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  1. +1 on the CFX-40

    Did 2 weeks last summer with one of these on the 930, with 170 watts of available solar and 196 amps of deep cycle batteries.

    Started with all the meat packed in and frozen while on 240v at home, drove to BOI with it running on 12v in the ute, chucked it in the boat and buggered off.

    Ran it on -18deg C during the day and switched it off at night. came home with still frozen meat.

    And during the day, as the food ran down I replaced the gaps with water bottles and beers. They went from bilge temp to frosty in an hour...

    One day I'll have a grown ups boat with charging systems and inoard/icebox and I reckon I'll still rock the Waeco!

  2. We on the Mean Streak (Class 930) had an interesting race, hoping to better our 4th in div 5 last year we ended up 13th on line... after snapping our tiller off at the transom 10 minutes into the race!

    Had a bit on with fractional Gennaker up off North Head, loads were high in the half broaches and the thing just peeled off in my hands like the top of a can (work hardened stainless tube about 25mm from a weld)


    Ended up head to wind with kite behind us, took a while to get it in and get the boat under control.


    Couldnt believe what I was looking at, all that time money and prep and race over just like that. As we were intending to leave the boat on a mooring in Russell in preparation for family Xmas cruise and Bay Week (And I'm an eternal optimist) I decided to have a go at fixing it to see if we could continue under reduced sail. 


    I got the aluminium boat hook out, hacksawed it in half and using 4 camlock tiedowns and an unspecified amount of metres of 6mm spectra we managed to clamp it around the stock, sandwiching them in front of and behind the blade and bout 300mm along the tiller wrapping the two halves of the tiller in a figure 8 style to bind the whole lot together. We then got going again under reefed main and #3 in the direction of Gulf Harbour, gingerly loading it up in the gusts and studying the repair. It all looked to be going well and didn't appear to be deflecting at all so we had a crew discussion in the lee of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and opted to carry on North for the party.


    Obviously we were DFL so no hopes for a result but once we set off it became apparent we were ceasing to be overtaken by people and were in fact catching div 5 boats slowly, sailing a 930 under canvassed in breeze obviously has some merit!


    We could hear the vhf on constantly with dismastings and rudder carnage so really strived to just ease through the gusts and not fight the boat if it started rounding up. By the time we passed Kawau we were confident enough to choose outside the Hen and Chicks hoping for a more organised sea state and it paid off with some great sends hitting over 16kts on occasions. (also set a new boat record for having someone on the can at 14kts)


    We were extremely relieved to make the finish just after 3am after not only finishing walking wounded but also putting some 20+ division 5 boats behind us in the process.


    A great raft up with Hotdogger in the bay and watching the sun rise whilst on the rums capped it off nicely!


    I'm currently sitting in a hotel restaurant in Bangkok nursing the usual post race kidney aches and bruises but still buzzing about the trip and my great crew. Can't wait to get back and start on a nice new beefy carbon tiller  ;-)


    For all the flack that transom hung rudders collect I for one am certainly glad that 930's have one or we would have been yet another yacht requiring a tow.

  3. I'll take it when it's in the offing!

    It was easy to see the apparent pace of the boat but yes they had a couple of mares in that race.

    90k not a lot for a new boat but in saying that - I'm leaving my 20k 80's ross tip truck at Russell again after this years Coastal to do another 14 day xmas cruise with the wife and kids and that's the saving grace for my yacht racing campaign!

    Mum would let me spend $89k on a Young 11 but not on another skiff

  4. This will boil your biscuit - for Saturdays SSANZ I ran the Multi unit (with the depth transducer unplugged of course) purely as a SOG repeater.


    It was also displaying depth, and based on a few checks against the plotter throughout the day... seemed to be reading pretty accurately.


    For the life of us, we could not ascertain where the unit was getting its data from!


    Is there a possibility, that when connected to the Vulcan but not getting a transducer signal, the depth according to the plotter and tide info is calculated for your position and displayed?


    Was weirding us out a bit 

  5. We finally managed to join all the dots on Mean Streak and had a largely mistake free race.

    Held masthead symmetric from start right on C.U's hip past brown's then had to run off a bit in the puffs and finally decided to foot a bit for speed , then hoist jib and come back up around whatever that big point is called, before setting fractional Gennaker and carrying that all the way to shag island. Rounded that leading all but C.U and then proceeded to play the 'Overpowered Skinny 930' game all the way up the north coast of Waiheke. We took our foot of Mercenaries throat long enough for them to wriggle free by virtue of flatter water and slight breeze bend closer in shore to thumb point and had to engage in some pretty hard thinking shore scaring choppy tide riding through Motuhei channel to get back to them. Once with them we had a short violent and exciting match race and managed to bounce them and lead into the line. Great fun but boy am I sore today!

  6. I've got Advansea S400 Wind and Multi instruments on my boat, hooked up to a B&G Vulcan 7 plotter/Autohelm via NMEA Backbone.


    The S400 was chosen as a direct replacement for the old Navman units as they can use the Navman transducers.


    All has run well for 2 years however the water speed stopped reading about 6 months ago (thought maybe transducer).


    But after coming out of the water for a keel reset and hull scrape/coat when we fired the instruments up the Multi display up and quit.


    Got a new one, put it in for the Enduro however on the way to the start the screen started showing a black spot and was extremely hot to the touch. When I checked the solar mppt display I could see that something was drawing about 6 amps... felt the power wires to the multi and they were scorching so cut them and draw went back to .2 amps.


    Took the unit to Absolute Marine who tested it and found no fault.


    Refitted yesterday and changed the fuse from the original 15 (!!!) amp to a 3 amp and plugged it all up, checking the draw at each stage. 


    Power wires connected - 0.1- 0.2amp


    NMEA wires connected - 0.1- 0.2amp


    Speed transducer - 0.1 to 0.2 amp


    Depth transducer - Fuse go bang.


    So its looking like transducer or transducer wiring. Nothing was done in the area that the transducer is mounted or wiring routed whilst out of the water so I doubt its damage.


    But - the thru hull Navman depth transducer has never been mounted through the hull. It was glued directly to the inside of the glass hull in what is supposed to be a thin area (Is there any thick areas on a 930's hull???) under the galley bench. It has read depth fine through this hull for many many years.


    But when out of the water I painstakingly scraped the hull back to glass, rolled on two coats of Altex Carboguard, sanded that back then sprayed a tie coat of epoxy primer and 2 or 3 passes of Petit Antifoul.


    My question is - have these layers of coatings somehow proved a bridge too far for the transducer to read through or is it just a coincidence that the transducer has decided to fail at the same time as we did the bottom job?


    Is there any test I can do with transducer in place to find the fault?



  7. Originally I wanted to do just that- drill a hole in a low angle a d epoxy in a pvc tube slash cut underneath to let the rushing water vacuum the excess out.

    I mean the plugs only in there when you're sailing and by rights that should mean you're moving forward?

    But Ive been told that doesn't work on a 930.

    What kind of 1 way valve can you get for a tube - buy a warehouse snorkel and cut it down?

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