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    Sail repairs

    Can anyone recommend sail repairers in Auckland? The YouTube crowd, Sailing Parlay Revival, are in need a quick repair on a spinnaker.
  2. Hi, can anyone recommend a really reliable marine electrician that works up at Gulf Harbour? I might have an overcharging issue and just cooked another 2 year old house battery, after the previous sparkey said all was OK.
  3. I am in Gulf Harbour marina, so difficult to move to tank water.
  4. Starting to feel a sense of concern over not being able to wash the boat down. Surely a quick wash down wouldn't be more than the equivalent of two showers and would only be once or twice a month for most boat owners in Auckland?? Will Watercare be paying for damage to finishes and fittings, due to their failure to ensure Auckland's water supply? Also just found out that you can only use a bucket for wet sanding of antifoul, no hoses. Sounds like about 100 trips to the tap to fill up the bucket and probably more water wastage than using a hose.
  5. I have found Hempel to work well for me. Good balance of price vs performance.
  6. My vote would be a Hanse 400. I am 6'4" and have great headroom in mine. They are built extremely well and are certified to ISO Category A “Offshore”. Very easy to sail single handed with self tacking jib, but also very good performance. More info here https://www.practical-sailor.com/sailboat-reviews/used_sailboats/hanse-400-boat-review
  7. I accepted a quote for a bimini, dodger and infill from someone recommended before in this forum (and this thread) in May 2018. I waited for 4 months and after many calls, was given a number of excuses, only to be finally told that he was "moving away from marine work". It was pretty disappointing to be let down after patiently waiting for so long and so close to summer. I ended up going with Calibre Sails in Whangarei (don't let the location put you off, our boat is in Auckland) They measured in a week and I had everything done and side clears a couple of weeks after paying the deposit. I
  8. Time to give the sails a bit of a clean, anyone have some recommendations? What works, what doesn't? From some reading around it sounds like bleach (30 Seconds) is a no no, as it will rot the stitching. The one recommendation I have seen a few times is Napisan. The process is to spread the sail on the lawn and wet it, sprinkle Napisan and rub in with a soft brush. Then roll the sail up and leave it for 12 to 24 Hrs and then thoroughly wash down and dry. I thought of adding some laundry detergent just before the final wash down.
  9. Can anyone recommend someone who does repairs to boat gas ovens/hobs in Auckland?
  10. It's ironic that I found humour watching hung over dads motoring ashore in the morning, with Spot at the front of the dinghy in controlled exuberance. On reflection though, it is the wife that wants the dog, so once trained in the required outboard skills, those mornings on the aft deck may be just that more entertaining!
  11. I have seen a number of dogs on yachts and it seems reasonably common these days. Does anyone have any tips or advice for having one onboard? We have 8 week old Cavoodle joining the family next month, she will be about the size of a Toy Poodle. I wonder what age she would be OK to take out on the yacht for weekends etc?
  12. I can recommend Grotamar. I had bug showing up in my first filter and was advised to remove my tank for cleaning. I did a bit of research and found Grotamar not only killed the bug, but broke it down to microscopic sizes that could pass through the filters and engine without causing any issue. You hit it with a shock dose initially and then just a maintenance dose with every refill. I have had clean filters for the last 4 years now. I do keep the tank topped up too though.
  13. B00B00, yes in retrospect we definitely made the wrong decision. Although we left on the 28th and at the time I seem to remember forecast winds in the 30's and a day and a half of rain. I have only been to Port Fitzroy once before for a day and thought the massive hills/mountains there would provide very good wind protection. Our boys are a little older than yours and would fine for a day or so of rain. The hard part was the strong winds that came through and how it affected all the boats there. We were in the best place to anchor and still had the boat on it's side in the gusts. A lot of
  14. Took the family to the Barrier for the first time just before New Years. 3 days stuck in the cabin with 2 kids, with wild wind and rain is not what happy family boating memories are made of. Then waiting for the weather window to appear for us all to get home and a bumpy ride home yesterday. Won't ever get the family back there on a boat again, which is a shame.
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