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  1. I my case, I only had ingress at the rudder stock when the rudder was constant moved back and forward. I found the leak in force 8 under auto pilot. At that point I had one bucket of water every hour. It was easily fixed, the hard part was to find where the water came from. Remember that water in the bilge gets salty very quickly. It can easily be rain water.
  2. Have the boat been in use? I had a similar issue on my boat. It took me months to find the leak. In my case it was the rudder stock. When the rudder moved there where some ingress of water. Don't forget condensation and moisture in the winter.
  3. As worktops go there are better alternatives than Corian. Take a look at Swanstone from the US. https://swanstone.com/en Some of the advantages with Swanstone: - Very light. - 5 mm thin. - 450-celsius heat resistant. - Will not easily get colour marks as Corian. - The material got the same characteristics to work with as Corian. (According to a pro Corian fitter that tested the product for me in the UK.) All of these makes the Swanstone an excellent material for yacht worktops. Especially refurbishment. Only one problem. The product is not for sale outside the US.
  4. @WHK I am really impressed by your diagram. Very inspiring. When onboard our boat, I keep all the instruments turn on all the time, even when not sailing. At one point I had the need to get the boat power usage down to a minimum. The draw on the instruments is not bad. I am thinking of installing a switch where I turn off all the outside instruments. Why do I want to do that: - Get the power consumption down to an absolute minumum. - Allow me to check the wind, weather, position down below. - Turn the cockpit outside instruments off, no need to light up the cockpit a
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    :-) It does not matter how big your boat is. Space is always a problem. I would be more than happy to keep my wife on a $5,000 spin bag. I still find the wife more expensive than the bag! For me, space is a problem, we got lots of stuff onboard - everything needs its own space, and everything needs a minimum of two purposes
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    I can't see the point of Bean bags. A Spinnaker bag is what you need. If you are not sailing with a Spinnaker or Gennaker, yes bring a Bean bag.
  7. You are on to something there.....
  8. From a technical point of view, I think there is no difference between the two radios, except for logo. Your experience with sound quality, UI and bugs are more worrying. It might be why it's discontinued? B&G (and Simrad) normally only discontinue a product when they got its replacement. I can't see any replacement product in their portfolio.
  9. I liked the B&G V90 VHF. Not only the functionality but the backbox. Upgrade my VHF has been on the cards for some time. I am surprised to see that the V90s is discontinued. Their V60 is not the same. No black box. The handset itself is not looking as good, and don't feel so good in my hands. I can see the benefit of having a fixed small display for the AIS information. My question, is there any plans for a replacement of the V90s? https://www.bandg.com/en-gb/bg/type/vhf-ais/vhf-marine-radiodscaisv90s-system/
  10. @Ultraman Is right. You will need both sails. Adding to that, your rating will most likely require that you keep storm sails onboard. So you will most likely not get away with a storm jib only. You will quickly be in situations where a storm jib is too small to drive the boat forward, in those situations a jib a will be required. So the answer - you need both to be competitive.
  11. I got ten blocks around the mast on my Grand Soleil 42. I have had the boat for ten years, most the blocks I got came with the boat from the previous owner. There is a block of different manufacturers and spec. Most of them are now overdue to be replaced. Over the years I have upgraded most stuff to Harken. I like to keep it to one brand. How do I calculate the spec of the block I need? Harken used to have a calculator on their website. Will 50mm Aluminium ESP Blocks to the trick or do I need to go for 75 mm? What type of lines is this: Halyards (4X), reefing lines (3X), po
  12. My favourite spot is where I drop the hook next time! Seriously. Looking at all pictures posted, my next drop wherever that might be is the best. For a minute, look at it differently. Where is the worst place? When I of whatever reason can't sail around exploring new places to drop my anchor that would be my worst day. Therefore, my best anchorage is where I drop it next time. It might not be as exotic and nice as most of the pictures posted, but it is my best anchorage. We can discuss places we have been and places we like to visit, but nothing beats my next anchorage. Keep explo
  13. I think the separation of FLIR and Raymarine is a good move for both parts. Raymarine was never a good home for FLIR. There is some cross over products but not a perfect match. They can still keep a partnership alive where some products can integrate. Same for resale and service.
