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    What do mechanics cost down there in the big city...

    What do mechanics cost down there in the big city anyway?
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    My friend Lee built a servo pendulum from a...

    My friend Lee built a servo pendulum from a design by Bill Belcher. It works really well and has steered his boat all over the Pacific
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    No no no P=iv If the voltage is higher, then...

    No no no
    P=iv
    If the voltage is higher, then the amps are lower, and vice versa.
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    Power is power. The controller takes the voltage...

    Power is power. The controller takes the voltage and converts it to an acceptable voltage for the battery. It doesn’t matter if it’s 22 volts or 17 volts. The 100watt panels in your example all...
  5. Hmmm!

    Hmmm!
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    Yeah probably be fine. You won’t be putting much...

    Yeah probably be fine. You won’t be putting much load on it anyway. And you will probably carry spare belts. Carry on
  7. Are you suggesting racers race there, no...

    Are you suggesting racers race there, no committee..take their own times...sail back?
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    No serpentine belt? The dust could be an...

    No serpentine belt? The dust could be an indication of misalignment. If that is a 100 amp alternator a serpentine is the way to go
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    Thanks for the explanation, always good to hear...

    Thanks for the explanation, always good to hear real world experience.
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    Thanks, I responded on that thread

    Thanks, I responded on that thread
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    Dave, I don’t understand what happened to your...

    Dave, I don’t understand what happened to your batteries. It sounds like the house bank was drained.... but the starting battery wasn’t isolated? Do then how did combining the batteries solve the...
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    What about the powered winches? The solar panel...

    What about the powered winches? The solar panel output seems optimistic.
    I’m curious what happens to the carbon foam batteries when fully discharged and trying to crank an engine. Does damage occur?...
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    Welcome to the sport and the forum! The Wauquiez...

    Welcome to the sport and the forum! The Wauquiez is a better boat, but either will do fine for what you are intending. Try not to be put off by the "pros"! The engine is going to be important while...
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    Make the arm as long as possible and attach the...

    Make the arm as long as possible and attach the TP at the very end. Should work fine, especially for day sails and motoring. My wimpy TP has steered my 20 000 lb boat to Hawaii and back twice...
  15. About every 1500 miles... I was using cheap...

    About every 1500 miles... I was using cheap double-braid. It tended to wear the outer cover at the turning blocks even though they had perfect fair-leads.
  16. The Aries has the same problem with tiller lines...

    The Aries has the same problem with tiller lines chafing where they go through the holes at the rudder. Plastic tubing helps, but the easiest way to deal with it is to tie a loop in the end of the...
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    Is the main 3Di endurance?

    Is the main 3Di endurance?
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    This buoy (46027) often does not survive the...

    This buoy (46027) often does not survive the winter.....the current buoy has only been in place a few months. Similarly, the channel buoy here in Brookings that marks the rocks in the river often...
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    In the end it wasn’t as bad as predicted. The...

    In the end it wasn’t as bad as predicted. The biggest gust I saw was about 55k ... sustained winds in the low 40s. Fairly common conditions in the winter here. We’re grateful it wasn’t worse.
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    In the eye now. Sorry for the huge pics, feel...

    In the eye now. Sorry for the huge pics, feel free to edit
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    Still dropping 4920

    Still dropping
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    Yes, well here in southern Oregon we are tying...

    Yes, well here in southern Oregon we are tying things down. House roof is next.

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  23. Interesting.

    Interesting.
  24. 1. ORGANIZINGAUTHORITY: The Pacific Singlehanded...

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    The Pacific Singlehanded Sailing Association located in Marina Del Rey, California, is organizing the 2020 Shaka Challenge Race from Marina Del Rey to Hanalei Bay, Kauai,...
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    Anchor at Port Orford just under Cape Blanco..??...

    Anchor at Port Orford just under Cape Blanco..?? Bad in a southerly though. Maybe go into Tomales bay ... close to home
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