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  1. And when you figure in the support Nick gives the software is basically free.
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    Where do you get the boards repaired?
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    48v solar system.

    Need a charge controller that will boost the voltage. Something like this.
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    phrf handicap J105

    Actually this year the rules for PHRF have changed. If you notice the ratings no longer refer to the J/105 as J105ODR. I am no expert on the details but what I understand is boats don't need to be in ODR configuation anymore. But they still need to abide by PHRF rules. So as long as the sail area is the same, weight is the same and they have not modified the boat the rating is the same as prior years when the boat was refered to J105-ODR. But now boats don't need to abide by the class rules that were in confilict with PHRF. So for example I believe J/105 ODR racing you are only allowed to carry two spinnakers. No such rule in PHRF so now racing a J/105 you could carry more. Of course if you have a larger chute than the clase size you would need to declare that. Same with a main. Class rules are dacron but that does not last long, so for PHRF they could have a main made out of more hi tech material. Same with Jibs. For class racing you are only allowed two, but not so for PHRF. So as long as that jib they were flying was not larger than their class jib there were fine. (It was not, I know that for a fact.) Also this is not just for the J-105. All boats that had ODR after their rating now have that suffix removed.
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    The Four Carbon Cutters project

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    The Four Carbon Cutters project

    No, I was looking for info on the large alternator connected to the main engine via a shaft.
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    The Four Carbon Cutters project

    Does anybody know who the manufacture is for the jack shaft driven alternator that is being used in this project?
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    My newest project

    Does anybody know who the manufacture is for the jack shaft driven alternator that is being used in this project?
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    Anchor chain

    Nothing wrong with your concept. I have something like that setup on my boat but for different reasons. My boat is a catamaran and I carry 200' of chain. But then I have 75' rode and then a few links of chain and then another 75' of rode. In all I have another 150' of rode I can put out after the chain. Having the chain links spliced in make it easy to attach the bridle.
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    Newport Bermuda Race 2018

    Young American just announced their entries. (I am part of the ogranization.) Gambler the R/P 63 will be a big step up from High Noon and will be a handfull. Good news is the crew is 2 years older, we have added some experianced sailors and will be taking one more coach. Plan is to sail with 14 juniors and 4 coaches on Gambler. Ticket to Ride will be a great boat for the High School aged sailors. Fully optimzied Swan 45, not a bad ride at all. Young American Sailing Academy to Sail Newport Bermuda Race Entering Two Boats Crewed by Twenty-Two Juniors RYE, NY (April 4, 2018) - The Young American Sailing Academy (YASA) announces two entries for the 2018 edition of the Newport Bermuda Race (NBR). Racing two boats builds on the success of the team’s single-boat effort in the 2016 Bermuda Race. Entering a second boat brings to 22 the number of young sailors able to improve their offshore skills in the iconic 638-mile offshore race. Partnering with the USMMA Sailing Foundation, the team will be sailing the 63-foot mini-maxi, Gambler USA 60010 (ex Lucky, ex Loki), crewed by the more experienced YASA sailors aged 17-23. The second race boat is the Swan 45, Ticket to Ride USA 45454 (ex Lir), owned by Edward D. Whitmore, and will be crewed by sailors aged 15-18; most of these sailors have been actively sailing the team’s J/105 Young American for the past three years in all of the local distance races such as Block Island Race, Vineyard Race, Ida Lewis Distance Race, and Around Long Island Race. The highly successful High Noon 2016 NBR campaign was made possible with the support of the USMMA Sailing Foundation and Steve and Heidi Benjamin. High Noon took home seven awards, including 1st to finish St. David’s and Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Divisions, 1st in class, 3rd overall ORR, winner of the inaugural Stephens Brothers Youth Trophy, and winner of the Onion Patch Series. Many of the same crew of High Noon will be aboard Gambler, including the professional sailor and team coach Guillermo Altadill. Gambler is a recent donation to USMMA Sailing Foundation and will provide a larger and more advanced racing platform for the junior offshore sailors. “We are thrilled to be providing Gambler to this accomplished race team of young offshore sailors,” said Ralf Steitz, president of the Foundation. “Putting high performance boats and equipment in the hands of young sailors is the way to advance the next generation of US sailors in the sport of offshore ocean racing.” Ticket to Ride is a new boat for Whitmore and he is generously partnering with the YASA team in its goals of developing more US offshore sailors. “I’m excited to be racing to Bermuda with the YASA Team,” said Whitmore. “They may be young, but they already have big boat experience and I feel confident we will have a great race.” “Sailing High Noon in the 2016 Newport Bermuda was a fantastic milestone for us in delivering on our mission to help create a new generation of offshore sailors,” said Peter Becker, president of the Young American Sailing Academy. “On behalf of YASA, we would like to thank the USMMA Foundation, Ralf Steitz, Ed Whitmore, Rob Alexander, and Joe Cooper, who are all enthusiastically supporting the effort and making it possible for the team to take this next step forward.” About Young American Sailing Academy, Inc.: The Young American Sailing Academy is a not-for-profit whose mission is to develop a new generation of American offshore sailors by working with high school and college aged junior sailors to give them the tools required to compete at the highest level in the sport of ocean racing. The goal is to field winning entries in premier national and international sailing events including the potential future Olympic class of offshore sailing. The Young American team has more than six years of experience racing coastal and offshore events with numerous and notable victories such as the Block Island Race, Vineyard Race, and Newport Bermuda Race. For more information please visit the website About USMMA Sailing Foundation, Inc.: The USMMA Sailing Foundation is a 501c3 public charity specializing in vessel donations used for maritime education programs. The Foundation president, Ralf Steitz, is a world-class sailor and the driving force behind the success of the Foundation and its education initiatives. For more information please visit the website
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    Prop Cutters

    I use one of these. Goes on the end of a bush handle.
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    Oyster Yachts gone bust

    I bet these guys will be taking a look. They bought Gunboat and Outremer when they went belly up. Not sure of how they aquired their other bands.
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    Expedition 101 by North U - or other education?

    Also find a buddy who is already used the software. An hour run through will really help.
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    Forgetting about the rules nobody did anything like start cutting spinnaker sheets and halyards to clear the boats. With some quick action could have probably saved the mast. All I saw was a lot of looking around and no decisive action.
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    VOR Leg 4 Melbourne to Honkers

    Not related to this leg but figured i would post here since this thread is seeing all the action right now. First do the boats even use them or are they just a backup energy source? Do some boats use them more than others? IF they do use them about what percentage of energy pie do the hydro generators create for the boats?