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      Abbreviated rules   07/28/2017

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  1. Barometer with logging

    Jeebuz! 785 mb! Hope you're not a sea level. I have this barometer in an older version without wifi or gps. Probably accurate to better than 0.3 mb. Has memory, bar graph display and readout out to 180 days. Data can be downloaded but, as TK says implies, interface could be better (but you could roll your own.)
  2. Anyone measuring tidal current?

    Allen, I am starting to try to understand how the current measurement on my B&G system works. For (nearly) wind- and current-free test runs I use the (dead) end of the Santa Fe Channel in Richmond. If I may ask, what formula do you use for the calculation? Anticipating the answer, do you set the Leeway Coefficient to zero when you are motoring?
  3. Binoculars ?

    I recommend the Fujinon FMTRC-SX 7x50: https://www.amazon.com/7x50-FMTRC-SX-Binocular-with-compass/dp/B0002GTTF4 The compass is unlit, but useful in the daytime for showing someone where to point them when you hand them over. Large f-number gives reasonable nighttime performance. Optical quality superb. The eye standoff is 23mm--one of the longest--making it easy to use for eyeglass or sunglass wearers. Rubber coated--doesn't need a case. Nitrogen sealed. Waterproof. Heavy, which is a mixed blessing. Considered by many to be worthy of the lifetime investment. I bought mine off eBay for about $700.
  4. Installing tiller pilot

    I have one of these: https://pelagicautopilot.com/products/pelagic-auto-pilot-system-with-tiller-drive These are getting a good reputation. It can (probably) be hooked up to your Nexus wind measurements.
  5. I'm afraid this exchange speaks volumes.
  6. windvaneselfsteering-whazze beef?

    If your Monitor is more than about 2? years old then there is a new design for the turning blocks down there intended to cure this problem. Worked for me.
  7. SSB radios

    Gobbledegook Haha. You really are an ignoramous. The very stereotype of the loudest, dumbest voice in the room.
  8. SSB radios

    HF is good for "party line" communications beyond about 25nm. You might be amazed at the interesting people who are out there sailing around, with good information and that you otherwise will not be aware of. Best to get a Ham licence...General Class or above. That way, you have greater access to frequencies, modes, and equipment. You don't need an expensive, marine hf radio. There are light, portable ham radios with built-in antenna tuners. Nor do you need high power. 10 or 15 watts SSB transmit is okay, is easy to install, and reduces or eliminates the problems with RF interference and high current draw on transmit. I can hit AUS, AK, MX and the US East Coast from the Central/North Pacific. HF is not essential for most racing but it makes for more fun on the return delivery.
  9. Help me decide iridium go plan

    I have the Predictwind $124/month unlimited plan and recommend it. It will take at least a month to sort out the optimal way to use the system for your particular application. In my case, I had an intermittant problem with the Iridium Go's SIM deregistering. After repeatedly removing the SIM and wiping the contacts I finally got it to work consistently, or so it appeared. Offshore for five days I got to download one grib and then it deregistered again and for the final time. No way would it restart. Unit is now RMA'd. My advice, make sure you spend time with QA before going to sea...Even then there are no guarantees and it is good to have a backup. I ended up relying on weather texts relayed over my Delorme Inreach.
  10. Probability of making it to Hawaii and back

    Yes. I think you are right. Not all possible Hawaii races have occurred. Agreed. If I were an insurance company this is what I would do. It's hard for a civilian to get the numbers, though, which is why I was trying to crowdsource for a single specific race here.
  11. Probability of making it to Hawaii and back

    Thanks for the replies. In an attempt to be concrete, here is a first estimate for the probability of race boats being lost on round trips between the USA West Coast and Hawaii: There are three relevant races this year (2016): Vic-Maui (20? boats), PacCup (70 boats?) and Singlehanded TransPac (30 boats?). Call it 100 boats this year. Say about 50% make the return trip so that's roughly 75 equivalent round trips. If this year is typical then over 10 years this would be 750 boats. Based on the comments 3 boats have been lost. These are the trimaran (race), whale attack (return) and Wildflower (return). The boat lost in the hurricane last summer was not associated with a race and is not in the specified cohort. So, the odds of losing a round-trip race boat are 3/750 = 0.4%. If a typical insurance premium for the 75 day round trip is $2k per $100k (with extreme restrictions) then the risk to the insurer is 0.004 x $100k = $0.4k. A 500% margin! Sounds like a good business proposition to me.
  12. So, in trying to obtain insurance for offshore and transoceanic passages, I wonder what the statistics are for making it to Hawaii and back without losing one's boat. Other things can happen of course...such as losing a mast or rudder...that could also result in an insurance claim, but it seems the simplest probability to guestimate might be total loss. There is at least one Hawaii race from the USA West Coast each year with a few dozen boats so it seems like, over the years, there would be a large cohort (hundreds of boats) to sample. I know of two boats lost on the return delivery out of hundreds so I guess the probability of total loss is less than 1%. But that's just duh. Are there any credible statistics?
  13. Iridium Go and Expedtion

    Ive used PW Offshore App with an SSB and SailMail with some success. Does any know if using PredictWind through Iridium Go!, even just downloading Gribs using the PW Offshore App, is race legal? I've been assuming it's not because it requires a subscription.
  14. PLB with AIS

    Surely a handheld GPS/DSC VHF radio is a good way to go for the scenario of being recovered by your own boat, or by another nearby boat. Broadcasts distress all-call, including location, which shows up on other DCS radios and on most modern, networked chart plotters. Two way communication between rescuers and rescuee included. All my VHF's, recently purchased, have the ability to display range and bearing back to the calling radio. Since it has routine uses beyond emergencies, it is very easy to justify carrying it. Downside is that the range for a transmitter at water level with waves can be quite short (maybe less than a mile in some cases) depending on the conditions. A PLB looks up to the sky and thus is less likely to be blocked by large waves, but has the disadvantage of requiring "action at a distance" previously mentioned. Carrying a handheld GPS/DSC VHF is a requirement for Northern California ocean racing.
  15. Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

    You misunderstood so broadly that scarcely any specificity would help.