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  1. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    Did it get wet? Prob same problem mine had. I got mine in the fall of last year also. They said production run issue that has been fixed. New one got fire hosed on my dinghy first time out and still kicking.
  2. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    In the meantime they should at least send us a roll of duct tape...
  3. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    I have updated to this new version and all works as noted. However, it’s more of an incremental update for future functionality. I don’t see much usefulness for the live function as of now except coach boat maybe. No track recording as of now. The plan as I know it for paddle wheels and other external inputs is a future module that powers the accessories and talks wirelessly to the main unit. I wouldn’t expect to see it anytime soon... Can we not get the clock fixed? Super annoying that it only shows GMT or whatever. This is a GPS device after all and they have magnetic declination by location figured out - can we not at least attempt to auto select time zones? Or better yet add a selection to the app? Otherwise, the last two updates have added a good bit of functionality and tweaked it. The shift tracking is great. Will be nice when we can finally select our own screen layouts and options as promised.
  4. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    Apologies - no work for months and we finally have some! I did get the replacement unit. Arrived that Friday as I thought it might, didn't get to pick it up until Sunday. Sailed with it Monday, seems to be fine so far. Now just waiting for software updates...
  5. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    Nothing yet. I’m not sure of their shipping location now however. Their current emails say Seattle, WA for company address which would be a 5 day ground ship to me so if sent end of last week as indicated, that would be arrival today. I thought everything was in Atlanta previously which is a 1 day ship however.
  6. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    In Vakoros' defense, the unit (when working of course) is pretty awesome. They mainly just need to work on some communication and switching to an under promise / over perform plan instead of the opposite. I still can't believe how good the battery is, how efficient the unit is, or both. I think in the year I had it I only charged the thing a couple times. I am disappointed the app isn't functional, as the customizable display was obviously a main feature. The unit is also not class legal for one of my boats as is, so that presents an issue. Of course when you're at the back of the fleet no one cares They replied to me today about sending a whole other unit out to replace the dead one, so hopefully that shows up soon and I can get back to using it.
  7. proaudio22

    Vakaros

    My unit died on the way out to the course back on the first day of a regatta back at the beginning of March. No instruments for the entire regatta then, was pretty bummed out. Screen just went blank and unit will not power on. Was fully charged about 20 mins before that. Got busy and didn't email them until the end of the month, but so far not a peep from them. Was hoping to get it repaired before we started back racing but our club is back doing limited racing already, still a dead unit sitting here.
  8. proaudio22

    Removing tiller extensions

    I recently purchased a better tiller extension from JCD to replace the basic Ronstan that came with my boat. Melges bolted the Ronstan directly to the tiller, so they stayed together in the storage bag with the extension rubber fitting being held at 90 degrees. It came up in conversation with the gentleman at JCD about this and he strongly advised removing the extension from the tiller for storage after every use. He did not like the idea of the universal being held at 90 degrees most of the time. Now, the JCD universal has a method of coming part easier than the Ronstan, but it still takes some effort and seems like the plastic top cover will get worn out from snapping on/off all the time which could lead to it coming apart during a race. The Ronstan now removed does have a permanent bend to it now, but doesn’t appear to be damaged and was working fine. The upgrade was just to get a stiffer carbon shaft and better grip. What do you think? Separate them every time and buy a new universal if plastic gives it up? Or leave together and buy a new universal if the rubber gives it up?
  9. I've been down every road imaginable with the gas stuff. New 100% gas, always add stabilizer. Cleaned out internal tank on engine, threw away old external. Brand new mix can, filled through filter funnel. Carb drained after each use. Doesn't matter - must be cursed. To add insult to injury, I bought the boat from a widow and it had not been sailed in over a year. Engine started on second pull with old gas in the tank (Florida). At that moment, I thought to myself "maybe this will be a good little engine". Fail. For traveling stuff, I have no idea what we might run into, which is my issue with it. I will say I haven't been anywhere in two years and given my current work load it doesn't look good. I also don't have regular crew given my infrequent or odd sailing schedule so not really on the table anyway. But I'm sure as soon as I get one of these, that will all change. I own a whole pile of Honda EU series inverter generators for my business. We don't do anything special to them - they get ethanol gas, we don't run the carb out of fuel, they sometimes sit for months. They work - every stinking' time. Just got a new EU7000 that is fuel injected - so far it's been awesome. Wish they would hurry up and put that tech into a small outboard.
  10. I'm fed up with my Johnson 4hp 2 stroke - supposedly a really nice motor but my particular usage habits end up with it in a non-working state 99% of the time. I have my own business that is busy and sometimes don't touch the boat for a month or two. In that time, the motor bricks itself. At our club, the dry sailed boats have to maneuver out the furthest and you really need a motor for this - especially if you sail with newbies who barely know anything about sailing, nevermind trying to sail out of the docks. So this non-working motor situation means I don't get to take the boat out. Really depressing when you've been working for two months solid and just want to go for a damn sail and the f$&@#% motor won't fire. I'm out $500 from the last shop visit and again after one use it's bricked again. Low speed jet is clogged up and the starter cable guide broke. So, I've been considering a Torqeedo to remedy this situation. Keeping the battery charged would be easy - just plug it up right next to my Tack Tick that I set in a window to keep charged and grab both before headed out. Power wise, I'm a bit concerned the Torqeedo won't have anywhere near the same oomph, but at the same time I prefer to sail and really only use the motor for in and out of the docks, and the occasions jaunt back to the dock when the wind dies on the course. The boat is a 22', 2150lbs fully loaded plus people - so prob 2500lbs. Sailing on a lake with no appreciable current. So power wise it's probably not a big deal after all, just worried the occasional traveling regatta might be an issue. The tiller situation of the Torqeedo is a big problem - the boat is a closed transom with a lifting bracket - so the fixed tiller of the Torqeedo would certainly be in contact with the stern and prevent the motor from being straight out. I have talked myself into the remote throttle control to remedy this situation, although I wish I didn't have to spend the extra money for that. Dear Torqeedo, it would be nice if this had a way to angle up! So what are the current thoughts on the Torqeedos - specifically the Travel 1003? I read about some serious issues with early models but most of those seem to have been worked out over time. Lastly, who has the deals on these things? Barring terrible reviews, I will probably pull the trigger on this early next week. Obviously will want to verify a current serial number, I have seen the sellers moving older versions at steep discounts.