Hitch, the GSC is no GGR. Numerous Class 40's and some Open 50's are registered in the GSC. Plenty of Class 40's around, maybe you should sign up?
BTW, I'm the bloke who left SF last year on an attempt and ended up in Maine. Didn't make it as I didn't commit myself 100% to the effort. A...
In my liFePO4 setup, I put the house battery in an area where I then realized I'd never be able to get it out if there was a heat problem. I thought about moving it near the companionway, thinking I could chuck the 80-lb box overboard to save the vessel.
The advice I got from a thoughtful...
You need to state the mission of the vessel: speed vs. cruise comfort, and ocean crossing vs coastal.
Advantages of lithium are weight (for speed) and charge acceptance efficiency (less energy to charge for better self-sufficiency).
Lithium is more expensive and more complex while lead is...
Great rant by the OP. It all rings true. Here are some thoughts about the market and the future:
Starlink (work from anywhere) will mean the cruising boat shortage will persist and get much worse.
General economic conditions will deteriorate (liquidity draining everywhere) over the next few...
This pilot does not have a rate gyro in the compass. That means it won't respond as it should when the boat heels or yaws. This is why it struggles when you are powered up. Downwind in a gust it won't respond quickly enough to keep you from broaching while you are below attending to other...
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.
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:
Cedena rocks. Amazing non-profit program. I watched kids out in Lasers out when it was gusting 35 down there. Teaching kids resilience.
Oh yeah, then there's the Regatta out to Cape Horn.
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...