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  1. seabell

    Are boat shoes cool?

    Not if you leave the fenders out they're not.
  2. seabell

    Dehumidifier Anarchy

    Trying to picture the sink winning that one.
  3. seabell

    Battery Charging at Mooring

    Mentioned elsewhere, but maybe worth repeating in this thread: I have a nominal 135W of rigid panels, and when I acquired my boat it had a basic Steca Solarix controller feeding the house 'bank' of two T-105s and an ancient Rutland windgen topping off the engine battery. I removed the annoying whirlygig and fitted a 'Morningstar SunSaver Duo' ( ) in place of the Steca. The attraction of this 25A controller is the fact that it can divide its output across two separate batteries. It is a PWM device, but I have been advised that MPPT isn't really that important for small solar arrays. Although a bit pricey, it may be a useful solution for others - I haven't found anything similar from other manufacturers. It has worked perfectly for the last six months, and seems like a quality device. Oh, you can also get it along with the 'remote meter' ( ) that I have recently ordered separately. Going to go and collect it today and will try to install by the end of the week.
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    Crewsaver Offshore vs Pro PFDs

    We use the 9115BKHP for night and rougher conditions, and the much lighter 180N 9025BKA (which comes with a single crotch strap) at all other times. Wetsuit Outlet (aka Watersports Outlet in the US) did ask me if I was aware that the 9115BKHP was not approved by USCG, so not sure if that may be an issue for some. WO shipping costs form the UK to my Florida-based freight forwarder were very reasonable, so don't feel restricted to using the US store, BTW. (This is not intended to be an ad - I'm just a satisfied customer of theirs for a number of reasons.) No unexpected inflations from either during the year we have had them, but we have not tested them either. I just checked the cylinders were properly fitted.
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    Lake Ponchartrain Possible Sailing Death "Thibodeaux and a friend went for a sailboat ride on Sunday in Lake Pontchartrain, then decided to take a swim. Because their boat was not anchored, they lost sight of the boat. Thibodeaux's friend was found alive nearly 13 hours after crews found their unmanned sailboat."
  6. Record attempt stopped Skipper Norbert Sedlacek has decided to stop his record attempt this morning at 10.30 a.m. westerly of Ireland and to come back to the port of departure, Les Sables d’Olonne. “Sometimes it is necessary to take note of the reality and to act according to it.” says skipper Norbert. Indeed the Open60AAL Innovation Yachts has an impressive potential to sail also in rough conditions, nevertheless there are a few technical pieces of equipment which have not been matured enough in this short preparation period for the conditions expected. Therefore Norbert has decided to turn back and to give another year of lead time for optimization to start again in summer 2019 for the record attempt. Norbert is expected back in Les Sables d’Olonne for the weekend.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I met Trevor when we hauled Iron Bark in Trinidad eighteen years ago. He was in our yard at the same time as James Baldwin. Had a number of good conversations with each of them - as well as many of the other quirky itinerants that passed through. Good times, but boat numbers here have dwindled severely since those days. I recall Trevor being an incredibly modest and good humoured chap - one of the saner single-handers I have met. Most SH types are a bit 'nuts', and I theorised that they either sail alone because of that, or are that way because they sail alone.
  8. You're quite correct, but rum doesn't work that way.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    These should've been made compulsory equipment. State of the (1968) art stuff. Weren't they just RDFs anyway? Never really understood how DC managed to force himself into the original mess. Simpler times, I suppose.
  10. As an unabashed admirer of The Dyl, and becoming closer to retirement myself, I feel, despite the general consensus to the contrary, that some of us - 'of a certain age' (is that the term?) - are indeed entitled to be curmudgeonly, if, for no other reason that we can't realistically expect to find ourselves alone in the company of weird tattooed Estonian mawthers. I hereby promise not to fettle my boat in front of you, and, should I 'fall upon' a random Eastern Bloc hooker (more likely Venezuelan or Guyanese in these parts) I will keep our sordid exploits to myself. Unlike that grotty gap-toothed simpleton. (This message brought to you by Fernandes Vat19)
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race Came with the boat. Works well in 15kts+. Pivots seem a bit tight - guessing from water induced swell of the bearings/bushings. Will fettle, but bought Pelagic so, you know, priorities and stuff. If Pelagic works well, we may remove the windvane carbuncle. As a 'belt and braces' guy though, I might not. Removing is not (inversely) equal to installing.
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    The 2018 Golden Globe Race

    I'm sure that if you think about it for a bit you'll realise that's an unrealistic business model. Really, I mean think it through. Just doesn't make sense. Meanwhile, what about these chaps off Rabat?
  13. Maybe it has just passed puberty?