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  1. On 12/3/2020 at 12:27 PM, Ajax said:

    Early articles that I read stated that the BVI authorities rejected his attempt to pay with a card. Maybe at some point they relented on that.

    Are you sure the FP article and the Guardian article are the same case? The stories seem different. And the FP article says that they weren't detained, boat wasn't impounded, and they were back in the US.

    The Guardian couple's story seems...more fishy...

  2. 22 hours ago, robtoujours said:

    left Delos about a year ago, bought a house at Lake Tahoe. then set up a sailing school and bought a capri 14, Catalina 22 and a Catalina 27! so with all that I'm rather surprised they can't get funding for some cruising yacht by more conventional means.. 

    They probably can get funding by conventional means, but if fans are willing to pay for their eventual boat, why not? The La Vags and Delos of the industry are making good money, but they still have people donating to them for some reason.

  3. On 8/24/2020 at 4:36 PM, ChrisJD said:

    I wouldn't take for granted that a 2004 Beneteau Oceanis would be in any better shape than, say, a 1995 Tartan 3500.  There are plenty of the latter for sale around the upper edge of your price range, and they're very well-made boats that will have much better fit-and-finish overall than the plastic fantastic boats (and likely better sailing performance).  Plus, big cockpits with lines led aft, and huge down below.

    +1 on the Oceanis boats. They sail well, are well laid out, and like you said - newer is much less hassle.

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  4. So it seems it would not be as simple as putting a normal monitor behind glass on the bulkhead because of glare and overheating. Has anyone come across a weatherproof and sunlight visible monitor that is not touchscreen?  I am wondering if that could save some money. It seems easier/cheaper to design than a touchscreen version.

  5. I have been getting into the idea of a Raspberry Pi chartplotter. Partly because it would be great to have a dedicated plotter, partly because it seems silly to buy an expensive plotter for a 30 year old 30 fter, and partly because it sounds like a fun project. I am starting to spec it out in my mind, but could really use some advice from someone who knows what they are doing. Here is what I have in mind

    Raspberry Pi & case & 12V converter
    dAISy Hat & VHF antenna splitter (for AIS receiver)
    12 V touch screen monitor at nav station
    bluetooth mini keyboard
    GPS receiver (either link the boat's current receiver or add a dongle)
    Android tablet
    Second 12 volt monitor (non-touch screen) behind plexiglass (or something??) on the bulkhead
    The idea would be to be able to control the plotter from either the touch screen & mini keyboard at the nav dest, or from the tablet. Think this is possible? Could it be set up using a remote desktop app on the tablet or is it more complicated?
    This part I am really not sure about. The last monitor would fill a hole (about 8"x 8") that currently houses the radar readout that we don't use (the radar is old and sucks our batteries dry). I figure if done right it will look better, but also be more useful to have a bulkhead mounted screen I can turn on and off. Another option would be to install a tablet mount there, but that seems less elegant. I originally was thinking of a waterproof touch screen here, but was quickly priced out. So I am thinking I could have a normal (dumb) screen behind a piece of plexiglas or something similar to keep it protected. It could project the plotter, or a countdown sequence for racers, or whatever. I have not been able to find anything online about something similar, but if possible I think it could be pretty slick. It would be in a convenient place on the boat to have a readout.
    Any thoughts on this setup? Anything I am missing? I appreciate any advice.
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  6. I have a Garmin GNX (I think) from a generation maybe 4-5 years ago. Came with the boat. It reads boat speed, depth, and wind speed and direction. It has worked great so far. The issue this year is that true wind speed is either not registering, or is reading the same as boat speed. I want to go up the mast and check things out, but I can't find anything online about what to look for. 

    The instrument up top spins (though not as easily in light wind as it used to. So my first theory was a bird got up there. But wind speed matching boat speed is weird to me, especially when its blowing 15kts.

    Any advice on what to look for or what to fiddle with?

  7. +1

    I feel like after the first year, guests come out no where near as often as you expect them to. Friends and family are busy, and not into it the same way you are. So you could end up regretting every extra foot of maintenance, cleaning, upkeep, fuel, painting etc. - or worse yet resent those friends and family for not coming out. So I'd go for a boat you love, big enough for your family, with an extra camping spot for friends. Most boats in the 30-33 range would accommodate a couple nicely for this.Oh, and from someone who spent two weeks this year sorting head issues, the thought of a second head makes the head on my shoulders want to explode.

    Marinas and mooring fields everywhere I go are filled with sailing couples. The couples on big boats are sitting at mooring. The couples with smaller boats are out daysailing. They all end up at the same bar afterwards. Just an observation.

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  8. On 6/13/2020 at 1:03 PM, El Boracho said:

    The worst possible addition to a cruise is professional crew. However quite handy for maintenance. Consider a very pleasant cruising sailboat for you and your several friends, with all the toys you desire. And then a second maintenance ship to follow along that the crew can live on and do whatever annoying things they do. It could have the helipad, freezers, fuel, scuba shop, too...

    or just keep chartering in lovely places and get all this? that doesn't sound so bad.

  9. For WLIS sailors, the City Island Cup (now Big Tom) has pivoted to a one day shorthanded/household crew race for fun. Harlem YC waived the fee.  Not for everyone I know, but for those looking to get some light just-for-fun racing in, I thought I would share. Seems better than no racing, and hell, it is free. Details are here:


    (sorry for the double post - meant to put this here)

  10. This is our first year cruising with a dinghy, but we have done lots of charters with full aluminum floor RIBs. We went the other way and went for something light and easy to handle. we got a 9ft Zodiac slat floor and use a 2.5 hp Suzuki. Something like this, but a couple years older in model:

    Zodiac Rollup Floor 8' 10" White/Gray PVC, 2020

    We are super happy we went this route. The dinghy seems much more durable than I would have guessed, and the slat floor adds a lot of stability over the air floor our friends got. We can easily get around with 3 adults, and I think we could add a fourth and/or dog no problem. The small zuk pushes us surprisingly well, and starts on the first pull every time. Most importantly the motor is light enough that pulling it off and onto a block is not a chore. And the dinghy is light and small enough that two of us can lift it easily up onto the bow of our 30fter so we can sail. 

    Compared to the big dinghies we used on charters, this is the right choice for us and our area, where there isn't always a dinghy dock ready and available. The size and weight make it helpful and fun to use instead of its own chore. when we come up to a rocky shoreline, we simply hop out and lift it onto the shore. Our ankles get wet, but no bashing onto rocks.

    I am not sure if this option would work for you, but would be easy to store on the deck. no block and tackle system needed. Plus, it is much cheaper than the bigger dinghies.

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  11. This working from home and self-quarantining has us missing our dog more than ever. He passed last November, and we were going to take a year off of pet ownership for easier traveling, cruising, etc. this summer. Well, that is out the window. So we are considering adopting again. Our last was older, and 90 pounds with some hip problems by the time we got our boat. He also got really car-sick. So we knew he wasn't a sailing dog. We want our next one to be able to cruise with us.

    I know that plenty of people take their dogs sailing - every other sailing vlogger has a dog. Some look happy, some look miserable. We have a small boat (30 ft, and fairly narrow) but would prefer a medium sized dog. We want to adopt a dog, probably 6 mo - 1.5 years old. But we would really like the freedom to take it cruising on the weekends, or for a week or two at a time - and we don't want it to be scared, sick, or miserable. But as we look for dogs, how can you tell?

    I am sure there are people out there with experience. Any advice? Any traits to look for? How do you train a dog to go (and love) weekend sailing?

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