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    cj! got a reaction from muzled in Queens Wharf Dolphins - Give us more ammo   
    If you're talking charging users the true costs then wait until people driving have to pay the true costs of roads and parking. There's an awful lot of public space being used and maintained that if user pays was brought to bear would cause many some considerable financial pain.
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    cj! got a reaction from Sudden5869 in Abandoned boats on moorings   
    A possible solution to the housing crisis and abandoned boats.   
     
    https://unusualplaces.org/equihen-plage-village-of-upside-down-boat-houses/?fbclid=IwAR2jST59iOFGr28Dq9okhw61FRgWPgFzOF9NAwkLcrsB2UJcolG5lXVfoyc
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    cj! got a reaction from ex Elly in Queens Wharf Dolphins - Give us more ammo   
    One of the issues I have is that no matter what physical form the extension takes is that the restricted area/exclusion zone for recreational boats moves another 90 metres out into the harbour. Is there a better way to meet the cruise ship needs without this happening?
     
    As to the economic benefits, sorry but not everything should be about money. That approach has led us down a path that is not always the best for our society. Don't get me wrong, financial considerations are important but not always the most important. We don't have to chase every last dollar just because we can.
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    cj! got a reaction from Fish in Queens Wharf Dolphins - Give us more ammo   
    One of the issues I have is that no matter what physical form the extension takes is that the restricted area/exclusion zone for recreational boats moves another 90 metres out into the harbour. Is there a better way to meet the cruise ship needs without this happening?
     
    As to the economic benefits, sorry but not everything should be about money. That approach has led us down a path that is not always the best for our society. Don't get me wrong, financial considerations are important but not always the most important. We don't have to chase every last dollar just because we can.
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    cj! got a reaction from DrWatson in Call for Licensing   
    Every time somebody thinks something needs fixing, they leap for a new law or regulation instead of enforcing what already exists. The list of laws/regs in our society keeps growing but without enforcement, they're meaningless anyway. Start with education and some peer pressure doesn't hurt either and then enforce what currently exists. If after all that is done properly and a problem still exists then find a way to target that problem with a new reg/law without adding unnecessary sweeping laws impacting all.
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    cj! got a reaction from Rehabilitated in Queens Wharf Dolphins - Give us more ammo   
    Perhaps....

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    cj! got a reaction from grant in Call for Licensing   
    Every time somebody thinks something needs fixing, they leap for a new law or regulation instead of enforcing what already exists. The list of laws/regs in our society keeps growing but without enforcement, they're meaningless anyway. Start with education and some peer pressure doesn't hurt either and then enforce what currently exists. If after all that is done properly and a problem still exists then find a way to target that problem with a new reg/law without adding unnecessary sweeping laws impacting all.
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    cj! got a reaction from Kiwifish in Call for Licensing   
    Every time somebody thinks something needs fixing, they leap for a new law or regulation instead of enforcing what already exists. The list of laws/regs in our society keeps growing but without enforcement, they're meaningless anyway. Start with education and some peer pressure doesn't hurt either and then enforce what currently exists. If after all that is done properly and a problem still exists then find a way to target that problem with a new reg/law without adding unnecessary sweeping laws impacting all.
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    cj! got a reaction from armchairadmiral in Call for Licensing   
    Every time somebody thinks something needs fixing, they leap for a new law or regulation instead of enforcing what already exists. The list of laws/regs in our society keeps growing but without enforcement, they're meaningless anyway. Start with education and some peer pressure doesn't hurt either and then enforce what currently exists. If after all that is done properly and a problem still exists then find a way to target that problem with a new reg/law without adding unnecessary sweeping laws impacting all.
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    cj! got a reaction from Fish in Going back from Cat to mono, just for coastal cruising?   
    I prefer the direct feedback, the simplicity of maintenance and repair and the ability to have more space in the cockpit that a tiller allows for plus with an extension it means I can steer from more positions including tucked up under the dodger if need be but that's just me.
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    cj! got a reaction from harrytom in Where are the youth?   
    Do the keelboat clubs market to this segment or is it simply a 'we're here and they'll come to us' approach? Maybe all these young solo sailors aren't thinking about swapping from skipper to crew. Maybe they want something different? Instant gratification? What about the style of boats? Mini Transat 6.50's? Foilers? Daysailers? These would excite me if I was young and time poor. When sailing was at its peak there was no 7-day working week like there is now and there was less competition for their time. It's quite possibly a number of different factors but is anybody actually asking them why they will or won't continue sailing and what do they want? I'm not the demographic so really anything I have to say is just guesswork and assumption. Maybe YNZ needs to do some market research.
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    cj! got a reaction from ex Elly in Westhaven v Halfmoon Bay Marina   
    Another thing to consider is where you want to sail most often and the time to get there. Many years ago we shifted from Half Moon Bay to Pine Harbour even though HMB was only a few minutes down the road as the total time to get to the bottom end, Noisies, etc. was much better from Pine Harbour even including the drive out to PH. Think about where you want to sail most and how long the drive is if you want to duck down to the boat to do work on it.
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    cj! got a reaction from Island Time in Integrel generator replacement   
    Triskel Marine has launched their new website for their Integrel generator replacement. Here's a couple of videos of Nigel Calder talking about the technology behind it, one long and one short.
     
    https://www.integrelmarine.com/
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDWk4eC0pis
     
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfX96IWA6m8
     
     
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    cj! got a reaction from Island Time in 3D print your own blocks   
    Interesting to see that Colligo Marine are offering 3D print files of their new Revolution blocks so you can buy the blocks or buy the components and print your own blocks. I've been wondering when this would start to become more common for a number of components with the rise of more accessible desktop CNC machines, 3D printers and laser cutters. Who else is doing this?
     

