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  1. Along the same lines, I am looking for a low-weight solution: I am considering a solar solution to keep my house batteries topped off during 3-5 day ocean races and deliveries back on a 5,000kg 11m planing racer/cruiser (SF 3600). Or, like we did in the last year because of COVID, 7-10 day long cruising with limited/no access to dock power. I'm guessing realistic draw with the VHF, GPS's, AIS, iridium, cold plate, all lights, expedition, ipads is about 2-3a/h with autopilot off (while fully crewed racing) and 4-5a/h with autopilot on while cruising, or SH racing. In the past, I have easily
  2. There are numerous ones around here that are universally fast on the light air of the Chesapeake-great all-around boat. Obviously, IRC not used around here so can't answer that question.
  3. That is a good description of a well thought-out installation. It gives a good idea of how much the boat draws 60-80a/h/day, which seems realistic. My needs are a little different regarding installation location and type of panel-I don't have a Bimini and so cannot take advantage of that full sun location. I will also be using flex panels which become less efficient with time due to the clouding of the plastic covers.
  4. So to take this discussion in a slightly different direction-I am shopping for a solar solution to keep my house batteries topped off during 3-5 day ocean races and deliveries back on a 5,000kg 11m planing racer/cruiser. Or, like we did in the last year because of COVID, 7-10 day long cruising with limited access to dock power. I'm guessing (total guess) realistic draw with the VHF, GPS's, AIS, iridium, cold plate, all lights, expedition, ipads is about 2-3a/h with autopilot off (while racing) and 4-5a/h with autopilot on while cruising. In the past, I have easily managed this by running th
  5. Some really do, some don't. Unlike car dealers they are less regulated and so there is more variability. I bought one boat from a dealer at AYS and he was wonderful-I would go back to him any day. I recently bought a new boat from a different broker in RI who was so irresponsible and a BS artist, I wouldn't go within a hundred miles of him. But new customers don't know unless they talk to someone who has used that broker before.
  6. Roleur-let me qualify-it was a crap-shoot for us mere mortals-certainly not for those like Alan, Randy and the other top finishers that make it happen consistently no matter whether they are sailing a lightning, a J-22 or J-105 (or Italia). Not luck for them (maybe a little)
  7. Yes, I was watching that from 200 yds away and it was crazy-the J-105 with a jib would accelerate, then stop dead in the water and then you would go by him, then you would stop-it was like the 3 of you were taking turns. What I would really like to avoid in the future is doing the whole first leg (and part of the second) against the current in light wind-painful getting under the bridge.
  8. Yes, and it was not by chance these boats did so well-they were sailed extremely well. Sure they found holes too, but they were pretty quick to recognize them and minimize their losses. It is incredible watching talent work. I'd love to know how they avoided the holes at night-a 6th sense.
  9. Right you are, except that after 2300 the western side was the place to be-,you crossed behind us and went to the the western side of the ship channel sometime between 11 and 12 and we continued just east of the rhumb line to stay close to the eastern shore (thinking we would get better wind). We were the only boat to do that and it was a big mistake-we puttered along for the next 2.5 hours doing 2-3knots while you and every other boat we were sailing with accelerated and were doing 6-7. Sometimes you win going away from the fleet-sometimes you lose big. Light air-it was a crap shoot.
  10. SH?-Anytime I can get out -good to get out in Baltimore Harbor away from Covid, protests, etc. The SF3600 makes it so easy to do it alone-hardest part is docking if its blowing over 15. Isn't that always the hardest part of SH sailing?
  11. Maestro 40 is comfortable, fast, well-designed Finnish boat-just expensive. Baltics are also nice. https://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2006/maestro-40-3580958/
  12. Even though Jeanneau and Beneteau are in the same "group" they are managed separately with different philosophies and appeals to buyers-think Pontiac versus Buick back in the 70s/80s. Even though they share some parts (just like the GM subsidiaries shared motors) they have a very different appeal to customers. Aside from the Figaro line, Beneteau does not have an interest in designing a racing boat; whereas Jeanneau does.
  13. Yes-if you are well practiced with your system and therefore confident and faster, you will reef more often, and it won't be stressful. You will probably need a longer strop for your deep third reef. Play with it at the dock and find the right length-long enough to reach the reefing strap on the luff but short enough to be pulling down and forward as close to the boom as the gathered sail will allow with that third reef in. Once you know the right length you can splice a dyneema line to a tylaska clip and then practice the routine a few times with your "crew". There will be only one way to
  14. Before I changed it, this on was not the selden shuttle-block system on my current boat-the 3600; but I had that Selden system on my last boat-worked fine for the first reef (most of the time), but on the second and third reef, often got slack somewhere in the boom causing the foot to loosen up just when it was blowing 35 and you needed that flat foot. For my ocen racing I converted that boat's 2nd and third reef to slab as well using the cunningham and a downhaul. This boat is small enough to easily crawl up from the cockpit and hook up the strop. I might use a downhaul in the ocean.
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