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  1. Thread: New Boat 4 Sled

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    I don't think this forum has the bandwidth to...

    I don't think this forum has the bandwidth to handle an anchor discussion. Besides...

    "Anchors? Where we're going, we don't need anchors!" (Doc Brown)
  2. Thread: Surprise!

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    This reminded me of my post about the sizes of...

    This reminded me of my post about the sizes of toilet paper rolls.

    Since the SunPower panels are a foot shorter, they open up more options on deck. But yes, they're more money per watt.
  3. Thread: Surprise!

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    Yes. 14.4 volts is what they want. The Victron...

    Yes. 14.4 volts is what they want. The Victron controllers should allow me to change the settings. The "Smart" version includes Bluetooth so you can do that from your phone. Jackie's version can...
  4. Thread: Surprise!

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    Hi Rob, I tweaked it a bit more, getting rid...

    Hi Rob,

    I tweaked it a bit more, getting rid of the small panel and cutting down the alternator output to what I think I'll actually see. I'd rather use the space on the dodger for one of the...
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    Yes. I tested it (replacing the masthead unit's...

    Yes. I tested it (replacing the masthead unit's plug) but not everything came back up. I'll get a pro involved soon, and that issue will be on the list.
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    I'd only do that if I'm promised a refund if I...

    I'd only do that if I'm promised a refund if I don't find a glass fishing float.

    Seriously though, I'd rather do a coastal trip with some other boats. Maybe a harbor-hop from Bodega Bay down to...
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    If you have to convert the signal the slowing is...

    If you have to convert the signal the slowing is probably milliseconds - not a big deal - just extra cost.

    My masthead "birdie" is a B&G 608. It forms the end of the boat's NMEA 2000 backbone so...
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    Brian can confirm, but my Pelagic accepted...

    Brian can confirm, but my Pelagic accepted apparent wind data in generic NMEA 0183. So get a birdie that outputs that. If you get a Raymarine birdie like I had on Rags, you'll need something to...
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    Doug Soderstrom just forwarded this post over on...

    Doug Soderstrom just forwarded this post over on Faceplant. I'm working so I haven't checked it out. Can someone do that? If non-commercial fisherman can't be out there, I assume we can't either:...
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    Back in the days of the Stand-Down Marathon...

    Back in the days of the Stand-Down Marathon (2012-13) I was being all libertarian about holding races anyway, resisting the calls for more safety gear, etc. Maybe I'm getting older and wiser (or...
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    Works for me. To avoid gathering a committee,...

    Works for me. To avoid gathering a committee, each division could designate a "rabbit" and then we'd take our own finish times. Actually, this would be awesome.

    The problem is we'd be racing...
  12. Thread: Surprise!

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    I did and there's enough available real estate,...

    I did and there's enough available real estate, but at least one panel would be partially shaded at any given time. I wouldn't use the old 42 watt panel, since one of the big ones would fit across...
  14. Thread: Surprise!

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    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players...

    I just saw a clip of a group of poker players around a casino table, using TP rolls as chips.

    Greg, every time I post here about boat electrical stuff I imagine you, Dazzler, Rob T, Mike J, Mike H...
  15. Thread: Surprise!

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    Happy Monday, during some really strange times: ...

    Happy Monday, during some really strange times:

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    And over the weekend the Governor clarified that CPA services are "essential and necessary."

    I think it's to help figure this out:
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  16. Thread: Surprise!

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    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic...

    After a few hours of sailing along in majestic silence, the engine can really harsh your mellow. An hour every other day might be tolerable.

    And yes, one really needs a backup given the length of...
  17. Thread: Surprise!

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    Once the new alternator and regulator are...

    Once the new alternator and regulator are installed, I'll test to see how close to the 100 amps it gets. I'm guessing less than half that, unless the batteries are completely flat.

    Since Balmar...
  18. Thread: Surprise!

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    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a...

    I test-fit the new alternator yesterday - only a test because of incompatible hardware.

    Once removed and cleaned up, the bracket looks okay. The belt dust caused an optical illusion in the...
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    If it takes 14 days to get there, haven't we...

    If it takes 14 days to get there, haven't we served our sentences concurrently?

    I Googled for the text of the order but can't find it. Understandably, the articles emphasize arrival by aircraft....
  20. Thread: Surprise!

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    Here's an updated budget, assuming I spend $1,300...

    Here's an updated budget, assuming I spend $1,300 on solar panels and controllers, steer a little more, balance the boat better and yack on the VHF for an hour every day.

    It now requires running...
  21. Thread: Surprise!

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    Sorry, that one is sold. Rob and LaDonna...

    Sorry, that one is sold.

    Rob and LaDonna renamed it Princess Sparkle Unicorn (Sparkle for short). Okay, maybe it wasn't that particular yacht but a power boat purchase and the name is TRUE.
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  22. Thread: Surprise!

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    Thanks Jackie! That's a good charge controller -...

    Thanks Jackie! That's a good charge controller - I'll take you up on borrowing it. Defender's warehouse sale started today so I'll see what they have for solar panels (50 watts won't do much).
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  23. Thread: Surprise!

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    Thanks for all the replies. I've been off making...

    Thanks for all the replies. I've been off making my home office more productive for real work (vs. whatever this is!)

    Ants: Those high autopilot numbers are mostly a stress test for the overall...
  24. Received this afternoon from the YRA (sentence...

    Received this afternoon from the YRA (sentence construction and grammar as written!)

    From the USCG, as of 3/18/20:

    "The situation with COVID-19 had been developing and rapidly developing....
  25. Thread: Surprise!

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    I finally got around to measuring all the loads...

    I finally got around to measuring all the loads and preparing an offshore electrical budget.

    Your comments are encouraged. What did I forget, or what looks out of whack? Thanks!
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