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George Dewey

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  1. 11 minutes ago, us7070 said:

    Supposedly, it's against FCC regulations for any of the AIS/DSC personal beacons sold in the USA to make an all ships DSC call.

    It can only make a DSC call to the MMSI that gets programmed and a pre-set DSC "Group" - which you also do through the programming interface.

    I have never programmed in a group - but i have seen it in the MOB-1 inteface

    So, if you can't program the unit with an MMSI, it's not clear what DSC call it can make.

    this document from the MOB-1 website explains the functionality available in different countries


    Yup this is what I thought as well. The MOB-1 is a great device, but sadly, this is not one of those. I had never seen one of these before and I can't figure out just what it does. 

  2. A skipper I'm planning to sail with recently purchased 10 Mcmurdo Smartfind S20 personal MOB AIS beacons. I had not seen this model before but I figured what the heck, and I volunteered to program them with his MMSI. Well, I just opened one, and apparently there is no way to program it with an MMSI to hail via DSC. All the others of these I have seen require programming so they hail the proper vessel via DSC and I thought that, in the US, this was required. 

    The Mcmurdo website does not mention programming, or which countries the device can be used in. 

    So, what's the story with these? Do they just send an all vessel hail? Google was not much help, all I found was the same marketing brief from every vendor who sells them. I do see that West Marine no longer carries it and other vendors are out of stock, making me think it's no longer available. 


  3. Two days ago I spoke with the B&G guys while at Charleston Race Week, explain the problem with the new plotter. Instead of offering any kind of support, they told me I must have it hooked up wrong, probably a "power problem" they said. I asked how the screen blinking but the entire plotter otherwise working fine could be a power issue but they just kept insisting I probably didn't have it powered properly. 

    I get that they are sales guys, but still...


  4. On 3/4/2022 at 4:16 PM, bosundog said:

    A little late to this thread - Did you ever get the Zeus 2 & 3 together ?    I'm curious if they played nice.  

    I did get a Zeus 3 from B&G, put it on the same N2K bus as the Zeus 2 and connected via enet as well. The chart cards (Navionics) are in the 3 at the helm, just in case the sharing fails. They don't play particularly well together. I start one and then the other, and it sometimes causes the first to restart. Sometimes the haring works, other times not so well and I need to restart one or the other. If I just turn them on eventually they will stop cycling and settle down and share charts. 

    Now, the Zeus 3 was bought on B&Gs upgrade program, which means they sent me a refurb, and it looks new. It had a short warranty, like several months or something, and it failed two weeks after the warranty ended. I now have a plotter with a flashing screen. The flickering has become quite frequent, and I hope I never put an epileptic at the helm, at least until I get it fixed. 

    I'm surprised at how frequently B&G stuff fails. I had Nexus stuff working perfectly after what, 15 years? Never had a problem with a Garmin plotter either. 


  5. 1 hour ago, Roleur said:

    That didn't end up working.  The only J/111 in the ORC database with a big kite is our local boat and that is a Club certificate.  The weights of the boats vary so much, it is hard to compare.  

    Very interesting that the ORC ratings for the boats that raced in the last Worlds are have about a 12 sec/mile spread.  I didn't look closely, but seems to be entirely due to weight.  As best I can tell some of boats sail at minimum class weight, but my suspicion is you can't get to minimum weight without some extraordinary mods/removals.  

    Well Dobbs Davis told me:



    As you investigate you will see all these J/111’s have slightly different ratings because:

    - measured sail sizes are slightly different

    - crew weights entered may also be slightly different

    - the boats themselves vary in weight - by up to 100 kg, possibly more


    A variance of 220 pounds boat to boat surprises me, and makes me wonder if the measured boats are really completely stripped of stuff. That would make a difference in one design as well as handicap, obviously.

    Dobbs and I were discussing this because I was looking at getting an ORC cert for Charleston Race Week. Today I decided against that. It would cost at least $750, and worse be a major pain in the ass to get the boat stripped down and moved to the measurement site. Plus the scratch sheet only has about 4 or 5 ORC boats registered across 4 different ORC classes. 

    As far as what can come off? Well I guess the floor boards could be made of carbon, the door to the head is heavy and in the way. There is the whole nav table. There are wooden covers on the bunks. My boat also has pipe berths on both sides above the standard bunks. I did add an 18 pound compressor to convert the ice box to a fridge, gotta keep the beer cold for the crew!

    I really have no idea what my boat weighs though. It's a 2011 so I would expect it to be heavy. Also, I'll bet France built boats are very different than Rhode Island built boats.

  6. 18 minutes ago, Roleur said:

    Actually this might be easier than that. Go to the ORC database and look at the J/111 ratings. Find two boats that are very similar except kite size. Compare ratings. 

    Okay but... How does an ORC rating translate to a PHRF rating? 

  7. Thanks @Roleur Here the PHRF rules are not so clear. I emailed our handicapper what the change would be and he replied. Its keyed to ORC, which I know very little about.



    If you wish to go larger or smaller than one design spinnaker size, your rating will be adjusted by the change that it makes on the “all purpose ORC rating”. ORC is not perfect, but is very good at modeling what a change in sail size makes to a conventional keel boat. Much better than typical PHRF procedure of 3 or 6 sec for every 10 % midgirth etc.

    If you do not have an ORC certificate yet, it is easy to run a test certificate to see what difference the change would make for a few dollars.


