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    How far have autopilots come in 10 years?

    Power draw is also dependent on sail trim. Hand steer and trim sails until you are happy efor turning on the unit. Keep an aye on the neutral mark on your wheel, or the angle on the tiller. More weather helm means more power consumption.
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    Start watches, gill race timer no longer made?

    I use an ordinary quarz diving watch. I set the time correct to the second. The gun is never more than 10 sec off, they use a precise timer as well. The last 10 sec I correct with the bezel on the watch.
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    AIS

    have you told your plotter your MMSI? It can be your own boat…
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    New Beneteau First 36

    @Parma regarding weight, I think you can handle that: a lot of sliders before it will be 500 gram.
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    Harken Performa winches

    Last post was 10 years ago, so I guess there is no rush. Why did you bring this up?
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    Should I Buy a Beneteau Oceanis 38.1?

    You don’t need any of this for passage making.
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    Jammed furler - any thoughts?

    Bring your binocolars and take a look at the top of the forstay and inspect the halyard, does it run straight down to the sviwel or is it some turns around the forstay (halyard wrap). If it looks OK, take the sail off and turn the furler around the forstay when the sail is removed, turn several...
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    Chartplotter Question

    I have B&G Vulcan. The SD card slot is on the back of the unit, so it can be difficult to remove if the unit is flush mounted.
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    USB-C On The Boat

    @toddster I thought USB-C was 5 V, what is the new voltage?
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    Avoid this Lewmar block

    This tab…:
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    Soft shackle stupid question

    On a 27 feet boat I would luggage tag one long sheet for a jib / genoa. I would tie a bowline on each sheet on a spinnaker. If I was going towards soft shacle I would not use separate ss’s, I would use a soft shacle spliced in the end of each sheet. But I don’t see the gain. I would use...
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    RIB Storage

    I had my RIB under a BLACK tarp to protect the pontoons, they were getting sticy. One week later the padded upholstery were toasted… so very hot is not good.
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    Sailor Dies in Newport Bermuda Race

    It's often the family that have views in those situations. Large resources are often used to find / retrieve bodies for piece of mind for the widow etc. But your particular information would be grateful for the skippers on the regattas and cruising you take part in. You might experience a larger...
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    Skirr adventures / Clipper Ventures

    Hello, the Clipper Race people have started to do round trips/ expeditions in a new company called Skirr adventures. Are there anybody here with experience / booking on one of the five legs of this summers UK / Scotland / Iceland / UK trip? or knowledge to the company in general? Good or bad…? I...
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    What sunglasses do you wear?

    +1 for Julbo. They have several models with good side shield, for glaciers etc. not what I wear on on the yacht club café, but good for the water on sunny days.
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    What caused the leak in the new hull?

    The German manufacturer Bavaria uses the tub according to this video 
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    Head lamp for offshore ... what's the latest/greatest kit?

    I use a Ledlenser head lamp, rechargeable, three levels, only use level 2 or 3 on board. long lasting. bought a red filter with a rubber frame / ring to press down over the white light. Works fine. The filter set included yellow, blue and green as well, not used those.
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    Sailing shoes that don't suck?

    Maybe not what you want to wear falling asleep on the rail. But on a 5.5 m on a sunny day, why not. They are good for protecting your toes. In warm climates i like to wear sandals, but with ancle straps. I get nervous with crew sailing bare foot. 
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    Online route planning

    You’ll do good with a good weather forcast. It’s costal sailing. Keep a good look out for fishing nets along the coast. I don’t know if the Orcas are active chewing rudders this season…
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    World’s largest sailing yacht, Sailing Yacht A, seized

    This tread is now somewhat general, so I will post info on ‘Ragnar’, Malta flagged yacht connected to Vladimir Strzhalkovsky…  It has been in Narvik for over a month, arrived just before the annual NATO winter thing. Not under any arrest, but no one will sell them fuel. The english captain...
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