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  1. These look interesting air and water heater https://www.vantagerv.co.nz/products/diesel-hot-water-and-air-heater?variant=39768023335085&currency=NZD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=gs-2021-06-28&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign
  2. Hey IT i had the same answer from L&B. Basically they said a power problem. I put our work power analyser onto it and measured the power over 7 days and recorded no drops or major voltage fluctuations. When presented with that they replaced the unit and that solved it. One thing I found out was that you need to install the earth wire on the older Raymarine screens as without that it would not know the difference between rain and finger. Made a big difference. The issue I had was with the latest Lighthouse software upgrade it stuffed my plotter, reinstalled it the other day and n
  3. There are tablets and tablets. The Apple products are expensive but last and work. I can verify this as I've had the same Ipad Pro on board the yacht for 4 years and it's seen salt water many times. I really don't have the daylight viewing issues that people discuss here. I just finished a round the South Island trip and simply swear that the Ipad has a better user interface is more reliable and user friendly. That may have to do with the fact that my chartplotter is located out in the cold cockpit. Yes the ipad can be fragile but I'd suggest that if your chartplotter was designed to carr
  4. Totally agree tablets are excellent. They are simple, cheap, can easily be waterproofed and can replicate instruments easily. In my mind they are better especially for tricky eyeball navigation. I use a few of the ipad Mini's you can easily hold them in one hand and steer with the other if you have to Interestingly we hardly turn on our chartplotter. I tend to only turn it on if using the radar.
  5. Age bought approx 4 years ago in the US. Condition, New, used once, Selling as I'm using my climbing gear instead.
  6. I agree 100%. Many of the hatches on the market really are not up to it. I can't see how this blanket approach of smacking shutters onto big windows will help. Take a catamaran with proper engineered toughened glass for instance, versus a production boat where the hatches are purchased off a supplier and simply screwed into place with backing beads. Or look at a Garcia, big windows, but properly engineered. In other words, fit for purpose. This is a bullshit solution. Why not simply look at each installation and make a call on it. I think they are simply suggesting that the Cat 1
  7. Full ATN Mast Climber kit for sale. Details here: https://atninc.com/atn-mastclimber-sailing-equipment.shtml Price make an offer.
  8. I've used a dry bag on the top of the mast, chdap and does the job especially when sailing solo. If you are real keen you can fabricate a smaller mainsail and i've also seen one converted to a furling jib which means no battens in the jib but ok for cruising. I sailed our old Hobie 16 solo around the Gulf great boat and pretty manageable if you keep your eyes open!
  9. Met him in fox glacier a few weekends back camping in his truck, he's mostly harmless.
  10. Yip which is why we avoid dealing with Chinese suppliers wherever possible. I'm sure there are some good ones out there from China as far as diesel heaters go but it will cost you more by the time you buy a few of them.
  11. I've gone down the Chinese route and got burnt. They are not all the same and many of the ones peddled here in NZ are not supported at all. The models and parts change all the time and the controllers are rubbish. Noise is an issue as well with the cheaper ones. The manual that came with the unit I purchased was not relevant to the model supplied and the auckland based distributor was down right rude and had no idea how to support the product. If you want to do a quality installation, go European. You won't regret it.
  12. Yes but that's not the point BP. Those in the public sector almost and I do mean almost have a guaranteed job. Those in the private sector, not so. That is a huge difference and the point I was trying to make. I agree fully that we need public servants however it's pretty rich when the public sector are bleating about how bad they have it. At least they have a job. Many in the private sector don't and won't for a long time. As always times like this affect the small guy and the poor, the rich well not much. I don't begrudge or belittle anyone but I'm honestly sick of hearing abou
  13. Basically sailing is so wide and generic, like boating. The general idea is water is dangerous so therefore ban it. Surfing was banned which is crazy and probably now back on as the backlash was strong. You don't hear of many surfers getting in the sh*t. I assume that when we go to Level 3, the marina's will at least allow access? Generally I find boating is more dangerous in the marina than out in the ocean, wiring and gas projects, drinking, falling into the water etc etc . I don't think many people are 'chilling' right now Kevin unless of course you have a cushy governmen
  14. Probably right! Point is he's pissed about the very short notice on closure. Anyhow it's sorted now as he's been able to remotely access the boat via wifi from the carpark and turn things off apparently. Be interesting to see if berth holders can get rental relief due to no access.
  15. The lack of silence from Marinas is amazing. I'd suggest that given there is no access, there should at least be a rental reduction. I'm also interested in the insurance situation given lack of access to check and insure your yacht is safe? What if it sank due to a leak and bilge pump failure? I have a friend who's brand new battery bank will be overcharging as he's just installed Lithium batteries and left the solar on them without a regulator as he was expecting to get back to the boat in time but was not able to. Who covers that cost? Is it the same all over the Country with acc
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