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    Hmm.... ;)

    Hmm.... ;)
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    Alchera at Strictly Sail Pacific Show

    The J/120 Alchera, 4 time SSS TransPac veteran and 2006 overall winner will be on display at the Strictly Sail Pacific show coming up next week. Feel free to stop by and check her out! Look for her...
  3. Phil, don't you have enough toys already? ;-)

    Phil, don't you have enough toys already? ;-)
  4. 'Alchera' J/120 Singlehanded TransPac Winner For Sale!

    Winner of the 2006 Singlehanded TransPac J/120 'Alchera' will be going up for sale shortly. This boat was custom built for long distance singlehanded racing and cruising, with 4 TransPacs and a year...
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    Jeanne seems to be fairly ok at the moment,...

    Jeanne seems to be fairly ok at the moment, anchored and getting some rest. This is her own site: http://synereida.livejournal.com/113288.html
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    In Memory Of Tom Kirschbaum

    Tom Was One of Us

    I felt a fist clamp ‘round my heart the day I heard the news
    We prayed it hadn’t happened, yet it was his final cruise
    They said he had been lost at sea, a day most hazardous...
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    Sounds like a very productive shakedown - you...

    Sounds like a very productive shakedown - you should be ready! You can usually find the longlife milk in cereal size servings in the kids lunchbox/juicebox sections in most grocery stores now.

    -...
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    Congratulations! So are you going to make any...

    Congratulations! So are you going to make any changes to anything as a result before you head out on the transpac? Anything break?

    - Mark
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    Sounds like AJ and Second Verse are getting a...

    Sounds like AJ and Second Verse are getting a good workout. Which is good, if something is going to break, better it happen now than 1000 miles from land!

    - Mark
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    Check to see if the cooling vents are set up to...

    Check to see if the cooling vents are set up to use natural convection or a cooling fan. If you have a fan, the orientation probably doesn't matter that much. If it relies on convection only, then...
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    This is a 'must see' seminar - Lou gives an...

    This is a 'must see' seminar - Lou gives an excellent informational and entertaining seminar. I've seen it several times already, and I still plan to be there to see it again. Don't miss it!

    - Mark
  12. I have the Icom 710-RT version, which has the...

    I have the Icom 710-RT version, which has the controls separate from the main body of the unit, so you can mount it out of the way and fit the controls easily at the nav station. It's done 4 SSS...
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    Comar system doesn't receive GPS data, you will...

    Comar system doesn't receive GPS data, you will still need to get that in addition. Too bad it has the internal VHF splitter, because I would rather make my own decision on that - run a second VHF...
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    Seems to me, as long as you've got drains in both...

    Seems to me, as long as you've got drains in both port and starboard corners, I don't see that it makes a difference whether they are in the forward part of the cockpit or the aft part. They are...
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    There are also a number of other places to rent...

    There are also a number of other places to rent in the town of Hanalei, some of them right across the street from the tree where we all meet in the afternoon. We stayed at Hanalei Bay once or twice...
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    Well, I'm not RC, but I can tell you how it...

    Well, I'm not RC, but I can tell you how it typically works. It's about a 15 minute drive from the Princeville resort, where the RC makes their base, down to the town of Hanalei. Hanalei Bay Resort...
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    Poll: Ronald - good luck with your effort, stories like...

    Ronald - good luck with your effort, stories like yours are always great to hear about. Warriors Wish is a fine boat and knows the way already, you will have a blast. Make sure you get all the burnt...
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    Damn. That really sucks.

    Damn. That really sucks.
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    Solar panels typically put out 18-20+ volts when...

    Solar panels typically put out 18-20+ volts when not connected to a battery, so controlling the voltage to the instruments without a battery connected to keep the voltage in the proper range would be...
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    I'll add this to the problem - even if you...

    I'll add this to the problem - even if you jump-start the engine, you may still not be able to charge the batteries because power to the regulator may come off the failed ignition switch! (At least...
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    When we changed the race from the East...

    When we changed the race from the East Bay/Estuary to Richmond/South Beach, we didn't buy new perpetual trophies, we just changed the name on the old ones! So no real cost there. But I agree, it...
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    Poll: I wouldn't count on a wind generator. Even in...

    I wouldn't count on a wind generator. Even in 'normal' wind conditions, you are likely to generate power only in the first 5 days or so of the race when you are reaching. After that, when the wind...
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    Unfortunately, that's not enough knowledge to...

    Unfortunately, that's not enough knowledge to actually successfully operate the radio at checkin. I would go a little further, make them dial in one of the SSS frequencies and show that it is...
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    Since this race involved deteriorating conditions...

    Since this race involved deteriorating conditions - wind dying out to nothing over the course of the race timeframe, the results are not surprising. The fast boats escaped, the slow ones didn't....
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    Yes, that was me (Alchera) almost climbing up...

    Yes, that was me (Alchera) almost climbing up your transom in the wee hours of the night, crossing to the south. You triggered the radar alarm at about 5 miles out and then I watched as our paths...
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