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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-07-2011
Replies: 36
Views: 7,959
Posted By dpex
I'll Say It Again

Roller reefing on a headsail is absolutely fine if all you will ever do is puddle around in modest weather; or go with a full reef and start the iron spinnaker.

But in winds of serious sorts,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-24-2011
Replies: 61
Views: 23,751
Posted By dpex
Reefing

Reefing down is an act undertaken explicitly by the lights of the skipper. Some will deep-reef when 25 knots arrives. Others at 40. There are no rules other than the skipper and crews physical and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   07-26-2010
Replies: 0
Views: 495
Posted By dpex
Who Has Actually Done It

Is there anyone on this site who has actually completed a trip around the Horn?

If yes, can you regail us with your experiences?
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-22-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By dpex
The Cost of voyaging

Recently, I completed a spreadsheet list of stuff I would need/require/want for a non-stop, maybe 365 day tour of the globe. Granted, added into my figures were my daily wine and fags...There's some...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-20-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By dpex
When savouring the finest of wines I prefer to...

When savouring the finest of wines I prefer to sip...very slowly, to extract the maximum of pleasure. Lee Child I can read in a day. Peter Nichols? Sip, sip, sip. :--))
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   07-19-2010
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By dpex
Voyage For Madmen

Have many of you read this amazing book?

Hells teeth. I thought I'd put up with some 'stuff' at sea, but nothing like this.

May I say I relate best with Moitessier. 'It's just the sailing which...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-05-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 7,196
Posted By dpex
Your 'article' is excellent. Thank you for taking...

Your 'article' is excellent. Thank you for taking the time to lay it all out.

But I have a slightly off-topic question regarding the siting of panels and wind-vanes.

Do you, or any other...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-04-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 7,196
Posted By dpex
For a parallel discussion of how much comes OUT,...

For a parallel discussion of how much comes OUT, please see the Energy Budget topic, here:

PS You've just gotten the entire course on how to run a boat electrical system (other than battery...
Forum: Electrical Systems   07-04-2010
Replies: 26
Views: 7,196
Posted By dpex
If using wet cells plan on max acceptance of...

If using wet cells plan on max acceptance of about 25% of Ah rating so. Most recommend an alt of 20-40% of bank capacity.

650 Ah bank = 162 amp alt: This is not going to happen easily on a small...
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