I was eating watermelon anchored in the bay when I spied a boat on a boat. I just had to take a photograph.
We have been looking at moorings and marinas and boats. Every time we go we learn something new. And we see something new from the previous time through new eyes. We spot the boat differences, shapes of the hulls, the presence or absence of a furling sail. The moorings with fingers. It is a whole new world that is opening up to us. It is enjoyable.
If buying an American boat be aware of the voltage difference and using shore power
American boats are wired for 110 volts you can’t plug them into our 230-volt shore power and run the internal air-con units, TVs, fridges and so on.
Check with your insurance company to see if they are compliant with New Zealand standards.
Australia: 230V 50Hz
Fiji: 240V 50Hz
New Caledonia: 220V 50Hz
New Zealand: 230V 50Hz
Samoa: 230V 50Hz
Tonga: 240V 50Hz
USA: 110V 60Hz
Vanuatu: 230V 50Hz
Voltage World List:
Electrical Warrant of Fitness for your Boat
If you intend to leave your boat at a marina then you will need an Electrical Warrant of Fitness (EWOF). Details are below for what is required in New Zealand but you will need to check also with the marina administration as well.
Then again if you use solar power and 12V system there is no need for shore power, is there?
“October 17–24 has been declared Safer Boating Week this year, in what will become an annual focus on keeping boaties safe in the lead up to Labour Weekend – the traditional time to get boats and gear ready for summer.”*1
“The vast majority of recreational boating fatalities do occur on boats under 6m. It’s simply a fact that you are more vulnerable on small boats.”*2
“A total of 23 boaties died on the water last year. The same number had died this year as of yesterday.”*3
FIVE TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE ON THE WATER:
* Check your boat
* Wear your life jacket
* Take two forms of waterproof communication equipment
* Check the maritime weather forecast
* Avoid alcohol
Maritime New Zealand*1 *2
New Zealand Herald*3
Birds on the sea are a welcome sight. It means fish are in the area. Drop those lines off the back of the boat if you haven’t already. You don’t need GPS to alert you on this one. Don’t forget your natural instincts, don’t rely on modern technology, use your eyes, your sixth sense, your common sense. Be safe. Be well fed! Happy Fishing. 🙂
Title: The Complete Anchoring Handbook: Stay Put on Any Bottom in Any Weather
Author: Alain Poiraud, Achim Ginsberg-Klemmt, Erika Ginsberg-Klemmt
Publisher: International Marine/ Ragged Mountain Press
Date Published: 2007
Price: US$11.49 (Amazon.com) Kindle Version
For sailing boats, planing boats and displacement boats. For everyone who wants to anchor in a bay and sleep well without waking up every few hours and getting up to check the anchor!
Has it dragged?
Will I hit the boat next door?
Am I going to hit the rocks in the night?
Whether you have an anchor on your boat already or you are looking at buying a boat this book will advise you in choosing the correct anchor for the conditions where you are anchoring and how to anchor properly. You may find it encouraging finding that you already have the right size,weight and style but if you have purchased this book or are thinking then perhaps your boat has already dragged in the night. Get a good night’s sleep with the right anchor. How about the chain? I have the kindle version but I may just get the paperback too.
The official course book for the RYA One-Day Diesel Engine Course.
A reference guide to understand and maintain your marine diesel engine.
How the Diesel Engine Works
Starting and Stopping your engine
Diagnostics and Troubleshooting
How to do it
See the sky and clouds with new eyes and enjoy the depth of greater knowledge. Recognise a
cumulus when you see one. See Guide to Weather Forecasting for further reading