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  1. I don't know what I did wrong, But Sassafrass is probably right with the shielded cables, etc. So I have ordered cables, the Maretron Micro connector. Another hole through the bulkhead and twice the cables will be going to the plotter. Thanks to all for your help.
  2. That was a lot of help. I will check out some things tomorrow. The meter I have is a 1980's analog device so I really don't know if I had 5 ohms or 50 ohms , 500, or 5000. I really should get a digital one. I am sure Amazon will be happy to send me one. Thanks for your help.
  3. The backbone was still connected to the VHF
  4. I cut and spliced a NMEA 2000 cable to go through a bulkhead and not sure if I did the right thing. There is continuity on all 5 posts, however there is about 5000 ohms between two of the posts. It's not a place I want to drill a bigger hole.
  5. Emergency Rudder zoom meeting is cancelled?? I was really looking forward to that. I have a S2 9.1 (30 feet, 7880 lbs, outboard rudder) I am planning to do the Bermuda 1-2 in June. I have a couple small projects to do before then but the emergency rudder is the last major one;. The image below illustrates the only idea I could come up with. It would be constructed with carbon fiber tubes, epoxy and some kind of filler. (I am use to using coosa composite, s o that will be the filler.) The pivot will have a frame and be placed inside and secured to the pushpit.
  6. I’m obviously ahead of myself and dreaming, but I can see trailering to the Great Lakes and the East Coast at some point. They have some cool races also. Bermuda 1/2 sounds fun. This may be some bad news for you, grimoire. From October Bermuda 1-2 newsletter that will be added to the 2021 NOR: Trailer able lifting keel boats will not be allowed in the race
  7. My hats off for all those trying to make boating more affordable.
  8. rmgeis

    ICOM 710

    Lots of great ideas here, yesterday I checked all my connections and headed out to the river in the late afternoon to test everything. I still couldn't get any WWV on any of the 500,1000, etc. frequencies. I did get a fax from Boston, and some AM station at 10 MHZ Sassafrass said "However unlikely also make sure your radio is in the correct mode. Upper side band, lower side band etc. Have seen more than one boat pulling there hair out over that." What is the correct mode? The ICOM 710 Manual lists modes, but doesn't explain what each is for. I just ordered Marti Brown's Guid
  9. rmgeis

