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  1. Before doing such an upgrade I would ask for underpinning VPP (or other sound) numbers. Likely such upgrade are like in high end audio: many times it's just snake oil sold by a sleek marketing story while in reality there is zero difference. And if many other cases such "upgrades" make the product to perform even worse. But as the owner paid a lot of money for it he will of course report that the upgrade is substantial and that he is very happy with it. So therefore: ask for some objective proof that it is indeed an improvement.
  2. I use the European North settings (with North 3Di sails) and they seem to be good. My jib is on soft hanks. From what I understand, the US boats have turnbuckles with a different (finer) threat, so you need to put on many more turns to achieve the same effect for your heavy weather setting. The RT-10 reading on the lowers is not very critical as just a small adjustment makes a big difference. E.g. only half a turn of the (European) lowers increase the reading from 22 to 26. So that may explain the difference in the Q and North guide. But ball park the 22 is good for a base settin
  3. When motoring for longer periods I do about 2000 rpm which is indeed about somewhere around 5,8 kt.
  4. I use a long tack line (about 25m). Before dousing a drop the tail of the tack line and the halyard in the water on the leeward side of the boat. This way I'm sure there will be no kinks in the line when releasing the stopper. And also it adds a nice piece of friction to dampen the line when being released (I have a figure 8 knot at the end of the halyard, no knot the tack line). Once I have collected the foot of the gennaker I can open the clutch of the halyard. This has just the right amount of friction in the water so I can take the sail down into the companionway is a controlled
  5. Let me know if you face problems. I have a full NKE system with Regatta processor running with Expedition, including sending data to the displays. Works perfectly!
  6. When sailing solo or 2-handed on the 111 I drop below the boom in the companionway until approximately 15 kt and letterbox in stronger winds. Then re-pack to launch from the bag in the rail.
  7. At least on the European boats there is already a standard fitting on the bow to tack a jib.
  8. For the starboard locker the boat comes with an insert-box. This box is about 2-3x as deep as the port locker. However you need to remove this box when you want the life raft to fit into the starboard locker. The raft stays directly on the bunk and you can grab it through the cockpit locker or inside the cabin.
  9. On my (Europe built) 111 there is 1 locker underneath the port cockpit bench and 1 underneath the starboard. The one on port is very shallow (maybe 15cm) and only usable for e.g. storing lines. The one on starboard basically doesn't contain a bottom. So when you open it you look straight into the starboard aft bunk. There you can store your raft (assuming it is small enough to fit through the open bench hatch in the cockpit.
  10. I use a Zodiac raft in a valise that I store (like Blur) in the starboard locker. Be aware that not all rafts will fit through the locker hatch, so take this into account when buying one. https://www.inflatablesintl.com/product/zodiac-coaster-iso-9650-4-person-life-raft-bag/
  11. Why do you think that? I race and cruise a 111 solo as well as two handed. Boat is very easy to operate and a blast to sail.
  12. How does that work with the chart plotter? I hardly ever stand behind the wheel (only sometimes when going downwind in heavy weather). I normally sit beside or in front of the wheel. So doesn't make is more sense to mount the plotter with the screen facing frontwards or make it pivoting so you can turn it around depending where you sit/stand?
  13. @jsam31 Do you happen to know what the latest software version for the Regatta Processor is?
  14. It definitely lowers the barrier to go for a short evening cruise when you have a furled jib ready to be used when you want. I have the soft hanks. And great as they are, there is always the extra work of hanking on a jib and sheets when you want to go for a sail. Not to talk about flaking and storing it once you return. But apart from that it is imho the best options when sailing short handed.
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