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  1. I had long conversation with sail maker before ordering and although material price is x 3.5 labour is not much more and labour is the higher percentage of cost. Just for the record main is pushed out to 57m, and is hoisted by hand to 90% on 2 to 1 halyard.
  2. Although we are not a big multi, FP Mahe 36, we are quite "fat" and hold sail area up the wind range. Just finishing 3rd season on Fibercon Pro Hybrid with Dyneema. We are full time live aboard and have covered 7000 miles and the sail shape is as good as new. I have some chafe on batten pockets, my own fault, but these are dacron and appear to show wear quicker than the rest of the sail.
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    Fastnet 2019

    The last boat racing has just finished, Grand Slam,so a hearty congratulations to the crew for their perseverance
  4. I have a lfp bank on board and to save changing the whole charging systems I left a small LA for starting the engines and then a B2B charger as the only charge source connected to the lfp bank. This is full programmable for ALL voltages and and durations. It also has limits the charge current so alternators will not overheat. It does limit charge rate a bit to much, 50a, but main charge source is solar so no issues for me. Set to 14v max with no absorbtion and then 13.2 float, which takes load once battery has discharged to 60 - 70 % with obviously nothing overnight!!
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    Fastnet 2019

    I have a friend on Grand Slam with 150nm still to go, could be a bumpy finish for them. Current forecast giving gusts to 45
  6. That Cat is about 10 down from us at Licata (Sicily) this winter ........ beautiful
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    Brexit, WTF

    LONDON - For the first time in seven years, the Eurozone's economy grew quicker than the UK's last year, data from Eurostat confirmed. Eu has done very well! The unemployment rate in the Euro Area was steady at 8.1 percent in October of 2018, the same as in each of the previous three months but higher than market expectations of 8 percent. It remained the lowest jobless rate since November of 2008. Unemployment Rate in the Euro Area averaged 9.71 percent from 1995 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 12.10 percent in February of 2013 and a record low of 7.30 percent in October of 2007. UK currently at 4 and US even lower
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    Route du Rhum 2018

    Has HB gone to far?? Any one run the routing on that?
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    The French maths teacher would be going. Do we know what he uses as storm tactics? Interesting that with these boats keep going appears to be the better strategy.
  10. Cuffy

    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I had coppercoat applied a couple of years ago and it has worked for me. In the Med through this summer there has been a slime build up but half an hour in the water with a sponge makes short work of that!
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Think I spoke to early, going backwards Is not fast!
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Suzy appears to have had a little wiggle on the last week, has been closing consistently.
  13. I have assymetrics and code 0 on my cruising cat and do tend to use the 0 more often. The bottom up furling on code 0 is easier and more reliable than the top down required for the A2. We have a pole and pole out the 0 to run deep, but that's being lazy as cruising sailors are!
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    Bugger as well, The Race between the 2 frogs was interesting to watch.