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  1. Thanks. I figured out my problem. Compass Mode was set to On. Changed to Mode Auto and all is well. Looking forward to the app completion.
  2. BTW, I'm using the Sail Racer Data Field inside the Garmin Boat app, not the new Device App which appears to be a WIP with regards to VMG to a waypoint.
  3. Hmmm...I tested by walking a straight line between two waypoints. The VMG and +xx/-xx data will change as I rotate the watch axis away from the direction of travel toward the waypoint, all the way to -100% VMG and +180 when the watch is rotated 180 degrees from the direction of travel. Am I missing something, or some buried watch setting?
  4. Great job. Added it to my Fenix 5X Boat app. A question I have is - can the VMG calculation use GPS location data rather than the compass? Or is that too inaccurate/computation intensive? On small boats/dinghies, it would be nice to quickly look at the watch for VMG without having to align the watch with the boat axis.
  5. DWD

    Seascape 18

    I've been sailing the boat (SSC 18), for a couple months now and I have to say this boat has far exceeded my expectations. I sail it SH with either the spinnaker or gennaker and it is easily managed. DH with the wife is also fun since she isn't semi-terrified and actually focuses more on whale watching. Launching is effortless and takes no time - covers off, main on, toss the Torqeedo on the bunk and tow it 200 yards to the ramp. It would be fun to get Seascape/First 18s together a couple times a year on the west coast. Sounds like there are 3-4 in CA? Doug Seascape 18 #283
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    Seascape 18

    When I was considering a new boat I also was trying to decide on the cockpit hatch. I had the dealer send me photos of it and it is simply a hole cut in the floor with a deck hatch installed. There is no well or supporting structure and the hatch top surface protrudes about an inch above the floor rather than being a flush design. Others like having it for fenders, docklines, PFDs, etc. and I can see that, but for me I had decided to not order it. If it had an integrated well/structure and was a flush deck design I would have ordered it. My concern was leaking, tripping on it and potentially making the floor a bit 'spongy'.
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    Seascape 18

    FYI, I was looking into a new First 18 before purchasing my used Seascape and there are several new boats available to purchase in the U.S. ready to go.
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    Seascape 18

    The boat I purchased does not have sail numbers and I'm trying to determine what number to use. My HIN on the transom plate is hull #283, but inside the inspection port there is a plaque stamped Seascape 276 and 276 written on the hull (inside) with a sharpie. I contacted another owner and he has the same hull # discrepancy inside vs outside HIN plate and he uses the number inside the hull. I asked the question through thinkseascape.com and got a reply from a Beneteau field manager in Slovenia and he told me to use the 283 hull number that is part of the HIN on the transom, which makes sense. I'm going to use the 283 HIN number as suggested, but I'm curious what others have done for their sail number. As for varnishing the spars mine still have a heavy urethane type coating (this boat has not been used much since 2015, maybe 6 outings). The tillers were bare so I did give them a couple coats of clear urethane. Waxed/buffed the hull and sanded/oiled the teak and it looks brand new. I'm really excited about this boat. Just received my new 1103C Torqeedo (VERY quiet), and I'm hauling the boat 700 miles tomorrow to S. Calif where I will drysail it.
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    Seascape 18

    Say what? I guess I can see the UV benefits but opening that can of maintenance hell is really worth it?
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    Seascape 18

    I purchased a 2015 Seascape 18 and it's on the way across the country. Spoke with fippy and it sounds like we have at least three on the west coast now. Maybe someday the First 18 will catch on and we'll have a fleet?
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    Seascape 18

    Thanks. I sent you a message.
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    Seascape 18

    Anybody know of a Seascape18 for sale in the western US? I know of two in the NE and SE, but prefer something closer. Somebody mentioned seeing one at Brickyard in the SF Bay area. Still there and possibly for sale?
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    Seascape 18

    Thanks for the input thus far. I like the idea of the cockpit floor hatch. That was handy on my melges24. Not having much luck finding a Seascape in the U.S., so I've been exploring a new Bene First 18. They offer the cockpit floor hatch option and I'm awaiting a photo from them. I don't know if it's a clean, flush design hatch with a storage well or simply a hole in the floor with a deck hatch cover to trip over and leak water into the boat?
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    Seascape 18

    No interest in racing. After 30 years I'm burnt out on that. Looking for a performance oriented assym boat that is fun to sail, easy to launch, designed in this century, well suited for SH or DH sailing and can be Torqeedoed back to the harbor when the wind dies. This boat seems to check all the boxes.
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    Seascape 18

    Seriously considering purchasing a Seascape 18 or Bene First 18. Now that these have been sailed for a few years I would like to hear thoughts from owners. Any issues with the boats or recommendations when looking at used boats? Also, any leads on used boats for sale in the western USA?