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Everything posted by southernman

  1. Age bought approx 4 years ago in the US. Condition, New, used once, Selling as I'm using my climbing gear instead.
  2. 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
  3. Full ATN Mast Climber kit for sale. Details here: https://atninc.com/atn-mastclimber-sailing-equipment.shtml Price make an offer.
  4. 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!
  5. Met him in fox glacier a few weekends back camping in his truck, he's mostly harmless.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. Maybe a Farr 12.20? Although 6'4" headroom maybe an issue. https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/boats-marine/yachts/keeler/auction-2565176114.htm?rsqid=0284f2cf989443ceb492424df94db5c1-001
  13. Yip you need one, take it to Enertec and for a small fee they can sort it to your spec.
  14. Has anyone seen this product? https://www.green-yachting.online/ . Basically allows you to change out the 230 VAC heater element in your water heater for a 12 or 24 VDC version and use excess solar charge. On the new boat i'm considering this as an option.
  15. The band on my one came off. Had to put a new band on but the Yanmar guy who serviced it said I hardly needed to worry about it as the leak alarm would let me know and also that it would only be a slow leak if you got one. It's quite a basic seal really.
  16. A sight glass is a good way if you don't want a gauge. You can put calibrated fill marks on it as you fill the tank, easy to make out of clear PVC and fittings.
  17. Has anyone got any first hand experience with the trukit? https://truekit.nz/collections/all/products/true-kit-discovery?variant=30006782022 I need a fold up boat rather than a hard bottom one.
  18. Did some work on that one a few weeks back, fast ride.
  19. Great report, very very interesting.
  20. It's the same service just 4G and uses the cell networks for connection. If you are using a hotspot you wont' notice anything greater in speed or service I'd suggest. Nothing new really at all.
  21. I sailed through that stuff in 2006/7 around Tonga, was really abrasive, some of the chunks were huge. At the time we had a steel boat, really worried about losing the paint but it was fine, however it really did clean up the antifoul.
  22. You are right BP. Apps work and will be the future I think I sort of agree IT however we all have back up GPS systems and charts, but to be fair i've had many more issues with chart plotters than I've ever had with Ipads, the recent Raymarine updates are a great example of complete BS. For non IT experts they are excellent compared with their complicated but cheaper sisters raspberry pi's etc. Have a look at https://www.weather4d.com/ it covers most of the areas you raise and on an Ipad. My Wifi radar works fine by the way. I like simplicity and lack the time or skills to w
  23. True but the world is changing fast. Navionics now supports AIS on Ipad. We are toying with using https://www.weather4d.com/ on new boat and ditching chart plotters altogether. The Radar runs on wifi and app so don't see much use for a chart plotter any longer. Saves a lot of cash and you still have all the instruments on the back bone and AIS. Besides I rarely use the Chartplotter on existing boat. The ipad is just easier to use.
  24. In the end it's coming on a car transporter for $500 down to ChCh, thanks for all the advice went with this as it's the easiest option.
  25. The guy i bought it off can deliver it so that might work will ring them Monday.
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