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Your Training Yacht - ''Good Point''

Students sail their courses in a New Zealand designed ‘Whiting 29' yacht. These are a popular heavyweight cruiser / racer produced from 1979 to 1990, about 50 were built. The vessels have proven their strength in many offshore races but are best suited to the weekend cruiser market. The accommodation is spacious for the size, the cockpit roomy with a added safety feature of a stern-mounted mainsheet traveler. 6 adults can comfortably sit in the cockpit. ‘Good Point’ weighs in at just over 3500 KG and can offer a lively ride in gusty conditions but quickly becomes manageable with either sail changes or just good sailing techniques. She has proven an ideal vessel to teach on, having all the controls of a fractional rig and all other controls running back to the cockpit.

The Whiting 29 yacht was designed by the well-respected Paul Whiting, brother of Penny Whiting who runs The Penny Whiting Sailing School, Auckland. The changing client demands required speed, comfort and designer looks. Combining these three attributes can be hard to achieve since speed doesn't usually promote comfort, but Paul managed to create a yacht that blended these demands well. Over 60 have been built in New Zealand and they still command high re-sale prices.

Your Safety

Flotation: Manual inflating life-jackets are supplied. These modern jackets are very comfortable to wear and inflated by pulling a cord.
EPIRB: The distress beacon will transmit via satellite the details of the vessel and notify emergency services.
Radio: A VHF radio is fitted and a call sign allocated to this vessel. The arial is located on the rear stanchions, not the mast
Flares: These are kept up to date and we have smoke flats (2), Pinpoints (2), parachutes (2).
Flotation: Manual inflating life-jackets are supplied. These modern jackets are very comfortable to wear and inflated by pulling a cord.
EPIRB: The distress beacon will transmit via satellite the details of the vessel and notify emergency services.
First Aid: We carry a comprehensive first aid kit signed off by a dispensary.
Life Rings: These horseshoe rings have the name of the vessel and port of registration marked on them. The Port float has 150 ft of line attached and the Starboard one a wrist light (battery operated) for night time Man Overboard (MOB).
Dan-buoy: This is a floating flag system. When a MOB happens this is thrown in after them (don't hit them, it's quite heavy!) The flag unfolds and is raised 6 ft above sea level, far higher than the person's head or waving hands. In a high sea this may be the only way of locating a MOB.
Lifebuoy Light: This floating light is thrown in for an MOB if conditions require. The light automatically operates when the unit is floating. It has a 2m tether should someone wish to attach it to themselves while awaiting rescue.
Harness Points: Good Point has five strong points to attach your lifelines. These are located in the cockpit, on deck and at the mast
Fire extinguishers: Two fire extinguishers and two large fire buckets are supplied. The extinguishers are surveyed annually and the buckets double as a fast bailing system!!!
Rig Cutters:  These hefty cutters can slice through the rigging should the mast ever collapse and become a risk to the hull.

Controls to the cockpit:

Jib halyard for hoisting and tensioning the jib or Genoa.
Main halyard for hoisting and tensioning the Mainsheet.
Spinnaker Pole Up This clips to the spinnaker pole to set the height of the spinnaker.
Cunningham: This tension the luff of the mainsail just above the boom gooseneck, letting you pull out those creases caused by the outhaul and create a better mainsail shape.
Boom Vang  Runs from the foot of the mast to the middle of the boom and stops it raising.
Spinnaker Halyard: Hoists the spinnaker.
Jib Winches: There are for tensioning the Jib Sheets (pulling the jib in). They operate on a ratchet system: by reversing the direction they apply a 5:1 reduction.
Spinnaker blocks & cleats Use these to tension and lock in the spinnaker sheets.
Mainsheet Traveller: This allows us to adjust the angle of the mainsheet, best used in windy conditions.
Mainsheet Halyard: This pulls in and lets out the book and mainsheet.
Halyard Snap Blocks: These pinch down on the halyard enabling a secure, one-way lock raising the sails.
Halyard Winch: - Applies tension required for set Jib and Spinnaker halyards.
Safety Harness Loop: An integral strong point to attach your safety harness.
Backstay Tensioner: Used to tension the backstay and adjust the mast bend to suit the mainsail shape.


