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  1. Iridium and windows updates

    We were told to disable automatic updates while away in the pacific. We did. I don't recall it being difficult.
  2. Roller furler jib

    Funny thread. We have a 5 to 50 knot jib on our 45 ft boat, reef it all the time and have done for the last 8 years or so. It isn't going to win any wed night race but it sails high enough when needed. All they need is a flattener in them, foam or fat rope in a pocket for 2/3 of the luff. They need to be pretty heavy cloth, which is the compromise.
  3. Snubbed

    I absolutely agree that the new gen anchors are better, which is why we have one ourselves, but the CQR wasn't so bad , just slow to set. And to add to that , when we sailed our classic without a motor for 7 years or so we never had setting issues. They began when we put a motor in. In other words if you wind the things in by dropping and paying off a bit sideways and then back like you do under sail ,rather than stop and drop like most people expect to do, then they can work quite well. I still carry one because it fits in the locker , and its proven with the boat. A big rollbar won't go in. But yeah , the backyard has several of them as garden art.....
  4. Snubbed

    I'd buy the rocna too, maybe the supreme and I'd certainly buy a CQR in front of a Delta. CQRs are harder to set but apart from that they were great in our waters for a couple decades of use by us. The modern anchors address the set issue. We had a nasty and deep low go through Great Barrier Island on our christmas cruise this year. 993 IIRC, 70 knots outside and certainly we had gusts well in the 50's and 60's inside for about 18 hours . We sat and didn't move but the boats that created havoc in the bay were mostly on pissy little Deltas that came OE with the really nice looking late model Euro boats ,along with pathetic amounts of chain. One guy dragged and re-anchored about 20 times through the night and next day until he lost the whole lot over the bow...., ended up motoring around scaring the crap out of everyone else for a few hours because he didn't have a second anchor and rode. We had the torch , horn and fenders out for 4 of those guys who would have taken us out otherwise. Never seen anything like it in 3 decades of cruising this gulf. Usually its newbie launch owners in Rivieras you have to watch out for . This one the launches were all operated well and it was turkeys in yachts that were the problem.( sail boats)
  5. Snubbed

    The ole cameltie eh, good to know.
  6. Snubbed

    Never had a problem with the chain hook either. We do have a nice claw type snubber hook as well and that runs in and out of the fairlead easily. Topical... I just rediscovered the epic moondancer snubber/wreck story from a few years ago. I had it printed out and in a file. A cautionary tale.
  7. Cheeky Monkey was in Fij when we were there . sept , october? They were having fun , very hospitable . I gather there's a relationship breakup so that might explain something.
  8. Older well known IOR Boats

    getting subscribed to this thread. Not IOR, but we took the 1975 Davidson 45 ft ketch , Riada , to Tonga and Fiji this year . She has a tiny bit of tumblehome but otherwise, not built to rule.
  9. We seem to actually be cruising??

    Great to see Jake, fantastic. I know I've asked before but next stop... Fiji?
  10. Cruising a two tonner

    Yeah I would, Olaf. My rig doesn't have the fittings so I'll probably go the soft option and put a staysail on a furler. But the principle of a blade/ #3 working sail and a genoa or code zero close outside ( solent rig )is popular amongst cruisers for a reason or three. One of those reasons is the incredibly easy and efficient way one sail blankets or supports the other on expanding or reducing sail. Going down gears you pull out the #3 inside the 'genoa', it just furls out unloaded and inside the set sail. Then it blankets most of the genoa as you furl it. Same principle going the other way, its like blanketing a kite with the jib or main to get it down.
  11. Hard vs soft dinghy

    Horses for courses, we've been towing biggish hard dinghies around for 30 years coastal, sail em , get the kids rowing etc. Off shore you want it down below or on deck ,plus at anchor pull the dinghy up to sit in davits or at deck level on a halyard. A RIb or inflatable is great for that because of weight and self buffering. The other reason is that a fast tender adds a hell of a lot of enjoyment through range when you get to atolls and the like. Having said that , our local tender is a 15 ft cedar strip skinny thing, takes 5 or 6 people and does about 8 knots with a 3 hp. 15 knots with 1 up.
  12. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    The comments on resorcinol are interesting. As I said earlier , our 45 ft boat was built in 1975 with resorcinol and certainly was not cooked. It has 4x 1/4 inch skins of kauri. 3 diagonals and 1 fore and aft, a lot of keelson and floor structure, bulkhead frames etc but only 3 stringers a side and no ribs. There a lot of boats built this way here because multi skin construction became the standard or most common way of building a yacht from about the 1890's on. Those were cold moulded without glue and all mechanically fastened with copper rivets. There's a couple of dozen of those still around, I have a 40 ft 1907 boat built that way myself, we used it for 25 years until 2008. Anyway , all those boat builders and their apprentices through that post war period here were very familiar with building and maintaining the type ,so when better glues came along it was an easy transition into what we call cold moulding now. Usually they are 3 skins but quite a lot of the lighter weight boats from the 80's might be 2 skins and have varying methods of internal structure, some are backed up with ribs , some with lighter and more stringers etc.
  13. We were around Weilagilala and Duff reef when he was supposed to be at that pin by Texas reef. Thats the reef out to the south east in that screenshot. I think he could have drifted in there by the current and trades but no way he could have got past Rabi and through the somosomo straight to Savusavu without being onto his navigation... luck only goes so far. So if he did get there to that pin the easy option would be to just point north and let the trades and current take him away without the complication of Fiji. That whole area has you pretty wired looking out, it's a minefield.
  14. Cold molded boats, how have they held up?

    1975 Davidson built in NZ of kauri, resourcinol glued, owned it about 10 years myself . We just spent our winter in the pacific islands on it , we got hammered going there in may and we had a couple of hard days getting out of Fiji a few weeks ago smashing through those trades . Doesn't make any noise, no creaks or groans , no jammed cupboards, no concerns whatsoever about structural integrity.