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@neftaly

CK (can't find his SSB handle) just got a 35m fishing boat for his charity, the Floating Foundation! They'll be converting it into an expedition vessel (mini hackerspace included) for humanitarian projects around the pacific islands.

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They're motoring up from Christchurch tomorrow, and will arrive in Westhaven (Auckland) this weekend, for a few months of work. Anyone want to come with on sat/sun for a visit?

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@cblgh

@zelf hey, this seems right up your alley - hackerspaces on boats!

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cool yeah lets go meet them @neftaly

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They're on their way now, and in contact via satphone

@neftaly

Hi all,

Lat: 42d 16.14S 174d 48.66E. South East of Blenheim.
Course: 45d true. Speed: 9kts.
Weather is fine. Bit of swell and some breeze.

We departed Lyttelton last night at 9pm after dropping and marking 60m of chain to test the anchor winch. All went ok, except usual anchor handling stuff for boats this size. Winch is great.

We set off and had to navigate out at night. Wouldn’t be hard except we were also testing engines under load and lots of concentration required. Nice job to engineering team.

We’ve had an interesting 12 hours. We’ve run the engines hard for 12 hours and have now pulled back to cruise. Ship is doing well. She is a ship. Such fun to drive but also lots of pressure and systems.

Engineering has had constant logging on the hour or less and we’ve dealt with issues as they arose. Such as. Dirt in fuel (had to change a filter with main stopped) and overheating gearbox.

The crew have done well with little sleep. With the engine running hard it has been very noisy in the accomodation areas. You’ve got to be tired to sleep :).
I’m glad to have Ondrej, Chris and Ben here. All adding so much.

I’m looking forward to sleeping. Had a nap 12-4am and have been on since. Waiting to send this email and then I’ll go sleep!

Cheers,

Craig

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Craig

27 Apr (3 days ago)

to Mia, Anton, me, Godfrey, archer, Corina
Hi all.

Interesting day. Here’s the update.

Position: 39d 39m south, 177d 42m East. Hawke’s Bay
Course: 29d true
Speed 8.5knots

We have had a meeting and have decided it’s not safe to take the vessel through the 40kts on the beam from East Cape to Cape Colville.

If we had left on time we’ve had made the window but Wednesday late put us against it.

We will be dropping anchor in the bay as there is no wharf space. It looks like we will be only arriving in Auckland Tuesday, which means we’ve had to delay all our volunteers arriving further and delay the welcome. However it means if we have issues we won’t be rolling in 40kts, 4.5m seas and falling around the engine room.

More updates.

Suspected kelp on the prop last night. Threw big vibrations through the boat and we reduced rpm to minimum safe operating cruise. (Engine doesn’t like rpm between 260-290, displayed clearly on the side of the engine).
What ever it was has gone.

Other news, while checking fluids, an engineer dropped a floorboard onto the gearbox and knocked off a valve. We lost 40L of gearbox oil before the main was shut down and the valve replaced. Oil was replaced and we were back up and running before 20 Mins had passed. I wasn’t even woken up! So much for perfectly clean and empty bilges. But excellent job from Chris and Ondrej for fixing it so fast.

Anyway. Everything else is going ok. Sunny and easy going.

Thanks for all your emails, I appreciate getting them.

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Craig

Attachments17:18 (3 minutes ago)

to Godfrey, Anton, archer, Corina, me, Mia
Hi all,

Rounded East Cape.

Position:
37d 25 S 178d 19e
Course: 300d true
Speed over ground: 8.2 kts

All well.

Pulled anchor at 3am but it was snagged on two large steel cables. Using grapples, rope and the powerful anchor winch we were able to pull it off the anchor and free the ship in 25 minutes. Not bad for 3 people who’d just woken up an hour before.

We had to say bye to one of our crew for whom the delay was too much. He flew out from Gisbourne, hitching rides on local speedboats as we have no tender and the port was too lazy to accept us in on a Friday afternoon.