Controls on deck

Topping Lift The topping lift holds up the boom while the sail is in storage. You must slack this off when using the mainsail.
Spinnaker down haul This goes to the bottom of the spinnaker pole and prevents the spinnaker pole lifting.
Reefing Points  #1, #2 #3 These are for slab reefing the mainsail. (A quick method of reducing the amount of sail exposed to the wind.)

Out haul Winch This allows you to pull out the foot of the sale towards the and of the boom, Making the mainsail baggy or taught.


Wind direction This shows the apparent wind direction, only shows the true wind direction when stationary.  (Think about this!)

Close hauled This wind direction just shows in more detail the angle for close hauling, < 50 deg.
Speed & Log Speed is displayed in Knots and a log of nautical miles are recorded. A pointer for maximum speed too.
Compass A new wider-viewing compass is fitted to meet the survey standards, this gives angle of lean too. Currently there is no deviation


Good Point has been re-fitted with a larger than standard engine; a Bukh 20 marine engine. This is an electric start, 2 cylinder diesel unit with a hefty flywheel. This low-revving unit drives a 12x16 right hand prop. A gear box provides forward / reverse. The engine does have a de-compression lever but this is not required to start the engine. Fuel is electrically pumped from a single stainless steel tank under the cockpit. During survey inspection this tank has to be removed and pressure tested! Also the prop shaft and rudder are removed and crack tested every two years.


Good Point's cabin is roomy and cleanly laid out. Starting from the front there is a double berth that can be folded up so you can stand below the front hatch to pass heavy items out; sails, anchors. Storage for anchors, etc. is under the beds. A toilet whose door doubles as a divider for the two living areas of the yacht accompanies storage lockers. In the middle (amidships) there are two lounge seats doubling as bunks with storage below and behind. Fresh water tanks are located below the Starboard bunk. The kitchen (Galley) has a double cooker and sink and a Fridge that operates off Gas, 12v or 240v. The Gas detector is located here. The engine cover doubles as companionway steps. The rear quarter berth doubles as a seat for the nav table, has a chart of the Marlborough Sounds laminated on it and cold food storage below. Electric shutoff switches are located here for the main & auxiliary batteries.


The yacht has a LWL of 8m (27 ft) and a LOA of 8.6m (29 ft). Keel depth of 1.8 mtrs. A fin keel enables her to turn a tight circle and tack fast. A wide beam ensures at least a little comfort, the buoyancy digs in quick at about a 30 degree angle and produces a comfortable upwind angle. She is constructed of double diagonal kahiketea over stringers and beams, copper rivets and epoxy coated with a fibre glass outer. This gives a beautiful craftsman finish-feel inside and a modern low-maintenance look outside.


Good Point is equipped with a fractional rig. This has some advantages over the more sturdy looking masthead rig. A fractional rig, as the name suggests, is set up a little differently to the conventional system but is widely used in racing yachts. Differences include: Forestay only connected about 4/5ths up the mast height, not at the top. The backstay however is connected at the top, this means when you tension the backstay the mast bends backwards! The reason for the bend is to pull out the curve in the mainsail therefore flattening it, this is ideal when the wind gets a little too high for a fully powered mainsail but you don't want to reef the mainsail because you would lose speed. Spreaders there point backwards so the stays on either side of the mast does just stop it from falling over when the boat heels, but also stops it falling forwards! Shorter spreaders ensure you can pull that Jib tighter, increasing your upwind angle.


Our collection of sails includes 3 jibs, 2 spinnakers, 1 main, 1 storm tri-sail, 1 storm jib. We often use training sails which are older but the skipper won't get too stressed if you damage one!

Insurance and Safe Ship Management:

The vessel is owned by Canterbury Charters Ltd and leased to Canterbury Maritime Training. Canterbury Charters holds an Insurance Policy to cover commercial training operations on the vessel including Disabled & Blind Sailing. Canterbury Maritime Training holds a Liability Insurance Policy. Instructors are employed by Canterbury Maritime Training and hold the necessary commercial qualifications. (Local Launch Operator at minimum)
The Vessel Safe Ship Management number is MNZ 133171. Her operating waters extend from Lyttelton to Akaroa for 5 crew plus skipper.