Sunday, August 17, 2014

Boat flipping

Finally got some painting done. My boat is in a good friends hangar. Time is marching on. Summers almost here. Final finishing to do. More pics soon.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Big move


We have all survived to major earthquakes in Christchurch. The damage to our city is not unlike cities from World War II. See the following video

This has caused us to have a major reassess of where we live. The has been continous aftershocks that are very unsettling for young ones.

We have moved ourselves and my Pathfinder to Auckland. Hopefully can get it finished and out on the water this summer.

Will paint at Dairy Flat Airfield and then move home to finish.



Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, September 26, 2010

3 Days left to enter MadDog Earthquake draw

Visit .

3 Days left for September Draw. 

Win an awesome Northsails gear bag or size s Emirates Team NZ Supporters T Shirt.

1/2 proceeds to Red Cross for Earthquake appeal.

Patrick and Carmen heading to Auckland to train in Winter Champs. Should be a great 5 days sailing


Monday, September 20, 2010

The New Yankee Workshop Epoxy Clip Show

Very funny clip from "The New Yankee Workshop Epoxy Clip Show"

This is pretty much how you make any Wellsford Boat. Lots of "Epoxy"

Enjoy your day mixing!!!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Special September Noumea Draw and Canterbury Earthquake Appeal

Hi Everyone.

Some of you will know my son Patrick is fundraising to attend the New Caledonia Optimist Nationals in December. He also helps a bit on my Pathfinder. If you can help out it would be appreciated.


Hi there.

To help those in need half of the proceeds of my September Noumea Fundraising draw will be donated to the 'NZ Red Cross Canterbury Earthquake appeal'.
It has been very shakey with earthquakes in Canterbury since the 4th of September. We had a major 7.1 on the richtor scale. There has been major damage in Canterbury.

There will be two draws. An awesome North Sails Gear Bag or an Emirates Team NZ T-shirt (Adults Small) for a budding sailor.
To go in the draw donate any amount via 'Chip In' on my website:

or via 'ChipIn' on my dads blog. It is secure and via paypal.

If you win we will ship worldwide.


Patrick 'Mad Dog' Haybittle

Cool North Sails Gear Bag
Emirates Team NZ Supporters T- Shirt.

My experience of the Canterbury Earthquake:

I woke up to my entire room shaking, bed moving and rocking all over the place, There was a roaring noise like a plane taking off. My sister was screaming. My Mum was yelling at me to get in a doorway. Even Jack our dog stood in the doorway! It was 7.1 on the Richter scale and very scary. It happened, Saturday morning, 4th of September, 4:35am. Almost everyone in Canterbury was asleep.
We are still having aftershocks every day. Some have been big and closer to my house. We have taken down our chimney and our house has some cracks. But other houses are much, much worse.

Unfortunately there has been major damage to our city. About 2000 houses are unlivable at the moment. About 40,000 houses have minor damage. Parts of the city have no sewerage still. We had to boil water for a few days to drink. Many people are in hotels, with family or in Civil Defence centres. Downtown has many destroyed buildings. Businesses have been shut down. Most yacht clubs have some damage. The local Estuary and Waimakariri River have raw sewerage in it presently. There is still a ‘State of Emergency in Christchurch until at least Wednesday the 15th of September.

My Dad sent Mum, my Sister and I to Auckland on Tuesday for some rest. It was really annoying having aftershocks as you don’t know how big or long it is going to last. My sister was very scared with every aftershock and wouldn’t leave my Mum. We hardly got any sleep at night. We slept in Mum and Dad’s room. School was cancelled for the week.

While in Auckland we managed to do some sailing at Lake Pupuke. Thank you to all the friends who leant us sailing gear so I could sail in the ‘Icebreaker Regatta’.  I also loved windsurfing with Al and Georgia Scofield at ‘Mad Loop Windsurfing’. I even learnt how to use a harness.

Thanks for your support for Cantabrians and my trip to New Caledonia.

Patrick ‘Mad Dog’ Haybittle

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

No work today...

No updates. To frazelled to work on boat. Maybe tomorrow.

Monday, September 6, 2010

More after shocks!

Just been woken by after shocks
A 5.4 followed in quick order by a 4 then a 5.2. Really over them now. Especailly as it is only happened just before midnight!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Earthquake!!! And 2nd coat of No3

Wow Earthquake 7.1 on Richtor scale!!!

I was airborne at time so missed it. Glad I did as my wife and kids are pretty nervous and stressed about it.
Last night we had a 5 richtor scale while I was on FaceBook at 1038pm. I asked my son how that compared to the big quake. He said "2 out of 10 dad." Well I was freaked with that little quake so can't imagine what they went through.

