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    Depends on the boat... a Cal 40 has a short rig...

    Depends on the boat... a Cal 40 has a short rig and longish keel (ie it resists rapid turns) and with a decent autopilot will go all day and night in 25k with the chute up (and a quartering sea). ...
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    Yes a good electronic autopilot can steer the...

    Yes a good electronic autopilot can steer the boat under chute in a good breeze and quartering seas. How good a job and in how much wind and waves depends on the autopilot and the boat in question.
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    Oh I missed you have a wheel already... so you...

    Oh I missed you have a wheel already... so you have a below deck quadrant. That makes a below deck autopilot pretty straight forward/easy... maybe talk to Brian about what he would recommend for the...
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    "would a Hydrovane with a Pelagic tiller pilot...

    "would a Hydrovane with a Pelagic tiller pilot (to run the hydrovane if the windvane part breaks) count as "two autopilots" in your book"

    Not if you are going to Hawaii... this setup still has a...
  5. Thread: Liferaft

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    Doesn't qualify for SHTP (needs to be ocean...

    Doesn't qualify for SHTP (needs to be ocean raft... not coastal). I bought two rafts on ebay... takes patience... 6-12 months or the next hurricane to hit Florida.
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    To do Hawaii SH... you need two robust steering...

    To do Hawaii SH... you need two robust steering systems. So vane+pelagic, two pelagics, and so on. Under powered tiller pilots don't count. Over half the racers will have at least one of their...
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    Just say when and which topic Dave... happy to...

    Just say when and which topic Dave... happy to help.
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    I love the InReach Mini... when set on low...

    I love the InReach Mini... when set on low power... sends locale every 4 hours and is otherwise "off", it will transmit nearly a month. So no matter how I am doing mentally, the race and friends...
  9. I raced against Axel Heist in the early 80s......

    I raced against Axel Heist in the early 80s... OYRA... I suspect Greg Nelson grew up crewing on her with his dad. She was a handful coming under the gate after a day racing in the ocean... classic...
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    The Buffalo hopes to be there... nothing like a...

    The Buffalo hopes to be there... nothing like a long reach in and out in gale alley for an old heavy boat with a stumpy rig. :-)
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    I love my hanks!

    I love my hanks!
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    Avoid the coated wire...

    From a comfort point of view coated and uncoated are pretty much the same (if you don't add a slide on cushion they are uncomfortable leaning against for very long). Uncoated is required for a...
  13. Thread: Insurance

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    A few months back I was also thinking if the race...

    A few months back I was also thinking if the race was cancelled... yes Extra Long LongPac... start and finish at GGB and take Kauai to either side (kinda like an extended Farallones race :-) ). Not...
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    Its more about what an offshore rider doesnt...

    Its more about what an offshore rider doesnt cover... likely not running rigging... not sails... likely not the mast...

    Check what your current insurance says about how far offshore you are...
  15. Thread: Insurance

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    I have been successful getting insurance for...

    I have been successful getting insurance for Hawaii races for my Cal 40 thru Novamar. But it takes a bit of planning. First putting your annual insurance thru Novamar at least a year before you...
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    Going with no insurance... liability waiver (hold...

    Going with no insurance... liability waiver (hold harmless) is not enforceable... maritime law is quite special... Jones Act... keep in mind you are not in the US for most of the voyage so its not US...
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    I have never seen over 30k on the way home (...

    I have never seen over 30k on the way home ( times... maybe its due to good karma? knock on wood...). And that was just for a few hours... a day of 25k a few times... but a few trips home never saw...
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    I'll carry your liferaft back if needed... but...

    I'll carry your liferaft back if needed... but its a 17 day trip... starting the Sunday after the last party... some chance your boat will make it back faster via RO-RO (so yes leave the liferaft in...
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    Had that insurance problem in 2012... no...

    Had that insurance problem in 2012... no insurance to get to Hawaii singlehanded... and required a survey in Hawaii to get insurance for the delivery home... which turned out to be way too complex...
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    Outboard?

    Outboard?
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    If the race doesn't happen... after crying in my...

    If the race doesn't happen... after crying in my beer (maybe a few beers), guess a week or two in the Delta will be the order of the day (and more beer). But I hope not...
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    Do cold beers come with those cute umbrella's? ...

    Do cold beers come with those cute umbrella's? Counting the days...
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    I am wagering all this quarantine stuff is going...

    I am wagering all this quarantine stuff is going to disappear in the next 4 to 6 weeks... as all the older folks and at risk folks are vaccinated (most folks I know that are in these categories are...
  24. Thread: shore dinghy

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    Thinking along similar lines... and wanting to...

    Thinking along similar lines... and wanting to keep the weight down... I went with the Sea Eagle inflatable kayak. 26 lbs. Large enough to take me and two, three and maybe four 5 gal jugs of diesel...
  25. Buffalo has an SSB (backup comms if the Iridium...

    Buffalo has an SSB (backup comms if the Iridium flakes out).
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