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  1. Whoever is responsible for the organisation is a fail in my book. Many boaties do not read NTM anyway. I belong to 2 yacht clubs and coastguard, and there has been no notification of how to use the transit lanes, speeds, directions etc, and whether they are operating at which times of day. Devonport roads have also been shut down for all parking, even in Devonport village itself. So- you'd better be fit if you want to get to NOrth Head to watch- that's IF they are using that course anyway. I guess if you put the harbourmaster's dept under the control of AT, that's what you get.
  2. Yeah- Northland are really into this stuff, aren't they. The bit that worries me is the idea of a "standard" to which your boat must be antifouled / " cleaned. Who decides what is acceptable? I reckon it is but a short way to only licensed operators will be allowed to antifoul boats, to make sure that they are done to a standard. So all those of us who haul out at our local yacht club yards and antifoul won't be licensed. So instead of about $250 for antifoul etc, it will be over $1500 per year. cl
  3. That sailor was reported to be safely tucked up in Tutukaka harbour the day before- so with the weather forecast pretty nasty, 15 gusting 35, - why would you go out anyway.?
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    fantastic stuff. Its as hard wearing as nails. Easy to patch too. I haven't found a better alternative yet. I do like the feel of the sand option, but patching is a pain.
  5. Definitely Raymarine for me. Never been let down I came across an old one - plus 30 years last week and it was still working.
  6. Ideally for the new owner to be aware of the problem, and the boatbuilder's report, then he/she knows what to do to fix it safely.
  7. That's fine, and I agree, buying any boat without some sort of survey is a no-no, and I have certainly worn some of my own mistakes. However, in this case, the boat was badly damaged and then presented as repaired. Since the damage was a severe hull delamination from both the keelson and the stringers over a substantial area, I have my concerns about keel safety, particularly when the damage on the port side under the built-in furniture was not repaired at the time.
  8. Aaand- an update. Metro [ maybe] has turned up for sale on Trademe today. -And promptly sold! The weird thing though, is that all the photos ARE of my old boat - Metro, BUT the description doesn't match, eg the hull is quoted as glass over plywood, not double diag, and the engine hour meter quoted doesn't exist etc. Really straange! Manukau, Auckland
  9. mmm- is all of that behaviour buoyancy, or is some of it due to surface tension?
  10. Yep- there's actually no problem - it all works well, but I was curious about the idea of the oil expanding with nowhere to go. Most crankcases etc seem to have breathers.
  11. Yes, good idea I think, I notice that if I unscrew the top fill plug after a run that there is a pressure build up. Not sure how much. Tube and a reservoir sounds like a good fix.Thanks
  12. Ah, you would think so. But, on this boat, the water intake for the engine has been set up to come from a seacock in the boat directly into the 3GM. That would mean that the cooling water for the saildrive is not circulating through the drive, just passive cooling in the water. I wonder if that is an unusual set up. I have heard that it's a common problem that the saildrive intake holes are fairly small, and often get clogged with barnacles etc, so this setup might have been a way to avoid that. However, I would have thought that 25 degrees is not actually huge, we are talking about 15 degrees
  13. Changed boat last year and for the first time now have one with a saildrive. I'm very pleased with the performance - no issues and no propwalk. However, and maybe I'm missing something obvious here, I have a concern about the oil. When the drive heats up with use, the oil obviously expands. There is no breather, so where does it go? Would it not be pushing out through the bottom seals? And, conversely, when it cools down, would that not promote suction of water back through the seals.? I looked up the coefficient of expansion of lubricating oils, and it suggested that for a 25 degree rise in t
  14. so- again, if boats go out in pairs, that obviates the need for search and rescue services. A bit of lateral thinking here, you could even suggest no more than 2 nautical miles offshore. I wrote to the minister suggesting this, and got passed on to MBIE because the recipient refused to recognise that recreational boating is not a business. Yachting NZ needs to go to bat for us here
  15. and then, with a metal prop - off it comes, to repair the dings and rebalance. Kiwiprop - buy a new blade for around 150 or less, fitting takes 15 minutes, and can be done underwater by a diver. Tap out a stud, slide new blade on.
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