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  1. Thread: Surprise!

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    San Mateo County instituted a 5-mile limit. We're...

    San Mateo County instituted a 5-mile limit. We're supposed to only go five miles from home, for recreation. Is checking my boat, "recreation"? Joan is going for a hike this afternoon, at a local...
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    So far I haven't spent a nickel on this project....

    So far I haven't spent a nickel on this project. Everything is just stuff I had lying around, or left over from other projects, like the emergency rudder. That will end soon, though. I'm going to...
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    Today I cut out and glued up the air blade. I...

    Today I cut out and glued up the air blade. I followed Walt Murrays dimensions, just that I didn't happen to have any 1/4 inch plywood. I had my last piece of doorskin....so I improvised. Here's a...
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    There are several DIY windvane designs out there....

    There are several DIY windvane designs out there. I have Bill Belchers book, too.

    The Hebridean is about as low-tech as it gets. It's essentially all wood.

    This woman..."girl in a...
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    Many years ago I built a windvane based on a...

    Many years ago I built a windvane based on a bunch of Walt Murrays designs. Walt passed away in 2005 I believe but the Mister Vee website maintains a large proportion of Walt's design work, which is...
  6. Thread: Surprise!

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    MTTP explanation that I found helpful. ...

    MTTP explanation that I found helpful.

    https://www.solar-electric.com/learning-center/mppt-solar-charge-controllers.html/
  7. Thread: Surprise!

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    I'm reading this exchange re: solar panels and...

    I'm reading this exchange re: solar panels and controllers with interest. I'd love to see a $$$ / amps generated comparison.
  8. I kind of like my bats. ===== I'm using...

    I kind of like my bats.

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    I'm using extra time to "build stuff" for the boat. The companionway cover is done. The boom for the Piper is done. Now I'm working on a windvane for the Wildcat....
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    The RHM pendulum oar system mounts to a "hinge"...

    The RHM pendulum oar system mounts to a "hinge" which is affixed to the top of the outboard rudder. The hinge supports the pendulum oar carrier. Here you can see the wood piece that I'm going to bolt...
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    So for this attempt, everything is going to be...

    So for this attempt, everything is going to be made out of that scrap redwood that I've been using for practically everything. Why? It's free. I wonder if I can make this whole windvane getup for <...
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    Work started yesterday on the RHM Pendulum Oar...

    Work started yesterday on the RHM Pendulum Oar and USD windvane. The WindVane will be mounted on the stern pulpit, using a 4 1/2 foot length of fiberglass pole that I have lying around. It was...
  12. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    Personally, I'd add a Bruce or CQR to your...

    Personally, I'd add a Bruce or CQR to your inventory. If you have two rodes already, you could just buy the one anchor. You might as well keep both the Danforth-style ones you have already. A 33...
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    I'm working from home and it's just not that...

    I'm working from home and it's just not that busy. Also, now I have more weekends free. Joan wants to go hiking a lot, which is good but I still have time to make "boat stuff". In light of that, I'm...
  14. Thread: Seventy48

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    Looking really good, Greg! 70 miles / 3.5...

    Looking really good, Greg!

    70 miles / 3.5 knots = 20 hours

    You could row for 3.5 hours, rest or pull up on a beach and stretch/walk for 30 minutes, and repeat that 4x
    After the last one, pull...
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    This is what I've been doing, but my hockey puck...

    This is what I've been doing, but my hockey puck GPS software creates a separate COM port that Open CPN doesn't "see". This little laptop also has LINUX on it, I might try that, instead.
  16. Thread: Piper Blog

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    I FINALLY updated the blog.

    I FINALLY updated the blog.
  17. I immediately volunteered to work on a committee...

    I immediately volunteered to work on a committee about this problem, but have not heard back. I know we can't meet, now but that doesn't mean we can't make some progress on the issue. Anyway, it's...
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    No, 9:30 AM from Central Bay. it's a 5-6 hours...

    No, 9:30 AM from Central Bay. it's a 5-6 hours sail up from Redwood City.
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    It WOULD be good to know if the race is going to...

    It WOULD be good to know if the race is going to be cancelled, or made "singlehanded-only", ASAP.

    I would show up for a "rabbit-start", all-singlehanded..."take-your-own-time".. uhhh......
  20. Thread: Piper Blog

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    Long overdue update....Alpha has a matching...

    Long overdue update....Alpha has a matching cockpit cover, sewed by me out of teal green Ottertex, a PVC-infused outdoor polyester. That went on the boat in November. The inside of the hull has been...
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    Now I'm working from home, as Stanford has sent...

    Now I'm working from home, as Stanford has sent everybody but "essential services" home. It's really quiet, I can work for two hours, then do something else for an hour or two...work for an hour,...
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    The rain has brought progress...the last...

    The rain has brought progress...the last steps.... on the companionway cover to a halt. I think I'm going to bring it inside tonight and put it in front of a little space heater to dry out.

    The...
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    Good on ya, Philippe!

    Good on ya, Philippe!
  24. Thread: Hedgehog

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    " If we don't follow the rules and use protests...

    " If we don't follow the rules and use protests to enforce them, it would be chaos out there. "

    Two thumbs up to that.
    Maybe I should have protested the boat that went inside the Pt. Blunt buoy.
  25. Thread: Hedgehog

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    Bold added by me.... Dan, I would hope that...

    Bold added by me....

    Dan, I would hope that sailors who participate in our events have the foresight to see a dangerous situation developing, irregardless of "racing rules" and take steps to avoid...
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