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    Buying boats online from a few random shots of something that looks fast and wet is fine, right?

    Anyway, I'm going on a 9 hour round trip roadie to Napier this weekend to pick up a one of kind 8 metre plywood centreboard racing yacht.
    It may or may not fit in the sportsboat rules, but doesn't appear to be registered as one so is probably easier to race it as a keelboat.
    That will make her 9 metres, as the bowsprit and transon hung rudder are measured for keelboat racing, unlike sportsboats.
    I think it will still need new registration with yachting NZ.
    I've made a 67 item compliance list of things that will need to be checked or fitted for the Cat 5 racing safety regulation.
    It is self certifying, so just needs to be worked through.
    Starting with the potentially expensive dealbreakers. No point doing all the small stuff if I trip over on the key tests.
    First test is the righting moment pulldown test. She needs to bounce back from the masthead being dunked in the tide at the dock, sideways fully rigged (no sails up).
    It has a large looking lead bulb at 2 metres draft, so I'm reasonably confident of righting moment.
    Not capsizing from flooding hatches will be more interesting.

    Anyway, photos. We all love the photo's
    Well, I can't log in to my Flickr account, so I'll have to get creative.

    Let me know if these are visible.
    She's never gonna win a beauty contest, but that wasn't the point by the look.


    This and some other cockpit photo's is the one that got me interested.
    The name on the side is slightly different to a plaque inside, neither of which come up in Yachting NZ register.
    This gives me license to change the name I think.
    Badonkadonk is taken!

    I can halve the crew requirements from my other yacht Haumuri down to 4, and the general response to photo's from sailor buddies is "I'm in".
    The trailer is not for sale, but I can use it to get her home.
    I've got a mooring to use and she has fresh antifoul, so the pressure to sort a trailer is off. I would prefer to use a trailer long term due to the centreboard.

    Anyway, What can go wrong!
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  • #2
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    I can see the pics.
    I hope it works out for you.


    • #3
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      It'll all work out perfectly & you won't have to do any work on the boat for years.

      Good luck - I hope she works out for you!
      "If it ain't broke, you're not trying." - Red Green


      • #4
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        Adventure awaits!

        Let us know how things turn out.

        There are two kinds of boaters: those who have run aground, and those who lie about it.


        • #5
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          Looks like way too much fun!


          • #6
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            She certainly looks to be a slippery thing. I'd imagine she'll be a real blast in a blow.

            From the logo and the windows it appears that she has a cut down mainsail from an Etchells 22? Then again, the sail has reef points so perhaps not?

            I only mention it as my (plastic) boat currently has sails scrounged off an Olson 30, a SJ35, an Etchells 22, another Beneteau plus some random spinnakers from who knows where. It's easier to enjoy the "race it hard and put it away wet" philosophy when you know that replacements are a mere eBay click away...!


            • #7
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              Garrett, we can hold our breath on that thought, probably about as long as it will last.

              It does look like a mishmash of sails, with the etchells mainsail number being adopted onto the hull.
              I'm interested to see what assymetrics it has. They are harder to get used.
              The top speed achieved by the previous owner was 27 knots so yeah, slippery!


              • #8
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                Looks like great fun.
                I hope there’s some flotation in the stern.


                • #9
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                  Is she from a known designer?
                  There is nothing quite as permanent as a good temporary repair.


                  • #10
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                    27 knots!.
                    Off to the bike shop for helmets then.......


                    • #11
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                      I see that it has been removed from it's spot...I assume you now have a new project?
                      Focus on the effort not the outcome.

                      Whatever floats your boat.


                      • #12
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                        If by "flotation in the stern" you mean 20 litre plastic drums under the deck, then yes I saw some lashed under there.
                        The tiller is about 2 metres long, so the crew obviously need to stay in the middle of the boat to keep the stern up too.

                        Apparently designed and built to the hull stage by an apprentice boat builder, he was a fan of NZ designer John Spencer apparently, so that explains the plywood and chines.
                        Chines are all the rage again!
                        She was then finished by the first owner and raced for 20 years in Opua.

                        I've only had a cursory look at this stage, but she seems dry and solid, but needing a birthday.
                        It was a slow trip home with a stop halfway to repair the starboard side trailer upright that she was leaning on. The weld had cracked and was opening up.
                        I fitted a eye bolt to the upright and stropped it to the centreline, with no more movement after that.
                        Tomorrow is sorting out the nest of rigging and try to get the mast up.
                        If we manage that, I'll go into the water and sail around to the mooring in Clyde Quay I have lined up.

                        I bought a helmet after getting a concussion and deciding to race a Paper Tiger about the same time, so I'm ready to go.
                        Some of the Haumuri crew are gonna get a fright with this thing too, it looks proper stupid fast!


                        • #13
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                          Ready to leave Napier


                          • #14
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                            I got home in one piece, taking it easy
                            This morning I took everything off and checked what I had.
                            There was a broken turnbuckle on the mast rigging diamond that I a spare for and replaced.
                            I screwed the mast base back down with some bigger screws and Sika 291.
                            Then we rigged a tackle and hoisted the mast.
                            With an outboard on the back we got her lifted off the trailer with the club travel lift.
                            The keel dropped down with some persuasion, so we dropped her in the tide.
                            It was getting late with breeze on with lots of jobs still to do, so we motored around to Clyde Quay.

                            Successful weekend!


                            • #15
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                              This is what happens when a Hartley 16 takes steroids.
                              Looking forward to the sailing performance report.
                              Focus on the effort not the outcome.

                              Whatever floats your boat.