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  1. 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.?
  2. alibaba


    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.
  3. Definitely Raymarine for me. Never been let down I came across an old one - plus 30 years last week and it was still working.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. mmm- is all of that behaviour buoyancy, or is some of it due to surface tension?
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. Kiwiprop every time for me, I've had two on different boats, and the latest boat [ Lotus 9.2] had a two blade folding when I bought it, and the prop walk was horrendous. Kiwiprop has solved 90% of it, now manoeuvring is easy. The other reason I like them on a saildrive particularly, is that the clutch on the Yanmar 20 is a "crash" clutch and so the load goes on almost instantly. The old two blade folder has a massive centre boss, must weigh Kgs, and the sudden change in momentum from stationery to moving must be a huge strain on the gears. The kiwiprop, plastic blades and light central hub wo
  15. The point of lockdown is to reduce the risk of covid transmission. So keep in your bubble. Your yacht is your bubble? - absolutely agree - you are pretty isolated, much more than if you are shopping at the supermarket for example. However, if you get into trouble, then Coastguard is expected to come and assist. This exposes them to a risk if you are infected, and as a Coastguard volunteer, I fully agree with not having to expose myself to that risk. S0- no boating. HOWEVER- as a yachty, I want to sail - so to avoid the rescue services problem, why not make a simple rule, you can go sail
  16. Folding prop h as now gone, only the new fixed two blade available
  17. Hi Bradz

    How does a couple of  hundred sound? and you can have both.



  18. Unfortunately I can't find any numbers on the folding prop. All I can tell you is that it is 16" in diameter, it was off a Yanmar 20 saildrive, engine is 3gm and the boat is a Lotus 9.2.
  19. Both props are off/to fit a Yanmar 20 saildrive. One is a 15 x 11 two blader., which appears to be hardly used. The other is a briski two blade folding prop. They are splined to fit the above saildrive. I have replaced the folder with a Kiwiprop, because I have had one before and really like them, so both props are now surplus to requirements. I suppose they could be rebushed to fit a tapered shaft, but I 'm not sure. I'm happy to let them go real cheap to a good home- ie someone who will use them rather than making a profit. All offers considered, take them off my hands.
  20. Just to note, if you have a Coastguard membership, you get discount on VHF and other courses. Also, if you become a Coastguard Radio Operator volunteer, you get it for free, of course. cheers
  21. Not sure how legal it is, for the marina to deny you access to your boat if they are charging you. Either- close the marina and give a reduction in fees, or - leave the marina open with appropriate conditions: viz: you can only visit your boat on the marina if you have a] a mask b] gloves, and c] alcohol wipes for the gates and the keypads. This particularly as there are plenty of liveaboards permanently on the marina. Of course, this would only apply to those who live within walking distance of the marina anyway, with the current only essential driving restrictions.
  22. The advice for keying the acrylic is to give the edge - about 15mm in, a rub with a kitchen scourer- that was from Cambrian plastics in Henderson, who supplied the panels. They cut them nicely.
  23. Glasscorp sell the best adhesive for this - it's a Dow Corning product and I think it Dow Corning 925. I did my Lotus windows with it and no screws necessary. Glasscorp also sell glazing tape, which is magic stuff for making the job easier. You have about12mm overlap with the windows and the frames., put the glazing tape around the inside of the frame and simply press the acrylic onto the tape. Sticks really well. Then you can take your time filling the void with the adhesive - which of course if the messy bit! It's definitely worth masking both the frames and the outside of the acrylic.
  24. absolutely correct, both of you. I have no axe to grind on any of his other deals. So- let' stick to the facts- my only concern was to find out who had bought Metro, so that I could check they understood that the repairs had not been done on one side.If the buyer knows - great. If not, he needs to know before he puts his kids on it. How do I know this? I asked him., I also contacted him to see if he would tell me who had bought the boat - he did not. So - just the facts about one deal. Any problem with that ?
  25. couldn't find him on Trademe - is he advertising somewhere else now?
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