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Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   2 Days Ago
Replies: 106
Views: 6,902
Posted By Omatako
Re: The danger of GPS as the sole means of navigation.

It's really quite hard to know that you're headed in the right direction when you depend on a chart plotter and your destination is 2000nm away across open ocean. So the plotter (even if you had...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 2,643
Posted By Omatako
Re: How big was your pile of cash when you left the dock?

Yes, I get that, I have no need to look for approval for my choices either.:)

But my original question was "Where are you going to live when this cruising thing is all over". Maybe selling a boat...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 2,643
Posted By Omatako
Re: How big was your pile of cash when you left the dock?

But the rent from your house is ongoing potentially forever. If you can live for one month on the proceeds then . . . . . you can live on it forever. Why would you think you're limited to cruising...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   2 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 2,643
Posted By Omatako
Re: How big was your pile of cash when you left the dock?

As I said in my last post, we're a little different because we're not going to be sailing for the whole of each year. We can't - we have a very active cyclone season for six months that covers...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   3 Days Ago
Replies: 67
Views: 2,643
Posted By Omatako
Re: How big was your pile of cash when you left the dock?

We have retired recently and are starting our cruising in earnest this year. Plan was to leave for Fiji in May but a few days ago discovered that we cannot arrive there with our dog having had rabies...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Days Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,356
Posted By Omatako
Re: In praise of production boats!

Of course there are and to me, if there is a definition of a "production boat", it would be if two or more boats are built that are totally identical (standard options excepted). If any primary...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   5 Days Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 501
Posted By Omatako
Re: cost to add bow thruster, AC, generator etc.

If you don't have AC you probably don't need a generator.

If you are sailing in weather warm enough to need AC, the water will be a great temperature and a quick swim will do for free what an AC...
Forum: Pacific Seacraft   6 Days Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By Omatako
Re: Engine mount

Normally the bolts that hold the engine mounts to the bed-way will not influence propshaft alignment. If you resist fiddling with the bolts above that set the height the mounting (see thumbnail), the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   6 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 1,403
Posted By Omatako
Re: Master Plan to Cruise and Pay For It

I have a perhaps naive belief that not everybody who wants a week on a sailboat in paradise is expecting The Ritz. I reckon there are folks who would be OK to pay relatively small amounts of money in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   6 Days Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,321
Posted By Omatako
Re: SV Seeker - 74' DIY sailboat

Having spent my professional life in the transport industry, moving the boat 15 or 20 miles to the coast is a walk in the park - I have watched a 300 ton indivisible cargo being moved by road from...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 28
Views: 914
Posted By Omatako
Re: Onewheel.. Replace your folding bike?

I saw a fellow with one of these travelling on the ferry to where I used to live - I found the folding process fascinating (when the page opens, scroll down to the bottom and keep scrolling):

How...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   1 Week Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,356
Posted By Omatako
Re: In praise of production boats!

The centerline aft berth is for when we're on anchor and want a nice place to sleep. My boat has a queen-size double in the aft cabin but we don't sleep there when we're on the wind. We sleep in the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 226
Views: 9,356
Posted By Omatako
Re: In praise of production boats!

I believe it true that that the vast majority of people sailing coastal or cross-ocean are doing it in "production" boats (B,H,C,J,Other B)

Is there any other affirmation required?
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 42
Views: 1,893
Posted By Omatako
Red face Re: Crew Wanted Ads

So there are people who would really love to go sailing to far off exotic places. There are two ways they can do this (terms and conditions apply :wink). They can either make their way to where I...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,047
Posted By Omatako
Re: Hand bearing compasses

Mmmmmm . . . . .

This may be one of those times where "old" technology may not be so bad.

I have an old Suunto hand held compass that has a handle with a trigger under the compass and a "gun...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By Omatako
Re: Antifouling Paint for Saildrives

I had the prop and the shaft (not the zinc attached to the shaft) done - "professionally" cleaned and prepped by Propspeed accredited agents and then correctly primed and top coats applied. Left out...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-23-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 401
Posted By Omatako
Re: Antifouling Paint for Saildrives

In my experience, Prop Speed is a bit of a cr@p shoot. I have used it with dismal results (applied by professionals at considerable cost). Boats alongside me have had it applied to similar underwater...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-20-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 5,062
Posted By Omatako
Re: What constitutes an 'experienced sailor'?

. . . . . should be able to but not have a strong desire to . . . . you won't make a lot of friends on your cruising boat doing that.

In fact, sailing a boat well is an advantage to cruising but...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-19-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 5,062
Posted By Omatako
Re: What constitutes an 'experienced sailor'?

Hey Scott, we're all well - retiring 23rd December - can't wait. We've sold the house on Waiheke and are moving to Bay of Islands to our cottage 15th December to get ready for our first cruise to the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-19-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 5,062
Posted By Omatako
Re: What constitutes an 'experienced sailor'?

There are no free passes but Eric Hiscock in one of his books said something to the effect that no sailor deliberately chooses to put himself in danger (storm) but if he survives he is much stronger...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-18-2015
Replies: 169
Views: 5,062
Posted By Omatako
Re: What constitutes an 'experienced sailor'?

I just waded through this whole thread - am amazed by the collective centuries of sailing time with enough sea miles to go to the moon and back and still nobody wants to admit to being "experienced"....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-12-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 2,189
Posted By Omatako
Re: Pros and Cons of Folding Propellers:Avoid J Props

There is actually very little complexity and the "machinery" is really quite simple. The "P" bracket with shaft and everything is a one-piece assembly, lifted/lowered by a simple hydraulic system and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-11-2015
Replies: 37
Views: 2,189
Posted By Omatako
Re: Pros and Cons of Folding Propellers:Avoid J Props

So if you don't want the intricacies of a folding or feathering prop and a fixed-blade prop gives you too much drag but you still want the efficiency of the fixed blades, how about one of these -...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-01-2015
Replies: 18
Views: 1,300
Posted By Omatako
Re: Cruising 6 months at a time??

From next year, we'll be spending May to October (NZ winter) in the tropics (South Pacific) and November to April (summer) back home in New Zealand.

Whilst the winters in Auckland are nowhere near...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-01-2015
Replies: 23
Views: 992
Posted By Omatako
Re: $20 million fantasy

In Auckland we have a lot of visiting boats, many of them real luxury and beautiful to look at. Anchored next to a 90ft aluminium masterpiece the other day, it suddenly occurred to us, we were having...
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