Sweare Deep

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    Are "T" keels a nightmare?

    FWIW, I'm not sure that my encounters with lobster traps with a T keel have been that much worse than those of others with whom I cruise who have different keel shapes. Yes, a T keel is more vulnerable but with other keel configurations the prop or rudder are more vulnerable. That said, the density of pots in parts of Maine has become a little ridiculous. Trying to match toggle to buoy is challenging at times to say the least.
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    I'm not sure where the yard sent mine for repair (to become my spare), but Myles Electronics will repair them for $200. https://www.myleselectronics.com/213-masthead-circuit-board-changing-instructions/
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    I've not done it myself, but the guy at the yard has replaced the PCB in my MHU at the masthead. My point was more that this is a simple replacement, not something especially complicated. Sorry if I was unclear.
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    The boards can be repaired for about half the cost of a new board. And the replacement can be done at the masthead.
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    How make a cruising boat fast for racing?

    I agree, though maybe for a different reason, that there's an emerging need for cruising class with spinnakers, which some distance races have. Most (all?) production cruiser-racers today have non-overlapping jibs and swept back spreaders, a combination that gets killed on the downwind of a W/L race in non-spinnaker cruising class. These same boats will also get killed (especially in light air) against purpose-built racing boats if they choose to sail in racing class. Some will no doubt say that they don't see a problem in that (perhaps those who don't wish to see their race course polluted with a bunch of Benetaux), but fleets are not exactly blossoming right now, and we need to encourage not discourage participation from the boats that are actually being built and sold, whatever one may think of those boats.
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    Have Torqueedo Outboards Come of Age Yet

    Just returned from nearly two weeks cruising in Maine with a new ePropulsion Spirit 1.0 on my inflatable. Perfect for my cruising needs, runs ashore, pottering around Seal Bay on Vinalhaven (without scaring the bald eagle from its nest by Davis Island) etc. The stow it anywhere aspect of an electric outboard is something we really came to appreciate.
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    US Watercraft receivership ? (Alerion etc)

    True, no doubt as an image of sailing, but isn't it precisely those activities that require some effort that yield deeper, more lasting reward? Maybe that's what's being lost these days. I'll stop there before I sound like I'm getting old.
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    Quality 25', sub-$5000 Cruiser in MA?

    There's a Contessa 26 currently listed on Yachtworld in Rockport, MA that might be worth a look.
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    H5000 Graphic Display Updating?

    I've successfully updated the Pilot and controller (along with rest of the other H5k sensors & expansion modules, including a "SonarHub" data from Simrad) from Zeus2 with data on an SD card, the V50/H50 are on the third set, as the updated ones have stopped connecting 2x now. Thanks -- that's useful to know that the Pilot and Controller can be upgraded from a Zeus. It would be helpful if B&G updated their software update instructions for the Pilot and Controller to reflect this.
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    H5000 Graphic Display Updating?

    It seems as if B&G came up with a different method of updating for almost every product. Here's the mix on my boat: Zeus: upgrade using SD card VHF: upgrade over N2k from Zeus H5000: upgrade using usb flash drive H5000 Pilot & Controller: upgrade using Navico Software Update Program via Navico's USB to N2K interface AIS: Upgrade using AIS Updater program via USB Graphic Display: upgrade using usb flash drive via USB port on back of display VHF Wireless Remote Handset: upgrade by returning to service center
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    Configuring Ethernet/Wifi: Navico "goFree", UBNT

    I have a fairly similar setup: B&G but with a Pepwave (Max BR1) rather than Ubiquiti for the connection to shore wifi. The Pepwave allows for Wifi as WAN or cellular (with two SIM card slots so it can fall back between two carriers) for outside world connections. If you have the GoFree hardware providing DHCP on board then it will need to provide a route pointed at your Ubiquiti for traffic intended for the outside world. Alternatively, at least with the Pepwave and I would expect with Ubiquiti too, you could switch off the DHCP server on the GoFree and have the Ubiquiti handle DHCP and all that.
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    Battery Terminals what's best to seal them

    An alternative to dielectric grease is NO-OX-ID which is electrically conductive.
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    B & G V50/H50 VHF

    I'm using nv-charts on my Zeus. I like the fact that the charts on my Zeus, my iPad, my Mac, and the paper versions are identical. They seem clearer to me than other charts. I've used them from Newport RI to Maine, and (though not on my boat -- yet) in the Caribbean. If you like to use the chart plotter track-up rather than north-up raster charts aren't so great, but I much prefer north-up.
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    B&G wifi module

    I added a Pepwave Max BR1 cellular router to my GoFree network. The Pepwave has two SIM slots for failover on cellular, and the WiFi can be configured as WiFi-as-WAN, leaving the GoFree to provide the LAN WiiFi on board. Plus, all the antennae are external on the Pepwave.
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    B&G wifi module

    Is your iPad getting booted off the Wifi network itself or are you just losing the connection from the Gofree app to your Zeus plotter? I had the latter issue which I think I fixed by giving the Zeus chart plotters fixed IP addresses, but I may not be remembering that correctly.