After two nights at anchor we finally could leave. The weather was fairly large. I wish could have got photos of the water we were pushing as we fell off 6m waves.

We’ve been making slow progress due to currents and headwinds also. At some points I’m seeing only 7kts sustained speed.

Also, fuel burn has been horrendously different to what was told to me during selling process. Despite barely any load on the generator, we are burning 1800L a day roughly. We are going to have to see what is going on there as we don’t have the budget for fuel burn that high this year.

We are now on point to land in Auckland 3-6pm tomorrow if we don’t get any problems.

Thanks for your emails and wishes for safe passage.

Cheers,

Craig

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@neftaly

He's arriving around 5.30 tonight, gonna check it out then. Will confirm on Hackland slack.

@emile
I told him, it seems about right.

Thanks.
Yeah. Turns out I’m lucky we had 19tons of fuel yah

@nanomonkey

I don't even want to know what the cost of 19 tons of bunker fuel would be. Or the carbon emissions of burning it.

I wish this beast could be retrofitted with sails, kites or electric motors and solar.

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Craig

12:21 (7 minutes ago)

to Corina, me, archer, Anton, Mia, Godfrey
Hi all.

Currently rounding cape colville,

On track to be in Auckland at 5pm.

All going well. Some of the fuel is dirty but we are changing filters and polishing as best we can. No issues yet.

Trying to organise a long power cable for the vessel in Wynyard quarter so we don’t have to run generators. Excited to be home soon.

655nm under our belts so far. Nice to be in familiar territory!

Cheers all,

Craig

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I thought it was diesel, will ask. The plan is to figure out the most fuel cruise now that it's in Auckland. It also needs an antifoul.

They were using a 120ft yacht in Tonga, but I think it was less suitable for the work they wanted to do, and is a lot of work to get moving.

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If anyone in the CBD wants to have a look:
https://goo.gl/maps/TutU63y7KET2

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OMG! Thank you, this is super valuable! @Svend check it out!

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@Dominic

@Zach! and myself have just onboarded @Bob Ross while on board the southern progress.

@neftaly

Aww geez it just became shit
https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/104517779/The-philanthropists-net-Women-who-were-trapped-in-paradise

@mix

yeah that's not behaviour me or my friends respect or will abide

If this is part of your team, what's your response to this @neftaly ?

@neftaly

Shock. I've spent a lot of time boating with him, but always on separate vessels, and my little sister has been friends with him for more than a decade. I know and trust both Ayla and Gary but didn't question why they had stopped showing up, and didn't question why so many other friends had left on other voyages (everyone always has a plausible reason). I don't want someone I called a mate until this morning to shoot themselves though.

@Dominic

update: https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/104677651/crew-of-floating-foundation-aid-mission-abandon-ship-on-waiheke-island

"We as a crew believe in and have enjoyed our time as volunteers working towards the mission of research and bringing medical equipment to remote communities in the Pacific," he said.

"We have acted in good faith towards this goal unknowing of issues from past voyages. On finding out about these issues we as crew have decided that these past actions do not align with our beliefs.

"We would appreciate if you respected our privacy at this time."

He confirmed that he and other members of the crew were no longer aboard the Southern Progress.

A 19-year-old woman on the crew, who asked not to be named, said "everyone who needed to be off the boat was off the boat and safe".

Definitely a relief to hear this!

@Zach

Helping Former Crewmembers of the Floating Foundation

I've kept in contact with a previous member of the Floating Foundation (who is on here as @Cool Bob Ross ) and he asked if there might be people in around the Auckland area that could help two of the crew members. They are now safe ashore in Waiheke, but are feeling the sting of sudden homelessness/joblessness.

If anyone had helpful leads to jobs or lodging, they'd mass appreciate it! I've met both of these folk, and they were good people. If you can help, or if you'd like to know more, you can PM @Cool Bob Ross.

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