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Code Blue Update 03-19-18 – Volvo Ocean Race March 18, 2018

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Close up of Mapfre sailboat.

We went to Auckland on our Saturday to look at the Volvo Ocean Race (Round the World) boats while in port. Vestas is back in the race after being hit by a fishing boat near Hong Kong in the dead of night with no lights on. One person died on the fishing boat. You couldn’t tell the bow problems after being fixed in New Zealand. Vestas Company makes wind generators with one blade length of 44 meters so 3 on a hub, hub height is 69 meters or 90+ meters. Seven boats in the race. At this point not counting inter harbor races in case of a tie. Mapfre crossed the start line first when leaving Auckland on Sunday local time. It rained in Whangarei while we were gone. No rain in Auckland while we were there. You can Google “Volvo Ocean Race”




Code Blue Update 3-14-18 March 15, 2018

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We have 4 transducers to install on the inside of the boat, they look like this This one will attach to our rudder shaft with hose clamps

Still working on getting our Simrad Autopilot working. We’ve had some help from Simrad and from a boater friend. Now all we need is less wind to try out our commissioning process.

Friends brought down our Visa cards, and some boat parts from Seattle. We did have a problem. The bank didn’t put a C/O name on the package as I didn’t think to include, to Redmond and the owners returned it the first time. We were able to call just in time and the bank did an overnight delivery that got there just in time with C/O. The lady shares the mailbox with the owners and I didn’t know. Judy thought she has her own separate house but the same mailbox.


AutoPilot Update s/v Code Blue – Update 3-2-18 March 1, 2018

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Code Blue just as launching in the water Feb. 22, 2018 at Norsand Boatyard, note the cradle that prevents painting part of the bottom of the keel in our case

Still working on Simrad Autopilot (AP) but found a booklet called “NAC-3 Commisioning Manual” lost in with a bunch of other foreign language booklets and plastic bags in a Simrad box. Now we have done the dock side stuff with help from Phil of s/v Silouette we think we are on the stream to recovery. Phil has a B & G unit that is almost exactly the same AP but has a B & G label instead of Simrad. Before we were lost with activating our Autopilot, having gone 12 miles downstream after launch from Norsand Boatyard on Feb 22, and using a booklet “AP44 Operator Manual” which is our control head for the autopilot. NAC-3 is our AP computer that you operate from the AP44. Only a Quick Guide is available on the Simrad-yachting.com website that isn’t useful for setting up the AP. We’re waiting for high tide when we can complete the boating process.


s/v Code Blue in the Boatyard January 25, 2018

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Code Blue in Norsand boatyard Whangarei, New Zealand.
They use a cradle system which makes it hard to sand/paint the bottom or
the keel.

Jan. 24th 2018

Thought we’d say hi and wish you well for 2018. Here’s info on what we’re doing boat wise.


Code Blue – Crew Watch and Update 12-17-17 December 16, 2017

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Crew Watcher – Crew overboard help

This is kind of cool for safety. Lasts over 3 years or way more, depending on mode used. Tells you amount of battery life when ever turned on. Non cellular working, but uses an app on a cell phone, Bluetooth 4.2. Signal alarm is 1 to 3 seconds. Not battery changeable. $170 for two, 90 for one. Once alarm activated take you to spot alarm sounded, then usually GPS location when within Bluetooth signal. Fairly inexpensive.


Fog in Vancouver, BC, delayed our take off from Seattle for about an hour, but then took off. Rest of flight went well but a lot of medium turbulence for most of the flight on 777 Vanc to Auckland, NZ.

Just want to say *thank you* to all the people that helped us out in our stay in Seattle area while we were there for 7 months. Way longer than expected. But a great out come for Judy and getting things done that were needed and able to do. You might be getting most of this message twice due to sending to our friends and to our blog list.


s/v Code Blue with Coral and Barnacle Growth November 19, 2017

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Hull coral growth in cradle looking AFT

To Code Blue folks – Update Nov 19, 2017

While in Whangarei Marina, brackish river water from December 3rd to May
10th 2017 we unknowingly grew heavy coral growth. We had just cleaned and
painted our bottom in Fiji on Oct. 14, 2016 and were clean when we came
into New Zealand. We used 2 1/2 pails of 4 liter cans of 2.71 Malaysian
hard ablative deep blue paint with three coats of 1.99 Malaysian Transocean
primer for about $1400 USD done by Baobob contractors.


Code Blue – Hobbiton – Film Location for Hobbit and Lord of the Rings April 30, 2017

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Bridge and Mill* — The first bridge was made of polystyrene foam,
plywood, and scaffolding the second was more permanent materials of there
own bricks so they could make them lighter.

To Code Blue Folks – 30 April 2017

“HOBBITON” From Auckland we went to a holiday park in Cambridge and stayed the 16th of March. This is near Hobbiton. We had tickets the next day on the 17th (Saint Patrick’s Day) for 12:10pm. This is the 1250 acre Alexander sheep farm that was picked by Peter Jackson and crew for The Hobbit and also for Lord of the Rings trilogies near the town of Matamata. The owners of the ranch provide tours of the movie sets that are in the area. 44 Hobbit homes, mill and Green Dragon pub are offered up in this $79 NZD tour. A bus picks you up and takes you to the area. At the end you get a drink at the Green Dragon pub. A guide walks you thru the area and offers up
bits of movie lore.


Code Blue – Spa, Maori & War Museum April 9, 2017

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Sailing Waka – Smaller sailing waka

Code Blue Folks — 4-9-17

*SPA and WATER SLIDES* – March 15th we took off for Auckland and points
south on the North Island heading for some areas on the North Island we
haven’t covered before. We stopped at Orewa a small town on the way on the
east seashore. This was a Top Ten Holiday Park and we noticed a hot
springs was nearby so we headed for the Waiwera Infinity Thermal Spa Resort
about 7 km away. It had several concrete pools and water slides with
natural thermal water. Pools had names like Lava Pool 48 degs Celsius,
Sapphire Pool 40 C, Seal Pool 36 C, The Blowhole 35 C, Opal 31 C and
several pools for kids one was the movie pool with The Big Friendly Giant
(BFG) playing. The Lava pool was much too hot. Near the end, as I’d almost
forgotten, they were in a different area, I tried a few water slides.


Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North March 24, 2017

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LH Cape Reinga – Lighthouse Cape Reinga, the view you get from near the parking lot.

Code Blue – Cape Reinga and Our Trip North

We started off from Whangarei March 4th to the northland as we haven’t
covered this area at all. We stayed at Matauri Bay camp after a lot of
driving north. The next morning we went around to a bunch of beaches.
Sometimes they aren’t easy to get to as gravel roads and bumpy. We managed
to get to 6 different beaches some facing north, south, east and west. To
me they looked pretty much the same but Judy liked them. We then stayed at
the furthest north Top Ten Holiday Park, Whatuwhiwhi on the 5th. Later we
learn it is pronounced Fat-too-fee-fee. We proceed to Cape Reinga on the


Code Blue – Update 2-21-17 New Zealand February 21, 2017

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Waitangi - 100 ft Waka canoe landing

Waitangi – 100 ft Waka canoe landing

To: Code Blue Folks,

REMOTE VAN KEY – While visiting another boat on the dock a couple of us were talking with Mark the owner. I was playing with my van keys a bit with my left hand. Soon the Van remote control key fell onto the dock and bounced into the salt water. It had a metal ring and a 10” long blue tape with my name on it left over from having the brakes worked on. Mark didn’t recommend diving for it as it is a very silty mud bottom and the water is pretty yucky here. You can’t see more than six inches and once you touch the bottom you have a silt storm with no visibility.