They are having a great time, they sat out a nasty week of blows with upto 50+ knots in Stewart Island with the 90lb plow and the fortress
fx55 holding them securely.
They enjoyed Dunedin and are now up near Lyttelton. I dont think They are going to fiddle with the AP till they are up around Nelson. At the moment it works (sort of) and they need it for the next hop up into Cook Strait.
They are picking the weather
and taking their time, so far the runs have been easy, no more than 30 knots, and lots of motoring. The wood stove is keeping the boat toastie!
And yes you are very right about the maids big barn door. It smashed the first AP ram mount pretty quick! But with the nicely geared down wheel
ahe is easy enough to steer by hand. The AP does a much harder job with the maids 20+ odd tonnes.
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