Category: Boat Maintenance

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Cool runnings

Cool runnings

I have a long and acrimonious history with boat refrigeration. Like a lot of cruising folk, I’ve been tied up in some godforsaken long-drops of ports waiting for fridge parts to arrive from elsewhere – or the people to install them to turn up in the few hours between siesta and sundown. A defunct fridge...

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Alternative sacrificial anodes

Alternative sacrificial anodes

Electronics are always exciting, engines can be a thrill, even mooring lines and anchors catch passing glances in the chandlery. But let’s be honest, most boaties don’t give a second thought to their sacrificial anodes – those curious knobs of raw metal found on outdrives, shafts, rudders and other metal components that dangle under a...

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Rewiring your boat

Rewiring your boat

Like many senior gentlemen with prostate problems, an older boat eventually begins to suffer from electrical woes, and it gets progressively worse. There comes a time when the best remedial treatment probably involves surgery. You can’t fit a new prostate, but you can give your boat a new wiring system. Problems with the older boat’s...

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17m Tennant powercat makeover

17m Tennant powercat makeover

The first thing that strikes me about November Rain as I stroll down to meet her and her owners at Pine Harbour is how tidy and pretty she looks on the water. Neat as a pin, gleaming with a new flybridge and tuna tower, she’s an airy pyramid of light and brightwork. Designed by Malcolm...

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Anything but plain

Anything but plain

Back in 1974 Auckland boatbuilder Chris Robertson designed and built a model of what was intended to be his next yacht, a fast 11.8m cruiser/racer. The inspiration came from two of his previous designs, Spectrum and Quando, but he massaged the model’s lines slightly to better suit the then popular IOR rule. This hull was...