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    No. The unit was under the cockpit cover all the...

    No. The unit was under the cockpit cover all the time. EXACTLY the same for all the "I'm OK" and "Tracking" messages. Exact same spot on the boat every time. EXACT same place....face up, clear view...
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    Eleven people were "on the list". Eight checked...

    Eleven people were "on the list". Eight checked in Friday night or Saturday AM. One boat showed up who wasn't at all associated with the SSS, but was owned by friends of one of the participants. ...
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    Thanks, for that, Skip! Can you explain the...

    Thanks, for that, Skip!

    Can you explain the relationship between Wildflower and the Hawkfarms? Are the hull and deck from the same mold, but you "did it your way" when you built Wildflower? I...
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    I needed to move to Iridium anyway, as the...

    I needed to move to Iridium anyway, as the Globalstar coverage doesn't go more than a couple of hundred miles offshore.
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    What I don't "Get" is why 27 "I'm OK" messages...

    What I don't "Get" is why 27 "I'm OK" messages were transmitted with none dropped that I can see throughout the day, but a lot more than half of the tracking messages didn't get registered.

    When...
  6. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    I am thoroughly enjoying this review of marine...

    I am thoroughly enjoying this review of marine invertebrates! My MS is in Marine Science, with an emphasis in local benthic invertebrates, particularly mollusks.
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    The other thing abut the pic of Skip and...

    The other thing abut the pic of Skip and Wildflower is that I bet that's a storm trysail bagged and lashed down by the mast! The main has three reef points!
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    I think you're right about Marks primary self...

    I think you're right about Marks primary self steering being the autopilot. I don't know what kind of pilot Mark used, but when I talked to him, he told me he had the windvane "in case". In some of...
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    You know what draws me to autopilots is the...

    You know what draws me to autopilots is the redundancy. I want my boat to get me to Hawaii when the entire electrical system goes tits-up. TOTAL failure of the electrical system...

    ....but the...
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    So here's the thing, Bob...you and I sail...

    So here's the thing, Bob...you and I sail differently, which is why you win races and I place mid-fleet!

    I will fly a spinnaker when I'm awake, and driving, like for 3-4 hours at a time, probably...
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    The unit didn't miss a single "I'm OK" message I...

    The unit didn't miss a single "I'm OK" message I sent in two days. It happily broadcast one from out at the Farallones, and 6-8 more on the way back in as well as 2-3 on the way out. It sent "I'm...
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    This is why I want a windvane. I have a...

    This is why I want a windvane. I have a deep-seated mistrust of electronic gizmos, on the water. I use 'em, but I don't trust 'em.
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    I no longer trust my SPOT Gen 3 to track me.

    As many of you know, I just did a run out to the Farallone Islands from San Francisco this past weekend. I had a SPOT Gen 3 tracker on board. It's set to send position reports in, every 30 minutes. ...
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    Lessons learned this weekend... 1.) This...

    Lessons learned this weekend...

    1.) This mainsail sets nicer with a reef in it than it does full-hoist!

    2.) autohelm 2000 worked a treat....

    3.) Open CPN on Android, running on my unused...
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    Thanks, Greg!...now I have to decide if I want to...

    Thanks, Greg!...now I have to decide if I want to move the cabintop winches, or not!
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    Gorgeous. Just flippin' gorgeous. Also, I love...

    Gorgeous. Just flippin' gorgeous. Also, I love the idea of racing with the dinghy on deck!
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    Happy Birthday, Wylieguy!!

    Happy Birthday, Wylieguy!!
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    All good. Philippe, you are *Hardly* a "loser"! ...

    All good. Philippe, you are *Hardly* a "loser"! I never thought you would get this far, and yet here you are...AGAIN....

    Forge ahead!
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    All done. It's one of those jobs that looks...

    All done. It's one of those jobs that looks better from 20 feet away than close-up but it's strong and I'm going to appreciate it!

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    Check that one off the list!
  20. Thread: What I Saw

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    Denise is right...how wonderful!

    Denise is right...how wonderful!
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    All the flares I got will be good through the...

    All the flares I got will be good through the 2021 shtp, and most will expire in June 2022.

    UPS was slow, slow....it was scheduled to be delivered on the 22nd, actually got here on the 26th, so...
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    The sea hood / hatch scabbard is finished. I...

    The sea hood / hatch scabbard is finished. I just need to screw it down on the hatch rails. Hopefully I can zoom up to Coyote Point and do this tonight after work.

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    I really should quit...
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    That Catalina 22 was offered in a bunch of...

    That Catalina 22 was offered in a bunch of different configurations over the years, with at least two different mast extrusions.
    There's the original 1969 Catalina 22, swing keel.
    There's the...
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    It sounds like fun, actually. How many...

    It sounds like fun, actually. How many fixed-keel Catalina 22's were made, though? Aren't most swing keelers?

    Hopefully in 2022 I'll be headed to Scotland in the late summer, so that will eat up...
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    I think so, too. .... i spent a very hot...

    I think so, too.

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    i spent a very hot day wood butchering the forward end of the sea hood. This took me HOURS, but then it's got three complex curves in it. One was done with a hand saw,...
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