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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

Considering the cost of the vane gear, even the Jean-du-Sud, ($3460 CAN) plus the added bits and pieces you'll need (roughly $500), plus the cost of installation (unless you are an accomplished...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By tdw
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

We've got an Aries windvane and Raymarine pilot. Reality is that we only use the Aries when on passage. Other than that we stick with the AP.

If you are not passage making (and I'd consider any...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By Alex W
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

I've had two boats with Raymarine electronic autopilots and about the same battery system: 2 group 24s with 20w or 30w solar panels. I never found keeping up with the load to be difficult.

Are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   10-31-2013
Replies: 10
Views: 783
Posted By MikeOReilly
Re: Wind-vane now? Or wait for next boat?

Our primary autopilot is an Aries windvane. Steers better than I can, never complains (unlike me) and takes nothing but a little TLC every once in a while. I've never used a Cape Horn, but I have no...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-26-2013
Replies: 65
Views: 6,538
Posted By Unkle Toad
Re: Cheap Classic Plastic smokes the fleet in 2013 Down the Bay Race

ok so it looks like the conditions were good for the 2 older boats who also had great crew and knew what to do with it .. what I take from this is that all the advancements in hull design and...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-21-2013
Replies: 846
Views: 109,448
Posted By bobperry
Re: Full or fin keel?

Paulo:
Thank you for educating me. If you had been around 35 years ago I might have made a name for myself in this business.

I herebye declare this horse well and truly dead.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-21-2013
Replies: 846
Views: 109,448
Posted By wolfenzee
Re: Full or fin keel?

Call me old fashion, but I prefer the beauty and grace of an old design over the extra knot or two I would gain in light air from the boats whose esthetics are.....well actually they aren't.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   05-20-2013
Replies: 846
Views: 109,448
Posted By Cruisingdad
Re: Full or fin keel?

I hope this is not considered a hijack, but since i know nothing about sailing or cruising, just wanted to ask: why would anyone choose a racer for a cruiser?

Just askin'.

Brian
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