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ronnie_simpson

Member Since 16 Dec 2008
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In Topic: Bought new boat, need battery advice.

13 September 2014 - 09:25 PM

i don't think it's too complex. you have everything you need to accomplish what you want to accomplish (aside from investing in solar). so you're in a good spot.

 

it sounds like you have 6 batteries total. I would wire up two banks to a simple 1-2-ALL-OFF battery switch. I would wire up the two as bank 1, wire two more as bank 2 and then leave two batteries on the dock or better yet sell them cheap/ give them to someone who needs batteries. it will win you karma points. 

 

Sounds like the regulator on the Beta will maintain things without an issue. Wire up a solar panel or two (with a charge controller) and then you're set. With two big banks, you should have enough to charge the Torqeedo when necessary, off of solar. Keep that thing for the dinghy.  More battery capacity is great as it allows you to store more power on a sunny day and save it for a rainy day.

 

My current set up is a 50 w solar panel on the stern pulpit and an 80 w panel in front of the companionway charging two 105 aH lead/acid's. My boat is engineless, the solar is my only means of charging and it has performed brilliantly between US west coast and Fiji on my 27-footer, just for reference. I use my laptop very much to work remotely, as well as the stereo and 12v fans and a Raymarine ST2000. All lights are LED.

 

With 130 w of combined solar, I can charge at over 8 amps in ideal tropical conditions with both panels aimed right at the sun, though I usually hover in the 2-5 amp range for charging.


In Topic: Route du Rhum 2014

04 September 2014 - 11:52 AM

f'ing awesome!!!!! was cool to see Loick racing Happy, but exponentially cooler to see him racing BP VII... Route du Rhum is going to be absolutely insane


In Topic: Documentary: Pros and Cons of living aboard in the Caribbean

04 September 2014 - 01:30 AM

You're right. I probably won't ever get it.  My son went on a diving trip to the Phillipeans.  He met a bunch of retired American men who had a local wife/maid/sex partner.  They went to the bar every afternoon to drink beer. It was paradise for them. But I'll never understand.

 

My one question is what does he do all day?  Sure, going down to the market to pick up a fish and a beer is fun on day 1 and day 20, but what about on day 120?  He says he goes to sleep at sundown and wakes at sunup.  This means that in the tropics he is in bed for nearly 11 hours a day.  If he was actively sailing around the world or something, I would understand that he is busy. And if he was writing a book I'd say he has a job. But does he just stare at the ocean all day, every day.

Foolish, the trip that your son took to the Phillippines sounds like a very cheap and shallow endeavor. No disrespect intended to him in saying that. I think all young travelers find a place in time where they experience something similar and they either tire of it and move on to something else, (ie- growing up) or they don't and they subscribe to that life style and become rum saturated and jaded later in life.

 

i don't pick up that vibe, not even in the least bit, with the subject in the doco. dude drops some pretty deep, meaningful and evolved perspectives in his film and then shows himself living, at least to me, a very fulfilling, simple, healthy and balanced life. 

 

going to the market to pick up a fish and beer... on day 1, day 20 or day 120, what is wrong with that? that's not wasting time or throwing your life away, it's called living life. last time i checked, most of us eat a large meal at the end of the day. many people call it dinner and if you can wash it down with a cold brew, then all the better. it's a far cry from sitting around drinking beers at the bar all day. he is living his own life on his own terms. 

 

as for the book comment, he did write a book. he just chose to do it with high-definition video and spoken word, not text on paper. he then chose to give the book to all of us, for free. brilliant.


In Topic: Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

04 September 2014 - 01:01 AM

Agreed, he has no clue about sailing, and the utter slowness is painful to us sailors - but you just have to be impressed by the sheer doggedness of his endeavour

not to hate, but i don't quite get the "doggedness" of the endeavor. a couple dozen people sail solo to Hawaii every couple of years in the SHTP, many on equally or even more crappy boats to an SJ 24 and many engineless. and there are a number of people cruising very small and basic vessels and doing impressive things with them. Rimas just happens to be slower than every single one of them and exhibit piss poor seamanship along the way. he reminds me of Reid Stowe in a lot of ways, just drifting around with no apparent goal.

 

29 N 133 W is not in the pacific garbage patch or the gyre, btw. Sailing from SF to Hawaii, it's a pretty common way point where one could expect to pick up the trades, and Rimas should fairly soon, though the N Pacific is quite fluky this year.

 

when Rimas began these collective voyages, i was one of his biggest fans because i believed in the ethos of geting a crappy boat and just going. watching him sail the boat so poorly however is a pretty big turn off for me. granted i've sailed solo to HI 3 times, twice of them engineless on small and smaller boats than an SJ 24, so maybe i'm less in awe of someone taking a shitty boat and drifting around, than most. 


In Topic: Sailing around the world in a San Juan 24

31 August 2014 - 05:08 AM

I suspect at the rate he is sailing, it will be at least a total of 40-50 days just to get to Hawaii. Then at least 50-60 to get to Samoa. It is a long way and a long time. I predict he will land in Hawaii again. Does anyone know the condition of the bottom paint and the fouling?

He's trying to get to Samoa after Hawaii? That's 2,300 reaching miles and the equator and not an easy passage. Based on past speeds, inability to sail to windward(?) and the fact that he'll be arriving in the South Pacific during cyclone season unless he waits until next year, I don't think he'll make Samoa. He'd likely get blown somewhere else or worse. I hope he carries a lot of charts of the south pacific... I'll hand it to Rimas, he has me riveted (now that I actually have internet access), but for all the wrong reasons. i hope he is safe out there.