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  1. kdh

    Coolboats to admire

    Not really a local, but Pulpit Harbor? Lovely spot.
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    Feasibility to refit a big, old boat?

    A boat's cost is not the entry price, but the maintenance.
  3. kdh

    Coolboats to admire

    Kind of newfangled looking with the name/hail treatment. Hinckley stopped using real gold leaf on the powerboats. I kept my transom traditional looking.
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    Ultrasonic/Electromagnetic Speed Logs?

    Good to know some have had good experiences. I had one put on the boat which never worked. DDW, you've sailed in the islands (or maybe Bahamas) and the Pacific Northwest, no? Does sailing venue/water clarity matter? I'm in New England.
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    Show your boat not sailing

    Bermuda 40? Is the hull black or Majestic Blue?
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    Battery Monitor Question

    Understood, BJ. I have AGMs. Enough charge acceptance for my purposes and I hook up to shore power enough that I can get a 100% charge sufficiently often.
  7. The bowl is ventilated to the outside, and a dry/drying shit doesn't smell that much anyway. You just have to accept keeping piss out of the bowl, even women, and be ok with moving the stuff around without using water.
  8. Another composting convert. I'll stick with using (fresh) water to move my shit around, thank you. I'm sure pissing in a bottle and letting your shit dry out before it's disposed of works just fine, but it doesn't have convenience going for it.
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    Battery Monitor Question

    Just want to emphasize that using current to evaluate state of charge was my primary point. Importantly however, one needs net current in or out of the battery, not just load current as is usually provided by the old-school ammeters. When I built and asked Hinckley to give me net current--to allow a minus sign, it was clear it was the first time they'd ever done it. The procedure is simple. If there's a charging source and there is little current going into the batteries they're close to fully charged.
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    Battery Monitor Question

    Thanks for weighing in here, Maine Sail. Clearly you're an informed and valuable source of information.
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    Battery Monitor Question

    I find that having battery voltage and net current (current going in or out) is perfectly adequate to get a read on state of charge. Basically, if a charging source is active and the batteries are accepting little current then I'm close to fully charged. Through the voltage reading I know at what stage the regulator is in and a basic sense of state of charge if the loads are small and there's not an active charging source.
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    Furling Systems- Jib and Main

    I've got Harken jib furling and a Leisurefurl/Offshore Spars furling boom. It's tough to go wrong with jib furling and easy to go wrong with boom furling. My boom furler is the bees knees but it was expensive and is quite customized. Nothing off the shelf that I know of is both good and well tested in the field. Good slab reefing systems are way easier to come by.
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    Hard Tenders

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    Show your boat not sailing

    One of my favorite boats. Impervious to lobster pots in Maine as well.