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Search: Posts Made By: Minnesail
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By norahs arc
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

Re 24 volt solar panels. In my area a 24 volt panel is about half the price per watt of a 12 volt panel -so you would be better off with a 24 volt panel for two reasons - cost per watt and you won't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Days Ago
Replies: 10
Views: 473
Posted By Captainmeme
Re: Electrical system

You will need:
big battery
solar panel
MPPT solar charger
circuit breaker/fuse panel
Good crimpers
Ancor wire
good terminals
fuse on positive battery post
two buss bars,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By Alex W
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

A battery monitor (or even just an amp meter) will do the job and give you a good idea of how much charging you are getting out of the system.

On my 30w panel if I shade one cell in bright...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By TropicCat
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

Sure it will work. In time you discover that one of the batteries will bite the dust before the other does. However, make sure the MPPT controller you buy has different charge cycles. The one I have...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By noelex77
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

Just be aware that contrary to popular opinion most MPPT controllers will not boost voltage, only reduce it.
There are a very small number that do (and one of those is listed) and they are...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 5 Days Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 615
Posted By mitiempo
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

The Genasun boost controllers will charge your 24 volt system.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 950
Posted By svHyLyte
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

For all but small boats, a riding sail (see snap below) can also make for an effective means of recovering a MOB (or COB for the PC). Two corners are connected tightly between two points on the...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 950
Posted By CLOSECALL
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

Here's is a method that can work in a pinch. Tie a loop in the end of a jibsheet or any piece of rope. Like a stirrup. Drop that in the water and wrap the other end around a winch. Person in the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 549
Posted By hriehl1
Re: jib sheets + clew

Start with a 30 +/- inch rope for the tail at each jib's clew.

Attach to the clew with an estar hitch, making each jib's permanently attached tail. A bowline would probably do as well as the estar...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By bblument
Thetford 550P MSD install - in progress

A couple folks had asked me to let them know how things went once I started installing the head listed above on my P26. Here's some things gleaned from my day yesterday that may be useful.

The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,241
Posted By zeilfanaat
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

You wouldn't slide the sheet (the guy really, once it's on the pole), in and out of snatch block after each jibe. I'd suggest that you permanently lead the guy/sheet through a block on a separate...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 36
Views: 1,241
Posted By Classic30
Re: Spinnaker guys and sheets

Yes.. it becomes the guy. Confused yet?!?



That's because the diagram is looking from the mast-top. In real life, what it's doing is pulling in and down on the "guy" to help keep the windward...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 950
Posted By pdqaltair
Re: Elevator method of COB recovery mixed results

MOB. We are NOT going to introduce a PC acronym for a safety item. GPS units have MOB buttons. Lets not be stupid (yes, I know this is not your fault--this is a public rant:)). If a person yells "man...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 1,412
Posted By RobGallagher
Anchoring under sail

As someone else pointed out, try leaving the mainsheet loose as you coast to a stop to drop the hook.
If the bow falls off to port or starboard the boat won't try to sail on.


Sent from my...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By DRFerron
The New Yorker - Unlocked

Starting this week until fall:

Beginning this week, absolutely everything new that we publish—the work in the print magazine and the work published online only—will be unlocked. All of it, for...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By christian.hess
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

Like others have mentioned it looks like the base is bent.
I would not under any circumstance sharpen the teeth.
The line does look ok for the cleat, I think like others have mentioned that you...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By RichH
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

If you carefully look at that cleat in your picture, you'll see that only one of the cleat teeth per side is engaging with that line.
Id recommend to change-out the present cam cleat for a more...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By socal c25
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

I had a similar problem and it was the cam cleat, I took it apart, cleaned and a tiny bit of winch grease on the rotating parts, problem fixed... on to another problem...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 18
Views: 651
Posted By killarney_sailor
Re: Vang line slipping in cleat

The new line is likely slipperier than the old one which is the immediate problem. The other problem could be with the cleat itself. There are springs under the cams and they may not be as robust as...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 2,164
Posted By jbogart
Re: First boat advice - Mpls to Great Lakes

Minnesail,
I wouldn't be to worried about the chop unless the wind is out of the northwest. That is when it gets bad in terms of wave height.

On Mille Lacs the biggest problem is wind...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 747
Posted By GeorgeB
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Minnsail – Flying a spinnaker on a C22 is a pretty easy affair. I first flew mine while tied to the dock. You will be doing end-for-end gybes which means to gybe - you will unclip the pole from the...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 747
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Caveat - I'm a spinnaker whore. I love them. Thirty years racing foredeck has scarred me for life. I darn near bought a ketch specifically because I could have TWO spinnakers. *grin*



I agree...
Forum: Learning to Sail 07-15-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 747
Posted By nolatom
Re: Do the Cat 22s, and the S2 26 footers, etc., use spinnakers?

Well, yes, sort of crazy, but in a good way... ;-)

I wouldn't encourage flying it without the pole, though it can be a useful skill for short period just after you've removed the pole, or just...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-12-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,806
Posted By chucklesR
Re: Sudden inability to sail upwind

Back up to the ball instead of nosing in. You'll be able to see it, and with the low free board of a C22 you can reach over in a leisurely manner pick up the pennant then stand and walk to the bow...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-08-2014
Replies: 36
Views: 1,806
Posted By christian.hess
Re: Sudden inability to sail upwind

this works 80% of the time or so...the other 20 onvolves going under or buying a long brush type wooden pole and putting a small serrated knife or hook so you can go under and clear it.:)
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