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  1. Chucky

    gyro autopilot compas heading

    Hi Rail Meat, What is the difference between the off the shelf H5000 ACP and the Vendee version? Is there a special software version you need to obtain from B&G at an extra cost?
  2. Chucky

    B&G WR10 pilot remote battery life?

    We had the same issue during a recent 5 week two handed ocean race, we had a spare remote on board and once it was paired we did not have any further issues with the spare remote. These remotes should last for weeks. take the old one back to your B&G supplier and request a replacement as it appears they have a common issue with quality control during manufacturing of these units. Suggest you keep a spare one on board and make sure it is paired prior to leaving the dock. We also had a problem with a faulty hard wired display controller which appeared to suffer water engress which would jump from auto to standby unpredictably. We ended up disconnected the nmea2000 connectors from the unit as the autopilot system is able to function from the Zeus chart plotter including all setup and commissioning features. Again it appears these display units have water engress issues so you must have two of these units and recommend locate in a position to avoid water hosing. we also had problems with the operation of the H5000 processor unit but that is another story.
  3. Chucky

    Melbourne Big Boat Fleet

    This Class 40 is great value and looks a better set up than the SYC class 40. I am pretty sure the SYC class 40 is also coming up for sale shortly.
  4. Chucky

    PC/Mac integration with B&G H5000

    I use Expedition connected via ethernet via H-link to a H3000 processor. When a waypoint is set in Expedition, the waypoint information ie distance to WPT, Baaring to WPT etc is available on the FFD in the cockpit. This works well as Expedition is one of the most easily set up chart package for setting up courses as mentioned in a post above is well worth the money spend on the software. It works well with C-Map charts, AIS, weather grib files.
  5. Chucky

    New imoca boats

    Who designed this boat? I like the massive open cockpit and the adjustable seats! not a lot of places to sit in the cockpit except of the two seats. It would be great to get some more close up cockpits pics to show details of the halyard clutches arrangement.
  6. There must be a typo, the price should be $93K which would qualify as a boat to be considered for this thread!
  7. Chucky

    Is this the Figaro III?

    Sounds like a lucky dip rating system?
  8. My under standing is the S36 was built with the S38 keel so very stiff boat and goes well in heavy conditions. The BH36 was built with a lighter keel which may explain the weight difference
  9. Chucky

    B&G H3000 GFD failure

    The h3000 have problems with gfd water engress so the only solution is to mount the gfd below ie in the Nav station and use ffds in the cockpit and 20/20s. You need at least one gfd or pilot display for a h3000 to operate.
  10. Chucky

    B&G H5000 Pilot calibration

    I experienced a similar issue with the unit steering like a snake. My suggestion is to carry out a factory reset from A Zeus unit. This fixed my problem but before you do this write down all the settings to ensure you use all the same setup settings after the reset.
  11. Chucky

    Two Battery Switch

    Recommend you remove this switch and buy three separate switches one to isolate +Ve from each battery and the 3rd switch for an emergency parallel switch to allow the house battery to assist with starting the engine in case the starter battery looses its charge. You will also need a voltage sensitive relay to provide charge to the house battery when the engine is running and voltage output is greater than 13.5 (typically), this Arrangement is not applicable to lithium ion batteries when a dc dc charger will be required instead of the VSR to limit current.
  12. Chucky

    Offshore routing software recommendations

    Agree with your comments about routing using GFS based weather grib files after spending several weeks racing to Osaka (5,500 nm) across the equator. Expedition was fantastic for routing but we experienced the H5000 Ethernet connection causing Expedition to freeze several times a day which we think was caused by the H5000 Ethernet connection being faulty (Expedition may be able comment on this issue and/or if Expedition tends to freeze when this Ethernet connection is lost). The wind instruments also lost it's data input form the MHU and was rectified by turning the H5000 processor off and back on again so between these two issues we concluded our H5000 was faulty and will require replacement under warranty. We also noticed the GFS model wind direction was 20 degrees out but the wind strength was reasonably accurate, so with routing software the accuracy of the wind models is critical to the accuracy of the optimum routing provided. I do like the routing boat to compare your current location with as we considered we were always racing the little red routing boat. The other little issue with Expedition was the 'Tidetech' grib files after being downloaded sometimes not being displayed on Expedition as one of the nice features of Expedition is the ocean current interface using 'Tidetech'. One of the unusual experiences with Expedition routing was when racing up along the East Coast of Australia was the routing Expedition showed with a optimum route straight into the eye of cyclone Iris and then back out again. The route also showed us sailing along the edge of the great barrier reef in 50kts, maybe some automatic cyclone danger messages from Expedition would be nice! From my experience, the Expedition routing settings are important as there are many features that are able to be provided in the routing results including the optimum sail selection which will depend on the accuracy of the sail chart provided in expedition.
  13. Chucky

    Melbourne Osaka 2018

    I believe Lord Jiminy and Nexba are out of the same Verdier moulds and to me they look pretty much identical. Both of them have aappear to have a pretty good North wordrobe so I do not see much speed difference between them. Given there will be plenty of light conditions I would say the fastest of these two boats will be how they handle the light conditions and their routing directions. The start for the main group looks also light but the second starts looks tricky exciting the heads with 40kts westerly but will be one hell of a ride down to the prom and across the paddock while the gale force westerlies are in play. The race organises may delay the start as it may not safe for these smaller boat being two handed to excite the heads in an ebb.
  14. I am having trouble finding the 'Ignition' wire connection for the installation of a new smart regulator on a Volvo D1 30F engine. The engine has a DVC start/stop interface unit and tachometer. I have searched for wiring diagrams with Google and have not found any wiring connection drawings which match the colour of wires from the DVC and tachometer unit. It appears these units are NMEA2000. All I require is the colour of the wire which I need to connect the 'Ignition' on when the DVC 'On/Off' button is turned to 'on' . I require this wire for as a 12VDC signal to my smart regulator (Mark Grasser R210A) .
  15. An Elliot 1050 is still a floating caravan like your current boat, suggest you look at offshore racing boats, ie NSX36, Inglis 38s etc Also suggest you look at A kite boats as they are easier to race offshore if you find the right boat which suits A sails.