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Second boat for Kāpiti College Rakino Pirates - New Zealand Herald

The story started two years ago when a derelict yacht was found in Evans Bay Harbour, run down after losing its mooring and being wedged on to rocks.

The yacht was purchased by Kāpiti College and the Rakino Pirates were created, a group dedicated to refurbishing the Rakino, a kauri hull boat with teak decking.

Ever since, the Pirates, made up of students of all levels with help from dedicated members of the public, have been working on restoring the Rakino, learning how to look after and refurbish water vessels.

After reading about the Pirates and their work, the group was recently contacted by Hugh Parsons who had a yacht, Desiree, moored in Mana Marina.

"He gave us a call, told us about his yacht and asked if we would like to visit her," said Kāpiti College teacher Clive Stephenson.

Clive and Pirates captain Luke Ferriera along with a band of Pirates went to Mana Marina to see Desiree.

"After looking over the yacht and chatting to Hugh he asked if we'd like her as he'd like to donate her to the Pirates.

"We were a bit taken aback at the offer and high-tailed it back to school in shock.

"Some weeks later we adopted Desiree into our fleet.

"Hugh's generosity was almost overpowering in itself but it didn't end there."

The boat was lifted from the water to be surveyed and antifouled and the Pirates set to work removing barnacles and growth from the hull.

"While the Pirates were at work, Trevor Burgess from CHAT Marine came over and offered to donate all the paint, tools and antifouling that we needed to restore the hull and Mana Cruising Club gave us a special deal on the lifting and hard stand," Clive said.

"It took us a week to complete the job and Colin Steel, the yard manager, put Desiree back in the water."

After successfully cleaning up the boat, Clive said the group is now looking to expand what they do, incorporating boat skills into their sessions such as knot tying, seamanship and safety on the water.

"We intend to teach the students to sail on Desiree," he said, skills which will be helped by a gift of five tickets from Coastguard for some of the Pirates to complete their radio licences.

Meanwhile, the Pirates are still working on the Rakino.

"The Pirates have doubled the ribs and repaired much of the forepeak and we are almost ready to refit the foredeck."

While there is still a lot of work to be done before the Rakino is ready to be re-floated, the group is still hard at work on her.

The Pirates would like to thank everyone for their generosity in helping with Desiree's refit.

Source: www.nzherald.co.nz

Winners decided for DAME Award 2018 - Scuttlebutt Sailing News

(November 13, 2018) – The 28th Design Award METSTRADE (DAME) competition attracted 127 entries from 25 countries, from which a total of 63 product s were nominated for display in the METSTRADE DAME Award exhibition and for consideration in the final judging rounds.

Birgit Schnaase, Chair of the Jury, presented the prestigious DAME Award 2018 today to the Triskel Marine Integrel in RAI Amsterdam on the opening day of METSTRADE 2018. A further five products were named as Category Winners and 22 received Special Mentions. METSTRADE 2018 will last until November 15.

With such a strong field of entries this year, the choice of ultimate winner of the DAME Award was closely debated by the Jury. In the final vote, it was the obvious design effort and promising impact of Triskel Marine’s fully integrated Integrel generator replacement system that made it the most popular choice.

METSTRADE is the largest business to business event for the leisure marine sector, with the 31st edition of the METSTRADE Show hosting nearly 1600 exhibitors from 50 different countries on November 13-15 in the RAI Amsterdam convention center.

Fifteen years research into power efficiency
Triskel Marine used 15 years’ research into power efficiency onboard boats and superyachts to create Integrel, which exploits the gap between the propeller curve and optimum efficiency of a propulsion engine, to generate power which is then stored for AC and DC use. This improves the efficiency of the fuel that is burned and avoids the need for a separate generator.

The Jury particularly noted the Integrel system’s ability to improve the environmental footprint of leisure boating today, its simplicity of operation providing long periods of quiet ship operation and its potential to be further developed for a wide range of applications.

Progress at individual company and industry level
Commenting on the result, Chair of the Jury, Birgit Schnaase stated: “The entry field once again showed signs of progress at individual company and industry level. The primary motive of the DAME Award is to promote good design practice in every aspect and the Jury was pleased to see so many examples where form and function were well balanced.

“We had a dramatic contrast in the physical size of products this year, with everything from superyacht primary systems, to the smallest clip. It is sometimes easier to admire the incredible amount of work of an engineering design team on a well-conceived complex product, but the Jury has been equally encouraged to see that same level of design detail on simple items that are often taken for granted.”

