19 October, 2016

I bought a Laser

my first Laser
I first sailed a Laser in Miri in 1985. That was my 7th sailing dinghy and my favourite boat. I used it a lot. I also had three 470's, an Optimist, Sunfish and a Yamaha Seahoper.

my second Laser
Today I have come full circle, sailing a Laser again after 30 years on the water. This time I had to wear a wet suit because the water is cold at 12*C or even lower in winter.

There was a time when I did not sail at all because I injured my back. I also stopped playing golf at about the same time due to a sore knee joint.

Noelex 22
I sold my trailer yacht, a Noelex 22
and prepared for a boring retirement in front of the blue light (monitor) in my computer room. My record was 17 hrs in one day!

That was no good at all. My back got worse and I became addicted to Face Book, checking posts every 5 minutes or whenever the computer goes [ping]. I was very depressed, waiting for my wheel chair. I stopped travelling home to see relatives. Life was not worth living when you are waiting to meet your maker! :)

Therefore I decided to get well again to get back on the water and the fairways. I formed a few strategies to heal my back pains and bad knee, all without operations. I am afraid of the knife. No one is going to cut me open and look inside. It took me one and a half years; but I am back sailing again this month!

As soon as I sold my trailer yacht in April 2015, I regretted it. In May, I bought a kayak to get back on the water to get strong enough to do what I enjoyed doing most, sailing. I rowed the kayak three times a week, to strengthen my shoulders and back. At the same time I took early morning walks with Christine, my wife, for an hour every day. Simultaneously, I had acupuncture treatment two times a week and took Manuka honey every day with my cereals and Milo drinks, replacing white sugar. I also took gelatin for lubrication of my knee joint. Until now, I still could not figure out how the gelatin in my stomach found its way to that particular knee; but my knee is now pain free. That is good enough for me!

I went on line, seeking ideas from all my FB friends on OS. Thank you every one who contributed suggestions! I am back on the water, sailing once more. Life is great!

To motivate myself to continue the kayaking exercise, I bought something from my bucket list and put it next to my kayak on my front lawn. I looked at it when I go kayaking and looked at it again when I returned home from kayaking. The Hobie 16 did its job very well indeed. It encouraged me to continue kayaking and resume my life on the water, never mind the golfing. I want to go sailing!

gin pole
Soon, I noticed that my interest in sailing returned. Last winter I began spending lots of my spare time trying to fix up this old Hobie cat. I even designed a gin pole and manual winch combination to raise the mast while sitting down. It is slow but it worked and saved my back at the same time. Success at last!

I launched and sailed the Hobie cat at Lake Ngaroto three times. It is really too much boat for a single hander. So I decided to sell the Hobie cat and buy some thing smaller and more manageable for me. I bought my second Laser last month (and another trailer yacht, a Magnum 21 on Trademe last night). I intend to use the gin pole method for raising the heavy mast of my Magnum 21 starting next week. That item on my bucket list, to sail Lake Wanaka, is rising up to the top again! The Laser is great for a quickie sail at lake Rotoroa, near my house. That Magnum will be great for freedom camping on the South Island.


29 September, 2016


Cobram drive
The Azaleas in Hamilton are in full bloom. These were seen last week along Cobram drive just opposite the entrance to the gardens. I checked out those in the Chinese gardens and was pleasantly surprised.

They were also flowering. I have missed the start because I was visiting Wellington and have not been playing my flute there for a couple of weeks.

There are two large bushes just outside the entrance to the Chinese gardens.

This is the tail end of the bloom; but it is still very awesome.

08 September, 2016

Cherry blossoms

This year the Cherry blossoms in Hamilton appeared at the end of August. 

10 August, 2016


This controller is what I see normally. One day the idiot light was blinking and it says [replace filter]. I went up inside the roof cavity above the ceiling, to check the filters. On top of the pink batts insulations are numerous large conduits from the HRV units.


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