  8. I have seen @Blur and others here talk about using an oversized kits on the J/111 for more speed (fun), but as I search I can't find the right thread. I currently have an A1.5, A2 and an A3, all class legal, and I'm thinking my inventory could benefit from a bigger asym. I'm sailing mostly in Charleston, SC and we're not seeing San Fran type winds, although it's not super light either. What would you guys suggest as a good sweet spot for more speed in medium winds vs PHRF hit?


  9. 4 hours ago, b393capt said:

    > There is a difference. When you hail a yacht normally they coulud be a on a different channel or have the vol turned down. When you do DSC alert, radios make a racket and turn to channel 16

    Only if it's turned on.

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    4 hours ago, b393capt said:

    > Yes, So Do I. That is more of a MOB discussion, which flares are entirely unsatisfying for unless you kept it dry and can fire it from the water.

    No one carries pyrotechnics in their PFD, but they do have lights which automatically deploy (if it's an ocean capable PFD). Since I brought it up I'll mention that the AIS MOB beacon can be rigged inside the PFD to automatically activate upon inflation, and also it needs to be programmed to match the MMSI of the boat. The PLB can not be rigged to activate automatically, but can be carried in the PFD and does not need to be programmed, just registered once. 

  10. 10 minutes ago, Blur said:

    It's an option from the yard; "4 Additional opening ports in aft face of coachroof and cockpit". Perfect to shove halyards into, until a big wave comes or someone releases a halyard without taking it out first.

    Oh. My boat has the ones at the "aft face of coachroof" but not the ones in the cockpit. I going to add those!  Thanks!

  11. On 10/29/2021 at 8:04 PM, Krishnok said:

    J/99 or J/105?

    Asking for a friend...

    The bow team on the 105 gets wetter than the driver on the 99. Unless it's raining really hard. If it's a big concern, your "friend" can always take up golf. 

  12. 3 hours ago, floater said:

    wait. what?

    I misspoke. Of course, as always, the GF or wife or both tits are welcome, but not in lieu of the boat pics. If both are provided, so much the better.  Extra credit if the tit pics are taken on the First 36. 

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  13. 9 hours ago, Kristian Seascape said:

    well, honestly I am happy with the decision. Boat shows are there to meet people, talk to them, show them the boat and generally forge contacts and relations. However, this year, this would not be possible. The organizers are not listening to exhibitors and are pushing their agenda. Among other the entrance will be allowed only to vaccinated or those who recovered from covid19 withing 6months. Access to the boat will be limited, basically, invited only, exhibitors will have to follow disinfection protocols, wearing FFP2 class mask will be mandatory for the whole duration. Thank you, but no, thank you. I do not see apoint in going there. Fortunately the entire Groupe Beneteau decided and cancelled participation. Among other brands that took same decision are Dragonfly, X-yachts, entire Hanse group (Hanse, Dehler, ...) Oyster. And that was just the beginning. Followed suit was Beneteau Group (Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Prestige, etc), Fountain Pajot Group/Dufour as well as most of Italian brands - Solaris, Grand Soleil, Swan and Italia Yachts.
    For us, this is good as we will launch the boat in Adriatic in second half of January, plus we can shift more resources in building the boat #2 and complete her too in mid February. 

    You all can bring your boats here to Charleston, we'll have none of that Covid restriction crap and it's an awesome place!

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  14. 7 hours ago, slug zitski said:

    I just looked at a boat ….keel bolts and backing plates had bedding compound on them …sloppy work, and the bilge in the area of the keel and frames had fresh gel coat .

    I didn’t like it and told the client to request the yard bill for the repair …then to have a pro surveyor examine the boat 


    it’s always possible to have a pro repair done..it’s not up to me to judge it 

    Get those kids from Expedition Evans to repair it. They will make it famous on YouTube. 

  15. 17 minutes ago, jdazey said:

    I think you're talking about two different needs here, boat and person.

    1st line boat ocean - EPIRB

    1st line person anywhere - PLB

    We've got a lot of beacons: 1 EPIRB, 1 PLB for each crew (2), and 1 PLB in the ditch bag (SER 3.4). It seems like I'm constantly renewing beacon registrations:)

    For offshore, I prefer MOB AIS beacons to PLBs. The boat you're most likely to be rescued by is the one you fell off of. Or better yet, both.

  16. 1 minute ago, Quickstep192 said:

    There’s a short length of dyneema that passes through that center hole and is knotted on the inside of the sprit. On the outside, there’s a loop in the dyneema with a low friction ring. The tack line passes through that ring. 

    Oh I see. Well in a pinch, perhaps you could just add an attachment point to that sprit end to attach a bobstay? 

  17. 13 hours ago, Quickstep192 said:

    Blur - Unless it's already been modded, my sprit cap is not the same. Mine is just a plug with a hole through the center. 

    Monkey - I'm seriously envious. I think I could actually draw the design, but I'd need to find someone to fab it. 

    If it's just a plug with a hole in the center, how do you run a tackline out through the end? If you can design a part, you can prototype it in plastic on any 3D printer and when you reach the final design, you can send the design out to be printed in carbon. But, 3D carbon has a lot of nylon so I wonder if it would be strong enough. 

  18. 50 minutes ago, Caecilian said:

    Sailing as a crew is about the cheapest gear sport there is, all you have to do is turn up and there is a line of owners who will give you a blowjob to sail on their boats. If you are any good, reliable, fit then they will give you their wife to fuck in the mornings and their daughters for the weekend bukkake party.

    Hm, maybe I should sell my boat and crew...

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