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    Orcas Island
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    Van Isle 360, Pacific Cup, Bermuda 1-2
    s/v Raku - J/111, s/v mossy - J/70

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  1. Come up to Seattle for Race to the Straits in 2 weeks. There are already 2 J/99's entered.
  2. What changed? They were very quick in the windiest Pac Cup ever, in 2016, setting a course record.
  3. Yes. Neither are spectacular at that. Both are optimized for breezier locations. Your J/88 is a better choice. If light air racing is one of your goals, then keep searching.
  4. Van de Heede's old Cigare Rouge in the background.
  5. Pretty interesting. 15 months out and the race is already to a waitlist. 26 DH entries, which I believe is a record. 22 entries from the PNW, which is also a record. 24 boats signed up in the last 10 days! There is a lot of pent up demand to go ocean racing!
  6. This is on a J/111, strictly for racing. Yes, DC converter stops when voltage drops below charging voltages. That works well. No LVD. Not really concerned about low voltage as there is little load. Just concerned about overcharging and weight. I think the alternator is 75A or 80A. It's an OEM Hitachi on a Yanmar 20hp. The DC Converter has the added bonus of not maxing out the alternator when charging straight to the lithium battery without a smart regulator.
  7. Haven't tried yet. That's next on the list. Actually using the StripChart is next, then that. Are you able to receive, but not send?
  8. With an OEM internal regulator for the alternator, there is no good way to charge a lithium battery directly. We started down the path of trying to just add an external regulator for the Hitachi alternator, but when Balmar said we needed to take the alternator apart to solder a wire, or take it to a shop, we bailed on that idea. Living on an island we can't just drive over to a "shop". The DC Converter was within my DIY capabilities. Yes, 30A is minimal, but for 99% of our use, it is plenty as the house battery has very little load. For long offshore races the plan is to add a secon
  9. Over 80 now. 3 more DH boats signed up, bringing the total DH fleet to 26!!! There are also well over 20 boats from the PNW, which is crazy. At some point they are going to have start a waitlist. I believe they only have space for something like 75 boats at KYC. They'll let it go over that a bit as they know there will be attrition, but we are still 16 months out and I don't see them letting it go over 100.
  10. I think the need for youngsters for the foredeck went out the door with symmetrical kites. I'm 50 and sail with my wife double-handed on a J/111. I do most of the sail changing while my wife drives. I'm the thinking the age excuse is in your head only.
  11. Yep. NKE doesn't make autopilot drives. I don't think B&G does either.
  12. I figured it out! In the Number Boxes, the Boat was not set to the correct boat that I was connected to. Not obvious why you would want it to be for any other boat, but whatever. It still says NO Position Fix at the bottom of the chart, but it shows the boat in the correct location, and I can show lat lon in the Number Boxes. AIS works too! Winning.
  13. They are different as expected. The incoming voltage is whatever the current voltage is off the starter battery, the output voltage is 0.2V lower than the house battery. I didn't check to see if the incoming voltage was accurate as it isn't critical. But as an example, the input voltage might be 14.6 (engine on and alternator charging) and the output voltage 14.2. Or if I turn off the engine on requirement the input voltage might be 12.5 and output voltage still 14.2. That doesn't work so well, since it will drain our tiny 20Ah starter battery in a hurry at 30A, but with the engine on req
  14. The DC converter doesn't have a screen, but connects to a phone via Bluetooth for display information. Your comment about powering the unit may still be correct.
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