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About RImike

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  1. I used to love their gear, it fit be me the best, I liked their colors and I had great customer support experience with them when they replaced a set of foul weather bibs when the zipper ripped off it. This was 5 years ago and recently I was in the market for a new foul weather jacket and all I could find on their site was "cocktail" attire. When the header of their website states "Sailing Apparel for Men and Women" you know that they are catering to people whom spend more time off the water than on it.
  2. You won't get that much snow there. Probably just a few feet a year.
  3. There is a Budweiser brewery there.
  4. I've always used Moeller zinc chromate primer followed up with Trilux 33 prop and drive paint on aluminum drives. It's held up well on sail drives to Bravo 3's. The manual makes mention of using "Volvo Penta antifouling" which is the same properties as all aerosol antifouling paint for outdrives and such.
  5. There will be a mark on the reservoir that says "MAX OIL LEVEL". With the piston completely retracted and the system bleed, you want the fluid more or less at that line or 2cm below it.
  6. Considering the amount of open source info associated with Arduino/Raspberry Pi I think that this is becoming a reality very quickly. Also considering that Signal K is starting to gain some traction then perhaps if you spend years developing it then something might work out for you but at a point you have to put a value on your time vs what could be bought readily available on the market.
  7. That will be huge as now you just opened up to Expedition and other Windows based navigation software. Even if you doubled the current price, it's still less than a Panasonic Toughbook / Zebra Tablet.
  8. In addition to being sunlight readable be sure that it's polarized readable at angles associated with boat heal. Remember you head will be level however if your tablet is hard mounted it could be tilted 40 degrees or so. I once saw a display that this happened to (can't remember the brand) and when going downwind when the boat was "flat" no problems but going up wind you had to keep tilting your head to read the display....
  9. Considering it's for short handing, how are they going to mount an auto pilot to it? Also why do a cassette rudder when a transom hung kick up dual rudder system would allow for moving the cockpit aft and increasing cabin area. Cassette kick up rudders can also be done but that giant "hole" for the rudder takes up valuable space. I'm seeing this as a "long" mini for some reason...
  10. Just curious but is there an LED on the top of it that blinks either green or red? This is a helpful trouble shooting tool.
  11. Are you sanding it with to fine of a sandpaper perhaps?
  12. I'm assuming stainless steel screws correct? Are they self tappers or machine? What type of material are they threaded into?
  13. Does anyone know if the YouTube live stream will be geo restricted and thus a VPN is needed to watch it?
  14. Yes, Prep work is key, it's one of those situations that even after you've cleaned it 4 times, clean it 2 more times just in case and change your gloves often to avoid any cross confirmation. One thing to note, if your not bonding bare/raw aluminum to the carbon there isn't a need to isolate it. It is anodized so this (along with the adhesive layer thickness) does a pretty good job at isolating and I've never see anything that would indicate otherwise. Also some tracks come with reinforced plates to add to the side of the track, which allow for mechanical fastening if center line screws
  15. The glue will be the strongest part, either the mast's carbon will delaminate or the aluminum in the track will actual break apart. As anything, it's all in the perp work. I've see failures of various tracks bonded to the mast and you can clearly see 4 fingers on the track were it was picked up without gloves on and the oil residue wasn't removed properly. Strength of a glued on track is very high, over a 12cm length piece it held to 1500 kg before the carbon delaminated. The actual method of attaching it varies from mechanical clamping to vacuum bagging.
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