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Old 28-03-2008, 15:46   #16
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Wheels, any idea why would they take that route? They were going, the story suggests, from Auckland to Nelson.

Strikes me it would be a lot easier and shorter to go down the east coast around the East Cape and past Hawkes Bay. Lots of nice places to hide from weather, too.

Did the compass go first?

Or is this some sort of Kiwi rite of passage? Sail almost entirely around the North Island?


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the east route is approx 120NM longer. I have measured it on the chart. It is deceptive as it "looks" shorter. The Wairarapa Coast and East cape can be bad. There is no easy way home.
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Having sailed the west coast and been in and out of the Kaipara, local knowledge would be of assistance, Always available from our local VHF network. But they were 90 Nm out to sea, heaps of sea room, from the shots on the telly it appeared to be a tidy well found boat well capable of the planned journey. they would have been able to make New Plymouth in around 24 hours and the "pussies" could have got off. There is a tale of a guy and his son doing the same trip in a 26' Raven that was dismasted, they got fuel from a Raglan? / Kawhia? fishing boat and motored to New Plymouth to tidy up before completing the trip to Nelson. Obviously the "crew wound each up and eventually panicked while the skipper was asleep.
Forget about the salvage, any decent Kiwi if he was able would assist in getting the boat back to the owner who was shafted by the crew and pressured by the rescue folk to get off.
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Good to see you on line Max, hows the sounds project going??
Was approached when I rowed ashore one day, told I would get in trouble if I didn't remove photo, replied I would gladly remove photo if he could show me a 26 foot displacement keeler motoring at 22 knots.
Some support but mainly stunned apathetic look the other way.
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Old 28-03-2008, 23:44   #20
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Max, you were approached by who?? and where is the photo??

Interesting story that Scott Watson one. Maybe we could discuss this subject as a new topic.
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Yes, I am the current owner of this very well travelled kauri log.
Goes like the clappers too for a 38yr old log.
Prised it from Grahame & Lynnes hands 3 months ago.
Nice score, a mighty fine proven beast. I was speaking to Graham just last week and he said he's scored a Davidson. I know the boat and was sad to hear it had been neglected but happy to see it is now in G & L's fine hands. I noticed your profile thingy hence the question.

Yes, the Scott thing. I just had a cruise of your site, nice work. I'm also one who thought things never stacked up quite right with all of that.

New thread go here
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Max, you were approached by who?? and where is the photo??

Interesting story that Scott Watson one. Maybe we could discuss this subject as a new topic.
You are kidding right Alan? It would end up worse than the Bum Fuzzle thread
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Speaking of Bumfuzzle - some poor sod just bought that boat - hopefully everything was repaired properly or there could be another helo rescue from it. That would be another interesting thread - eh what?
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Old 31-03-2008, 11:57   #24
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Arrgh Darryl, ya just had to go mention that name. See what happens when that name is mentioned. Nah, nothing could ever be as bad as the "........" name that should not be mentioned":-)
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Speaking of Bumfuzzle - some poor sod just bought that boat - hopefully everything was repaired properly or there could be another helo rescue from it. That would be another interesting thread - eh what?
Well, not "just bought," Benny. Here's some information I posted to another thread February 23rd:

http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/...tml#post137456

And since I've had no luck posting links since I got this new computer, it's Post #10 in the thread "35 wildcat VS 36 solaris sunstar" in the Multihull Forum.

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Looks like everything turned out alright for them TaoJones and the boat looks to be OK as well. Good for them - they were interesting to read about and also provided the 'other' side to deciding to voyage and the level of expertise required.

Now all we need is to find an equally controversial sailing enterprise out there that our members can be divided on and provide a nice long thread in which to voice - or flame as the case may be - our opinions.

Anyone know of any???
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... Now all we need is to find an equally controversial sailing enterprise out there that our members can be divided on and provide a nice long thread in which to voice - or flame as the case may be - our opinions.
Anyone know of any???
NO, no, no we don't.
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The Coastguard reported 3m swells and 20-knot winds.
Those are not big seas or high winds for a yacht, even if there were a short swell period. The crew had probably never seen this before and had no clue that it was not as dangerous as it appears to them. They had probably watched too many boating horror movies. You get the same thing from people who have never been in the same water with small sharks. Hollywood has done a marvelous job of scaring the hell out of the uninitiated.
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