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    Ulman Sails - Wally Cross - System Sailing

    It would be a bit unreliable of Ulman to promise and not follow through.
  2. Also have been looking for a less kludgy solution for a long time. Had high hopes for Pixel QI. A major problem with LCD tablets on deck is sunlight readability. E-ink seems like an obvious solution. I've been tempted to try the sailracer display http://sailracer.net/inkdisplay/ if I knew you could run Opencpn on it. It's waterproof and has large battery. Not sure about using as a repeater.
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    Flying Tiger

    The fractional spinnaker halyard was probably not original and is using the reefing line clutch.
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    How important is a smooth bottom?

    That's pretty much what I said: " But, with any speed you get from the very light air, you should be building apparent wind which gives potential to increase speed, so a smooth bottom would allow you to more easily break away from that 3 knots of hull speed. "
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    How important is a smooth bottom?

    Some jumbled thoughts on this. Early on, this didn't make sense to me since drag is a function of velocity squared. What I understand now is that if it's light and your hitting hull speeds the drag has more of an effect on a displacement hull in light air than heavier air. In heavy air, resistance from the bow-wave dominates. If it's really light though and you are only going 3 knots and your hull speed is 6 knots, then I would say a smooth bottom is less important. But, with any speed you get from the very light air, you should be building apparent wind which gives potential to increase speed, so a smooth bottom would allow you to more easily break away from that 3 knots of hull speed.
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    Flying Tiger

    It's a standard system. The line for the clew goes through the boom and ultimately to a clutch and winch on the cabin top.
  7. This is pretty interesting. 15 knot current against 15 knots of wind: waves go away.
  8. Alex is a regular on this forum and has created this app: https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/88a169bd-e109-4a9f-b090-0ca5d94a7b8c It doesn't work on the Quatix 5 yet but I think he was planning to support it. Otherwise, as others have said, Raceqs.
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    1st Sailboat: SJ 7.7 - Advice?

    Congrats on the new boat. I started out with 7.7 as well. A good friend of mine still has it in Lake Chelan. Great boat. I seem to remember mine having 4.5 inch of lead added to the keel. I also remember it not being obvious as it was faired in. xyzzy is right about racing and gaining experience. 6-pack races are supposed to be low key and inviting to those that don't normally race. I'd recommend doing that. I have to warn you though, it can be addicting and I think a cocaine habit might be cheaper.
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    Sailracer E-ink Display

    Anybody using this one yet? About $400 for a display that mirror's their phone app. https://www.amazon.com/Multifunction-InkDisplay-Shockproof-Waterproof-Mounting/dp/B07C2WWVZK I don't like that they want 35 euros a year for the "premium" version of their app.
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    Cheap Hardware Hacks

    The poulsbo store is moving to another location in poulsbo and are closed I think for the weekend, maybe longer. Mcmaster Carr is good for a lot stuff; i.e. a good alternative to spartite (get the oil based modeling clay at craft store): https://www.mcmaster.com/8644k18, low friction tape: https://www.mcmaster.com/76025a735, any misc SS screws, rivets, eyenuts, etc.
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    affordable mast display

    Until ipads are truely sunlight readable, ruggedized, and waterproof, they do not work well on deck or at least for very long. I think there are some waterproof e-ink kindles out there that may work as low cost diy solution. There's this one, but haven't heard of anyone using it: https://www.amazon.com/Multifunction-InkDisplay-Shockproof-Waterproof-Mounting/dp/B07C2WWVZK
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    Attaching genny sheets

    I had this setup on my 3030 with jib cars and one turning block. 80-90% of the time we were really only switching between two upwind sails, a no. 1 AP and the heavy 3. For those two sails it makes sense to have dedicated sheets, stripped and luggage tagged to the clew (minimal snagging around the shrouds). I carried a 4/storm, but I did not have dedicated sheets for that. I don't think it would be that different for an Express 37. I had 3/8 warpspeed and so a little less expensive.
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    Attaching genny sheets

    This and a set of sheets for each sail. The sheets stay with the sail. No changing sheets or untying bowlines. Makes for quick sail changes with one less thing to go wrong.
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    3Di Endurance experience (other options?)

    So almost 2 years later. Old thread, I know... How are these sails holding up? Endurance vs. Raw? Epi, did you end up going with North?