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Sunday night in Islington Bay ... its around 1am and the 50 or more yachts and launches are quietly at anchor with crew asleep. Its a calm clear night and sound travels far and is amplified at night in the cooler air.

 

As if in a dream I hear a distant radio that just keeps getting louder and Louder and LOUDER.A boat is slowly making its way up the eastern edge of the bay, deliberately with stereo full on. It keeps going as far as it dares and then heads back down on the western side to locate somewhere near Yankee wharf.

 

The noise continues until, in quieter moments between songs various people yell into the night to tell the person responsible to "turn it off". He or she doesn't take a blind bit of notice and the noise continues unabated for a couple of hours. Finally a brave soul ventures out in a tender. He reaches the boat and voices what we are all thinking. How brazen and selfish can you be? Surprisingly the music stops and we can now hear our savior clearly telling Pickety Witch to cut it. And they do cut it.

 

So a big thank you to the brave sailor who restored tranquility.

 

And to Pickety Witch, choose an empty bay to play in you loosers.

 

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People all use their boats for different things. For some its a quiet weekend away, others its family time but there are a lot of people who go out to socialise and some that party pretty hard. If yo

Sunday night in Islington Bay ... its around 1am and the 50 or more yachts and launches are quietly at anchor with crew asleep. Its a calm clear night and sound travels far and is amplified at night i

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Of 3 nights away in the weekend, 2 were interrupted by selfish idiots (men & women) late at night with either music or loud talk on the transom.

 

Monday at 2am is not a good time to choose to START drunken man chatter on the transom. For fecks sake, at least go into the cabin!.

 

It's 1 of the major reasons I don't like going away on the big weekends. But sometimes, the weather forecast is to good to ignore! And the catch up with friends.

 

And it was great cruising weather in the Hauraki gulf over easter.

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People all use their boats for different things.

For some its a quiet weekend away, others its family time but there are a lot of people who go out to socialise and some that party pretty hard. If you go into a crowded anchorage then there is a good likelihood of coming across one or more of the later type of cruisers.

 

I have done all of the different types of cruising, plenty of partying but more of the family cruising these days. I'm not going to be a hypocrite and tell other people they cant party on their boats just because my priorities have changed with 3 kids on board (and at the age that I actually get a hangover...)

 

If you want absolute peace and quiet, then I doubt you will find it being in the busiest bay in the Hauraki gulf 7nm from downtown Auckland on the last long weekend of summer.

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