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  1. KM...

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    My Weaco CF40 (which is also the CF50) using a nats short of a Amp when down to speed and not empty. Years ago a wise head told me to never have a empty fridge as it uses more power. On one boat we had a massive fridge freezer which was had to fill, I could fit in it. So I made so bean bags and used those to fill the space. The fridge power consumption dropped and did a fair bit.
  2. Opps sorry miss you sneaking in there Paul. Absolutely it all would depend on drouge sizes, relative sizes and positioning both from the boat and between the components. I like the smaller to a strength which them pulls out another drouge idea. Or have a way of deploying a certain amount of say a Jordan which at a set wind speed or some parameter it pulls out more. That would be damn good if you could automate that some how. The multiplier is, and this is my read of what he was saying but I have asked if he can draw something for me, about the pressure wave again. The faster you go
  3. Not data that I can understand IT but I have asked if he can write it in dumbarse for me. It's all about hydrodynamics, pressure waves and stuff like that. He said if the big one is in front the ones behind live in turbulence and within the 'boundaries' or 'envelope' of the bigger one. How much depends on how close and relative sizes obviously, our discussion was about the 2 in the 1st post more than it was general. When asked about these boundaries he said dragging it through the water created a sort of envelope which can extend quite way forward and wider than the drouge itself, that's t
  4. It looks tiny doesn't it, that was my first thought as well. I've had it out and it's very deceptive. It is a Para-Tech made in the US 9fter and rated for up to 4.5 ton boats when I'll be 2.5 give or take a few muesli bars. Of course I can't use any old string so that's a fancy super light but very strong 5mm which hangs out the back to a float (a fender in my case) for retrieving it all. I'll use my anchor rode as the main line. I will tweak the anchor line a little to suit but chutes and anchoring like the same stuff which is handy. So having some of the gear already which will be re ta
  5. Ah the old closing locker conundrum, I know it well. As I do with your small space issues. I climbed into my new auditorium as we call it, the bit in the middle between the 1/4 berths, and got stuck turning around. For a moment there I though I may have to chainsaw my way out. This is why I'm pretty happy. The chute and the red rope next to it is the 20mt retrieval line. Hardly something massive I'll have to hump around. That's a tidy installation and one easy to deploy from I'd say Partisan. While I'm not quite as bad haveing a few more feet of boat, I have found myself getting a bi
  6. Do you hook it all up prior to leaving so it's a pick up and throw? Tell me about the age thing. It makes glassing down the ends of 1/4 berths a lot harder than back in the more flexible days
  7. The Bronze Div being a cruising Div or ???? I'd think Vavau will be fizzing at the bung to put on a good show for you Beau. A good call on the destination.
  8. I found someone who is a drogue expert and he said the opposite for maximum drag but the big before the small will also work, they are designed to be used in a few configurations. He reckons the above are brilliant as you can stage them, unlike many that are either on or off with nothing in between. like chutes and most Jordan styles, not that those and the above are designed to do the same job. The idea is in low/average wind you have a great steering drogue should you have a rudder/ steering system failure. You can also use it to slow the boat a bit or just help keep the bum behind the b
  9. Good point that dairy one Steve.
  10. Whot he said. But then solar can get a shite load hotter so does that change the game? Interesting stuff. What are the respective sales pitches saying?
  11. Jordan Series is not the answer and never will be. I have a 2.7mt chute for my boat. A very well made thing made in the US. A Paratech ........ maybe??? It's a little cutie and when packed away it's no bigger than a hiking sleeping bag rolled up. That's also what the owner and I believe them to be and why, they are too small to be any sort of stopper. We aren't sure what would be the best way to rig them up for the best performance. I'll measure closer tomorrow but they are a metre maybe a bit more wider and with 2 of them they would present some nice drag. Each would have to pre
  12. One of these. One is bigger then the other, not by a lot but by easily noticeable. Would you have the big one in front or the small one? Would you always run the 2 together or use one then as things got worse add the other? So to speak as no way would I deploy one them bring it in during the storm to add another. The call would be use one or both and deploy as such I'd expect. The boat is a 50 something raft that has been around the world already with thee on board. I'd say they have never been used or if they have certainly not in vengeance for any period of time.
  13. I'm finding this, seemingly now constant, agreeing with you a little disturbing after you being so wrong so often in the past. What's happening to the world Yeap totally agree, it does seem common sense is following the Dodo for sure. At times there is a need to watch people and be their mummy but that shouldn't be in a grown ups yacht race. By the stage you are up to that you should have a good idea of limitations, possibilities and consequences. Kids are a little different as they have to learn a lot of that so they do need more mummy action. It is a tricky one but who will know be
  14. While I do know what you mean I don't see that happening anytime soon. What bureaucracy would be willing to take on that risk, none I could think of. It will serve their primary aim in life i.e arse saving, way better to leave it to the skippers so they can be hung out to dry instead. I do see a raft of more than likely costly, hard to enforce, easy to misinterpreted bullshit rules being written by someone who probably gets sea sick when faced with a cup of tea. We get sudden changes in Akl like other places but not as many. More than once I've looked back to see the black wall of doom
  15. No need to amend anything, the Rules allow for all eventualities already.
  16. That is 100% correct. To suggest otherwise is simply wrong. The RC is not your mother.
  17. No idea IT, it does seem very open ended. I've asked the manufacturer so it will be interesting to see what they say.
  18. The bottom has been torn out of the PP, that's sad.
  19. We did love seeing this on a new product.
  20. Oh, so I wonder why it's news worthy. I'll see if I can suss them again as it sounded as if something unusual was happening. The Council has proven arrogant so I can see it thinking it can bullshit at whim, which it does it in other areas so I can't see why this is different. The existing use pays rent on the land and provides quite an economic benefit locally as the visitors do shop for goodies and use restaurants etc. The proposed change will mean no rent and it's hard to say a few, who are always hands out for coin, will spend anything like the same. But on the upside the office block
  21. Decided rather than do the ANZAC200 I'd though all those telling me the more I sail OP's the longer mine will take to get floating should be listened to. A short term pain for a long term gain call was made. Twas a big weekend but very productive so KM's a happy chap this morning... bar a few aches and pains from having to simulate a small chinese contortionist when glassing some spots. I'm nothing like as flexible as the women of my dreams are Last Thursday morning - This morning - Last Tuesday morning - This morning - Still a pile to go but it's good to see her
  22. Bugger. The launch in the last photo looks like it was a looked after classic (ish), that's sad.
  23. News reports are saying YNZ got to see all the submissions prior to closing so they could add, adjust or play with what they wanted. That is seriously dodgy and I wonder how many in the council are in YNZ's pocket and what do they stand to gain by being so? It's a sad day when a sports body is reduced to fiddling the system. I see a couple of organisations I belong to, some unwillingly, submitted on my behalf or so they claim. Like the dude I was talking to a week or 3 back who had submitted multiple times, those organisations also all lied. I saw the BIA's one and talk about the definitio
  24. That took a while to announce. So who have we got so far - Oracle USA Oracle France Oracle Britan Artimis maybe ETNZ and now Oracle Japan. I can only see 2 of those as potential winners.
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