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  1. I just bought a boat with a B&G H1000 instrument system, including an autopilot. I know its super old, but by and large it works. One issue I'm having is with the auto-pilot. I'll put the boat on a course under power, sails down, and press the on button. It's in compass mode and it shows both the heading I set and the current heading. The trouble is that it steers the boat back and forth around the heading. It will go 5 to 7 degrees left, then overcorrect 5 to 7 degrees to the right, or more. Back and forth, even in no wind and flat seas. I presume it's not supposed to do this. What should I look for? I did find the manuals and there was no mention of anything like this.
  2. Great tips, thanks! Glad to know how easy it is to pee off the stern, and the weight in the vee berth is what we'll do. Tomorrow we head to Maine, Saturday morning we're off. If you never hear from me again, I will have gone Gilligan. The wind models show some pretty heavy winds at this point, although I think they will hit Monday instead of Sunday. Yesterday it said saturday, so we'll see...
  3. AIS data encoded using NMEA 0183 is part of that standard. Any device which claims that it converts NMEA 0183 from one topology to another (wire to wifi, for example) should be able to handle all the standard NMEA 0183 sentences.
  4. PM me...
  5. So I'm lost. At this point in the thread, what are we trying to help the OP with? If he wants to transmit AIS data, he has to spend a good bit of money, for both a transponder and an antenna splitter or a second antenna. If he wants to receive AIS data, well, again, a $260 lowrance VHF Link-8 will give NMEA 2000 or 0186 to his plotter. Maybe I should whip up some software to convert AIS data to something an older, less expensive plotter can put on to the screen. But really, what's the shelf life of something like that?
  6. Well, it's not bad for someone like you and me, but for many people, this could be an overwhelming nightmare. And unless they really understand it, how will they know they got it right? I think it's a bridge too far for most people.
  7. Okay I understand, you described it will thank you. My concern in clipping to the stern rail would be whether or not it's actually strong enough. I also see APS's point about a connection point at least a tether length ahead of the aft most point. That might apply to how far aft the jacklines on the side go as well, although as far as I can see, short of installing some sturdy points, there is nowhere to secure the end of the jacklines other than the stern cleats. It does sound like going from side to side in the cockpit is going to be a pain while clipped, and lots of unclipping and re-clipping could be more dangerous than not being clipped. I guess I'll grab the webbing for now and, actually, maybe that will do. Who wants to be out in a hurricane anyhow? Thanks again! One more week and I'll have my new boat!!!!!
  8. Hey Dave, was this the length if the jack lines are rigged inside the shrouds or outside? And if I had a jackline with loops at each end, would this length be loop end to loop end? I ask because I want to have APS make these up for me: http://www.apsltd.com/aps-custom-jacklines-webbing-over-dyneema.html These are designed to be luggage tied to one end and then use a bit of line to secure the other end's loop to a cleat or whatever. If it's too long, that won't work. My trip is delayed, I'll now bring the boat home over Labor Day weekend, so I have time to have proper ones made up. That will save me a bit of money on webbing I was going to use once. Thank you...
  9. Great tip thanks!
  10. Okay then, more money saved!
  11. Yeah for that option, you need to know a good bit of technical stuff.
  12. Actually, Fall River might be even worse. Especially if it's a battleship.
  13. Note to self: Don't ever buy a boat from another country again!
  14. Thanks guys! Yup I actually joined that FB group with a bunch of pre-sale questions. There were about 9 boats I was evaluating and the info people gave me there was a huge help. I'm not a FB fan at all, but that group was worth reactivating my account for.