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  1. I agree that the majority of sailors out there today are low key, etc., but in my area, and the groups I'm involved in, both small inland small cat racing and larger multi and monohull sailing on California coastal waters, it's frankly mostly reasonably-well-to-do white folk. Like me, to be honest. And most of them/me are getting to be on the older side. The lack of new blood in sailing is a common discussion point and complaint on these forums. To participate, you have to have the time, which means not working three jobs or be worrying about paying for the $75 in gas it will take to get to
  2. Then don't do it for diversity's sake, do it for the sport of sailing's sake. If sailing is "a rich white person's sport", the sport, and market, will continue to shrink and die... the sport, and the market will benefit from more people involved. More people buying boats, more people sailing, more people racing. The biggest source of untapped people to recruit happens to be all the under-represented people... be it gender, race, economic class, etc., etc.,... It's perfectly possible to take a "I'll do it only because it benefits me" stance in broadening sailing's appeal. If you have
  3. Most fun was 23 kts sustained on a F-31. Was a blast blowing past all the Rolex big boats with their matching crew sweaters as we flew past in a mass of spray. (We were just playing that day.) 22.1 kts measured over a quarter mile on a Hobie 16... 28.5 kts max instantaneous on the gps on a Hobie 16 up the delta on a ditch run. That was simply terrifying, trapped off the rudder casing, not daring to turn for fear of pitch-polling into the river bank...
  4. Two Sundays ago on SF Bay there was a (repeated) radio call where the CG was asking for help... there had apparently been a transmission earlier (11am, perhaps), where the only transmission was, "Help my boat is sinking." The CG was asking every 15 minutes if anyone had heard it, and if anyone had was asking for their location, mast height, etc. A few boats responded with locations and the requested information. Like the OP, I was kind of surprised. I assumed the CG had massive receivers, DF gear, and any other technological help, and assumed it was because of the reportedly short tran
  5. Just found this thread, and spent a completely enjoyable evening last night reading through the whole multi-year story. Love seeing the "hack it apart and just fix it all" approach. I hope it's nearing the end so we can see TJ back in her element! Thanks for sharing this journey and taking the time to make all the updates... I'll definitely be following.
  6. But sometimes the owner insists on being on the boat too, so you do what you have to...
  7. I learned a long time ago to not trust that just because it "says" it works doesn't mean that it will actually fit with the required tolerances. So, yeah, I saw that... but whether a 2021 transducer will actually fit and work in a 1999 base that's been glued into a fiberglass hull for 20 years... "Probably?" Trying to find a place that has a P79S in stock with a very generous open box return policy...
  8. No wind instruments on the boat. Adding that is one of the reasons for the whole system upgrade to begin with... currently trying to decide between the gWind and B&G options... but that's another discussion. If I can't verify that the P79S will fit in the P79 base ($250, but least number of failure points), and I can't find a ST-70 pod (cheapest, keeps same transducer, but more parts/complexity to fail and mixed ST/STng/N2K), then the ITC-5 is the option ($250+, complex)...
  9. Well, it's an F-31, so if I need to I can just put it on the trailer. But the boat is in a marina and the trailer is three hours away, so... I'd rather not. The P79, though, is 'in-hull', not 'through hull'. There's a base that is embedded and epoxied into the hull... if I can be sure that the P79S, with NMEA2K, is a perfect fit for the base, then it's a simple thing to remove the transducer itself from the base and replace with the new transducer. I can't yet get confirmation that it exactly fits, though... and it's a $250 experiment... if I can locate the depth version of the ST-70
  10. Ok, the info on the analog piezo interface was what I expected (but was not hoping for, of course.) You're right, just going to a P79-S w/ a NMEA2K native interface is probably the easiest... now, let's see if the newer P-79 fits in the currently-mounted P79's housing... (You mentioned the DT800, but that's a full through-hull, while the P79/S is an "In-hull" transducer...) That's really closest to what I was originally looking for (and I hadn't found it yet), but since I only have depth the cost is about the same to just replace the P79 with a P79S and simplify things.
  11. I'm in the process of updating electronics. Moving to an NMEA 2000 system from a mix of NMEA 0183, Seatalk, and a hodgepodge of other things. The depth transducer, an Airmar P79, is connected to the back of a Raymarine ST60 Depth Instrument. Due to the way the P79 is installed, I'd like to not replace that transducer, if I can get away with it. What I can't find, though, is how to connect that transducer to the NMEA2K network. I don't know what the protocol is... the P79 docs don't say, and the ST60 docs just label it 'Transducer Input'. The cable coming out of the transducer
  12. "Ah, Beer. The cause of and the solution to all the worlds problems." - Homer Simpson
  13. Yup. When the main isn't up, spin halyard to the port ama, screacher halyard to the starbord ama, tightened enough to remove/dampen any slop. Shrouds are just loose enough that mast rotation is uninhibited under light wind loading, which seems really loose when the main is down in sloppy wave conditions. When powered up, windward halyard is eased so that the shroud is taking the load, and the mast position and rotation are locked by the forestay/shroud/mainsheet triangle. That's how I do it, anyway. And @johnAk, beautiful pics, and serious location envy.
  14. Thanks for the input. Any thoughts on which of these would best last in my typical use case, which is to leave it on my lifejacket, soaking unmaintained in salt water for a few years, before I pull it out and expect it to save my life? (I mean, not that _I_ would treat a knife like that, but the crew... well... ) I had a leatherman, but it didn't do well... even though I tried to be nice to it, it didn't last (and the blade didn't hold an edge) very well on the boat... to many moving parts and nooks and crannies for salt and tarnish to accumulate. Granted, it's likely I probably had a
  15. Yes, I think it is a tape drive... it's from the previous-previous-owner, so at least 12 years, I think... it wasn't used much at all over the last 10 years by the previous owner, so it's not in terrible shape for it's age, other than the mold spots inside the film.
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