  14. The rig shaking I agree with. With some 1/2 battens, there will be more shaking. I am happy with the combination, top battens full, the next four battens half. Based on your rigging I think it often is the best combination. I remember the discussions well with my sailmaker. He claimed that full battens would make it more difficult to hold the main to zero wind. I have only had this setup so difficult to claim what is best. It makes no difference to me, my crew, co-worker and wife cant hold her to zero wind if it blows over 15 knots anyway. So it's me doing both jobs or the my trusted aut
  15. Sorry, I did not make myself clear. Holding the boat up to wind is more difficult with a full batten. The mainsail is stiffer. When setting or taking the sail down, it requires more of the helmsman to keep the boat on the wind.
  16. Interesting topic. I am sailing two-handed on 42 feet. Similar rig. Some racing, but mostly cruising. We had plans for more racing when we ordered our Elvestorm EPEX sail, but cancer got in the way. Got four battens. Only the top batten is full, the others 1/2. battens. We spend a good amount of time out in bad weather, and times we spend too much time and energy reefing. My excellent sailmaker (I think he is excellent) from Elvstrom UK insisted on this setup. I suggested full battens, he advised against it. The reason was two-fold: a) reefing b) keep up with the design/rigging principle
  17. To keep the cost down, minimum trouble and enjoyment up. Why not go second hand? Go for quality gear, second hand.
  18. Perfect boat? Too many variables. Everyone got a perfect boat. You make your choice of boat into a perfect boat for whatever task or challenge you got in front of you. A perfect boat match your skills 100%. It is almost impossible to find. But you can get close.
  19. I have never used SSB and I am not a radio amateur. I totally agree that satellite phones have taken over. That's old news. I still would to think HF radio, BBC word news (if it still exists), local radio stations, weather fax, and FM/AM radio stations play an important role. The same for different HAM radio networks. This is not replaced by satellite phones. Yes, I can download a grip file from predict-wind. I still value the shipping forecast. I honestly believe a good long-range radio got a valid place in a well-equipped cruising yacht. It is not the first think on my project li
  20. @Moonduster Are you smoking something? You hit new low now. I have always valued your comments. Not any more.
  21. I know where you are coming from. For traditional SSB's I agree. The radio I am talking about is not an SSB in the traditional sense. The CTX-10 cost just under 1K$ retail. Cover all the different bands and can transmit. When offshore it is nice to get listen to some traditional radio, shipping forecasts and more. Since it got inbuilt battery and speaker you can take it to the beach or liferaft (if you have too). Act as a backup for you VHF. In a distress, I would use the DCS or call coastguard over the Satelite phone.
  22. It is good. The price is too steep. DSC button. Sounds good. I have been thinking of CommRadio CTX-10. A radio amateur and friend in the US recommended it. I have seen and tried it on land. Really impressed. It would work well on board. More a military graded kit. No DSC, but plenty of other functionalities. It is small and got an inbuilt battery and speaker. https://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/6010.html
  23. I did service all my clutches in September 2019. Pictures below. No need to unscrew the clutch. The mount is from the XX0812. Looks like I got XX and XCS. I would drop Spinlock Support an email. They are very helpful. I can't believe Spinlock designed the XTS any differently? The only way to clean and service them would be to take out the mouth. 2019-09-02-10_03_26.044.heic 2019-09-28-13_09_45.879.heic
  24. I you got a very valid point. When piloting course up. It helps be in tricky situations where I got lots of stuff to focus on. When planning, north up. I need to orient myself and get the picture of the chart in my head. I am not comfortable with north up when piloting. I still know where north is!
  25. You can take out the cam mechanism when the clutch frame is still fixed. This is regular maintenance on my boat. Clean with soap and water, and some one-drop. If you need to replace the internal mechanism you can most likely order directly from Spinlock. I had a support issue with one of my 12 clutches. I found Spinlock Support and after-sales very helpful. Spinlock makes very good clutches.
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