16 December, 2016


16 November, 2016

Magnum 21 trailer yacht

This was the condition of the Moustique when I got it home. All the standing rigs (steel stay wires) have been removed by the owner and kept in a bag inside the cabin. The mast was secured back to front on the yacht. It is obvious that this yacht has not been used for quite a while.

I made a list of jobs to do before launching. There was water in the cockpit (rain water). I need to replace the jockey wheel with a new one with a bigger wheel to tilt the boat up front to drain all the rain water to the back.

1. replaced jockey wheel

I used a trolley jack to raise the front of the trailer in order to remove the old jockey wheel. Estimated original tongue weight was about 85 kg which is too heavy for me to lift with one hand as I flip the jockey wheel with my other hand.

12 November, 2016

quarter acre in NZ

Many of my Facebook friends asked me how big is my land. They asked because I have shared many photos of my flowers around my house in Hamilton. Most of them have not been to see the real flowers, only the photos which I shared now and then on my wall.
Very often I shared photos of fruits planted in my backyard. I seem to be living on an orchard with plums, mandarins, lemons, apples, peaches, persimmons, strawberries, Tamarillo and many types of veges.
It is how you utilize your land available for planting that is important; not how big is the land. I have 863 square metres, about a quarter acre, that's all.
The angle from which I take some of my photos also gives the impression that my back yard is huge. It isn't; but still, a lot of lawn for me to mow in summer (every 10 days). It kept my wife very busy because her hobby is gardening. Mine is sailing, golfing and blogging. The beauty is this. I am also taking up photography as a hobby because I used lots of photos on my blogs and FaceBook. I usually use photos  to illustrate my comments on FB.
In fact, I am now blogging on FaceBook. This post is on going (many posts= a blog). All the * (asterisks) will be replaced by words eventually...

I have close to 80,000 digital photos on my computer hard disk and increasing daily. Not all of them are flowers. I also take a lot of photos of my new boat which I bought recently to give me something to do this summer. Life is boring unless we keep busy.

The sailing part is important; but I also enjoy the doing up part, just as much. Some yachties seem to be always renovating or building a boat in their backyard. Many of these boats are never launched. It is part of the hobby.
I also have friends who goes fishing regularly. A few of these actually do not eat fish! Many Kiwi fly fishermen practised catch and release. They catch them and then carefully release them back into the water. Very few Malaysians understand why people would do this.

Whenever I share a photo, I get this question in the comment on FaceBook: can eat kah? It seems that Malaysians are hungry all the time. :)

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02 November, 2016

Magnum 21

Lake Taupo
Last week I went all the way to Whareroa village, near Turangi to pick up this boat. I took hwy 1 to Tokoroa, turn right to hwy 41, right again to hwy 32, left turn into Kuratau hydro road, right turn to Whareroa Road, #505.

It was an easy drive of 175 km. and the same route I took coming back from Wellington last month from Turangi to Hamilton. Traffic is much less than using hwy 1 all the way. It is my intention to spend at least one month renovating the Moustique before launching it. For some reason, all the standing riggings have been removed and stored inside by the previous owner. It will be a big jig saw puzzle for me to figure out which line goes where. I have yet to unfurl the main and jib to inspect them properly on my back lawn. There is a spinnaker pole but no sail to go with it.
As a single hander, I shall use this spinnaker pole as a gin pole for raising the mast with the use of the main sheet winch in the cockpit. The mast is pinned firmly at the base. It will be easy to raise the mast from the cockpit by rigging an extra pulley up front and connecting a line to the jib forestay, leading back via the jib fairleads to either winch.

double bed

This boat has been used often on lake Taupo, by its owner. The trailer WOF expired 6 years ago, meaning he did not tow it on the highway. It was kept at his batch away from sea water. Inside this boat, it is in fair condition considering its age; only very minor repairs required and I am all set. It is of similar vintage as the Nanook, my previous boat, a Noelex 22 which I kept for 15 years. I used it for exploring many fresh water lakes and harbours on the North Island.

This Magnum 21 is very similar in layout as a Farr 6000 which is selling at 12K on Trademe, right now. Most of the work required is on the metal trailer which I water blasted on the second day. As far as I can see, there is no expensive welding required for a while. I painted a primer and will do a top coat in a few days. Then go for the WOF. Wanaka, here I come!

two single bunks
Inside the cabin, the layout is very similar to my Nanook with the centre board case in the middle supporting a collapsible table. The front part is a double bed with a marine toilet built-in underneath. The anchor, chain and line sit inside an anchor well, forward. The inside cabin floor is fully carpeted and looks dry.

There is a portable gas cooker with a small tank of LPG gas. Will store this outside with the outboard fuel, for safety. There are racks for 5 fishing rods. Two rod holders are provided on the transom (great storage for my bamboo flutes!)

The 8 hp Yamaha outboard started on the first pull and there is a full tank of fuel under the cockpit seat. I have a long list of 25 items to do before launching! Most boat owners modify their boats to suit their individual requirements. There is a small solar panel for
charging the fish finder (aka depth indicator). I will need to add some navigation lights if I intend to do sailing at night (red, green and white). No power source available and I do not wish to add a car battery; will look for a solar panel solution if there is one. Perhaps the outboard engine can provide enough current for navigation lights?


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