Alex W

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    sailboats, bikes, metalworking, diy

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  1. Alex W

    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    Martin: You can email me. Put the punctuation in the obvious places on my Garmin Connect name, or send me a PM and I'll send you my address. Help on a VA3 port would be great. MonkeyC has some silliness that took a bit of working around, but is otherwise pretty harmless.
  2. Alex W

    Engine off at start?

    There may also be regional exceptions for avoiding traffic using a VTS lane. We have that in the SIs for all of our clubs, here is the rule that applies to power: "A yacht in position where it may impede commercial traffic must exit from the “danger area” immediately, under auxiliary power if necessary. If power is used, it must be reported to the Race Committee at the finish line. Also, a written report must be made on a protest form, showing the location, time, duration of power use, speed, direction of exit, and that the competitive position of the yacht was not improved. If the last item cannot be demonstrated adequately, a time penalty may be imposed." The rest is on page 13 of https://www.styc.org/race_info/RaceBook/2018.pdf
  3. I've used North sails that have dyneema loop tails (with about a meter long strop to help with jybing) and no metal rings at the clew. I've also sailed forum member xyzzy, who put dyneema rings on the clew of his jibs (at least the #1). I think the metal ring does two purposes. It gives you a place to attach the sheets, but it also distributes the load from that sheet to multiple panels of cloth. On the North sails that I mentioned they use webbing for the same load distribution. If you replace the metal ring you'd need to think about how the load is carried.
  4. Alex W

    Iceless, clueless, techieless

    You can DIY if you are handy. A cheap chinese vacuum pump and manifold gauge set is about $125 and the information is out there for how to do this on common systems. The Danfoss based system on my boat had a small leak from the start (at one of the couplings, a piece of dust must have gotten on the face of it). I cleaned up the couplings, vacuumed it out, and did a full recharge and it's been working since and wasn't very difficult.
  5. Alex W

    Pac Cup 2018

    From Limitless: https://e37limitless.com/2018/07/important-update-from-team-limitless-steering-issues-force-retirement-from-race-all-aboard-are-safe-and-sound-headed-home-to-san-pedro/ Sad to see them dropping out, especially for failing brand new rudder bearings. It sounds like the safe and smart call.
  6. I’ve had Origo and Cookmate stoves and they’ve both been great. Their oven doesn’t seem as good, which is why I switched to propane on my current boat. I didn’t think that Shilshole still had CNG, but it is good news if they do.
  7. Alex W

    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    This one? https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/apps/88a169bd-e109-4a9f-b090-0ca5d94a7b8c I'm surprised to hear of your crash, if it is the same app I'd like to investigate. VivoactiveHR was replaced with the Vivoactive3. It is a new UX with one button (vs two) and a round screen, which makes it nontrivial to make an app support both. One button isn't great for on water use.
  8. Alex W

    Garmin Quatix 3/5 vs... ?

    I wrote software for the discontinued (so cheap) VivoactiveHR that does race navigation. It isn't a chart plotter, but you can enter marks through a web interface and get COG, DTG, VMG all related to that mark. It also does race starts and keeps a track of your course that shows up in Garmin Connect. Waypoint changes are done with buttons, so it works on the course when wet. It is free and open source. Look for "Sailing" on their store.
  9. This is the west coast, so you might look for a Yankee 30 over a Tartan. Almost the same design, different builders, both are good boats.
  10. Freewheelin has good advice. Also don't fall in love with the boat until the surveyor has told you everything that is wrong with it. Don't buy a first boat in this price range without a survey. A survey on a 30 foot boat will end up being around $750 (for surveyor time plus quick haul), but will likely net you more than $750 in negotiating power. I am in Seattle and tried shopping for boats in BC, but it's pretty hard to line up one weekend where you can look at a lot of boats. Figure that you'll make a minimum of 3 trips for any boat that you are going to buy: 1 to look, 1 to survey, 1 to bring it home. Plan on a 4th trip to do repairs before you can bring it home. If the boat is an hour away that isn't a big deal. If it is 3 hours away it starts to get pretty annoying. If it is 5+ hours away (like on Vancouver Island) then it better be a pretty amazing boat at an amazing price. I'm not as excited about the Catalina 30 as everyone else on here. Even if you are primarily cruising it is a lot more fun to have a boat that is good in light air around here.
  11. It is a dead system, no one has made parts for them for years. I think Sure Marine was the last place in Seattle doing CNG and I’ve heard that they stopped about a year ago. There are CNG stations for cars in Seattle (Dr Dans in Ballard was one, he is also a sailor) and maybe they can refill a tank. Some ranges can have the burners and regulator swapped for propane ones. Ours was missing basic safety gear (a thermocouple to turn off the gas if the flame blew out) so it was better just to replace the whole thing.
  12. That is a much better looking boat. I’d find out why the buyer backed out and see if there is a survey that they had done and which is available. One minor thing: CNG isn’t really available anymore, budget about $1500 to $2000 to switch to a propane system and stove. I had to do this on my boat too. It seems like it is still in your budget even with that. 32’ will probably feel overwhelming to two brand new sailors, but so will 25’. With experience that is an easy size to single hand. Get any boat surveyed too, ads always look better than reality.
  13. Alex W

    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    I sleep in the aft side on our boat. Yeah, I just crawl in, it really isn't a big deal. It is better than the alternative where one person is fully under the cockpit in a coffin like space (that is how my previous boat was setup). It looks like the C&C 30-2 uses the coffin approach. The only downside of sleeping there is that little wavelets can make a lot of noise when hitting the acute angle between the water and hull. I didn't hear this on my cruising-oriented Pearson because the reverse transom was almost right at the waterline. On the Express it sits higher (so that there is a lot less turbulence when sailing), but at rest that means you get this area that wavelets get stuck in and make a lot of noise. The C&C 30-2 transom knuckle appears to be a bit higher (more like the Express, less like the Pearson) and it might suffer from the same problem.
  14. Very true, but you probably want something a lot lighter and with just enough room for 3 people. Like a Moore 24.
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    "Perfect" Compromise Boat?

    The 30E has a really narrow V-berth, sails in a class that isn't as competitive around here, and has that annoying headliner. It was a pretty easy boat for me to skip when I was shopping.