tigger.mike

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    Dragonfly Trimaran's, Larks, Cadets.

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  1. tigger.mike

    Seamanship games, for kids

    Coming from a pond sailing where the lack of wind is quite common, being able to have the kids go out in something with a massive rig can be fun. This depends on having access to some boats that aren't just heavy lumps that won't go even if the wind is blowing. It's been quite funny to see kids who can barely keep a Cadet upright, flat hiked out of a Lark when the slightest puff comes through.
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    Pancake Sailor

    I'm loving the idea. Does this version work in VR? It would be great to relax for a while without just looking at a window on a screen as I'm doing that for enough hours in the day as it is. Updated: Just got off my a**e and searched for myself and found your VR Regatta app in Steam :-) Looks like the sort of thing I could use to unwind so just bought it to give it a go. If you could just add support Dragonfly Trimarans in there, I might start missing my boat just a tiny bit less
  3. Some great ideas coming from this thread One Hawkins ordered and looking forward to some good hot food over the winter period. When we started and didn't know better we bought the Magma set as it looked great. It is great, however, it weighs a ton and is too big for our Dragonfly 28. On the positive side, it is bloody great for using on/in the Aga at home... Our staple food when out is Solent pasta. A quick scoop of water from over the side, add pasta and anything else we can find to get a great, hot salty meal. I think it's the heavy diesel from the water that gives it that extra something
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    Top Speed: What's Your Number?

    18kn with a tad too much sail up. Had been a little interesting in the waves but once we got behind Hurst Point and had flat water we'd could head up, accelerate, scare ourselves silly until we bottled it. Repeated until we ran out of water. Epic fun...
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    At any one point I generally have three android devices on board that all have the software loaded. My normal phone (generally next to me when sleeping) Backup chartplotter (Android Lenovo Tab 4, installed with SailGrib WR & AA). Backup phone (Just an old phone, no SIMM card installed so only updated with WiFi and using GPS only). The SailGrib license is per Google account so can be on any number of android devices (free AA version works well too). I also have the Raymarine system that does some sort of anchor watch but that is outside on my Dragonfly so pretty useless (and the screen mirroring app is pretty rubbish too). One thing that I have found is really useful to consider (unrelated but possibly useful information), is that the phones support wireless charging and are waterproof. I've had a few situations where the phone has got wet and refuses to charge through the wire as it detects water in the charging port. Wireless charging still works fine in this situation (and I learned this the hard way). Mike
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    I'm a huge fan of the Sailgrib apps. Sailgrib AA (App store link) is simple and has never let me down. It's only available on Android, but not a big cost to have a cheap tablet/phone around (especially if you also use SailGrib WR for routing/charting. Mike
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    OpenCPN for a tablet? Other option?

    SailGrib-WR. I love it. Android only. Can use Navionics charts (I have those and UK Admiralty ones that you can get through the app for not a lot). One license works on all android devices you log onto (so great for having it on phones for backup). Easy Grib integration, currents etc. I use a YachtDevices Wifi gateway to enable it to work with my AIS and it hooks into to pretty much anything as far as I can tell. Regular updates from the man in France who develops it. Costs around £50 for a one off license.
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    having fun F 33 Farrier

    Very nice. My version of something similar...
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    E-nav on the cheap

