Central Plateau, North Island

Central Plateau, North Island
View from a friend's farm

Monday, 16 March 2015

A Day at The Beach, #2


The machine in yesterday’s post is a “self propelled boat trailer” used for large boats, huge boats, where an ordinary trailer and winch will not suffice,  in areas where there is no harbour, jetties, or a safe launching ramp .There is a lagoon at Castlepoint, but launching there and access to the sea depends on wind and tide.

Ormond Engineering  is  an Australasian based engineering business , with products that range from fishing,mining, and industrial to health care .

Sentences in italics courtesy of the internet.


Oren's engineering abilities has very few boundaries. We have been busy decommissioning a GE Innova system at a Catheter Lab in Wellington. These X-ray systems are used in cardiac and vascular procedures such as angioplasty etc. This system will be reconditioned and resold so we had to be very careful removing all the equipment and cabling


X-Ray system at Wellington  Hospital Catheter Lab


I wonder if this is where Hugh was, in 2012, after his heart attack and then in the cardiac unit at Wellington Hospital.He did say the surgeon talked away, explaining everything,  at the same time  he was looking at a huge screen where everything was outlined so clearly.


We are specialists in the manufacture and assembly of self driven boat trailers used for beach launching large vessels. Our first trailer is used to launch a 50 ft. vessel that is the largest jet powered boat in the Southern Hemisphere.


Photo taken with my Canon 550D

on board and coming ashore


Outer Limits

Outer Limits is designed by Teknicraft, built and launched in Wanganui in 2001 by Q-West, it is specifically designed and built for New Zealand's coastal conditions.


Length : 43 Foot / 13 Metres
Engines : Twin Volvo TAMD 74 EDC Diesel Engines
Propulsion : Twin 292 Hamilton Jet Units
Cruise Speed : 22 to 25 Knots
Top Speed: 33 to 36 Knots.


Hugh has a video of the boat being launched, and I did a fast frame of the retrieval.There was a lot of wind noise, and I can see I need a sound muffler for my camera before I do this again.


Castlepoint Day out #2

We have escaped the wind and rain that Cyclone Pam has brought to many northern and East Coast areas,  and as Pam moves south, the Chatham Islands are in readiness, with warnings in place. I hope they are safe.


Updated, 5.45pm, Monday 16 March 2015

Cyclone Pam is still moving south east and is expected to maintain its intensity, or may even intensify slightly, reaching the Chatham Islands around midday Tuesday. A warning is now in place for severe gales, heavy rain and heavy swells for the Chatham Islands.



Quotation of the day,   from Freidrich Schiller

“ Lose not yourself in a far off time,

seize the moment that is thine”

Greetings from Jean


Jim said...

All the best to the folks of the Chatham Islands.
That cardio-surgery room looks very familiar to me, Jean. I can remember the doctor telling me everything that was going on and also that he couldn't get to the sub-artery that was clogged in order to put in a stent. 'It will grow another artery in that spot', he said. And that was it!
I have never seen a contraption/machine like that around here for boat launching and retrieval . Very impressive.

TexWisGirl said...

the boat launcher thing is very cool!

Carol Mattingly said...

What a day out. That looks like a fantastic spot to spend time and take photos. So glad the cyclone isn't coming towards you guys but only leaves you with rain. Carol

bj said...

Bet you loved this day...:)

Linda said...

Lovely photos, Jean.

The Furry Gnome said...

That is truly remarkable! Makes sense when you think about it; I'm surprised I've never heard of one before.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Such a terrible storm. I'm happy you missed it. It is nothing you need right now! We had 9mm rain on the weekend, some ice rain. I'm ready to transition to spring, though! take good care, hugs xx

KB Bear said...

I loved the movie. What an ingenius device!

I'm so glad that you're not in the midst of that storm.

Eggs In My Pocket said...

That is very interesting. So good to hear that you are safe!

Hannah said...

Storms are much scarier now, I'm glad it missed you. The self-propelled boat trailer is amazing, just what they needed for that boat. What a neat invention! I'm glad Hugh is doing better, I hope they are diagnosing his problems better.

Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines said...

Wow- that is really neat!

Allie said...

Any day at the beach is a good day - unless there's a typhoon brewing! Praying for the folks in the Islands....

Weekend-Windup said...

The boat looks really good!!

Ron Troke said...

The table Hugh graced looks mighty familiar, Jean. Maybe all operating rooms look the same but my memory laced with pain killers just seems that everything was OK but not at the same time ~~ so weird. I do believe everyone who has gone through heart stents can feel the same feeling as you are splayed out on the table looking at the video screen above "that's actually my heart?!!!" This is one unbelievable process.

ALL MY BEST to you both and YES I will send our new Vet down to you if you think it will help!

Cheers and warm hugs!
Ron & Sophie

Nancy said...

I could watch that boat for a long spell -- how interesting! xo

eileeninmd said...

I am so glad the storm missed you, But I feel sorry for the victims that were affected. That boat is cool. Enjoy your day and the weekend.