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    Chartering in the Med

    According to Irish Sailing here, 'the International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft for users of pleasure craft was established under resolution No. 40 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe'. But the challenging part is...
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    SV Seeker

    Seeker is now following the Teignmouth Electron path in inventing 'electronic' gizmos to sail the boat. Didn't work out too well for the last fella though....
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    A big project!

    This was the first video where I thought that where the scaling up of effort really landed with me - it feels like we are less than one year to go, less probably before a splash. With systems and cabinetry lashing away, mast and rigging in serious production, sails probably too (I am guessing...
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    Off to Croatia next week, any tips, advice or suggestions

    Had a great week last year when we chartered from Vodice, a bit North of Split. Thoroughly recommend the Kornati islands, a beautifularea of national park - in fact all those small islands off that coast. Partly because we tested positive for covid as we got on the boat, we mostly kept to...
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    Thanks, the boat has no bonding wires.
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    All good info, I will certainly see can I measure voltage during cranking. Assuming the old engine provided a route to earth, and new does not, do I need to now earth my system anyway (e.g. strap to a keel or another bit of metal in contact with the water), or is it fine to let the electrical...
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    Since I had my old Volvo engine replaced with a Beta 14 two years ago, my GPS generally switches off when starting the engine - presumably an electrical spike it does not like. I noticed over the winter the shaft abodes were no longer much eroded. Is it likely the standard flexible shaft...
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    "Panope" in german sail magazine "Yacht"

    Loved your rebuild videos, Steve. There is always something wonderful in seeing a design evolved to specific usage rather than what the rest of us have - something production which might meet some average aspirational usage. For example, most production cruisers barely cruise - they day sail-...
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    SV Seeker

    How is the hydraulic actuation on the blades done in these Hundested props (please don't make me watch old BSO videos)? Are the blades independently actuated, or is these mechanical linkage between them? It strikes me that the balance of the blades is probably critical to the ability to...
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    SV Seeker

    I didn't get the full picture whe he was trying to balance the prop blades recently. Are the CoG and the centre of pressure not two different things - and I would have expected the latter to be what matters when under load (though might be speed / load dependent too)? Does this 'balancing'...
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    The absolute terror of incompetence

    I sail a C&C27 (okay a variant, a Trapper 500, the UK built version, same as the 27's except the mark 5). They are pretty docile, but heavy and sometimes twitchy on the helm if you don't balance the sails - so key is reef down, it even sails well under genoa alone (that provides most of the...
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    SV Seeker

    I am trying to keep up with the toolshop here, especially since Doug now lives on his boat - is the lathe now on Seeker? Maybe I took this up wrong, but still curious as to what is in the Seeker onboard workshop - certainly seems a little bit more than the average yot, and curious also to...
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    SV Seeker

    Ah plumbing is one area that Ireland is worse than the UK... they actually changed to metric in the 70's while we still have imperial. And one crowd measure I side the pipe, the other outside, and so 1/2 inch and 15mm 3/4 inch and 22mm are nearly but NOT the same thing. Which I found...
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    SV Seeker

    Curious that the damned dam was 2 ft higher though. We have the same mix of imperial units in daily conversational use in Ireland, and when ordering house furnishings, but any engineering calculations are metric.
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    Craigslist - Not mocking

    I knew one in these parts which did serious cruising in the 80's and probably early 90's - Ireland to Greenland a couple of times, and north of Russia to far distant islands. I remember a crew member I knew heading off for a weekend winter sail down the Irish Sea and around the Tuskar Rock in a...
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    Show your boat not sailing

    And survived after dragging 2 boats and all those glass plates across the ice.... As an aside, there was an Irish expedition to recreate the boat trip and cross S Georgia- some 25-30 years ago. They rebuilt the James Caird to same shape but I think it was strip planted or a wood laminate and...
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    Ireland river/canal cruise suggestions

    Yes, I think there is confusion in replies above as to canals and inland waterways here. The route you marked is the Shannon, the largest river in Ireland, with a couple of bigger lakes etc. Along the way. Well marked, good guides etc., and some 'canal' sections. Also linking to it are real...
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    Craigslist finds- Tragedy edition

    I don't understand that bow roller (not a sentence I ever thought I would write). It seems to be designed to have about 5 rollers, but the only slot with a roller installed seems to be in front of the forestay?
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    SV Seeker

    So to compare that Colvin report with a worst case analysis showing GM as 0.88m and this analysis showing 1.1' for Seeker - seems bad - are we reading correctly? That report goes on to draw conclusions using other derived stability rather directly using GM - am I reading all correctly? - but...
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    Cruising anchors?

    Yep. This was the one - No idea how the positioning worked, but they just held off the dock in the bad stuff, very impressive. (Meanwhile I was head down in the bilge...