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We're Canadians on a Farrier F36/39 overwintering here. Heading north from Bay of Islands  next week and looking for a good source of information on anchorages and spots around Whangaroa.

Any recommendations on where to look?

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Welcome to NZ. I spent a month on a trawler in the PNW last year and like your picture. Just before Whangaroa, Mahinepua is very pretty and doable with your draft. Whangaroa isn't that big s

Further north there are lots of little places you will be able to get into. Taipa river  where I bought my proa from is easy at high tide and has a few local shops. 

Is that a PT11? The Thatcher book is good. We spent last winter in the BoI. Had intended going further north but never got around to it.  Did you know there is a tango group in Opua? 

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There are no secret spots, Whangaroa is a pretty cool harbour.  You'll find a lot of the printed cruising guides are out of date, as many places up there have closed down.  Ask anyone you see on the street and you'll soon find out where to find things - if they are available!

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10 hours ago, 2flit said:

We're Canadians on a Farrier F36/39 overwintering here. Heading north from Bay of Islands  next week and looking for a good source of information on anchorages and spots around Whangaroa.

Any recommendations on where to look?

Desolation Sound 2016 s.JPG

yeah, nowhere exposed in an easterly but in settled weather you can  go anywhere.  A lot of coast to explore

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Welcome to NZ. I spent a month on a trawler in the PNW last year and like your picture.

Just before Whangaroa, Mahinepua is very pretty and doable with your draft.

Whangaroa isn't that big so check it all out. If you are planing on a long stay a flounder net is worthwhile in the eastern arm. Some nice day walks around the harbour

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What sort of dinghy is that ex TL?

Could it be a Selway Fisher Skylark Mk1?

I've been very interested in building a hard tender for the boat, and would make one nesting if I did. In the interim I've purchased a new deflatable, as it was cheap and quick (no build time...) but I still think a hard dinghy is the way to go. Esp. with Owha still about.

Apologies for the drift.

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5 hours ago, Fish said:

What sort of dinghy is that ex TL?

Could it be a Selway Fisher Skylark Mk1?

I've been very interested in building a hard tender for the boat, and would make one nesting if I did. In the interim I've purchased a new deflatable, as it was cheap and quick (no build time...) but I still think a hard dinghy is the way to go. Esp. with Owha still about.

Apologies for the drift.

Hi not sure Peter hill made it for oryx his catamaran. Possibly a wells ford? Design. Anyway I initially thought it was no good as its quite narrow and tippy with only one person. But its very light and rows great as well as having sails. With 2 people or some weight in it it becomes quite stable. Was planning to keep it when I sold Oryx but the buyer talked me into letting it go. Should 

be easy enough to build as it doesn’t have much frame work 

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Welcome to NZ!

If you can by/borrow the "Royal Akarana Yacht Club Coastal Cruising Guide" it would be well worth it. Covers Auckland to far north. Continually updated and written by cruisers, for cruisers.

Most chandlers have it or buy on line.

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