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  1. I was told by an experienced shipwright that the Lewmar Ocean is the only choice.
  2. He replaced the seals and membrane, and said it was working as of yesterday. I'm guessing he had a bad membrane - my 40E has the same problem.
  3. He has a Rocna, I don't know the size or how much chain he has.
  4. I used a 100mm harken block with the strop. Snatch block would be easier for sure, but I didn't have one large enough. It's a bit of a hack, and I wouldn't trust it long term or in heavy weather, but for an easy night or two no problem. I led the tail back to the mast, then a cockpit winch.
  5. Yup. If you ever despair of humanity, head down there. The Chileans there take care of each other as well as visitors & strangers. And to bring this thread back on track (a little), here is the real southern-most regatta:
  6. ^^^THIS! Cedena rocks. Amazing non-profit program. I watched kids out in Lasers out when it was gusting 35 down there. Teaching kids resilience. Respect. Oh yeah, then there's the Regatta out to Cape Horn.
  7. The Garmin you linked to sucks down a full amp according to the Owners Manual. That would make it a no-go for me. This one is 0.2 amps: https://hawkeyeelectronics.com/collections/boat-mount/products/depthtrax-2b-boatmount-depth-finder Or maybe just a lead line: https://www.yachtingmonthly.com/sailing-skills/practical-seamanship-leadlines-28316 Instructions for making one up here: http://navyandmarine.org/planspatterns/soundingline.htm Gotta love boating. Aargh!
  8. Sorry to hear this. He had an impact on my knowledge of low pressure systems for sure. If you are heading offshore in mid or higher latitudes, read his damned book! Twice!
  9. Evans, to pile on here...I don't think you know how many fans there are out here for you and Beth. You easily have enough material for a book for the rest of us mortals to learn much from and enjoy your writing, and the experience of actually getting something published. I wouldn't worry if people don't read anymore, your work and wisdom stands on it own merit. Those who can learn and appreciate your experiences will find your future book. I understand the hesitancy, but you really do have much to share about the sea and life.
  10. SnatchBlock, aren't there a bunch of Tartan Ten's in your area?
  11. After 20,000 miles I've been happy with my NKE system. Reliable. I've gotten decent results (AP especially) without spending much time on calibrations. A fairly basic setup will meet your needs. On calibrating, there are so many issues but to name a few: Runners rotate the rig Mainsail pressure on spreaders rotate the rig Wind shear Are you sure there's no current when calibrating? Point being, I think you can spend many hours trying to get that last 5% that is time that could be better spent if you are not at a Grand Prix level. That said, I haven't
  12. Yeah, wear a full-on bunny suit, gloves and goggles. Oh, and shoes you don't mind destroying. Nasty shit but it will do the job.
  13. 55,000 views? Humanity is done for, never mind Beneteau owners.
  14. https://www.yachtworld.com/yacht/1988-fairweather-mariner-39-7139406/
  15. Spectacular!!! Let us know if there are any performance differences, and how it changes life aboard.
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