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  1. It refused to do anything for me. I typed in a couple of place names. Nothing. I clicked on hydrography. Nothing.
  2. I'd also err on side of caution. Sailing downwind for newbies can be quite deceptive. Because you are "in" the wind you don't realise that it might be pretty blowy. Accidental gybe would not be pleasant. Buildup of waves behind you can also be tricky if there's wind against tide. I wrote a paragraph in my story about sailing back from Kawau to Auckland: https://kmccready.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/sailing/
  3. Couldn't help noticing your pegs. I learned about pegless loop clothes line as a volunteer on Spirit of New Zealand (drying 50 peoples gear quickly in a breeze is a breeze). Here's how. https://theboatgalley.com/boat-clothesline/ As to noisy gensets I really feel for you. One of the banes of my life. I would probably have rowed over for a convo.
  4. Yesterday I took my compass from the grab bag to use it. It was stuck and a great big bubble prevented the card from rotating. I shook it a few times and it was still stuck. This morning I picked it up again to research the problem and the big bubble has broken into smaller bubbles and it works again. I really don't want to be stuck at sea without a working compass. And my father in law's old handheld marine compass from the 1930s is still working so I'm a bit miffed. Though of course the plastimo is heaps more accurate in getting a bearing.
  5. 7 is a bit high. The Harvard Grant Study says you can have a prize if you get 0 for 5 years in a row. https://kmccready.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/alcoholism/
  6. https://kmccready.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/audit-your-alcohol
  7. PS I'm happy that the environment comes ahead of recreational boaties, what a radical idea. FFS.
  8. BP, flog everything? How long does it take you to heave to? It's a part of my briefing when people come aboard and I make sure they can do it.
  9. NIWA tide forecast is useless too unfortunately https://tides.niwa.co.nz/?latitude=-36.849&longitude=174.802
  10. Workups from the chart and predicted tide times will only ever get an approximation. It's an NP-hard problem in fluid dynamics and depends on such things as temperature, atmospheric pressure, local winds, freshwater flows into estuaries, far off storms, whether you're vaccinated etc. I learnt a bit about such workups as a volunteer on the Spirit of New Zealand which I highly recommend to everyone. In other words, it's a bit of an art that also involves local knowledge. I'm afraid I don't know what the error margins are.
  11. Dave Hansford says - This is not “carelessness “. This is calculated pillage.
  12. Keep an eye on this https://at.govt.nz/boating-marine/moorings/moorings-for-sale-or-rent/ I also left little notices on boats asking if they wanted to sell.
  13. Now I've seen everything. I used to have a pedal operated canoe (hobbie with fins with soft trailing edge ) which was great, but this??? https://www.marine-deals.co.nz/trolling-motors/free-wheeling-manual-outboard
  14. Thanks. I've emailed him asking for an explanation re alleged COVIDIOT stuff on his website.
  15. Is that Richard Gladwell? Have you got a link to Sail World NZ or is it on the same website as Sail World.
  16. Kevin McCready


    "Grief is a broken heart that the head can't heal. Slowly the head and the heart understand each other. They smile gently and walk on together." Good luck. It's always with you but morphs. Get some counselling if you think it will help.
  17. Do we know who it was that got caught, and rightly so, trying to take their boats out of Auckland's Level 3 to Coromandel?
  18. 1. Project Gutenberg: Free eBooks https://www.gutenberg.org 2. graycity.net
  19. You can very easily get rolled in the Hauraki Gulf. As always get good weather reports and don't take risks you aren't capable of handling. Make sure your stormboards are in, all hatches dogged down, secured everything, are clipped on, wearing your life jacket and have a saftey knife attached to yourself. It's fundamental that you learn how to heave-to. And take two or three forms of communication.
  20. Report said "many relatively modern production vessels, such as Essence, are constructed from materials that are more susceptible to flexing under pressure. This, when combined with the larger windows that are commonly found in modern sailing vessels, makes the rebated substrate area around the windows more susceptible to failure." Seems they mean the vessel wasn't seaworthy. So even if the storm covers had been fitted they would have needed substantial engineering attachment to stop them being blown out.
  21. The offending post SUPPORTED the kick in the face (didn't just post a link Harry). That's untenable. As for self-defence argument, gimme a break.
  22. The offensive post has been removed. Hopefully the offender has been given a warning.
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