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    04-01-2020, 10:28 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Well that's good - I don't plan to walk or run down the dock. I just want to install my alternator and regulator. But Mr. Jackson is discouraging...
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    04-01-2020, 10:42 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    From Paul Cunningham in the UK:
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    03-31-2020, 09:47 AM
    You had Simon, Theodore and Alvin? (ALVIN!!!!) I had a voice that sounded like Peter Sellers trying to talk in Chinese.
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    03-31-2020, 09:39 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    That looks like a good article, neighbor - I'll read it carefully. I already have the batteries so that's decided. The 110W SunPower panels and...
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    03-31-2020, 12:15 AM
    I'm getting a lot more tax work done (here at home). The real Connie is more aware of when I'm goofing off than my boss was. I'm not sure if this...
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    03-30-2020, 08:51 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I've had the boat for awhile now and this still hadn't dawned on me - this is great! Here you go: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5VZjT0JE70
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    03-28-2020, 10:01 PM
    The Garmin is sold but I still have the Raymarine. How about $375?
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    03-28-2020, 10:05 AM
    I don't think this forum has the bandwidth to handle an anchor discussion. Besides... "Anchors? Where we're going, we don't need anchors!" (Doc...
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    03-27-2020, 05:48 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    This reminded me of my post about the sizes of toilet paper rolls. Since the SunPower panels are a foot shorter, they open up more options on...
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    03-27-2020, 05:42 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Yes. 14.4 volts is what they want. The Victron controllers should allow me to change the settings. The "Smart" version includes Bluetooth so you...
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    03-26-2020, 10:26 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Hi Rob, I tweaked it a bit more, getting rid of the small panel and cutting down the alternator output to what I think I'll actually see. I'd...
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    03-26-2020, 02:47 PM
    Yes. I tested it (replacing the masthead unit's plug) but not everything came back up. I'll get a pro involved soon, and that issue will be on the...
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    03-26-2020, 01:37 PM
    I'd only do that if I'm promised a refund if I don't find a glass fishing float. Seriously though, I'd rather do a coastal trip with some other...
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    03-26-2020, 01:30 PM
    If you have to convert the signal the slowing is probably milliseconds - not a big deal - just extra cost. My masthead "birdie" is a B&G 608. It...
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    03-26-2020, 08:58 AM
    Brian can confirm, but my Pelagic accepted apparent wind data in generic NMEA 0183. So get a birdie that outputs that. If you get a Raymarine...
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    03-25-2020, 02:08 PM
    Doug Soderstrom just forwarded this post over on Faceplant. I'm working so I haven't checked it out. Can someone do that? If non-commercial...
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    03-25-2020, 10:21 AM
    Back in the days of the Stand-Down Marathon (2012-13) I was being all libertarian about holding races anyway, resisting the calls for more safety...
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    03-24-2020, 12:12 PM
    Works for me. To avoid gathering a committee, each division could designate a "rabbit" and then we'd take our own finish times. Actually, this...
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    03-24-2020, 12:08 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
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    03-24-2020, 10:23 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I did and there's enough available real estate, but at least one panel would be partially shaded at any given time. I wouldn't use the old 42 watt...
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    03-23-2020, 12:21 PM
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    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players around a casino table, using TP rolls as chips. Greg, every time I post here about boat electrical...
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    03-23-2020, 10:15 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Happy Monday, during some really strange times: And over the weekend the Governor clarified that CPA services are "essential and necessary."...
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    03-22-2020, 05:03 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic silence, the engine can really harsh your mellow. An hour every other day might be tolerable. And...