    I've been scanning through the thread and I don't think anyone has mentioned SailGrib WR so far. It's an Android only app and has a wealth of features that I am still getting to the bottom of. I'm not short of toys on the boat (the previous owner must have really liked the look of someone in the Raymarine shop as he must have needed to go back there a lot), however, the SailGrib software is great for planning off the boat and using away from the plotter. It doesn't cost much (£40 I seem to remember for a one time license) and it is then available on any android device I log onto. I have it on my phone and tablet, along with the Navionics charts as I have the subscription for the chartplotter, so adding in the Boating app which gives me the charts in SailGrib as well. The weather routing is pretty impressive, and once you play with the settings and tweak the polar, pretty accurate. The final impressive bit is by adding in a YachtDevices wireless bridge onto the SeaTalk network, I get all of the instrument data and AIS onto the app as well.
  10. Unfortunately none of the many converters I've found work. Mainly because there is no standard tags in the gpx schema for the wind data so it comes in as comments or yd:awa type tags that do not match properly. If anyone has a sample Garmin fit file with wind data I could probably write something to handle it.
  11. Reposted to this thread as it's more relevant... I've been looking at how to get this working without the Garmin chartplotter and wondered if anyone has done the same. I've got a Raymarine setup with a Yacht Devices Voyage Recorder connected to the SeaTalk network. This does a great job of grabbing all of the NMEA data and writing it to an SD Micro SD card. They provide a small piece of software that can write this to CSV and GPX 1.1 amongst others, just not the FIT format. If I export as GPX I get the base GPS data along with any additional info that was on the network. Below is an example record with wind and course info. <trkpt lat="50.650950000" lon="-1.657183000"> <name>2019-05-26 14:00:01.862</name> <time>2019-05-26T13:00:01.862Z</time> <cmt>TWS 17.05 knots (med 17.05, avg 17.04, min 16.97, max 17.05) TWD 242.16 degrees (med 241.75, avg 241.78, min 241.18, max 242.16) TWA 142.14 degrees (med 142.10, avg 142.04, min 141.44, max 142.14) AWS 12.09 knots (med 12.09, avg 12.09, min 12.09, max 12.09) AWA 120.00 degrees (med 120.00, avg 119.80, min 119.00, max 120.00) STW 7.41 knots (min 7.41, max 7.41) Heading 100.06 degrees (min 99.61, max 100.06) Rate of turn -85.6 deg/min (med -32.1, avg -27.2, min -86.8, max 52.5) SOG 10.56 knots (min 10.56, max 11.20) COG 95.30 degrees (min 95.30, max 96.00) </cmt> </trkpt> It imports into Virb Edit fine, just without the additional info that is classed as comments <cmt>. Since the Virb cameras export their data as FIT files to be loaded into the Virb software, there must be a way to convert the data one of the Voyage Recorders outputs into a valid FIT format and then get all of the Virb data goodness without having to change the hardware on the boat. Could be an interesting challenge...
  12. tigger.mike

    VIRB 360 and instrument data - it works!

    I've been looking at how to get this working without the Garmin chartplotter and wondered if anyone has done the same. I've got a Raymarine setup with a Yacht Devices Voyage Recorder connected to the SeaTalk network. This does a great job of grabbing all of the NMEA data and writing it to an SD Micro SD card. They provide a small piece of software that can write this to CSV and GPX 1.1 amongst others, just not the FIT format. If I export as GPX I get the base GPS data along with any additional info that was on the network. Below is an example record with wind and course info. <trkpt lat="50.650950000" lon="-1.657183000"> <name>2019-05-26 14:00:01.862</name> <time>2019-05-26T13:00:01.862Z</time> <cmt>TWS 17.05 knots (med 17.05, avg 17.04, min 16.97, max 17.05) TWD 242.16 degrees (med 241.75, avg 241.78, min 241.18, max 242.16) TWA 142.14 degrees (med 142.10, avg 142.04, min 141.44, max 142.14) AWS 12.09 knots (med 12.09, avg 12.09, min 12.09, max 12.09) AWA 120.00 degrees (med 120.00, avg 119.80, min 119.00, max 120.00) STW 7.41 knots (min 7.41, max 7.41) Heading 100.06 degrees (min 99.61, max 100.06) Rate of turn -85.6 deg/min (med -32.1, avg -27.2, min -86.8, max 52.5) SOG 10.56 knots (min 10.56, max 11.20) COG 95.30 degrees (min 95.30, max 96.00) </cmt> </trkpt> It imports into Virb Edit fine, just without the additional info that is classed as comments <cmt>. Since the Virb cameras export their data as FIT files to be loaded into the Virb software, there must be a way to convert the data one of the Voyage Recorders outputs into a valid FIT format and then get all of the Virb data goodness without having to change the hardware on the boat. Could be an interesting challenge...
  13. tigger.mike

    Show your boat sailing thread

    Not that much boat in the picture, but I liked it.
  14. tigger.mike

    what is it?

    It cannot be called spacious by any degree, but most things sporty tend not to be anyway. As mentioned, there is a surprising amount of storage under the seats, floors and v-berth although none of it is really convenient. There is enough space for lines, fuel and associated stuff in the cockpit lockers and I generally prefer to try and keep too much weight out of the amas, however the genny, code-0, inflatable kayak and a few other things all live out there. A bit of time making 'storage solutions' does pay dividends and packing light is essential, as is planning food that can be cooked in one pot. Overall I got one because it goes fast and is huge fun, without being so minimal to be uncomfortable. When the wind is right the speed makes the lack of space irrelevant and when the wind shuts off the tramps are a great place for some sunbathing. I'm sure when I'm even older and am sick of not having standing headroom and hanging space then I'll consider something more sensible. Maybe like the new 40 :-) Mike
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    what is it?

    I've managed 5 days with three kids on my DF28. Certainly compact but as long as it's warm they sleep on the tramps...