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  1. nige

    Vakaros

    It doesn’t. Apparently it’s all in there from a hardware perspective but it will be enabled in a later firmware release (not the current beta as far as I can tell)
  2. nige

    Vakaros

    An amount equal to what those testers are happy to participate for... like many, many other companies.
  3. nige

    Vakaros

    Slow, but as long as they’re moving, I’m happy...
  4. nige

    Vakaros

    I don't know anything about manufacturing (wish I did as I have some GREAT/Terrible ideas ) but I do wonder what the appropriate level of investment in manufacturing is. For sure shipping 3 units per day sounds like there must be a lot of manual input going on there but we dont know what is happening behind the scenes. I'd also imagine shipping 3 units per day will be more than they need to be producing a year from now so could there be an argument that they might have an appropriate level of investment in manufacturing? Knowing that you are going to struggle to fulfil a large backlog of orders but not wanting to waste/lost money in the long term from infrastructure that is oversized? I'm not making a strong argument out of that, the poor communication certainly lends itself to thinking they bit off more than they can chew, at the same time given the long term unit sales/shipping projections, would you want to scale your manufacturing to the burst at the beginning or long term? I'm excited with the product and they will get away with it as long as the product is good, but (other than communication, which could be so much better) I find it hard to judge without knowing what cash they started with compared to costs and knowing what their long term projection of units per month is etc. (finishing with the same statement that I know nothing of manufacturing...)
  5. nige

    Vakaros

    That’s a little more encouraging if they have shipped a couple of hundred in a couple of months.....
  6. nige

    Vakaros

    Yeah they gave me a similar answer two weeks ago about the backlight - the hardware is all in there but the functionality didn't make it into the firmware and that would be coming soon. So I got a response a couple of weeks ago but no response to my response asking about ETA"s. With any luck they are getting the rest of the orders out then moving forward with this stuff but it wouldn't be shocking if they just disappeared too! Mine was order 150, and I received it a couple of months ago from ordering at the end of Sept last year. I really like the device, its the best single device I've used but I hope they at least stay around long enough to get an app to us to update firmware to get all the features implemented and change some of the pages. We just did an overnight race and I had to duck tape a couple of red headlamps diagonally either side to use it. (it worked and glad i had it, but could have been so much better!) At best, I'll be excited if they thrive and come out with all the other sensors etc
  7. nige

    Vakaros

    Has anyone got the "automatic low-power red backlight maintains your night vision" to work? I've been walking around in the dark like a dummy trying to see if it will activate with no luck..... (I don't see a setting anywhere)
  8. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    Thanks for the effort and sanity check. I won’t waste any more of everyone’s time but I appreciate the sanity check. just need to decide if I’m going to be “that guy” or not now
  9. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    I agree completely with all of that, thanks. the only counter is that we only have one number to use and my boat (f25c) has a similar wind based performance curve, so we should be able to get in the same ball park.
  10. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    Yes, thanks, I started to do that too but my missing a few bits of info. I’ll get them later. there is enough good info in those lists though to at least validate the conversation. Thanks!
  11. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    Thanks - I had looked at the texel ratings but I'd only seen a list of beach cat ratings, so thats great, thanks.
  12. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    Thanks for the data point. I’m totally aware of the silliness of caring too much about phrf and get that it’s horses for courses but I’m just a little tired of having to give an f18 60 seconds a mile when we normally have good boat to boat races . (I’m not even sure i’ll Discuss it with the club yet because it feels shitty for exactly those reasonS ;) thx for all the info, if anyone else has data points, I’d love to hear it.
  13. nige

    Beach Cat PHRF Ratings

    Thanks - I just looked at them, I don't seem to see anything more recent than 2008 and it doesnt have the F18 there, but the other cats are a good reference so thank you. if you know of anything more recent, I'd love to see it. thx!
  14. Ok, so I it feels dirty to even post this and feel free to file it as whiny but I just wanted some comparative data if anyone has looked at this or been running these kinds of races. Does anyone have data on beach cat ratings when joining PHRF races? Obviously this is pretty silly and they are very local, low key races but I was just looking for a sanity check. There is an F18 that has raced in a local race here for years with a rating that has always seemed crazy to me (44). I'm just feeling a little annoyed about it when entering again this year so I'm looking at other examples. I've sailed this race too for years on an F-32R (-27), F25c (-9) and another custom 24ft cat at 0, I've raced A class cats, moths etc for years so have a pretty good idea of the relative speeds of these boats and I've always felt like a fast beach cat should be somewhere around the ratings the 32R/25c etc and we have always had some good boat to boat racing but its feels impossible to get close on corrected. I think its a well sailed boat and I'm not knocking them at all, if it was just a few points I'd say nothing but 44 seems so far from reality I wanted to get other thoughts. In searching around there have been PY to PHRF conversions (which I assume is where this 44 came from) but they don't seem to work at all. Others quote anything down to -51, which seems pretty harsh the other way. For example this fairly old one: Boat Design BN 2-3 BN 4 BN 5-6 BN 7+ (take the wife, dogs, and kids home) J 29 123 120 117 Tripp 26 114 117 120 Elliot 770 111 114 120 Benetau 36.7 72 69 66 Melges 32 15 18 21 Melges 24 96 93 96 Corsair 24 87 84 78 F � 25 C -18 -21 -24 Corsair 28 R 21 18 15 Corsair S 750 27 33 36 Farrier 31 -21 -27 -30 NACRA 20 -48 -54 -45 Formula 18 -39 -45 -51 Formula 16 -30 -39 -36 Either way, any thoughts or actual data used for other races would be appreciated. I also totally understand its an impossible task and responses similar to "its a silly local race, get over it" are totally fine ;)
  15. nige

    new stiletto? any news on this cat?

    Sorry for the very late post. I only just saw this when searching for something else but figured I could shed some light, the 12million fell through so they never received it. I think they only ended up with a million or so.