“One can grow very comfortable with long-standing solutions in our industry, but that does not mean that they cannot be improved for the experience of a boat owner, the efficiency of manufacture and the potential reduction in environmental footprint. Our final list of Winners, Special Mentions and Nominations include products that prove this point emphatically.”

Winner DAME Award 2018:
• Triskel Marine Integrel

This years’ Category winners:

MARINE ELECTRONICS AND MARINE RELATED SOFTWARE
• Spinlock Sail Sense

INTERIOR EQUIPMENT, FURNISHINGS, MATERIALS AND ELECTRICAL FITTINGS USED IN CABINS
• Vimar Electronic Switch 8in 7out 3M

MARINA EQUIPMENT, BOATYARD EQUIPMENT AND BOAT CONSTRUCTION TOOLS AND MATERIALS
In keeping with the rules of the competition, the Jury decided not to award a winner in this category after carefully considering the standard against other categories.

DECK EQUIPMENT, SAILS AND RIGGING
• Harken CLR Mooring Winch

CLOTHING AND CREW ACCESSORIES
• Rooster® Exofleece ™

LIFESAVING AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT
• Shakespeare Marine GALAXY-INFL8

MACHINERY, PROPULSION, MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS AND FITTINGS
• Triskel...

Source: www.sailingscuttlebutt.com

Replacing Teak Decks is a Monumental Job - Cruising World

ike many Taiwanese boats built in the 1980s, my Kaufman 47, Quetzal , was slathered in teak. Side decks, foredeck, cabin trunk, handrails, coamings — a veritable forest afloat. As someone capable of rationalizing almost anything, and because I was able to buy the boat for a great price, I not only accepted the abundance of teak , I embraced it.

Of course I knew that practical-minded sailors scorned external wood; indeed, I was one of them before I felt the magic of teak beneath my bare feet, at least on cloudy days when the decks were not scalding. And yes, I knew that teak decks were becoming scarce on new boats and seen as a liability on older boats. But that didn’t stop me from bragging about teak’s unrivaled nonskid capabilities and excellent insulating properties. And I loved the aesthetic, boasting that a handsome renewable resource like teak softened the cold, oil-derived glare of a utilitarian fiberglass deck.

I was more than a teak-deck apologist; I was a teak-deck snob.

I bought the boat in 2003, and to my dismay, my decks started to show signs of wear and tear just a few years later. I sail a lot, around 10,000 miles a year, and the decks were subjected to cascades of seawater washing over them and the roughshod treatment of an offshore training vessel doing her job, scribbling rhumb lines across the Atlantic. Although I tried, I couldn’t ignore the screw heads appearing under sprung bungs, the raised and missing caulking on the foredeck and a couple of weathered planks that had splintered. But it was a mugging in Trinidad that hastened the demise of my teak dreams.

I left the boat on the hard for a couple of weeks and hired a highly recommended chap to lightly sand the decks, reseat a few fasteners, replace missing bungs and caulk the worst sections. I returned to a crime scene. My beautiful teak decks had been attacked by a belt sander armed with 16-grit assault paper and smeared with black caulk. At first I wanted to cry, then I wanted to commit a crime of my own. But the damage was done, the life of the decks shortened and, when Quetzal slinked out of Chaguaramas like a shorn English sheep dog, I vowed never again to commission work from a contractor I didn’t know, especially when I was thousands of miles away from the yard.

I kept sailing and mending as I went, but the decks became more and more of an eyesore. When they started to leak, I knew something had to be done. My friends and shipmates grew weary of my incessant fretting over the decks. “Stop complaining and do something,” I told myself, but I could not decide what to do.

I considered replacing them with new fastener-free decks manufactured from templates and mounted with adhesives. These modern teak decks are lovely in every respect except price. When I received an estimate from Teak Decking Systems of $55,000 to $60,000, I became less of a teak-deck snob.

I looked into synthetic teak, also known as fake teak, and was impressed by its appearance and practicality. I gathered a box full of samples and laid them on deck like playing cards. But after boasting about real teak for years, I just couldn’t pull the trigger on installing a synthetic replacement.

I looked seriously at cork and invited myself aboard several aluminum and steel boats to inspect their cork decks. Cork is a natural, sustainable product, but it’s also expensive, the installation seemed beyond my talents and my wife, Tadji, really didn’t like the look. “Cork,” she assured me, “is for wine bottles.”

With the realization that every option required the same process to prepare the sub deck, I finally decided to remove the teak, fill the thousands of fastener holes with epoxy, and fair and then spray the decks with nonskid mixed in the paint. My teak-deck days were behind me, alas. It was on to whiter pastures.

The decision was liberating, but I underestimated what a massive job it was going to...

Source: www.cruisingworld.com









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