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Kevin McCready

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  1. A militarized oil tanker is not ideal for delivering emergency relief. Some charities do invaluable work with very low overheads (when I was in the game Oxfam was good), others are very thinly disguised religious proselytisers with high overheads, advertising and high executive salaries (World Vision). A better UN system would be ideal; significant reforms have been stymied by major powers. Most aid is needed in war situations (though the unfolding climate crisis will pose huge challenges) so peace keeping operations are vital. Tight logistical operations can be delivered by any competent orga
  2. Best aid is often cash directly to poor people, who despite the myths, are well capable of making smart spending choices. If investment is needed in health systems, transport systems, school buildings, training etc, then the equation changes. But it's still best to source and manufacture locally wherever possible. Unfortunately the aid game is set up to benefit the industries and consulting companies of the aid-giving nations. Consultants in the aid game make mints of money. I once got paid $5000 for a half a day's work flying up to China and back - I'm happy to say now that that was obscene
  3. DTWO, I used to work in foreign aid. In terms of supporting Pacific neighbours, if you wanted to waste as much money as possible for as small a return as possible, you couldn't do much better than buying a monstrosity like this.
  4. Just what we need - an oil tanker to help Trumpistan prepare war against our biggest trading partner. NZ needs to do the max to promote multilateral supervised disarmament.
  5. It's not the "public domain"; it's sovereign territory. Whining about it being an abuse of human rights is peak self-righteousness and peak-entitlement. By all means make the argument for better systems but framing it this way makes me sick.
  6. Not the Ezibuoy (not Ezybuoy). Too much to go wrong. And in a chop you'd have a better chance sweeping your boat pole to get the buoy rope (not the top of the buoy ring) than getting the magnet close to the top of the "Ezibuoy". https://cruisingodyssey.com/2017/12/29/ezibuoy-a-new-magnetic-system-to-help-pick-up-your-mooring/ If it was the choice of two (and their are others) I'd pick Fergi (not Fergy)
  7. If the seller is Rudolf Shack or Jason Wilson (possibly the same person) 0277127409, 0211452247, walk away. You cannot believe a single word that comes out of his mouth and he's a very sweet talker with lots of stories and excuses. Good luck. Or you could post the ad here too.
  8. Ta for reminder. Yes. Great info and would be good to get another report in a year. I bought a second hand electric car recently and have been very kind to the batteries. By keeping within the advised levels I've actually been able to INCREASE the range compared to what I bought it at. It's only been a 4.3% increase but every bit counts and I hope to improve on that.
  9. I've got a 30 foot Easterly and no lazy jacks. When I douse the main solo I'm careful to flake it nicely on the boom as it comes down. I have a system of ties already attached to the bottom of the boom to wrap up the main quickly. I don't usually get sails on the deck.
  10. I'm interested to help moderate as I think everyone should be. Can I suggest a rotating system of moderators. ie someone help Matt for a month then someone else then someone else month on month about.
  11. My take home from rehab's last post is that lazy jacks might prevent dousing the main in a hurry if the wind pins the main against the lazy jacks. I agree. They are fine when you can point into the wind but we've probably all been there when we can't. The personal attacks on him I find disgusting, and not adult.
  12. Sorry, busy at the moment so can't be specific. I recall solving the problem a few years ago. Stuff from this cut and paste from my charts info may be useful. Chapszip.zip = USA Chart 1 “Nautical Chart Symbols Abbreviations and Terms” [similar to NZ use of Chart 5011 (INT 1) Symbols and Abbreviations used on Admiralty Charts, published by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office.] I’ve cut and pasted from chapszip into: chart symbols not legend USA.doc see also chart.doc For information on symbols, terms and abbreviations used on nautical charts, LINZ recommends that you ref
  13. madyottie, solving the equations for fluid dynamics, including gases and steam, is an NP-Hard problem (ie with current maths you won't solve the equations within the life of the universe). But I suspect your steam may still escape from that set up to fog your bathroom and help your mould. Hee hee. Good luck.
  14. Well said John. I was going to post exactly that idea too. Simple sheet of perspex and no need for tight seal or silicon. In fact ours is just placed on top. I take it outside and give it a hose down every now and then.
  15. Geoff Cooper built his own amphibious cheaper, better and road registered!
  16. Leave the door closed until the steam is cool. Then open the door and make sure the room is ventilated. They don't stay damp and the evaporation is more gradual.
  17. Does lubrication with water or oil make a difference?
  18. I had a related problem on my Parkercraft too. Not fixed yet. If you find out I'd love to know.
  19. Simple. I've been doing it. Anyone else? https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/how-to-fix-the-hauraki-gulf/
  20. Guy at the end running on deck unharnessed.
  21. Whatever you think of the Chinese government It's incredibly offensive and racist to say China would be thinking solely of "the economy". And anyway, there is no such thing as "the economy" - it's an intellectual construct, not a real thing. https://kmccready.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/open-letter-to-colin-james-cc-rod-oram/
  22. 1. "The Economy" is not a thing. https://kmccready.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/open-letter-to-colin-james-cc-rod-oram/ The world, COVID or not, is a place of abundance. If we share our toys nicely everyone benefits. COVID provides us with a wonderful opportunity to reset how we run the world. Big improvements for the majority are possible if we have the political will to make them and the intellectual honesty to reassess our notions of how the world should run. 2. If you want to speak on behalf of disabled people and you're not disabled you should be very very careful. In particula
  23. I support Aleana re his Coastguard post and was considering a similar post. I don't mind legitimate criticism with facts and figures, but smears and generalisations I don't like. Aleana said it better than I was going to.
  24. That's a false comparison and therefore false conclusion; heaps more people bike, walk or ran than sail. I'd be happier if everyone chilled and stopped thinking of ways to get around the rules.
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