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Old 09-06-2016, 21:21   #31
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Whew, just got back into wifi range! Looks nasty. Flying back to hobart today, waiting in christchurch airport. Guess I will see how hobart fared tonight! Hate flying back after sailing over. Whats taken you many days to sail flicks past in a few hours at 600 or so knots making a mockery of your voyage...

We sailed across to stewart island. Beautiful place.

Nice to see it again. .. Boarding plane now....
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Old 09-06-2016, 22:15   #32
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Well then, Ben, Welcome Home! Congrats on a well planned and executed passage. (Any landing you walk away from, you know...)

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Ha Thanks Ann and Jim. Good to be home.

It certainly was the least ready for sea I have ever been. I dont ever want to be in that position again, the only saving grace was a well tested boat, experienced crew and a very settled patch of weather to get things under control.

Luckily Babs had installed black cats weather fax app on her iphone as it was our best way to get weather info, neither computers having jv comm on them. It worked well for us with our small sangean reciever. Hope you guys rode out the NE storms OK around sydney.

Keep an eye out for a little blue steel koonya from hobart around your way.
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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

http://www.nzmaid.com/?attachment_id=84

Here is a link to my old mans account of the trip.

They have had fun sitting out a succession of strong westerly gales at anchor with the 90lb plow and the excellant fortress FX55 set in a Y configuration. Hopefully they will make the run north to Dunedin tomorrow.

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That is a seriously beautiful boat.


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Re: Sailing across the Tasman tomorrow.

Good story Ben.
It was my vision to have nice gentle crossings of Tasman but both times we got winds over 50knots.
Note to self, learn from these guys - make good use of weather updates and be prepared to change plans to avoid the potential mess.
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That is a seriously beautiful boat.
That she is, LFH was a artist for sure. Its funny that I have a thing for unconventional and what others might even call "ugly" boats. I love looking at beautiful boats, but I really admire efficient open minded boats.

I grew up with the old man saying"it has to look right". I just say it has to bloody work right, bonus marks if it looks ok. I guess I rebelled, and got into Phil Bolger, much to my old mans horror.

He has now moderated his stance and fitted a spraydodger, furler, winches, radar and a modern anchoring system, and I have ended up with a couple of nice looking boats. Funny how things change.
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Good story Ben.
It was my vision to have nice gentle crossings of Tasman but both times we got winds over 50knots.
Note to self, learn from these guys - make good use of weather updates and be prepared to change plans to avoid the potential mess.
Ha, so it goes. The modern gribs are really pretty darn good. Its got to help. We didnt actually have gribs at sea. No satphone or pactor. We just used the weatherfax (iphone with black cats wxfax). So we played it cautious. Maybe if we had gribs we would have been more confident to continue to nelson. But my uncle was a fisherman on the weat coast of the South Is of NZ and he always said "beware the mid tasman low" and "never trust a southerly" so we were "ware" of that low...

Saying that in the 11 trips across on yachts (most pre grib) I've only had two days of 50 odd knots, and a few more days of moderate gale force. 5 of the trips were in winter as well. The worst hidings were in summer, but I am sure that just chance. I've seen some horrendous stuff when I worked on the container ships during the winter crossings between Port Chalmers to Melbourne, and on to Freo.
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Now anchored outside Port Chalmers near Dunedin, Otago. They grabbed the best weather window they had and ran with it.

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Are your parents going to sail back to Hobart Ben?
You have got to love Phil Bolger, I love his book "boats with an open mind".
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Hi Drew, yes they will head back some time. AFAIK no real plans at this stage, but certainly a year or two over that way. They may head north to the pacific islands again.

Hows that awesome boat of yours going? I see some neat fusions beween phil bolgers ideas, and modern boats that looks real neat on her. Boats with an open mind is one of my go to books as well.

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Snowpetrel - enjoyed reading of your trip across the Tasman, congrats on choosing the wx and changing plans when required. We look forward to being back in Hobart to volunteer yet again for the Wooden Boat Festival - we will miss not seeing New Zealand Maid in Kettering. Stay warm - cheers Sue
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Hi Sue, I will look out for you when you come down again. Certainly looking fwd to the wooden boat festival again. Cheers

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http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/38...ife-ocean-wave

Must be a poor news day! I guess they dont see many yachts in winter...
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More interesting than most stuff in the papers.
I love this Ben: Their sons must have felt the same way, as a period of less than a year in the 1990s living in a house in Golden Bay was a time they "didn't feel like a family'', Mr Tucker said.
"We had a vote at the end and all seven of us voted to move back on the boat and go cruising again.''

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