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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Sounds like the front that went through here on the weekend - keep an eye out for neighbours BBQ cover would you JB? It took off heading your way.........
    I saw a black vynil cover of some sort with weber written on it go past at 40mph heading for Patagonia, that it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    I see! I see a repowering thread emerging ....
    Yes, well, that's frustrating. I'd like a Yanmar but they only make motors the size of small block Chevrolets now, nearly 6 inches wider than normal 4 cyl diesels.
    Fitn't dit.
    That leaves Nanni, Beta, Volvo.
    If there's another alternative not common rail , please let me know.
    60 hp min, 70 to 75 is an option.
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    Vetus, Isuzu, Lombardini??
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    People I know with Volvos swear they'd never get another, mainly due to the very high cost of parts. Nanni and Beta are both Kubotas - don't hear much criticism of them. Neil's a Nanni fan, I think. I'm happy with the Nanni but I don't know anything about engines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Vetus, Isuzu, Lombardini??
    I don't know of vetus or Isuzu having a marinised motor here but I'll keep an ear out.
    Lombardini is common rail and I think that's not a wise option considering fuel quality or potential for poorer fuel in the Pacific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    People I know with Volvos swear they'd never get another, mainly due to the very high cost of parts. Nanni and Beta are both Kubotas - don't hear much criticism of them. Neil's a Nanni fan, I think. I'm happy with the Nanni but I don't know anything about engines.
    Yes,... the green death is known for that. It's a shibura base engine I think, we may have discussed that before.
    The marine engine business has changed here, It used to be like buying a car.. you went into a showroom , looked at a few, chose one and bought it.
    No stock now.....have to look at pictures ,choose something and buy with a lead of 12 weeks or so. Plus or minus with covid factor.

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    When I was a kid I sailed on a boat that had a Volvo. When they sent it to the world Half Ton championship in Sweden, they thought they would call someone down from the head office to find out why the thing was such a nightmare to keep going.

    "Oh, the whole engine is just junk" was the verdict. When the owner said "I thought Volvo made good engines" the Volvo guy replied with "Yes, but we keep the good ones here and send the bad ones overseas".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris249 View Post
    When I was a kid I sailed on a boat that had a Volvo. When they sent it to the world Half Ton championship in Sweden, they thought they would call someone down from the head office to find out why the thing was such a nightmare to keep going.

    "Oh, the whole engine is just junk" was the verdict. When the owner said "I thought Volvo made good engines" the Volvo guy replied with "Yes, but we keep the good ones here and send the bad ones overseas".
    Never heard that one before
    Its funny the anti volvo sentiment out there, a bit like Lucas and the prince of darkness, not sure there's anything in it.
    I have friends who own them and have no problems, just the parts and multi markups as mentioned above.

    Out of the beta and nanni marinisations on the same base kubota motor the perception is the beta marinised in JOE is superior to the French Nanni. Seems to be a common theme although I'm not sure why. Yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris249 View Post
    When I was a kid I sailed on a boat that had a Volvo. When they sent it to the world Half Ton championship in Sweden, they thought they would call someone down from the head office to find out why the thing was such a nightmare to keep going.

    "Oh, the whole engine is just junk" was the verdict. When the owner said "I thought Volvo made good engines" the Volvo guy replied with "Yes, but we keep the good ones here and send the bad ones overseas".
    My Santana still has its original MD7A. When the fuel pump died I had to send to Haiga Sofia Bulgaria to get a decent replacement. Too old for Volvo to support domestically.

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    I've been bodging up the motor, it seems to go and run cool, too cool now. Hopefully it'll get us through summer.
    Caught a fish, caught up with some buddies. Home alone as family is visiting grandies via aeroplane to another island.
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    Magnificent day... Destination is a Lidgard 42, 3 skin kauri cold moulded circa 1985 ish.

    Buddy Suzy sent me this
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    We met up that night, 3 boats . Sundowners on one, dinner on the other.
    Next morning ..coffee.
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    Cloud formation saying keep an eye out in a day or two. Which was right.
    It's an interesting place that not many boats go to, about 20 or 30 minutes from our berth. So a quick trip back for me.
    At 7 and 8 knots under power testing it. Go figure.
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    A few pics from our 20/21 Christmas cruise.
    Pre dinner sundowners on Iorangi, the 1901 Logan.
    Whangamumu harbour. Several of our friends were there coming up the coast so we sailed down.

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    Heading back up new years day.
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    One wet day since in the Bay of Islands, but mostly settled and sunny..
    This was yesterday.

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    One last one. This boat is arguably the most important racing yacht in NZ modern history. Galvanised a nation with its one ton cup win.
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    Attachment 76583

    http://www.classicyachtcharitabletru...htm?boat_id=13

    And another interesting wooden boat, a tribute to infidel /ragtime by another designer, Alan Warwick.
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    Looks like a great Christmas JB - we’re really hoping that we can be over there for next Christmas
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Looks like a great Christmas JB - we’re really hoping that we can be over there for next Christmas
    We really should try to catch up next time,Greg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    We really should try to catch up next time,Greg.
    Now that you’re up in KK we’ve little excuse not to, and if Kate’s mum goes ahead with a house that she’s looking at somewhere heading out your way......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    Now that you’re up in KK we’ve little excuse not to, and if Kate’s mum goes ahead with a house that she’s looking at somewhere heading out your way......
    Oo, tell me where, which one... pm or messenger will do

