LWL: 5588 mm
Beam: 2185 mm (7 ft. 2 in)
Draft: 1220 mm (4 ft)
Displacement: 726 kg
Sail area: 190 sq feet
Ballasted plate: 114 kg
Nanook is quite easy to manage as a single hander. The mast is not too heavy for one man to raise. For recovery, I have a 10:1 hand winch on the trailer which allows me to recover the boat easily. Mostly, I sailed alone and have explored many of the lakes around Rotorua. I have visited Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua, Tarawera and Taupo; some more than once; also Karapiro, Arapuni, Tauranga, Raglan and Port Waikato. The furthest I have towed my boat was the Bay of Islands near Paihia. One day, I will sail the emerald green waters of Lake Wanaka!
At 10 knots wind condition, I get the best sailing experience on the Noelex. The boat heels nicely to one side when reaching or close hauled and performs well between 10 and 20 knots. I seldom use my spinnaker, unless I was in the middle of a big lake, like Tarawera or Taupo and have long distances to cover under light winds.
There are two sets of moulds for the Noelex 22 in NZ. The other set in Pakuranga (Martens Marine) has ceased production because it was sold to Australia! This is the reason why not many Noelex 22 are found on the North Island. Old boats retain their value so much that it is reasonable to expect to sell a Noelex at the same price we paid for it 5 years ago! Maintenance cost is not recoverable. Running cost is low because the wind is free!
This photo was taken by Priscilla when she came for a visit in 2004. I used it as my profile photo on all my blogs on Multiply for many years. It has been replaced by this new one below, showing me playing the flute. This has now become my trade mark profile icon on all my blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, group forums and Gmail etc.
This one photo sums up all my hobbies together. I like photography, sailing, playing a bamboo flute and also blogging. However, it took a while for me to have this photo taken because I usually go sailing alone as a single hander. The digital camera has made it much easier for all bloggers to illustrate our blogs with more meaningful images. In my earlier blogs I was using old Kodak prints. These have to be scanned first, saved on
Since I started using a software called Picasa to manage my digital photos, I have finger tips control of every single image. On last count I had over 60,000 images saved on my computer. The modern digital camera is capable of taking very high definition photos which require increasing storage space. I have recently added an external hard-disk with capacity of 1 Terabyte (1000Mb) to my old desk top. This should last me for a while. Nowadays, the modern lap tops internal hard-disk already have close to this capacity in order to cater for gamers. Come to think of it, I hardly see any desk top computers being advertised for sale in the papers any more! Most lap tops have touch pads instead of a mouse. I love my mouse and I cannot use a touch-pad efficiently.
|desk top computer|
It turned out to be not such a big job after all (because I have an external hard disk of one Terabytes capacity). Basically, I [poured] all my files and documents from the old PC into the ext HD and then [poured] everything from that to the new PC and it was done. The only problem that I had was transferring the email service provided by Eudora from the old to the new PC. It took me 3 days to figure that one out; but I have lost all my archives of old emails on Eudora and also some digital photos which has gone AWOL on Picasa. Never mind. The new PC is much faster and more than made up for the small losses in some old files, definitely worth the change. Next to upgrade is my TV. I must be the only one without Sky or Freeview in NZ. With so many hobbies, FB, blogs and Google and FaceBook groups, there is hardly any time left for me to watch TV! Freeview can wait a few more months :)