There have been heaps of tremors almost every hour over the last 36 hours. Fortunately our house and suburb has been let off lightly. My mates have a pool of water 6 inches deep around their house and under it. It is on piles and close to river. The shaking caused liquafication and shaked up groundwater. Canterbury has had wet winter. Their neighbours have about ankle deep mud and silt over their lawns.

Another mates house shaked and walls exploded apart. Pretty new house on a concrete pad. Others have had pads broken and half the house raised 150mm. Amazing heaps of brick chimneys have fallen. Some have toppled onto roofs and then on to drive ways. Others have crashed through the roof into living spaces.

Power back to 90% of city. Some suburbs have sewerage and no water. A few areas have contaminated water supplies.

A few websites you can look at:

Check out the frequency of the aftershocks. There have been a few 5's

Anyway I reckon the best thing to do is keep busy. Keeps minds of quake etc. Had a game of soccer with neighbours. Then we sanded the boat for a while. All hands on deck. I reckon we could all stand with arms outstretched holding sand paper. Thus every time it shakes we will sand boat :-).
Actually. Hand sanding took to long. Fired up orbital with 120 grit. Flattened off ridges from No1 undercoat quickly. We painted on 2nd layer of No3. Went on quick and thick. Actually the thicker amount flowed out very nice. I reckon the lighter amount we put on yesterday was draggy on tipping brush.

Anyway here are a few pics. No real damage at our place. Only a few books off shelves and drawers open. But about 8km away in town old buildings smashed! Amazed my big heavy unsecured drill press didn't fall off work bench!

Only a few books down. Shelves stayed up.

A few draws open.

But only 8km away carnage!!! Pxt msg from my Captains, 17 year old, son. He got up and cruised streets and took this photo. We got diverted to Auckland as we had been enroute Rarotonga-Christchurch that night. When I phoned Kelly they had no power, radio, TV or internet. Thankfully cell towers worked on back up power. They were in my suburb shaken but no major damage. When I PXT this photo to them their jaws dropped. It was there first indication that all wasn't that well in Christchurch.

Nothing like working on boat to keep busy

Roll on.

Tip off.

It is weird and surreal staying at home and working on boat when 10-20% of the city is pretty damaged. The local Civil Defence has asked everyone to stay put, look after neighbours and be prepared. Structural engineers are looking at virtually every commercial and public building and assessing damage. All local schools are shut until at least wednesday.
I just hope the aftershocks stop. A lot of people a very over it! I know I am.

If any Cantaburians are reading this and need some help send me a message and I'll drop anything to help.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Altex No 3 Epoxy primer undercoat

Have put on Altex No 3 Epoxy primer undercoat. Went on pretty well. A lot smoother than the undercoat. It leveled out pretty nice. Will need a light sand tomorrow and then another coat. We just beat the cold 'Southerly' Heater on and windows open!!! Snow to 200m in Canterbury!!! Spring aye?!?

Roller on.

Altex make great products

Cleaning mixing tins, brushes and roller trays.

Minor filling, rudder blade and heater and pink batts.

Went around boat with daughters post-it notes marking minor blemishes. Not to many. Filled them with West System and micro balloons. Left over mix went onto rudder blade. I keep my shed heated with this kick-ass heater I bought for $3 on trade-me. Kept shed at 20 degrees today!
Good use for post-it notes

Blade faired with left over filler.

$3 Trade-me special.

Pink batts help a little in Christchurch

Warmest shed in town!!!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Altex No1 Epoxy Primer

Final sanding done today of of bare epoxy. Time to paint. Have decided to use Altex two pack 'Elite 321 brushing polyurethane' paint system. I have had great results using the spray versions. This time I have very close neighbors and don't need to overspray their house. I am also interested in seeing how the roller and tipping works with the top coats.
We degreased with thinners and then used a tack rag. (After about 5 good vacuums of the garage)
Today we put on one coat of No 1 Epoxy primer. It took a short while to figure out how much area you can work at once. I reckon about 1 sq metre is about right. Kelly rolled in on and I tipped horizontally and then vertically to finish. You have to work quickly or brush gets draggy. Took about 1 hour for whole boat. Hopefully I will be able to sand the bulk of the boat tonight and fill any minor imperfections. Tomorrow hopefully will get two coats of No. 3 Epoxy Primer undercoat.

Clean shed!!! Boat ready to paint

Bow come up nice.

Altex Paint system ready to go.

Kelly's own mask. Colour coordinated with her blue painting coveralls

Roll on....

Tip off....  Horizontally and then vertically.

Half done.

Laps make great stop areas.

Gunboat grey.