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Forum: Emergency, Disaster and Distress Yesterday, 17:09
Replies: 116
Views: 6,505
Posted By john manning
Re: Are You Troubled ENOUGH ?

The theme coming from a large number of comments here is that people are seeing significant changes in the marine environment. I haven't seen change to that extent, but then I live in New Zealand...
Forum: Emergency, Disaster and Distress Yesterday, 16:05
Replies: 116
Views: 6,505
Posted By john manning
Re: Are You Troubled ENOUGH ?

My comment was not intended to support the Off-Guardian, just to point out that the Guardian's articles, were thought by some, to need continuous correction.

I have been blocked from comments on...
Forum: Challenges Yesterday, 14:51
Replies: 49
Views: 2,863
Posted By john manning
Re: Struggling to reunite with a partner in New Caledonia

Fiji has opened its maritime border to yachts. One Port of Entry, Denerau. There are conditions attached to this. NZ and Aus however are still closed.
Forum: Emergency, Disaster and Distress Yesterday, 14:44
Replies: 116
Views: 6,505
Posted By john manning
Re: Are You Troubled ENOUGH ?

I have a very low opinion of the Guardian. It is more a propaganda source than a news source.

The article quoted is a good example of how they work. The headline leaves you with the idea that...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 04-09-2020, 20:18
Replies: 265
Views: 14,719
Posted By john manning
Re: Sail boat engine choice - electric or diesel

That is a very interesting page of information. Thanks for the detail. It lets me know what a DC system would look like.

My intention at the moment is to use a 400V 3 phase AC drive. Because my...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 04-09-2020, 14:36
Replies: 43
Views: 3,866
Posted By john manning
Re: A third liveaboard question: How do I know the serious blue water boats?

I like heavy strongly built yachts in case I get caught in a storm. Unfortunately that means a slow yacht. Despite that I do every thing I can to avoid storms.

I have met an owner of a light...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 04-09-2020, 13:59
Replies: 67
Views: 3,569
Posted By john manning
Re: please help diagnose lee helm ocean voyager 26

I think lee helm and difficulty crossing the wind in a tack are two separate issues.
I have the same problem taking when my mainsail is full and my foresails are reefed. I need a jib or genoa...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 04-09-2020, 13:34
Replies: 265
Views: 14,719
Posted By john manning
Re: Sail boat engine choice - electric or diesel

As you can see from other answers here, its just a matter of how you expect to use you boat.

The main problem I see in your plan is that you are going from a 10HP motor that is no longer giving...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 31-08-2020, 17:39
Replies: 37
Views: 3,608
Posted By john manning
Re: Why do mainsails have booms

I was taught that having a boom helps you flatten the main when you want to sail upwind. I have never been able to get that to work well. Possibly due to the cut of my mainsail.

Not all yachts...
Forum: Marine Electronics 31-08-2020, 17:33
Replies: 76
Views: 2,829
Posted By john manning
Re: Trouble shooting GME AIS issue

I have seen a similar problem with Vesper AIS. That is a problem with the software of the receiver not the transmitter. It drops targets that are irrelevant to collision avoidance.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 31-08-2020, 17:23
Replies: 67
Views: 5,012
Posted By john manning
Re: What do you do different offshore?

My experience is that there is much less to do. Around land you need to be more aware of position and direction. Offshore being a few degrees off course for a day makes little difference. There is...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 31-08-2020, 17:10
Replies: 128
Views: 7,323
Posted By john manning
Re: Time It Takes To FULLY Charge Batteries

I have looked at buying lead/carbon batteries like Firefly. The three suppliers I found specified maximum discharge levels between 70 and 75%. They all claimed to have eliminated sulphation so I...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 31-08-2020, 16:40
Replies: 424
Views: 24,435
Posted By john manning
Re: Kiwi Roa ignores local wishes and attempts transit of NWP

Smith has a reputation that offends quite a few people. I have not met him. I am another New Zealander and I think his behavior is appalling. This is the type of behavior that gets cruisers a bad...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 31-08-2020, 16:20
Replies: 158
Views: 11,040
Posted By john manning
Re: Boat Size For Single Handle Sailing

My initial response to this question was similar to many others here. Its the preparation and setup of a yacht that makes it a single hander not the size.

