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  1. JBE

    Pumice raft in South Pacific

    We missed the raft but there are strings of it all through the Lau waters. Fulaga windward beaches went grey/black overnight, catchment beaches are thick with it. Doest seem to be in Viti levu yet.
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    N Z Safety Inpections

    The Advanced sea survival course has been a requirement for cat 1 for some time now , way longer than the Platino. It lasts 5 years and is for crew on nz reg ships . I last did one in 11, doing another next week.
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    Passage Watching...

    The two handed around NZ race started today.
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    Passage Watching...

    Watching it very closely, interesting how the 2 windy models are showing completely different tracks. E C has it stall off Queensland and gfs nailing Northland by next sat. Trust gfs for the serious shit.
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    Are you going spade rudder or back to transom hung , Haji.? Ours is a modified transom hung unit on our 1974 design. They seem to have cut the skeg off to a bit less than you're at now and left it there to keep the bottom gudgeon submerged. Then they replaced the missing skeg with some balance.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Not really , but I have a son very keen, might take a while.. just graduated and started work .She's safe where she is.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Heyyyy, Willin... Regards to you. Photo:High tide at south minerva reef in 17. A little bit bumpier there than north minerva.
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    Show your boat sailing thread

    Seems to work, about a week ago in the Bay of Islands, tall ships and classics event and monster party.Paul Gilbert photo. Great day.
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    Wooden boats thread

    Well you've heard it all Ed I'm sure.. gaff rigs don't go to windward yadayada. When people look at gaff rig the defining feature is a 4 sided main so they asume the reason a gaff rig won't go well to windward is the main. But the real reason is the same as any other sailing yacht and its about forestay sag and trim. Sail them free, says the old codger in the yacht club bar who may be ancient but never sailed anything other than a some barge or working boat that still wouldn't go to windward with a carbon mast and canards. But sailing them free means slack mainsheet and slack jib luff and no frigging wonder they wallow. Most of the jib luff tension comes from the main sheet, sure the back stays as well, so it's about setting up the jib luff with halyard tension and bending the mast a bit forward, then hauling it all into line with the main sheet, leech, peak halyard circle. In other words, treat that circle from the main sheet a bit like a backstay on a fractional bermudan. Then you hang onto the Marconi boats to windward and power off on the reach, because that's a given.... lots of horsepower in that gaff main off the wind. Obviously a bit of effort went into designing the rig, images are on photobucket but this device won't get em.
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    Wooden boats thread

    See if this works
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    Wooden boats thread

    Great to see and thanks for the story. I hung the companion photo to that 2 days ago, it's framed in wood from the mast you had in the boat. We lost that at Great Barrier in 1989. I have the roller reefing worm gear gooseneck at home too. We grew 3 kids on Waione, we did many thousands of miles up and down this northeastern coast of NZ cruising and classic events. I gaff rigged it in about 99 ,which made it perform a lot better,... we sail Riada now, the Davidson ketch. Waione is 3 skins , 2 diagonal and one fore and aft,cold moulded really except without glue. Riada is 4 skins cold moulded with resorcinol. The other boat is Gypsy, which was pretty new around 1939, photo taken at Sloanes beach outside the old Richmond yacht club..I framed two and gave one to the Richmond , it's on one of their walls.
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    the greatest

    Dave is a messy guy.
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    I knew there had to be something there for a boat of that provenance...... Sept 1970 seaspray magazine.. my work is done......
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    I dunno why that image went portrait, it doesn't show up that way in Photobucket. Another attempt .For reference , its from an article in sept 1971 Seaspray magazine on the admirals cup.( as suggested back up the thread.) so she's gone from NZ in 71! and another photo I came across, unrelated but interesting
  15. Some nice drone footage of Navadra/ Vanua levu from about 3 minutes. Cool place , we rolled our guts out there last year, but we kept staying.