Quick Slip Evans Bay - 7 Jan 2019

posted 8 Jan 2019, 21:12 by Geoff Head   [ updated 2 Feb 2019, 20:24 ]

Crew: Geoff, Tunch

Motored Halo round to Evans Bay Quick Slip. Hull wash down and replaced Zinc Anode.


New Vesper AIS Transponder - Jan 2019

posted 6 Jan 2019, 13:07 by Geoff Head   [ updated 6 Jan 2019, 13:28 ]

Have purchased a new XB-6000 AIS Transponder from NZ company, Vesper  Marine.  www.vespermarine.com

The install went perfectly using its own internal GPS receiver and connected to the spare VHF antenna on the stern of the boat. The NMEA output with AIS and GPS data is now being used as the primary GPS source for NMEA2WIFI and the OPenCPN chartplotter.

Once the transponder started transmitting I checked on www.marinetraffic.com but couldn't see HALO listed at all. Checked with my old Daisy AIS receiver from home and could verify that it was transmitting fine. Discovered that it takes a day or two for the website to add new vessels to its database. It is now displaying correctly. (See screenshot and video below of our first sail with the transponder installed).

Another advantage of the new system is that it frees up a NMEA input on the NMEA2WIFI so I can now feed wind speed and direction data from the Navman into the network and display this on the OpenCPN dashboard (see screenshot below).

Also verified that the Raymarine Tiller pilot and Clipper GPS Repeater can now steer to a waypoint sent from OPenCPN using the GPS data from the Vesper. Great!

I am very impressed with this wonderful product and also the fantastic support provided by Vesper Marine.


Replaced Hatch Cover - Oct 2018

posted 6 Jan 2019, 12:42 by Geoff Head   [ updated 7 Jan 2019, 01:44 ]

The old Lewmar SuperHatch above the cabin has always leaked and seeing as it is no longer produced and there are no spares available, I looked around for a replacement. Found that the NZ manufacturer Cule Marine www.culemarine.co.nz produce a model CLW30 which was almost exact same size. Ordered it via Bartons Marine.

After a bit of adjustment of the roof cutout with the jigsaw and two attempts at sealing, the hatch is now installed and 100% water tight! 


Nanni Engine Yearly Maintenance - 22 Nov 2018

posted 15 Dec 2018, 20:59 by Geoff Head   [ updated 23 Dec 2018, 09:18 ]

Travis from TS Marine carried out Annual Service Inspection as per manufacture's recommendations:  

Run engine to temp checking charge rates gear shift and operation. 
Replace engine oil and filter. 
Replace fuel filters and bleed system. 
Replace V Belt
Check hose clamps
Check gearbox oil level 
Check battery OK
Next year we will replace gearbox oil
Remove and inspect impeller 
Clean out water strainer.

Engine hours: 246.2

Travis recommended I clean up and re-paint the steel engine mounts which are rusting.

New GNSS Receiver, GPS Repeater and NMEA2WIFI - Aug 2018

posted 2 Sep 2018, 03:08 by Geoff Head   [ updated 2 Feb 2019, 20:25 ]

Complete upgrade of NMEA system with:

New GNSS Receiver: TOPGNSS Model GN2000R- External satellite receiver receives GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (Europe) and BeiDou (China). Ordered from Aliexpress
New NMEA2WIFI Multiplexer and Wifo Access Point. Ordered from Vela-Navega
New Clipper GPS Repeater from NASA Marine Instruments.
Rewire data cabling.

New Antifoul and Repair Stuffing Box - May 2018

posted 11 Jun 2018, 00:04 by Geoff Head   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 00:08 ]

18th May - Motored Halo with Murray round to Evans Bay Slipway. Loaded on to quick slip and water blasted the hull and then boat taken into position on the hard for painting etc.
Purchased the antifoul paint from Bartons: 4 lt. International Ultra 2 White, 1 lt International Ultra 2 Black, and 1 lt. International Primocon Primer Grey.
Sven and Peter agreed to do the paint work.
Travis from TS Marine repaired the stripped thread on one of the bolts on the Stuffing Box and replaced the packing.
Removed the Mainsail Cover and took to John Worth at City Sea Canvas Ltd to re-sew the zip.
Re-fitted and sealed the bolts holding the boarding ladder. 
26th May - Motored Halo with Peter back to Chaffers Manina.