    ICOM 710

    I installed this system last winter on the boat and it never worked as I have been busy with other systems. I haven't fooled with it since because I won't be offshore until June. I hooked this same system in my basement with 50 feet of copper wire for an antenna and the copper pipe in my house for a ground plate, and everything worked fine (although I didn't transmit). I even received weather fax from Boston in my house. Saturday I couldn't hear anything on the boat, even 2500 WWV. I had the antenna lead warped around the AT 130 so Sunday I unwrapped it and heard the Coast Guard on
  10. Quest's have done very well in the Bermuda 1-2. Don't quote me but I think they have finished first, first and second in 4 entry's in class.
  11. Actually, I have to get the mast out soon. I only have two halyards, The sheave for the third halyard is missing and the axle or all three sheaves seems to be welded to the mast. I am not sure how to attach the new stay to the mast, I was going to let the yard suggest the best way.
  12. Anchor locker reinforced, chain plate installed. Still have to paint. I see there are 3 types of Dyneema , SK78, SK99, and DM20. So which one should I use, and what diameter? How far can I go down from the top of the mast can I go without running backstays? (Luff 35-38 feet). Thanks for all of the replies, amazed at the size of this discussion.
  13. I was thinking that 3 feet from the top of the mast is the most I can go without running back stays.
  14. Thanks for the photos. I think that what I am planning is more like what Bruno said "Overkill" which is fine with me. I had a friend who has naval architecture experience who consoled me to put in less. Hope to get it done this weekend, but Laura may ruin those plans. I'll post some photos when I'm finished
  15. My new plan is to fill this 640 cubic inches in the aft section of the anchor locker with Coosa composite panels, epoxied together and epoxied to the anchor locker bulkhead and deck with a chain plate in the middle. This will go from port to starboard side and up to the deck. I think the whole assembly will weight about 25-30 pounds and be strong enough to hold the new dyneema stay.
  16. I am going to put a dyneema stay aft of the fore stay with the 4 to 1 purchase. I think that the easiest way is to put an angle iron (stainless steel) hooked underneath the cleats in the bow. Then have the dyneema stay and the clew hooked to that. Then have hanks and reef put into the #2 or #3. I also need to put another reef into the main (must be 55% according to Bermuda 1-2 rules). So: 1) Has anybody done this with the angle iron? 2) Which size dyneema should I use? 3) How many pounds of pressure can I expect? 4) What kind of square foot rat
  17. I was easing the sheet, perhaps not enough, would raising the boom help (more topping lift, less vang)? I also must reiterate, I should have reefed the mail. These "round the buoy" races are not for me, give me 635 NM between start and finish. And Foolish, thanks for your book, I refer to it often. You are saying I need the dyneema stay. Won't the rolled up #1 be a problem? I really don't want running back stays, so I have to go masthead. I can move the tack back a couple feet, but that means adding a bulkhead below. Also is there any problem with putting reef points
  18. I have a 9600 lbs, S2 9.1. I want to do the Bermuda 1-2 next year. It seems that at more than 4.5 tons the S2 is a little more tender than I expected. I did the 2 bridges fiasco last weekend in the Chesapeake. The S2 rounded up 3-4 times in 15 knots of breeze close hauled with full main and 2/3 rolled up #1. I know I should have reefed the main, but single handed "round the buoy" race. it didn't seem worth it. I don't know how Andrew Evans does it with a 2 ton Olson 30, but he has MUCH more experience single handing than I do. My choices for head sails are: 1)Get a 4 or 5 ounc
  19. Replaced the antenna with a Shakespeare 5215 AIS, error is gone.
  20. I have a two battery system. I took the deep cycle battery down to almost nothing in 23 hours powering a ST2000 tiller pilot, plotter, LED nav. lights and a couple instruments. I also had a Li ion jump starter that wouldn't recharge the battery to start the engine. The other battery started it, and the engine recharged the deep cycle battery. My question is: did the Li ion jump starter fail to recharge the battery because it was so low? If that is the case, is there any way to hook up some kind of alarm to warn me when to recharge the battery. Also, the voltage meter I have has a 13 in the mid
  21. I set the chute for the first time solo on Sunday before the Ted Osius race in the Chesapeake, racing in non spin (third race in a row that DNF'd because of no wind). Two things I learned that I don't remember reading about are: Tried to roll up Genoa before the spin was full and got the chute rolling up also. And. Keep the spin halyard on the same side that it is at masthead or it will roll up as you unroll the Genoa. Probably never read about because it is like "Duh" everybody knows that.
  22. Out on the bay today, started my third race, DNF'ed my third race. The Chesapeake bay has the worst wind. Anyway, it was confirmed that my AIS transceiver is working fine, antenna error notwithstanding.
  23. I don't know if the 30,000 refers to the purchase price to total you hope to spend. I bought a S2 9.1 for 8,000.00 a year ago to do the Bermuda 1-2 next year. I have probably spent 30,000 already ( Keeping records produces no meaningful positive) (plus the wife wasted a bunch on new cushions). Probably will spend another 15,000 before I get home from Bermuda. I am very handy and done most of the work myself (engine , rigging and electronics upgrades). Plus spent around 2000 on safety upgrades. Love the boat, happy with the purchase and progress I have made.
  24. I will check the connections. Funny how simple things cause the most problems. Thanks again The following quote is from Andrew Evans book "Single handed tips and techniques" AKA My bible. Jeanne has circumnavigated alone twice and is on her third trip. She has faced these types of problems since I met her 5 years ago. The problems listed above were encountered on a two year old boat with completely new electronics. She has had numerous professionals working on her boat and has become nothing less than an expert herself. There is only one answer. If a boat
  25. OK. Hooked up the plotter with the VHF via NMEA 2000. Targets are on my plotter along with info on the targets. Antenna error is still there. Actual text is (Top line, bold font) "AIS VSWR ERROR" 2nd and 3rd line "AIS antenna requires service" " Press X to continue". I have received no reply from B&G after Tuesday's email. i have not found myself on marinetraffic.com I am planning on spending a lot of time on the bay next weekend, I will ask a target if they can see me on their AIS. Further updates as conditions warrant.
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