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    03-22-2020, 01:36 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Once the new alternator and regulator are installed, I'll test to see how close to the 100 amps it gets. I'm guessing less than half that, unless...
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    03-22-2020, 11:36 AM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a test because of incompatible hardware. Once removed and cleaned up, the bracket looks okay. The...
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    03-22-2020, 09:07 AM
    If it takes 14 days to get there, haven't we served our sentences concurrently? I Googled for the text of the order but can't find it. ...
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    03-20-2020, 10:08 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Here's an updated budget, assuming I spend $1,300 on solar panels and controllers, steer a little more, balance the boat better and yack on the VHF...
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    03-20-2020, 04:02 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Sorry, that one is sold. Rob and LaDonna renamed it Princess Sparkle Unicorn (Sparkle for short). Okay, maybe it wasn't that particular yacht but...
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    03-20-2020, 12:25 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Thanks Jackie! That's a good charge controller - I'll take you up on borrowing it. Defender's warehouse sale started today so I'll see what they...
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    03-19-2020, 10:57 PM
    BobJ replied to a thread Surprise! in Shorthanded Sailing
    Thanks for all the replies. I've been off making my home office more productive for real work (vs. whatever this is!) Ants: Those high autopilot...
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    And then there is today's forecast, which is incomprehensible to me:
    TODAY
    SW WINDS 5 TO 15 KT. WIND WAVES 1 TO 3 FT.
    NW SWELL 3 TO 5 FT AT 9 SECONDS AND S 3 FT AT 14 SECONDS.
    PATCHY FOG.
    What does it mean that there are nw swells AND s swells? Hmmm? That is, what would it mean to sailor in a 20' boat?
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    ps I also sail in the Berkeley Friday night beer cans, and there has been some wind out there, too. I'm the only single hander and sometimes I get exasperated by the comments, but it is what it is.
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    Hi, Bob
    I wonder if I can get some advice, please? I just registered my first PLB and plan to go outside the gate for the Half Moon Bay Race on my Cal 20. I sailed out past mile rock once (inadvertently, after being flushed out in the ebb during the Fiasco) and so I know that the bay and the ocean are different. ha ha. Like the whole world was under my hull, heaving up and then down, slowly. But that was then, and this is now. I have located offshore weather reports, so that's one thing. I have a handheld radio and a handheld gps doohickey. I feel fine sailing in the bay with a smaller jib in winds up to 25 knots, so it's not wind that is an unknown to me, it's the waves and "swell" and how those are going to feel that are a bit scary just because I haven't really experienced them yet. Given that I can handle almost anything the bay has handed me (I finished the 2010 Corinthian, in which there was lots of carnage), can you tell me what to expect of the following type information (this is NOAA's forecast for Aug 3)
    WED
    NW WINDS 15 TO 25 KT. WIND WAVES 3 TO 5 FT.
    NW SWELL 3 TO 5 FT AND S 3 FT. PATCHY FOG.
    Thank you so much, Jackie Philpott Dura Mater
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    I'll bring the splitter to the next SHTP meeting unless you need it before then.

    -jak
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    Re: Downwind Rating --

    Have you looked at the recently revised DW ratings? VALIS (my Pacific Seacraft 44) got much-appreciated adjustment, from 81 to 99. Some boats ratings were unchanged, and I have no idea what the PHRF rating folks are using to calculate the changes (or the base ratings for that matter).
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    Good Morning,

    I would very much appreciate to get your explanation about why my posting regarding emergency rudder issues of yesterday has been ceised. I thought it might be of interest for your readership whats being available on the market in terms of safety at sea today.

    Of course I am aware that Hans Bernwall is considering this as his personal playground, even knowing that we of windpilot are manaufacturing SOS rudder now since decades.

    But while this might be an issue amongst competitors I thought that a forum administration would be able to spread useful information to their readers without restricting information that might be benefitial and important.

    Perhaps I should invite you for a closer examination to our product range... very certainly you may realize which kind of product improvements have been possible at a time where so many competitors standing still during decades.

    Thanks in anticipation for your answer to peter@windpilot.com

    kind regards
    Peter Foerthmann
    www.windpilot.com
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    Hey Bob,

    Sorry, I forgot to send my check in for the dial-in seminar. I thought I had already mailed it. Will do so tonight.

    Adrian
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