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  1. When starting the engine after a rough transfer with an X-35 from Helsinki to Kiel the engine ran nicely but no forward or backward thrust. One guy from the crew went swimming and soon confirmed we had no propeller. We had to sail into the Schilksee marina, and this was during Kieler Woche. We did not know the marina, so we made one wrong turn and had to make a U-turn. On the way back we met a fleet of 29ers. Most boats were avoided without drama, but the there was suddenly two coming against us on port, one going between us and a line of pillars. We managed to pass them with 5cm to spare. We found our berth and manhandled the boat into it. The sponsor sign on the side of the boat said “for tough jobs”...
  2. During the winter I installed a triton 2 with the DST800 into my 24ft sports boat using a flush housing. Having read this thread after I made the purchase I feared the worst (having to upgrade the sensor), but when I finally got the boat in the water it works fairly well, at least in the 4-15kts boatspeed range tested so far. At first I thought I had messed the calibration runs as it was showing bad speed upwind, but after firing up the Velocitek, calibration proved accurate, driving proved bad :-) The triton and DST800 has less lag than the velocitek prostart, making the info easier to use for steering feedback. For those with wind instruments and bigger boats (thicker boundary layer) it might not be good enough, but for me I think it is enough and an upgrade from using SOG from the velocitek as we used previously.
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    DTS 800 housing to long??

    I had the same issue. The yellow seal on the the top should be replaced with a black one If you have the flush housing or some other housing without “bomber doors”. Check the manual of the transducer, it is mentioned there.
  4. The garage test is now conducted, with the engine perfectly level, no oil ended up in the cylinder. So I’ll have to add some padding to the engine box, or store it with the propeller forward. I opened the carburetor only to find it very clean. Turned out there was almost no gasoline reaching the carb. There was some debris on the bottom of the fuel tank, and there inside the pipe from the fuel tank to the shutoff vent was a clogged fuel filter. I had been wondering why the machine did not have a fuel filter, but there was one. Just not the same type that sits in the Yamaha 20 and 50hp engines. So I cleaned it up and put the engine back together.
  5. I think I will first test this in the garage to ensure that it does not leak when level. If it works I’ll fill up the engine tray with something to get it level.
  6. With the propeller forward we could get it to a slightly better angle, but the engine has to be in the engine tray below the cockpit while racing due to class rules.
  7. We’ve stored the engine in the position shown in the manual and the sticker. The engine is not perfectly level as the bottom of the boat is sloping slightly forward, but it is very close to level.
  8. I’ve been running it with small engine gasoline, a mix that does not contain all the additives that modern 95E10 contains hoping this would cure solve the problem of a clogged carburator but no luck so far.
  9. Last winter I bought a five year old Suzuki engine to replace the 15-year old Mercury. The Suzuki had been started once, then unused. However last summer was a pain... The engine will not take enough rpm. Up to half throttle the rpms are rising, after that the rpm stays same as with half throttle. It feels like an engine that has a propeller with too much pitch, but the other Melges 24:s have the same and their engines are revving just fine. the other problem is Oil. When the engine is stored in the boat, the cylinder gets filled with oil. If it is stored over night you get it started with a cloud of blue smoke. When the engine has been stored for weeks there is so much oil in the cylinder that We have to unscrew the spark plug and pull the rope to clear it from the cylinder. We store the engine with the correct side up, as in the instructions... Any thought on what could be the cause of these problems and how to fix it? Or anyone with similar issues with the Suzuki engine? I traded in my old Mercury two stroke, a huge mistake...
  10. @WHK did you find a flush housing for the GST43?
  11. That’s good news! I hope that in addition to boathandling the series would include some video with focus on driving.
  12. I ordered the newer Bethwaite books from Amazon... I’ve read the first book back in the days before buying the boat, but at that time I sailed heavy cruiser/racers so I probably skipped over the asymmetric and planing stuff... Meanwhile I found this video by Ian Walker and John Merricks: The beef is around 40minutes in, there is a practical example of generating apparent wind.
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    why am i here?

    In the mid 90’s I was sailing a Laser. The qualification race for the IYRU Youth Worlds on Bermuda was one single regatta, and it was blowing 40kts in the gusts. I got the boom in my head in a gybe, lights went out for a split second. After checking my head for blood I continued racing despite having a light concussion and vomiting. I was thinking it was insane but the ticket to the worlds required a good result and beating the other youth sailors...
  14. I’ve been sailing a Melges 24 for two seasons. It is my first experience driving a boat with an asymmetric. We have come a long way from being miserably slow to being reasonably fast in heavy and light air, but the top boats really kills us in marginal planing conditions. Are there any good instructional videos where someone would be commenting on the driving? Quantum and Chris Rast has this one on switching modes: and there is this Embarr video from Miami... but any other good videos that would teach driving a sports boat downwind? Any good articles or books?
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    Zeus / Vulcan / Ipad Configuration

    I’ve been racing on a boat with a B&g ZEUS inside and an IPad used by the navigator on deck over WiFi. There has been some issues with battery life, for a 40-mile offshore race the iPad had to be charged multiple times. Murphy’s law makes the battery die at the most inconvenient time.