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  1. Surprised this didn't go completely sealed with wireless charging and bluetooth/wifi for software updates...
  2. I don't think it is faster or cheaper than a milled mold done as you describe, at the moment. Basically the current state of the art there (well, circa 2019), is to 3D print the rough shape in place of the wooden armature/high density filler combination, then mill the 3D printed part to the final shape of the tool. This saves a lot of manual labor, which makes sense in countries/industries with high labor rates (the U.S for example). There are still limits of course, especially as giant 3D printers aren't yet a common/low cost tool, and the filament is still expensive. I think it makes more se
  3. For a first time electronics installation, I would avoid mixing and matching. We have been happy with the Triton 2 wired package from B&G. I would probably go wireless on a 30' boat with aluminum mast. On a 40' boat with carbon mast, it was iffy so we elected to go wired and have been reasonably happy with the anemometer performance. The Vakaros Atlas 2 is an entirely different unit than what is being discussed here. Frankly I don't think the GPS performance improvement over the Atlas 1 will be noticeable on a 30' boat, outside of some select examples (GC32 or maybe a Melges 32 worlds
  4. I think the two best options for you are to keep the 78sc on your wrist, or move to a dual-screen solution. For the latter, I would mount a pair of Vakaros Atlas 2's on the side of the mast with Velcro.
  5. FYI, the debate continues on the tapered vs. straight rig on the A Cat (both carbon of course). The tapered rig in production probably isn’t perfect, and it’s ability to respond to gusts like a skiff rig is limited by several factors, but starts with the overall rig design itself: rotating wing mast vs. fixed section that is inherently flexible from the section shape. Further, the tapered mast is basically the same weight as a standard section, as more material was needed to keep the tapered mast from breaking during hard crashes. This limits the “gust response”, really the bend-off of the top
  6. If you’re willing to deal with shipping, I know of a lightly used Viper F16 in the U.S that would be an inexpensive buy…might be able to get it in with some N17’s heading to Europe for a major event. The only reason the F16 should be harder to right is if the mast isn’t sealed (common problem I’ve seen a few times). I suspect the rig weight between the N15 and F16 is similar. I suspect the N17 being discussed is the Mk. 1 C-board style. With rudder winglets and a DS main this could be singlehanded in under 10kts of breeze okay; not ideal as the boards need to be tacked upwind but oth
  7. OpenCPN will also log your instrument data for free, and is a pretty capable piece of navigation software in its own right. For racing, I absolutely prefer Expedition, but figured I would suggest a viable alternative...
  8. This is also worth a read on general C-Map issues with Expedition, specifically when adding large GRIB files to the mix: https://expedition.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=1704&p=1
  9. I haven't tried the C-Map route with Expedition, and unfortunately my Expedition laptop isn't here, but I presume you are running Expedition 4D with the C-MAP map manager app installed? I'm just curious, what location do you need a chart for? I've had great luck with the NOAA RNC's and ENC's. Personally I prefer the RNC's as they load faster than the ENC's on most lower cost laptops. This is a pretty comprehensive list of chart options: https://opencpn.org/OpenCPN/info/chartsource.html I have purchased charts from other sources (O-Charts, https://o-charts.org/index.html), for ve
  10. Would be good to get the story on those. The boat on the left looks like an XP44 from some other shots I've seen. Expensive mistake if so. This was the worst I saw after surveying the post-storm situation at Sail Newport yesterday:
  11. I have a solution in progress that does exactly this. It won’t be cheap, but it will still be one boat buck less than a WS700 series wind sensor. My plan is to get a prototype built this fall and installed on the test boat (J/120). Specifically, this is for a WS310, which unfortunately brings additional complexity as a B&G ‘proprietary’ waterproof cable needs to be embedded in the extension tube. I would be happy to get one or two prototypes into the hands of some WS320 users, PM me if interested!
  12. I suspect there are a few reasons, first up there are very few potential owners that could sail her to her potential, and even fewer that recognize that potential. Second, that isn't exactly a boat that could be easily cruised by 2 or even 4. I suspect the size limits the accessible harbors to those setup for the superyacht crowd, adding to the running costs (fit to bankrupt most owners). I also wonder how fast she is after the cruising refit compared to a MOD70? Personally, I would rather own something like a GB48 plus a MOD70 for probably comparable net running costs, with more competit
  13. There is plenty of love for the GB's, HH's and Chris White designs on these forums. They are all great boats in their own unique way. Unfortunately, most are out of the budget of even the moderately wealthy. The GB48 posted above is probably the closest to reality for the 1.5%, but still a pretty penny and in the "dream boat" category for most of us!
  14. I would say that ORC windward-leeward racing is more about finding a boat that will be the scratch boat in class. Alternatively, pick a boat and optimize it to get to the Windward mark before the other boats in your class. Case in point, at the recent ORC East Coast Championships, the scratch boat in ORC A and C won their classes quite handily. It’s pretty challenging to beat a boat on a short course that is always sailing in clear air and able to go where they chose. It certainly helps to have pros onboard to make the right tactical decisions!
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