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  1. And I am out. The boat didn't survey well, and the owner was difficult to deal with to the point of being childishly obstructive. I don't believe he really wanted to sell it. No matter. There will be another one for sale sooner or later........
  2. And I think that is absolutely right. It's not about how fast you go, it's about how you go fast. And I think that's what boats of this type offer. Easy stress free high averages. How high? Most owners, and my own delivery experience have the average at around 200 mile days. They are not light air machines and Dashews philosophy was that it was cheaper and more pleasant to motor when TWS dropped under 8-10 knots depending on TWA. The point being they are easy and low stress at 200 miles a day. They are long LWL easily driven small rug boats. The groove is wide and not much reefing or tweakin
  3. Update: I am still trying to buy the boat, though I think the chances of completion at this point is about 1 in 5. There are problems. One of the questions I asked the current owner is what his best days run was : his answer was 580 miles in two days. Imagine how well he would have gone if the transom wasn't immersed.
  4. I have been delivering yachts since the early eighties when there was no other way. It got so I could rip off a sun sight in well under a minute from taking out my sextant to a line on the chart. A noon sight is quicker. I used "air tables" as it's the quickest easiest way. I had a very good Zeiss sextant and was very practiced. There were a couple of years I recorded around 300 days a year at sea and more than a few over 150. Nearly all of it is sun-run-noon-run-sun. Nearing a landfall or hazard I would use morning/evening stars. Polaris is spectacularly useful in the N hemisphere as it gives
  5. Which puts you right in the Guajira peninsula compression, often the windiest part of the Caribbean. So sometimes there is no, or very shifted wind along this coast, but often it's blowing it's tits off from the E or NE
  6. "I could foot off, but the tacks would be so wide that windward progress would be just as slow" but it's much more comfortable as you stop the slamming and banging associated with pointing high. Once the waves get steep & nasty, then you have to free off and keep the speed up. I have done some long upwinds: Chesapeake bay to Chichester, UK upwind the whole way, three weeks of the best weight loss program on earth, Panama to Galapagos three times, upwind each time, Sydney to Opua, Brisbane to Opua, Cartagena, Columbia to St Maarten, Gibraltar to Kos, and many other shorter trips.
  7. To be fair these issues apply to most production boats. I have seen similar issues on Bavarias, Beneteau, Hanse etc. I have seen bulkheads not touching the sides/deck of the boat, failed & shoddy or non existent tabbing. Bonding failure and generally inferior build quality. These things are cheap. They cut corners to make them cheap. They are built by factory workers not boat builders, in facilities far from the sea, where the labour is cheap.
  8. I have used a top down furler in am assymetric without any knots or tangles BUT it takes a shitload of winding to get that thing to furl. On a 24' boat you should be able to furl without a winch and that should work just fine, but you are going to have to load the torsion line up first for many turns of the drum before the top starts to furl. The big advantage is that it's entirely done from the cockpit and you can leave it up furled for short periods, like a race.
  9. Flexofold. Best folding prop ever. Gori are close, but....not quite as good.
  10. https://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f23/french-polynesia-cruiser-problems-226560.html
  11. I believe that the government extended cruising permits to 3 years ( from 1) which led to overcrowding. In addition it may have been a cause celebre for certain local politicians who felt that most of the financial benefit from cruising boats was going to French owned businesses, and not the local Polynesians. Tonga did a similar thing some years ago, but soon reverted.
  12. I am not sure. There is a thread on cruisersforum about this. It looks pretty prohibitive, and may well make any crossing of the South Pacific much more difficult. I believe the restrictions Include atolls in the Tuamotu such as Fakareva. I can't imagine not being able to stop in the Marquesas. That would mean prospectively a trip from Panama to the Cook Islands non stop, something like 5000 miles. Doable, but not optimal.
  13. I have never done it, but I have bumped into people that have done Marqueses to Pitcairn and then Gambier, Tuamotus etc. There will be some upwind, but, the SE trades are quite variable and can blow N of E for a few days at a time. In addition, at the moment there are severe restrictions for cruising boats in French Polynesia meaning it may be difficult or impossible to anchor in many places. This is unrelated to Covid, and may render cruising through French Polynesia nearly impossible.
  14. In addition you can probably get a blade under the plate to cut tye sealer out. Use a cheap flush cut saw and protect the deck with tape.
  15. Isn't it as simple as sailing with a no.2 or 3 just as Zonker suggested?
  16. I know sailing anarchy is somewhat..... robust....but is undiluted racism cool?
  17. In 2019 it was the 250th anniversary of Cook's first visit to NZ. Understandably many Maori did not think this was something to celebrate and took exception.
  18. You can survive almost anything in a wetsnail 32, except the shame and the length of the passage. It's a mildly boat shaped object. And if you do sail one, you are going to have to survive almost anything because you will be out there for months on end. And as for beating off a lee shore......
  19. I think what happened to those hands was not caused by sailing.....
  20. In terms of safety, the only parameter I have seen any evidence for is LWL. Longer waterlines are safer. And that is because if you take any boat, and double it's size, you increase the stability by 16x. I guess heavier boats MAY be built stronger. It's easy to get into a pretty dismal spiral with smaller boats: heavier is slower, so you need more fuel, water, food, which is heavier, so......
  21. Jim Farmer is the guy who advised Coutts, Butterworth et al not to accept the deal offered to them by the Team New Zealand trustees to take over TNZ from Blake.
  22. It's a tricky process in these strange times. I am buying a boat I have never seen, in a country I can't travel to......
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