New Fuel Pump - 2 May 2018

posted 1 May 2018, 23:31 by Geoff Head   [ updated 1 May 2018, 23:38 ]

Replaced faulty Facet fuel pump with a new FUELFLOW 015 pump, manufactured in New Zealand. www.fuelflow.co.nz
Also replaced wiring and connector blocks with waterproof crimps.


Have kept the second-hand Facet pump purchased in Picton as a spare part:

Nanni Engine Yearly Maintenance - Nov 2017

posted 18 Dec 2017, 20:25 by Geoff Head   [ updated 11 Jun 2018, 00:06 ]

Travis from TS Marine came down and carried out the yearly Nanni engine inspection and service as per check sheet below. Included replacement of Engine oil, Racor filter, Fuel filter, Oil filter and Nanni engine anode.

After the service we checked the engine one last time and found it wouldn't start. In fact the control panel was totally dead. Travis eventually traced the problem to a broken electrical plug between the engine and the control panel which he had bumped. It was corroded due to salt water ingress and one of the pins was broken. This must have happened when we had our exhaust pipe leak and salt water got everywhere. Travis replaced them both with Deutsch Waterproof 8-way plugs. 

On Travis's recommendation I later gave the whole engine a wash with soapy water (while the engine was warm) and one it was dry sprayed it with CRC.


Cat 3 Certification - Sept 2017

posted 14 Sep 2017, 21:43 by Geoff Head   [ updated 6 Dec 2017, 21:22 ]

As a requirement for the Wineworks Cook Strait Race we need to obtain Category 3 Certification. As Halo had been previously been Cat 1 certified by previous owner for Round North island Race in 2010, I wasn't anticipating too much difficulty.  However after reading the 157 pages of the YNZ Safety regulations (PDF attached below)  and speaking with the Kim McMorran who does the certifications in Wellington, I realised there were a lot of details to attend to.  Kim agreed to to the inspection on Wednesday 13 and would need boat on the hard to inspect hull, rudder, etc.  

I made up this to do list:
  • New Grab bag
  • 2 x Cyalume light sticks
  • Life buoys each with Dye Markers. Add sail number 5155
  • Dinghy - set up and secure on deck
  • Emergency navigation lights 
  • Dinghy - torch and bailer lashed in. Add 5155 lettering
  • 10 Seasickness tablets - Cyclizine
  • 10 Antihistamine tablets
  • Safety Location Diagram
  • Replace broken nav light
  • Anchors secured
  • Buckets x 4 - at least 9 litres with lanyards
  • Fire extinguishers - check total weight at least 4kg (Ok. 2.5. 1.0. 1.5)
  • Transom - add "Wellington"
  • Storm jib sail number
  • Emergency knife 
  • Life Jacket service certificates - RFD NZ for 2 x red Crewfits.
  • New Flares - 2 x Red hand flares, 2 x orange smoke flares
  • Hacksaw blades x 10
  • First aid manual - St Johns.
  • Batteries spare for torches
  • Print name and sail number of all items which can float,  floor boards, squabs, life jackets, buckets, torches, etc.
Motored Halo round to Evans Bay on Tuesday. Kim did the inspection on Wednesday. I did the washdown (antifoul still good) and replaced shaft 1" zinc anode. Kim found a number of things required or recommended to fix:
  • Forward hatch - replace acrylic panel (Cactus Plastics).
  • Stern light too low. Need new light no lower than 30cm higher than deck level.
  • Middle lifeline on pushpit. Replace with Dyneema cord.
  • Storm jib - Attach sheets
  • Washboards - attach tie-downs
  • Mast base to be pinned - Hurricane Rigging
  • Toilet intake hose. Replace with correct hose and remove superfluous cock.
  • Fire extinguisher - move away from stove.
  • Grab bag. Add lanyard and sea drogue.
  • Check emergency rudder board.
Kim was a bit concerned about the weeping keel but said he'd let it pass but we need to keep an eye on it. He assured me the keel won't fall off.

He will come back for second inspection once I have completed the above.


Quickslip - June 2017

posted 3 Jun 2017, 20:48 by Geoff Head   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 15:53 ]

Crew: Peter, Paul, Geoff

Motored Halo round to Evans Bay Quickslip for hull inspection, clean, and zinc anode replacement. 

Gave the hull a wash with soft brush. Removed the Speed Log Paddle Wheel unit and cleaned inside the shaft where the big algae was growing. Explains why it wasn't working even though the wheel itself had been cleaned from inside. Cleaned the prop and shaft with steelo pad and replaced the 1" zinc anode.  

 Sven considered that anti-foul still had plenty of life in it and will be good for another 6 months or so.





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