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General Announcements / Re: Welcome our new forum admin-JTMeissner
« Last post by Bob23 on Today at 09:18:46 PM »
Bribe accepted! Glad you are aboard!
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General Announcements / Re: Welcome our new forum admin-JTMeissner
« Last post by JTMeissner on Today at 08:26:32 PM »
Thanks, all.  Bob can keep running his racket, FWIW.  I've successfully evaded him and his cousins so far, no fear of continuing such evasion for as long as it takes. 

However, if discovered, a bottle of Batch 001 of some caramel flavored Sloop Betty Vodka by Blackwater Distilling will probably enhance my chances...  it's "worth mutinying over."

I've been a member for some time, and thought this was an appropriate way of paying back the crew that stood up this forum and continue to make it a good site for sharing information; my dues, as it were.  If we all keep following the guidelines as listed in the member agreement, my new responsibilities will be simple to execute.

-Justin
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The "How to DIY" Forum / Re: Tunning the standing rig
« Last post by Bob23 on Today at 06:48:36 PM »
Brack, thanks! I rig the boat on the trailer but leave the final tuning until she's sitting in her slip. I do have a Loos gauge but have not used it so this is perfect timing. Sort of...as I plan to haul her out in a few weeks, put her winter pj's on and tuck her away for a long winter's sleep.
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Eclipse / Re: What plans for new "stuff"
« Last post by Vectordirector on Today at 01:38:35 PM »
Hi Al,

I have no plans for my boat other than to sail her!  I dropped a bunch on her this summer with haul out, bottom paint, engine service and a detail.  She looks great!  Just need some decent weather.   

RE: the autopilot.  Mine came with a simrad tp20 that I used a bit when I first got the boat and I liked it but found that it did tax the battery a bit in the steep chop of Lake Geneva or Charlotte Harbor.  It would probably work better in the rollers of the gulf, but I have no idea if that is true.  I tried the tiller extension and haven't used the auto since. 
I don't sail more than a few hours at a time so the auto really isn't necessary for my use.  If you plan on solo for hours at a time it would be a great option.  For me, the tiller extension is all I need to stay pointed up while hoisting or furling the main.  If I need to go into the cabin or whatever, I just bear off and jam the extension in the floor where it keeps the boat on course for a few seconds.  Again, if you need more then that, you need to look at other options.   

 The auto is a great option if it meets your needs and budget and you understand it's limits.  If the boat is overpowered it doesn't keep up very well.  The more it is working to hold course the more it will drain the battery.  Bottom line is:  if you need it, you need it. 

Vectordirector



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Eclipse / Re: What plans for new "stuff"
« Last post by rogerschwake on Today at 12:49:00 PM »
Yes they do have auto pilots with a wind indicator that adjusts for wind change. They are not perfect but a big help when single handing and work good under motor also.

ROGER
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Eclipse / Re: What plans for new "stuff"
« Last post by captronr on Today at 12:10:52 PM »
Ok guys, help me understand this please.

I normally try to sail pointed high enough that a slight shift in wind, my sails flog and/or I stop  dead in the water.

Unless you tie an autopilot into a wind system, aren't you still faced with this same issue.

I suppose you could back off 10* from you highest point, which would mitigate the flogging/stopping issue. 

Thoughts please?

Ron
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Com-Pac Sailors Lounge / Re: CP 27 Baltimore Newbee
« Last post by BBTVR on Today at 08:09:17 AM »
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The "How to DIY" Forum / Re: Tunning the standing rig
« Last post by brackish on Today at 06:55:28 AM »
Brack: A silly question here but I'm assuming the tuning is while the boat's in the water? I ask because a few years ago, while my trusty 23 was on her trailer, I raised the mast and set the rigging only to find that after she was in, the tensions had changed noticeably. So that's how was I introduced to hull flex! Never thought about it before!

Bob, I didn't think about it but I did do it in the water.  I've found it is easier to put my mast up after launching while in the water.  I generally launch and motor over to my slip before raising.  My system lets me do that and it eliminates a lot of that ladder climbing that is required if I do it on the trailer.
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The "How to DIY" Forum / Re: Tunning the standing rig
« Last post by Bob23 on Today at 06:20:37 AM »
Brack: A silly question here but I'm assuming the tuning is while the boat's in the water? I ask because a few years ago, while my trusty 23 was on her trailer, I raised the mast and set the rigging only to find that after she was in, the tensions had changed noticeably. So that's how was I introduced to hull flex! Never thought about it before!
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