you these are not just assembled from Chinese components, all the circuit boards are custom made for enertec and the batteries, including all the BMS boards, are genuinely designed in NZ. They even customised the software for us. We have built some custom waterproof versions of the enertec battery using their boards.
    The Torqeedo lithium batteries are very good too if you have a 24v system and they are inherently waterproof.
    The enertec batteries are LiFePo4 chemistry which is inherently safe. The Torqeedo batteries use a more exotic chemistry which is about 30% lighter and have lots of safety features to mitigate that. There's never been any safety issue.
    We can supply either of the above lithium brands at a good price (yeah that's a plug! mention crew.org and I'll donate to the site if you buy something)
    > Why not 2 x large 12v AGMs?  Much less hassle than flooded. 
    The key with lead acid is to use the biggest, heaviest duty cells you can, that way they will last much longer (eg one string of 400ah cells is better than two strings of 200ah cells in parallel). 12v batteries contain 6 relatively small cells. If you try to put big heavy duty cells in a 12v battery then the battery will become huge and impossible to lift. therefore it's better to split it half and use two 6v batteries, or even 6 2v batteries for a really big battery bank. So generally the best option is one string of huge cells all in series.
    The possible exception is if you are going offshore and want some redundancy in the system, if you have two strings of cells in parallel then if a cell fails in one string you can disconnect it and still use the other string.
    So, you asked about AGM...
    We have Victron Supercycle AGM house batteries on our live-aboard catamaran, very happy indeed with them. Bought them when we were in Europe, can't find a source for them in NZ at the moment though. 4x200ah 12v in parallel because that's what was available. If they had been available then a better option would have been 4x6v 400ah in series and parallel.
    Prior to that we had a bank of Haze / Eaton AGM 12v cells, second hand from a vodafone cellphone tower backup bank. Despite their age and small cells they lasted well (9x 12v 100ah batteries in parallel). Again, chosen due to availability more than anything. If you can find used batteries from a quality brand which have been in a well maintained UPS install not doing many cycles, not being overcharged, then they will probably outlast brand new batteries from a cheaper brand. Make sure you really know their history though.
    Many people are still going lead acid on the basis that lithium will be much cheaper so they'll switch to lithium (or some new) technology when those lead acid batteries reach end of life. Others want something which will last a lifetime and at a fraction of the weight the Juice Pro is built to do that.
    Hope that info helps rather than confuses!
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    ex Elly got a reaction from L00seM00se in Team Ineos boat problems   
    Sounds like Ben Ainslie is trying to blame the foil cant mechanism, but ETNZ has just put out a statement refuting that:
    The foil cant system (FCS) is a one design supplied component designed and developed by ACE for all competitors. It has been used since the inception of this class.
    - All teams are responsible for the installation, ongoing maintenance and operating procedures of their own systems.
    - All teams are provided with full operating and maintenance instructions and programs to ensure effective and reliable performance.
    - For the past few months there is a weekly coordinated call between all teams every Friday in an open and transparent environment to discuss the system and address any developments collectively.
    - The maintenance and start up schedule that has been developed is a comprehensive schedule that is shared and in possession of all teams.
    - In Emirates Team New Zealand’s experience if all maintenance and start up procedures are followed correctly; the system operates as designed.
    - Emirates Team New Zealand has no access system to ensure these procedures are followed by any of the teams.
    - In answer to INEOS TEAM UK’s suggestion that they only received a software update at 12pm yesterday.
    o This is completely incorrect and inaccurate.
    o The last software update was delivered to all teams last Friday following extensive consultation with all teams. Not midday yesterday.
    - As far as The Defender is aware INEOS TEAM UK’s Foil Cant System is fully operational.
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    ex Elly got a reaction from erice in Watching practice races?   
    Turn on your radio and tune to Gold AM 1332 to hear the legendary Peter Montcommentary.
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    ex Elly reacted to marinheiro in 5 weeks at sea +14 days Auckland Quarantine   
    NYS, the vast majority of foreign cruisers would rate your getting entry into NZ in the current world situation up there with winning lotto. On top of that you say the cost of your quarantine is being paid for by the NZ taxpayer, ie me and the rest of the NZ tax paying population. 
    So to echo Fish, be it 7 or 14 days in quarantine, it is a very minor inconvenience for you to be allowed into NZ. 
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    ex Elly reacted to Fish in Mast Inspection - Endoscope Hack   
    Thought I'd share what I thought was a good idea.
    Wanting to inspect the inside of the mast. I got a USB endoscope / mini inspection camera, taped it to the halyard and pulled it up inside the mast. I got one for $65 from PB Tech. Here is an example of one with the same specs for $35 from mighty ape (not sure why I didn't get that one). These things plug into your phone and off you go. 5 m cable, when going in at the halyard exit point I can get up to the lowers. If I need to check the top will mean a trip up in the bosuns chair. You can get wifi ones, which might work all the way up the mast from deck level (might not either, mast being like a faraday cage, blocking wifi signal). The issue I was investigating was not far above the exit point. Either that or a USB extension cable. Cheap enough to try it out.
    I could see the cable / wiring duct inside the mast (still firmly attached on the inside), and the halyards (i.e. weren't wrapped). I was investigating a snag, when I was re-mousing my halyards after washing them. Turned out it was just a rivet end (random).
    What I am most interested in is assessing the stay backing plates. The rigger has always said we need to check these for cracks etc, as just changing the standing rigging is a little pointless. On first go the image quality wasn't really enough to give me confidence the backing plates are OK. I think I need a better light source to give a better picture (less shadows). The camera has LED lights in the head, which is sufficient for seeing things. Easiest thing to do is tape a small torch to the halyard also I think. Checking the backing plates wasn't the purpose of this exercise, but now I see the concept works, I will have a go at doing that properly as well.
    Shot loads easier and cheaper than pulling the mast out, and even then, you still can't see what is going on inside it.
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    ex Elly got a reaction from bigal.nz in Jetskiers to be fined $200 if caught by new radar gun   
    Jetskiers to be fined $200 if caught by new radar gun if speeding in Bay of Plenty waters
    Bay of Plenty Regional Council's Harbourmaster team will be trialing the new tool to improve safety on the water this summer, aimed at catching jetskiers breaking the boating rules.
    Regional harbourmaster Jon Jon Peters said warnings and education had been used instead of issuing fines over the last couple of years, but a large number of jetskiers were now flouting the rules - that needed to change.
    This summer a $200 fine will be issued to those that ignore or break the rules.
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    ex Elly got a reaction from harrytom in Legasea / Rescue Fish   
    Commercial fishing vessel offences 10-times higher after Ministry for Primary Industries starts tracking location information
    There's been a 10-fold increase in detected offences since commercial fishing vessels were required to give geospatial tracking information to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI).
    Data released to Newshub shows these offences include fishing in marine reserves, not having an observer, and submitting catch data too late. 
    MPI's digital tracking system monitors the movements of commercial vessels across New Zealand.
    "It's all about behavioural change and this is a game-changer for us. Our compliance activity is far more directed now," MPI compliance investigations manager Steve Ham says.
    It's more directed because since December 31 last year, electronic position and catch reporting was made compulsory on 860 vessels. 
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    ex Elly reacted to Joshandemma in Antifoul - options   
    To follow up on my earlier post...we sanded back the Ultra 2 a few months back and painted on another lot. The only thing I’d did different was to use a lower nap roller. The new stuff is like a different product working much better than the last lot. Used less paint, was smoother finished too. 
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