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  1. freewheelin

    Room to Tack question

    this site had some cool animations of rule 20. "approaching shore, you tack" seems especially pertinent. (though I guess that does not mean it is accurate necessarily).
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    Caption Contest

    someone on instagram had the best caption: "Classy, bougie, ratchet strap"
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    Boat ideas?

    +1 on the Oceanis boats. They sail well, are well laid out, and like you said - newer is much less hassle.
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    How To: med mooring anarchy

    whiskey throttle ...or maybe ouzo throttle...
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    Raspberry Pi Geekdom

    So it seems it would not be as simple as putting a normal monitor behind glass on the bulkhead because of glare and overheating. Has anyone come across a weatherproof and sunlight visible monitor that is not touchscreen? I am wondering if that could save some money. It seems easier/cheaper to design than a touchscreen version.
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    Raspberry Pi Geekdom

    I have been getting into the idea of a Raspberry Pi chartplotter. Partly because it would be great to have a dedicated plotter, partly because it seems silly to buy an expensive plotter for a 30 year old 30 fter, and partly because it sounds like a fun project. I am starting to spec it out in my mind, but could really use some advice from someone who knows what they are doing. Here is what I have in mind Raspberry Pi & case & 12V converter dAISy Hat & VHF antenna splitter (for AIS receiver) 12 V touch screen monitor at nav station bluetooth mini keyboard GPS receiver (either link the boat's current receiver or add a dongle) Android tablet Second 12 volt monitor (non-touch screen) behind plexiglass (or something??) on the bulkhead The idea would be to be able to control the plotter from either the touch screen & mini keyboard at the nav dest, or from the tablet. Think this is possible? Could it be set up using a remote desktop app on the tablet or is it more complicated? This part I am really not sure about. The last monitor would fill a hole (about 8"x 8") that currently houses the radar readout that we don't use (the radar is old and sucks our batteries dry). I figure if done right it will look better, but also be more useful to have a bulkhead mounted screen I can turn on and off. Another option would be to install a tablet mount there, but that seems less elegant. I originally was thinking of a waterproof touch screen here, but was quickly priced out. So I am thinking I could have a normal (dumb) screen behind a piece of plexiglas or something similar to keep it protected. It could project the plotter, or a countdown sequence for racers, or whatever. I have not been able to find anything online about something similar, but if possible I think it could be pretty slick. It would be in a convenient place on the boat to have a readout. Any thoughts on this setup? Anything I am missing? I appreciate any advice.
  7. I have a Garmin GNX (I think) from a generation maybe 4-5 years ago. Came with the boat. It reads boat speed, depth, and wind speed and direction. It has worked great so far. The issue this year is that true wind speed is either not registering, or is reading the same as boat speed. I want to go up the mast and check things out, but I can't find anything online about what to look for. The instrument up top spins (though not as easily in light wind as it used to. So my first theory was a bird got up there. But wind speed matching boat speed is weird to me, especially when its blowing 15kts. Any advice on what to look for or what to fiddle with?
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    Guests realistic expectations

    +1 I feel like after the first year, guests come out no where near as often as you expect them to. Friends and family are busy, and not into it the same way you are. So you could end up regretting every extra foot of maintenance, cleaning, upkeep, fuel, painting etc. - or worse yet resent those friends and family for not coming out. So I'd go for a boat you love, big enough for your family, with an extra camping spot for friends. Most boats in the 30-33 range would accommodate a couple nicely for this.Oh, and from someone who spent two weeks this year sorting head issues, the thought of a second head makes the head on my shoulders want to explode. Marinas and mooring fields everywhere I go are filled with sailing couples. The couples on big boats are sitting at mooring. The couples with smaller boats are out daysailing. They all end up at the same bar afterwards. Just an observation.
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    What custom cruiser...if money were no object?

    or just keep chartering in lovely places and get all this? that doesn't sound so bad.
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    Towing with a rental truck?

    At a minimum I would think you would be liable and outside of any insurance coverage were something to go wrong (malfunction, breakage, or worst of all accident).
  11. For WLIS sailors, the City Island Cup (now Big Tom) has pivoted to a one day shorthanded/household crew race for fun. Harlem YC waived the fee. Not for everyone I know, but for those looking to get some light just-for-fun racing in, I thought I would share. Seems better than no racing, and hell, it is free. Details are here: (sorry for the double post - meant to put this here)
  12. For WLIS sailors, the City Island Cup (now Big Tom) has pivoted to a one day shorthanded/household crew race for fun. Harlem YC waived the fee. Not for everyone I know, but for those looking to get some light just-for-fun racing in, I thought I would share. Seems better than no racing, and hell, it is free. Details are here:
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    Regattas Still Being Held in the Age of Covid-19?

    for LIS sailors, the City Island Cup has pivoted to a free, just-for-fun regatta with houshold crew. It is on June 13th.
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    Inflatable dinghy anarchy

    This is our first year cruising with a dinghy, but we have done lots of charters with full aluminum floor RIBs. We went the other way and went for something light and easy to handle. we got a 9ft Zodiac slat floor and use a 2.5 hp Suzuki. Something like this, but a couple years older in model: We are super happy we went this route. The dinghy seems much more durable than I would have guessed, and the slat floor adds a lot of stability over the air floor our friends got. We can easily get around with 3 adults, and I think we could add a fourth and/or dog no problem. The small zuk pushes us surprisingly well, and starts on the first pull every time. Most importantly the motor is light enough that pulling it off and onto a block is not a chore. And the dinghy is light and small enough that two of us can lift it easily up onto the bow of our 30fter so we can sail. Compared to the big dinghies we used on charters, this is the right choice for us and our area, where there isn't always a dinghy dock ready and available. The size and weight make it helpful and fun to use instead of its own chore. when we come up to a rocky shoreline, we simply hop out and lift it onto the shore. Our ankles get wet, but no bashing onto rocks. I am not sure if this option would work for you, but would be easy to store on the deck. no block and tackle system needed. Plus, it is much cheaper than the bigger dinghies.
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    Understanding how a boat sails before buying it

    Nor would it help with mobility issues I would think. There is a lot of climbing over and maneuvering around. All the others mentioned would have a boarding platform and walk through transom which I would guess would be the number one help. Catalinas would probably be your best bet for the comfort and mobility piece.