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    Cat tails from over the horizon

    Personally I would think that a 70' mono may be faster than a Catana but the comfort level is another world all together. Cats are just as uncomfortable upwind as monos but are not leaning over. Downwind is another world altogether. The cat will sit flat and slide along in comfort. The mono will pitch and roll as the swells move under her unless she is a lightweight race boat that is on the step. The reality is if you are cruising you are not going upwind so it is all about downwind sailing. Unless you are planning on doing a lap of the Southern Ocean the cat will be a way better choice. Also note that although cruising cats can capsize the likelihood of dying is very small. Well designed cats are very stable and safe upside down.
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    sail drives, worth the hassle?

    Shaft drive has less drag if done correctly so I was told by a high profile designer but not sure how much. Much easier to install sail drive.
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    Adjustable headboard

    Looking for pictures/design of a adjustable headboard as used on volvo 65 imoca 70 etc
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    then we would have to ride a dam bike to hobart to generate enough power to run the autopilot
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    Sydney to Hobart 2020

    Yep, And pretty much always has been the same. Quite strange that no other race has ever stepped up in Australia.
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    I was right on your moms stern yesterday but had to stop and rebuild the bow apparently. (happens to all black boats) Unclear what happens in the game, I can only assume I sailed into a small glitch. Now 100nm behind. (was 200 for a while which would of meant I was going North which I wasn't) . I sent an email o the race board but then realized with 900,000 participants it probably wasn't the only email they get per day.
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    It has been noted that bushsailor waited until he/she was in the top 5 before scuttling out of the woodwork and joining in! Very true and I am sure I will get distracted and or go sailing and go back to the middle of the fleet. In my defense I started mid fleet a week or so ago and never thought I would catch the leaders. (and I still may not) Thank you for giving the game an extra focus here on SA
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    really interesting transition coming up over the next few days, who will get south first? All these bloody boats seem to go the same speed, no idea why. You can add Rushour to your SA list if you wish Tunnel Rat. I worked out how to follow you a couple of days ago. If anyone knows how to change the colour of a boat (or background colour) let me know, mine is black on a black screen...... not ideal.
  9. Have a look at the B&G manuals. They do not explain the intricate setup of the H5000 system at all. There does not appear to be any turorials out there on how to fine tune the systems either. When the system becomes unusable we have to fly a expert in to sort it out. (there is no one in our whole state that can tune it properly) I suspect the auto learning part of the system may cause some of the problems.
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    One basic question I have is how do you see the rest of the fleet?
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    Vendee Globe 2020 - Virtual Race

    I can not see much point in playing the game and using routing software, the main fun of the game is routing yourself. Also teaches you to route on a global scale, setting the boat up for days in advance etc. Also I assume if you are using the same routing software as everyone else your boat will go the same as everyone else??
  12. Interesting thread. My experiences: Raymarine linear drive was rock solid and easy to use and we did alot of miles on it. B&G systems have let me down more times than I can remember. Current system is a B&G H5000 which I thought I could get to do some downwind AWA sailing etc with poor results and the backup very old Raymarine ST2000 does a better job of holding a course. (Could be operator error of course but the fix it anarchy forum is full of B&G problems) The pelargic systems get good wraps as well. No off the shelf system is going to drive a Imoca 60 or class 40 at full noise better than a human. Those systems are generally custom built by very smart people.
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    Best Ocean Races

    Which is exactly why I made the comment above about it not really deserving being listed as one of the great races.
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    Best Ocean Races

    Fastnet. Transpac. Capetown to Rio. Middle sea race Carribean 600 Sydney to Hobart. (Debatable due to its exclusive nature) Melbourne to Osaka. Atlantic Rally??