Alex W

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    sailboats, bikes, metalworking, diy

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  1. Alex W

    Hunter 28.5?

    I had a same size Pearson with very similar rig specs (it was a Pearson 28-2). I sold it 3 years ago so my prices are a little dated, but I think you'll be looking at $1300-$2200 depending on cloth quality and loft.
  2. Raymarine ones do. I had an e7d on my last boat, no central processor, and I built the wind instrument so I know it didn't do those calculations. All of the Raymarine instruments on the boat (st70, i70, e7d MFD, and even the p70 autopilot) were capable of computing TWS/TWA from the raw data available on the network.
  3. This depends heavily on the brand and specific parts used in your electronics. This statement isn't true for lots of modern Raymarine.
  4. Different options work on different boats. My boat has a tiller and a fairly big cockpit, so any plotter would be 6' or farther from the helm. I've spent a decent amount of time trying to figure out where I'd put a plotter and there isn't a good spot. There are a lot of inexpensive and reliable ways to weatherproof an iPad. I'm using an iPad mini 2 (used value under $200 now) in a Lifeproof Nuud case. It does have a serious battery life limitation of about 8 hours, if I were doing serious cruising and needed it on all of the time I would get a second one so that I could charge one while using the other. A nice thing about the iPad is that when racing whoever is doing tactics can have it with them. When we're cruising I can put it wherever I need it.
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    I got my first keelboat

    I'm interested if you want to build two. I've always been interested in that project too.
  6. Alex W

    I got my first keelboat

    My Dyer Midget towed terribly. It just didn’t want to jump up on a plane no matter what I tried. It rowed pretty well and was tons of fun to sail and looked really salty with all of the bronze hardware. That also made it quite heavy for a tiny dink. I see my old one and a few others around the PNW.
  7. I think I've gotten lucky on icebox insulation. My Pearson and my Express both had 2.5" to 3" everywhere that I looked. I'm surprised at how many stock boats that I see with no insulation in the lid, which makes me think that they don't have insulation anywhere else either. I see fridge duty cycles of about 25% in summer. I've basically stopped using our plotter most of the time. We just use an iPad with SeaIQ or other apps. I bought a GPS receiver that talks to our NMEA2000 network, an NMEA 2000 <-> WiFi gateway so that the iPad can show AIS and instrument data. This saves us about 1-1.5 amp draw overall. We don't need charts up most of the time, so the iPad saves a lot of power by being turned off and stowed when we don't need it. I just turn on the iPad when we're sailing in skinny waters, crossing shipping lanes, or in fog. We also don't have an onboard stereo anymore and just use a portable bluetooth speaker. That saved a good amount of weight from our boat compared to having 6 speakers installed (two pairs below, one above), wiring, and the head unit. It was also cheaper than upgrading the head unit to one with bluetooth.
  8. I have an Isotherm with a ISEC. I think that all it does is have a voltage sensor that can tell when you are hooked up to a charging source (ie, battery voltage is above 13 volts) or not. When you are it runs the compressor at the high speed and also lowers the set temp slightly to try and get everything a bit colder. I doubt it makes a big difference.
  9. Alex W

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    Hah. I've met kim and IStream but not ish. I'm certainly not a part of a swinger's club, and when I last saw Kim it was at a gathering at his house and I had only been dating my wife for a couple of weeks. She was off racing J/24s instead of hanging out with us boat nerds. I had a fun day, sailed over there on DDW's boat and sailed back with IStream and his family.
  10. Alex W

    The Discarded- Rescuing a Tartan 33

    I have had a Nature's Head on our boat since buying it. It was installed on the first day of ownership. It was both gross and felt great to pull out 10ish feet of sewer line and the holding tank and old toilet. The Airhead and NaturesHead are pretty similar in price and tank sizes. It's great. It is a lot simpler than a traditional head system and there is really nothing to break. We have to dump the pee tank once every other day when cruising (as a couple) or daily when racing (with 8-9 crew). The poo tank goes a very long time, I think we've emptied it twice, and once was from getting fruit flies. I'm glad that I got the Nature's Head over the C-Head. The C-Head uses an even smaller pee tank (1 gallon vs 2) and we'd fill it up very fast while racing. It's really annoying when you overflow the pee tank and I wish the Nature's head made it easier to monitor the fluid level. If I was more of a risk taker I'd just plumb the pee straight out to the water. We have good instructions over it and our crew generally seems to think that it works fine. A number of other people in our club have checked ours out and installed them. I've never hooked up the ventilation fan for the head, but do have an external vent hooked up. It goes to a through hull at the waterline (it was a vent for the old holding tank) and loop that line up to cabin height and back down. I haven't had any smell problems, so I've never gotten around to running the power cable to keep the fan going.
  11. Alex W

    Line selection for Roller Furler

    I've only had one boat with a furler, and it was 28 feet. On that boat the furler used a standard poly double braid in 5/16" with the core removed for the first 15'. This was the stock line from the manufacturer and always worked well for me. IStream's boat is twice that size and loads are much higher, so I can see wanting a low stretch line there. I still think anything nicer than Samson XLS Extra (their cheapest core dependent line with similar properties to NE Ropes VPC) is overkill. I wouldn't recommend VPC because it is so stiff and wouldn't wrap nicely on the drum.
  12. Alex W

    Dyneema lifeline experience?

    Unless the races that you do provide an exception for that rule. In our area Swiftsure normally does.
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    Dyneema lifeline experience?

    I also wanted to add that you don't need to buy all new pelican hooks to replace your lifelines. CS Johnson sells just the threaded stud with a dyneema splice end in 3 threadings, so you can retrofit those to most pelican hooks. https://www.fisheriessupply.com/johnson-marine-splice-line-lifeline-threaded-stud Overpriced for a bolt, but 3x cheaper than a new hook.
  14. Alex W

    Dyneema lifeline experience?

    My guy gets caught on them occasionally and I don't see more chafing there. I think low speed contact is fine, but I'd want to avoid letting a highly loaded sheet or guy rip across them at high speed for a long time. I've had them on two boats, and they've been on my current boat for 2.5 years. They work great for me, the price can't be beat. I saw a boat where all an accident caused all stanchions to be bent, both pelican clips failed, and the dyneema lifelines had no observable wear. It is really important to smooth the interior of the holes on stanchions or you will get chafing there. I used a dremel with a sanding drum and then a deburring tool. If you really want to get fancy you can splice another piece of dyneema over the lifelines at the stanchions. I did this on one side, but got too lazy to do the other. I just use 1/4" sk78 dyneema.
  15. Alex W

    Outboard Sheeting position?

    Why not install a second set of tracks? My boat has tracks along the gunwale from about the chainplates on back. They are very useful for all sorts of things -- cleats for fenders and spring lines, blocks for outboard sheeting the jib, blocks for spinnaker guys. I wouldn't want to have to guess where to put a fixed point. It'll change depending on wind conditions, the sail that you use, and cut of your next sail.