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  1. Sweare Deep

    Nine foot draft in New England?

    We draw just under 9' and have not found that limiting, cruising from Casco Bay to NE Harbor, with plenty of time spent around Muscongus Bay and the midcoast. An exception was The Basin where we waited for half tide as there's a shallow spot on the bend. If you mess up, you'll hit many of the same ledges whether you draw 6' or 9'. Agree about depth finders.
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    MAGNETIC NORTH on the move.............

    Incidentally, even if the magnetic north pole were to migrate and become coincident with the geographic north pole that would not mean that the magnetic variation (declination) would everywhere necessarily be zero. Simplified descriptions of the Earth's field as an inclined bar magnet at the center of the Earth give that impression, but they're over-simplifications.
  3. The Yacht Devices stuff is great and their customer support is excellent -- you get a reply from the right person right away. I started with their Voyage Recorder, and have since ordered a bunch of other stuff from them. I wish their Engine Interface had been available when I ordered the equivalent from Volvo Penta. They're a really small company based in Kaliningrad on the Baltic, run by sailors. Highly recommended.
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    Lazy Jack upgrade

    I used the above mentioned Ronstan shocks with Marlow 4mm (5/32") 12-strand polyester. I went with 12-strand polyester rather than dyneema to give a little more stretch. The 12-strand polyester is about as slippery as dyneema, and as easy to splice. I spliced in some Brummell hooks where the line comes back down by the mast so I can easily let off the lazyjacks to run them to the gooseneck and roll up the lazybags along the boom.I added some velcro straps to tidy up the mess along the boom. I'm very happy with the setup. For comparison, on my main P is a little over 61 feet.
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    Recommend a ratchet crimper

    +1.
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    London over Christmas

    If I were you I would save a trip to Portsmouth and/or the IoW for summer. Remember that sunset (a somewhat theoretical phenomenon at the best of times) is before 4pm, so the days are short. As mentioned above, apart from Old Portsmouth and the converted Navy docks and associated museums, Portsmouth is a dreary city at the best of times. There's so much to do in London that I would stay there. A side trip to Cambridge could be added on, or, if you seek an altogether vastly inferior experience, Oxford. One tip: before venturing anywhere by train, check online for engineering works, which are often at their peak over holiday periods. It's very frustrating to find your one hour train ride has turned into a several hour bus ride.
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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.