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    I ordered the autopilot almost two weeks ago....

    I ordered the autopilot almost two weeks ago. It's been 8 days since Defender shipped it. I hope it arrives tomorrow.
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    It's possible that I would be ready by 2021.

    It's possible that I would be ready by 2021.
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    There's nothing scientific about this...I didn't...

    There's nothing scientific about this...I didn't measure anything, I just guessed. I figure if it's not right, I'll make another oar.

    Anyway, the piece of steel was wirebrushed to clean it up, and...
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    I'm going to keep writing this for myself, even...

    I'm going to keep writing this for myself, even though I expect nobody is paying any attention....no worries.

    Today I put the counterweight in the pendulum oar.

    When I made a windvane back...
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    I've improvised a remarkably successful plastic...

    I've improvised a remarkably successful plastic bushing thingamabob at the lower end of the vane carrier and the end result is that the vane rotation is almost frictionless. YAY, me. Today was spent...
  6. Thread: Film by Ronnie

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    Nice job, Ronnie!

    Nice job, Ronnie!
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    Thanks for this, Rob. You've a bunch of sea miles...

    Thanks for this, Rob. You've a bunch of sea miles under Beetles keel, I was hoping you'd chime in here with your thoughts.
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    Since it didn't smell like epoxy, being all...

    Since it didn't smell like epoxy, being all wrapped up with duct tape 'n all, I put the wrapped vane mast in my study under the ceiling heater vent last night. Today, during a break from work, I...
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    There are also a few articles out there, online,...

    There are also a few articles out there, online, as to whether AIS has supplanted the need for a radar reflector. There are articles about whether having an AIS transceiver has replaced the "need"...
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    Radar Reflectors musings

    I couldn't sleep last night, so I stayed up reading about radar reflectors. I must be a sailing geek. Anyway, there's no way I can justify the expense of the EchoMax active reflector, or the SeeMe,...
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    Except for a nice 45-minute walk with Joan when...

    Except for a nice 45-minute walk with Joan when the rain let up, I worked on the vane all day, today. Most of this work is cutting out or drilling or gluing little fiddly-bits. Joan mentioned that...
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    OK, today I spent most of the day on the...

    OK, today I spent most of the day on the windvane. I did the following...

    1. cut the angles at the top of the wind blade and got a piece of 4-inch glass tape in epoxy folded over the bottom of it....
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    You didn't use the rollerfurling on the way up...

    You didn't use the rollerfurling on the way up the coast?
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    I just blew up my budget at the metal warehouse...

    I just blew up my budget at the metal warehouse and hardware store, on aluminum stock and s.s. nuts, bolts and screws. $14 for the stock, $54 for the s.s. bits and bobs. OUCH! ...but kind of had to...
  15. 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...
  20. 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/
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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.
  22. 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...
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