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  1. Jono

    TP 52 Cruiser

    Pretty resourceful. Nothing like planning the keel drop in the water. As distinct from all the unplanned ones we hear about........
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    Australian Sailing

    I'm a couple of years out of date in NZ keel boats as am chasing the kids around. YNZ do a good job of listening to the active sailor while still dealing with the big clubs grizzling about all their launch owners and cruisers having to pay their affiliation fees. A lot of funding comes through the dinghy High Performance grants and foundations supporting children in boats. So they have an excess of resources in this area, but are getting the wages from targeted funding. People tend to forget this. In terms of Keel boats, IRC is dead. I'm biased but initially all certs had to be endorsed. We had a perpetual issue with Mike Irwin refusing to accept travel lift weights, or even 4 pads under travel lift wheels. Then everyone focused on Code 0s making their boats uncompetitive under IRC forgetting the extra pace they got which is why they bought them in the first place. And the cost of IRC renewals got a bit ordinary after a few years, especially for the racer cruiser which is the majority of our fleet, especially outside Auckland. Plus YNZ didn't do a good job of convincing clubs how to offer IRC scoring within their existing racing. As if 2 divisions starting 5 minutes apart but sailing the same course was really going to impact results. Sheesh. To be fair they don't do this well with PHRF either. Prior to IRC we had IMS Club which was actually ok. - now ORC Club. But there was pressure from owners to move to IRC because it was so popular in Oz. Look where that got us..... PHRF is a reasonable system. Over time it moves between a past performance bias to a measurement bias. Depends who the conveners are. I suspect it is currently on a past performance swing.
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    Young and Full of Promise

    Plenty of obsessive work going on. Amazing - but obsessive. Bogging the floor and where the deck non skid goes doesn't make sense to my "just get it finished" brain. Anyone know what sort of condition the PT is in up in New Caledonia? It's been a while since Aaron did her up.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Thanks. So probably the US setup will be 1.03 something. Pretty good for that size
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    Wrong time to buy a boat?

    If you really want to sort this out. Fly to NZ, Take up the 14 days quarantine. Take advantage of the exchange rate. Buy a boat , move on when permitted. Problem solved - and you end up with an NZ boat
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    Shearwater (J/120) is for sale...

    What do 120s generally rate IRC?
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    New Rambler

    The owner can't be getting any younger. Maybe all the travel restrictions caused the decision to retire.
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    Sun Fast 3300

    Gone quiet. Any idea how many were delivered before the world changed? Anyone got an IRC rating number?
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    Farr 37

    The Oz ones were well built. Most would have had the rigs replaced / rebuilt by now. Cruising or shorthanded will be easy with a furler and slides/cars on the main. Look for one with the extras - 3 blade folding prop, decent anchor winch, good fridge and auto pilot
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    WoodenBoat May/June issue free download

    My Dad used to get it for years and I would read them when I visited. Nice for a change. Still more of a Seahorse guy. Are they free download ye??????
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    Converting Class 40

    I asked the same question a couple of years ago. Perhaps on Cruising Anarchy. I thought an early boat with an extended transom to get better light air performance and act as a boarding platform would be a great idea. Never heard a word.........
  12. I did the last Oz - NZ 2 handed race. Probably a big enough time gap to get out on the East Coast again. Any Australian owners thinking about it and could put up with a Kiwi crew PM me. Social Distancing should be ok......
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    Online sailing movies

    Endless Summer.
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    Windrower Purchased: Schumacher 28

    Nice.Looks like a great starting point. It brings back memories of the same process I went through back in the 90's. Mine was coastal NZ rather than offshore but otherwise the same. Have fun.
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    NZ Opti and Starling Nationals due to be held in April postponed until further notice with another review next month.
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    Yachting NZ was surprisingly bullish in their email to clubs. Our Club in NZ will run out the remainder of the LTS season 3 weeks. The Young 88 keel boat Nationals are still on this weekend with no briefing, party etc. Opti and Starling Nationals due to be held mid-April are having plenty of discussions about proceeding. The Optis would fall under the large gathering restrictions so will have to do something and the usual AUS and Tahiti sailors won't come in any event with our self isolation requirements. And most importantly the Auckland Girls regatta has been postponed from this weekend. We're due to travel 800 km to the Starlings and have booked so if the regatta is cancelled we will just turn it into a family holiday.
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    Farr 920 - US Watercraft auction

    Someone better than me can link to the other thread. Looks like one of the ones built in NZ 76/77 but made obsolete by the centreboard boats - Swuzzlebubble, Waverider etc.
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    what is it?

    One came to NZ. Called Formula One - funny that. The owner ran a number of cool upgrades such as a TP52 rig and a keel with trim tab. When he went to the TP52 it went pretty cheap. The current owner has rebuilt it and added a small cabin and has been sailing the North Island circuit.
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    Round the North Island 2020 . NZ.

    So " the daughter" has been sailing on the boat (and other fast 50s) for years. Most recent trip was a leg on the Maiden voyage out of NZ. Chris will be letting her do all the work!
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    Emirates Team New Zealand.

    Was on the rail going to Kawau about 6.15 Friday night and watched them fly by. First time I'd seen it live. Absolutely amazing. Watching the crew hunkered down I was thinking of older single seater race cars. Only one spy out, a grey Protector with twins on the back.
  21. I'm assuming you are talking IRC. Under 40 foot Farr 1020/MRX design - early 80s Farr 1104 / Red Lion One Ton versions 75-77 Stewart 34 50s design. Over 40 foot The TP 52 and variants are just too much faster.
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    Was down Q Pier on Thursday and stopped for a look. She's a wildly different beast to what she started as all those years ago. A great job done.Shall we get it IRC rated? What with the Squealer green on the Motorboat and the pink bits on yours, all the Y11s and 1050s on Q pier look positively outdated. Nice work. Jono
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    And Then There Were Three...

    Elliott over the J80. Better boat in a blow.
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    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    A few points to the letter I would work off. Note the word typically. Seek clarification of the definition of exotic. Is it 3d raw or a panelled cruising Mylar taffeta? Seek dispensation due to late notice.It is allowed to be tried per the letter
  25. Is this the first Class 40 lost at sea? The class has been so reliable over the years.