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    A couple of other boats out last week, or so
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    Tall ships and classics race, which we didn't do, top mark. Nocturne , a 26 ft Townson calling buoy room on Aorere the 1892 ish Logan and the big cruiser, I forget it's name.
    They ended up doing buffalo girls and went round the outside.
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    Nice shot JB! Love that Townson!
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    Friends owned that boat for a decade or two and did all sorts of events from classic races to the coastal classic all comers phrf ,and two handed series, good to see it still out doing it.
    About three years ago they sold it to go cruising, bought a 39 ft steel boat.
    I think the big cruiser is an Alden, from memory.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John B View Post
    Friends owned that boat for a decade or two and did all sorts of events from classic races to the coastal classic all comers phrf ,and two handed series, good to see it still out doing it.
    About three years ago they sold it to go cruising, bought a 39 ft steel boat.
    I think the big cruiser is an Alden, from memory.
    The cruiser looks like a Pearson 44, which I think was an Alden design..

    https://sailboatdata.com/sailboat/countess-44-pearson

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    Some might remember our experience of 2019 when my wife Kirsty and I plus WBF member of long standing Phil Y, sailed our boat from Fiji to NZ.
    Three days after we arrived a Bavaria 46 making the same passage foundered a mere 20 miles or so off the coast and from completing the journey . Three survived but the Skipper did not.

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/essenc...YX4ZJWIF746MY/

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    I remember that we talked about the big windows on that style of boat.
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    I have to confess, that was quite hard to read......
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    Well, we stopped tree work for the weekend, visited our young family friend over at Opua via car ( who just sailed his boat 4000 miles odd from Indonesia to NZ, great achievement)
    Come mon morning we thought it prudent to visit the boat for the first time in months. No real issues, in fact for an end of life motor it started in one revolution, remarkable really.
    Next we thought perhaps we'd drop the lines, I know...daring.
    So we did and motored up the inlet .She's been dived on and cleaned last week, she's slippery as a slippery thing on a greased slope.
    Then , being an observant type, I noticed the tide was in. Could we make it up the channel I thought, never been there before..so we sounded that out for half a mile or so, Its a bit skinny in places ,both ways (up and down) but fine. People in houses waved at us. She doesn't turn too well, I idle reversed up. Perhaps they waved to say hey you're going the wrong way.
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    Mooched around some boats in the new mooring field on the other side of the inlet , went into our old bay to look at buddy's boat, it's been pranged on the mooring, but not too badly.
    Arethusa is next door, there's a lot of nice things I could say. Apple cheeks is one thing.
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    Maybe we should pull out the jib I thought .
    So we set the main and mizzen and pulled out the jib.
    And that, my friends, is how we found ourselves sailing in 8 knots of wind at 32 apparent showing 4. 8 knots across the ground on a sunny day in an iconic cruising ground in Enzed.
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    I'd say that was the first boating nearly weekend of the season for us.
    I wore my Woodenboat magazine hat that Dave gave me, but there was no one else there to see it . Apart from Kirsty.
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    ‘almost looks like a nice day JB
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    I like your approach "First we...then we...that worked, so then we...and made a great day of it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Larks View Post
    ‘almost looks like a nice day JB
    It was a spectacular weekend for a change,Greg. I don't recall it raining ,for example . This morning a bit dull and cool but as you see it burnt off and became toasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh MacD View Post
    I like your approach "First we...then we...that worked, so then we...and made a great day of it!
    That's how it happened too, Hugh. It was evaluation day, see any damage from the winter storms, see if that poor old perkins would even go. But it did and the rest worked too ,just as if months of on ignore hadn't gone by. Pretty rapt actually , I've been getting stressed over it.

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    Saturday's visit to Opua, about 45 minutes by car.
    This is Tim's boat he just sailed from Indonesia.
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    Check out the foredeck.
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    Met that boy when he was about 5, one of the boat kids. Must be 28 ish now.

    Give this one a Hand. William that is.
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    San Francisco boat, seems to live here now.
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    Regulus headed out this am.
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    A William Hand Schooner from San Francisco.
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    Merry woodyboat Christmas to you lot from the Bay of Islands , Enzed.
    We're all lined up for a cruise in two or 3 steps with all three of our grown kids here in the house. The boy has sailed his Franken boat 120 miles or so up here so we'll go out and play mothership for them, the others drove.
    The Bay of Islands is small, 10 or 20 miles to anywhere, so day trips and pick ups and drop offs are very easy.
    The boy and his lovely partner plus my 6 month old grand daughter out for a day sail yesterday...
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    What a strange year with all the covid travel restrictions, possibly not going to change for 22 either.
    Anyway, it's all come together right now, a year of firsts for us with a grand daughter here too and all those old bits I made for ours coming out.. high chairs and the like. It'll be the kids dinghies out of retirement next!
    We had a Christmas tree delivery by boat, weaving through the mangroves and up the creek at high tide, that was a first, never would have dreamed even three years ago (3 and a half) we could have done that.
    Best thing we ever did was to move out of the city and re establish here, despite the travel challenges.

    Have a good one , be safe.
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    Christmas tree delivery by panga.
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    Dinghy repairs via the trusty grillo

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    It's all go .
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    The life aquatic - wonderful!
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