I also think the best alternative in...
Forum: Off Topic Forum 30-08-2020, 14:57
Replies: 198
Views: 12,777
Posted By john manning
Re: Sailboaters just don't understand powerboaters

Unfortunately it seems that every year I get a bit more like that myself. I am just not yet ready to give in.
Forum: Off Topic Forum 28-08-2020, 14:24
Replies: 198
Views: 12,777
Posted By john manning
Re: Sailboaters just don't understand powerboaters

I spent 2 weeks in Neiafu, Tonga in 2015, at the same time there was a fishing tournament on. A group of powerboats from Australia had come over for that tournament. The difference between sailors...
Forum: Product or Service Reviews & Evaluations 28-08-2020, 13:35
Replies: 89
Views: 5,155
Posted By john manning
Re: Tools: High Quality or Cheap and Replaceable

When I owned and managed a marine engineering business I found that my staff could damage expensive tools just as fast as the cheap ones. Salt water and expensive tools do mix but not with good...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-08-2020, 14:46
Replies: 76
Views: 7,636
Posted By john manning
Re: Heaving to- Fore reaching- Lying Ahull

I currently own and sail a catamaran. A Prout Escale. I hove to regularly and have done this once in storm conditions (not hurricane). I have described that as "like turning the weather off". The...
Forum: Lithium Power Systems 17-08-2020, 13:59
Replies: 104
Views: 9,645
Posted By john manning
Re: Is Lithium Worth it?

Lithium has the advantages of being able to discharge further than lead-acid and still recover. As a consequence of that you do not need to carry the same Amp/Hr rating and this means less weight. ...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 14-08-2020, 17:14
Replies: 44
Views: 3,534
Posted By john manning
Re: Apples to apples cat vs mono maintenance costs

I have owned and done my own maintenance on a Roberts 40ft monohull and a Prout Escale 39ft cat.

The Prout has the internal space of a 55ft mono. A pig to sail but superb in bad weather.
...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 14-08-2020, 16:13
Replies: 238
Views: 15,699
Posted By john manning
Re: Does anyone ever choose to weather storms offshore anymore?

I would never leave a secure anchorage to go out to sea when a storm was approaching. But I have weathered a storm at sea. 45 - 60kts, seas approx 6m with regular bigger seas up to 12m and a few...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 10-08-2020, 21:29
Replies: 252
Views: 20,270
Posted By john manning
Re: Yachties Stuck In New Zealand - Facing Expulsion

I am amazed by the mixture of responses to this issue.

I am a New Zealand resident, I have been a part time cruising yachtsman (up to 12 months at a time) and I run a business that includes yacht...
Forum: Health, Safety & Related Gear 07-08-2020, 14:48
Replies: 132
Views: 10,125
Posted By john manning
Re: Cruisers seeking humanitarian refuge in NZ

Its unfortunate that NZ has not opened its maritime border to yachts currently in the Pacific (a largely Covid free area).
I think the problem stems from our officials and "experts" not really...
Forum: Navigation 03-08-2020, 14:42
Replies: 67
Views: 3,440
Posted By john manning
Re: Chart plotter, gps, sonar suggestions

Hi,
Having tried to find cheap navigation sources for many years I have concluded that they do not exist. The most economical system I have used is OpenCPN on a laptop. BUT you still need charts. ...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 31-07-2020, 13:53
Replies: 64
Views: 8,190
Posted By john manning
Re: Did I act correctly in a gale?

I think you did exactly the right thing.

You were not sailing so all the talk of sails and reefing etc do not apply. Putting up sail in those conditions is impossible.

Motoring slowly into the...
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