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  1. Thanks for all the info guys.

    Yeah I did think that tube might not be up to it but I already had the tube kicking around home so might just give it a go if the bending is not too expensive. I was going to make the bends less than 90 degrees so the top was actually forced into a slight bend to help stabilise it a bit. If it doesn't work I can make a proper MKII version. 

    It needs to be light enough that I can remove it easily for racing. It's just s summer cruise temporary setup. 

  2. Anyone got a recommendation for a tube bending company or got any bending gear themselves and able to do some bending for me? More than happy to pay. 

    I want to make an arch for some solar panels on the back of the boat. 2 frames made with a 6m length each frame, 90 degree bends 1.6m from each end leaving a 2.8m top section between the bends. 

    Will have 2 x 150w pannels around 10kg each. 

    I have some 6m lengths of 25mm 1.2mm wall thickness stainless. Hopefully that's strong enough?


  3. 37 minutes ago, Jon said:

    Also not sure about how we can do race management without adopting the rest of the team ?

    Fingers crossed this is only the first step

    Im sure everyone would be more than happy to start off the westhaven tower if that was better. Maybe break up the start times so 150 boats are not in the start area at the same time?

  4. Yup I managed to get a copy also. 

    Other interesting things I found in the regs.

    Im asuming the New Zealand Maritime Transport Act 1994 is the older regs that most boats are using?


    All the Australian and New Zealand Technical Regulators agree that this Standard should provide for particular appliances and components to be certified. It was also agreed that this Standard include a statement that this requirement would not apply retrospectively.


    1.1.2 Exclusions This Standard does not apply to — (a) installations covered by statutory requirements such as the New Zealand Maritime Transport Act 1994

  5. Does anyone have a copy of the gas regs part 2 (boats and vehicles). I searched and could only find a copy that I had to pay $185 for. 

    I need to clarify the current regulations.  

    It seems to me that there is a big difference between meeting the current 'regulations' and meeting the current 'standards'

    Meeting the current 'regulations' means that boats pre 2013 are exempt unless they have work done on the gas system.

    Meeting the curent 'standards' means a full system rebuild for most boats.

    I feel the shits going to be hitting the fan on this subject soon.

    Insurance, marinas and racing regulations......

  6. Anyone ever read the voyage of the golden lotus? Its a facinating read about a voyage from hong Kong to NZ in a chinnese junk. 

    The actual boat golden lotus is actually still on a farm somehwere in south auckland. 


    I also have the book 'An island to oneself' in a PD file. Its the story of Tom Neale who lived on the island of Suwarrow by himself for 6 years. If anyone wants a copy then let me know.

  7. My brother was inspired by David Lewis to do a trip to Antarctica on his boat Snow Petrel with my Dad and younger brother as crew. 

    My younger brother did a documentary on it and my Dad wrote a book. It's a pretty cool story of a real adventure on a super low budget but my eldest brother is a master mariner and really left no stone unturned in his preparation. 

    For anyone interested the documentary Snow Petrel downunder is now on YouTube in 3 parts and the book is available online(or I have a copy of the book and DVD if anyone wants to borrow them). 

    Its best to watch the movie first then read the book as the movie paints the picture and the book goes into way more behind the scene type details.

    Here is the link to part one. 


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  8. A quick mind dump of ideas to get the discussions starting. 

    would suggest to make it a 2 part event with a southern and northern fleet and the leg from auckland south be the main leg with all boats. Southern fleet starts a week earlier and stops over in Auckland (or somewhere else...?) and the northern fleet and southern fleet start together in auckland for a combined race south. Then the northern fleet races home. This will encourage a huge participation for the southern leg and all boats complete a full lap.
    Waikawa would make a great stopover and I think a decent length stop with a few wine tours and/or a few days to have a raft up somewhere in the sounds. Maybe a start/finish line in the outer sounds with a mooring available for a raft up once finished before cruising into waikawa, then start line in the same spot so people can check out the sounds on the way to the start line. 

    Nelson is also a port worth looking into for a southern stopover and there are likely to be more boats from Nelson and waikawa than wellington entering the race.
    Crew replacements should be allowed. This would allow for a longer stopover as the people with time restraints can bail out leaving the others to enjoy the whole event.
    Also have a rally fleet who can just do the leg south then stay in the sounds and cruise home or have a restart later giving them a few weeks down there.

    Another alternative is to have it a non stop race that starts at the same time in several locations with each start line being a gate that all boats have to go through. northern gate in the bay of islands, auckland gate, tauranga gate, Wellington gate, south island gate (central to Nelson and waikawa like alligator head).
    All boats get scored as one combined race for ththe big prize. Obviously one startline is likely to be favored but you run separate results from each startline and a combined overall result.

    Just ideas anyway

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  9. 11 minutes ago, 44forty said:

    There must be a few boats that could host 50 people on Saturday night ? 

    How about having the band play on the end of the wharf or boat/barge and people anchor and raft up close. 

    If there was a big raft up then how many are we allowed per boat? 

    Rogue's good for at least 20-25 and the the new stereo should be sufficient for a cockpit dance floor. 



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