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    cj! got a reaction from harrytom in Stewards of the Gulf   
    When I first started diving in the early 70's in the Gulf and out at the Barrier I got my father back in the water with me who had started diving in the 50's and I remember him commenting at the time on the obvious reduction in marine life even back then compared to when he had started diving. Don't even get me started on the difference between the 70's and now. We're very slow learners and now we need even more studies and reports before maybe something might happen. We need to stop thinking about our own individual wants and look at the bigger picture.
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    cj! got a reaction from Rangi1 in Sky Path   
    Efficient for you possibly but not necessarily efficient for society. There have been plenty of studies done globally that show the inefficiency of the car for moving people and use of space. Given that the population of Auckland is continuing to grow let's put everybody in a car and see how efficiently you will get around in the future. I'm not anti-car, I own a few but I can see that the private car is not the answer for a lot of trips in the city.





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    cj! got a reaction from Rangi1 in Sky Path   
    The original plan for the Harbour Bridge included plans for people on bikes but we got swayed by the American model of focusing on cars to get everywhere so it was dropped and that's working out just great as all those enjoying Auckland's congestion will agree. Globally more and more smart cities are increasingly building dedicated bikeways, re-pedestrianising areas and investing in public transport to the point of even removing some motorways but we keep resisting the changes that need to happen. Simple maths says that if you keep adding more people to a city then more cars will go on the road but you can't widen all the roads to cope unless you want to remove some housing. Alternative transport options are needed and Skypath is just one more piece of a very large puzzle. As for the funding, as has already been pointed out Auckland is a major economic contributor and if it grinds to a halt the economy will suffer. As to the comment that bikeways are always empty, it can look that way due to fact that they actually work and don't suffer the same congestion. Of course, if all those people that ride a bike stopped riding and drove cars everywhere instead that would ease congestion considerably.....
     
    I want to be able to choose the most appropriate mode or modes of transport for any trip I take be it by car, bus, bike, train, ferry or walking but at the moment in Auckland, the past and current infrastructure investment means that generally, the car is king and so congestion continues to grow.
     
    On a historical note, the roads were originally paved for people riding bikes, not cars.
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    cj! got a reaction from erice in Sky Path   
    The original plan for the Harbour Bridge included plans for people on bikes but we got swayed by the American model of focusing on cars to get everywhere so it was dropped and that's working out just great as all those enjoying Auckland's congestion will agree. Globally more and more smart cities are increasingly building dedicated bikeways, re-pedestrianising areas and investing in public transport to the point of even removing some motorways but we keep resisting the changes that need to happen. Simple maths says that if you keep adding more people to a city then more cars will go on the road but you can't widen all the roads to cope unless you want to remove some housing. Alternative transport options are needed and Skypath is just one more piece of a very large puzzle. As for the funding, as has already been pointed out Auckland is a major economic contributor and if it grinds to a halt the economy will suffer. As to the comment that bikeways are always empty, it can look that way due to fact that they actually work and don't suffer the same congestion. Of course, if all those people that ride a bike stopped riding and drove cars everywhere instead that would ease congestion considerably.....
     
    I want to be able to choose the most appropriate mode or modes of transport for any trip I take be it by car, bus, bike, train, ferry or walking but at the moment in Auckland, the past and current infrastructure investment means that generally, the car is king and so congestion continues to grow.
     
    On a historical note, the roads were originally paved for people riding bikes, not cars.
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    cj! got a reaction from rmiker in Customer Service - Boat Related   
    In similar situations, I have sent a cheque and written on the back that this is accepted as full and final payment for invoice #xxxx figuring that if they bank it then they have accepted the condition. Never had a problem with it so far. Worth a shot?
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    cj! got a reaction from Island Time in Electric or Diesel-Electric Hybrid propulsion conversion viability   
    Just thought I'd add these links to a two part series 'The Science of Hybrid Propulsion' by Nigel Calder comparing series and parallel hybrid propulsion options with diesel and the efficiency crossover points. With the continuing drop in LiFePO4 pricing, the potential is starting to look a little better as that should bring the crossover point up a bit again, especially if you're not chasing high cruising speeds.
     
    https://www.passagemaker.com/technical/hybrid-science-part-1
     
    https://www.passagemaker.com/technical/the-science-of-hybrid-propulsion-part-2
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    cj! got a reaction from harrytom in The 'kiwi bushman' needs an MNZ licence   
    Wonder how many hire jet skis are in survey?
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    cj! got a reaction from Berend de Boer in Electric or Diesel-Electric Hybrid propulsion conversion viability   
    Couple of interesting points in this video.
     
    https://youtu.be/OW8mzN-KPN4
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    cj! got a reaction from Island Time in Cat 1 certificate validity   
    I think this article from Cruising Helmsman is relevant to this discussion. It would be good to see a distinction between cruising and racing requirements.
    Guidelines for Cruising Safety .pdf
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    cj! got a reaction from ex TL systems in Singlehanded sailing books?   
    What good books have you read on tips for singlehanded sailing? I have this Singlehanded Sailing: Thoughts, Tips, Techniques & Tactics pdf. What else would you recommend?
    SinglehandedTipsThirdEdition.pdf
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