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  1. Go cruise laminate, hard as nails and it lasts.
  2. She's a great boat. I have had the pleasure of sailing this boat and probably the only person to have done so in anger in the last 20 years! Long story.
  3. That's a pretty cool little product, independant GPS. While not new tech it's quite handy really. If I had that I'd have wireless wind via Bluetooth, Wireless GPS via Bluetooth, Wireless depth via Bluetooth. So far I've had a very good result with wireless wind and depth products. Power consumption is so small I don't even turn them off. In fact the wind powers itself via it's solar panel. To get around the connected tablets getting wet issue, we added wireless charging pads to our Ipad Mini's inside a waterproof case. I then 3D printed some holders for them so they sit
  4. Great thanks for that, that is exactly my setup as well so I'll run with Openwind, great to have a local review.
  5. Given the Open Wind has an NMEA output which enables calculation of the rotation, one would assume it works with B&G? Does B&G take any NMEA input for wind? It's a small racing tri so our plan is to have a single B&G display e.g. chartplotter with wind input.
  6. @Island Time got a tricky one for you, race boat has a rotating mast and I want to mount wind on the top. Any ideas that would integrate with a B&G chartplotter that would show apparent and true wind? I was looking at something like this: https://www.openwind.de/ Thoughts?
  7. $250 about right. Being Stainless they won't last that long either, pitting means they often fail.
  8. Would put a bet on it that this will all end in tears.
  9. And the latest. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/300507845/auckland-aid-boat-set-to-embark-on-a-pirate-adventure-after-devastating-wreck
  10. Same as everywhere I believe but personally you leave a marina with a pump out facility and then proceed to dump your sh*t well, it’s just sh*t. Anyhow as an ex Aucklander I can’t moan too much. lovely day down here now crowded anchorages and plenty of sunlight.
  11. This summer has been particularly bad. Here in the Marlborough Sounds, i've had two ocassions in two weeks where boats did not adhere to Port to port or even know green and red markers which meant I took evasive actions and then got the why did you do that look. Lots of shiny new Stabi's with no clue out on the water. The bay we live in has a strict 5 knot limit which is broken each and every day by jet skis and boats, harboar master useless, education = mixed results. The problem is we live waterfront which means we could be a target so I'm inclined not to take any action and live with th
  12. Booboo, you have calibrated it right? It should have modes, if it's in 'race' mode or high sensitivity mode it will react a lot, however it's a long time since we had one of those course computers so I forget the terms. This sounds exactly what happened to us mid ocean the dam thing just hunts and hunts and won't steer a course and won't apply full rudder. We corrected the issue with a full depower and calibration. Don't assume the ST60 is working correctly either they are dog's of things. Ours showed correctly but the output to the autopilot was something else. I suspect the compass mayb
  13. These look interesting air and water heater https://www.vantagerv.co.nz/products/diesel-hot-water-and-air-heater?variant=39768023335085&currency=NZD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&utm_campaign=gs-2021-06-28&utm_source=google&utm_medium=smart_campaign
  14. Hey IT i had the same answer from L&B. Basically they said a power problem. I put our work power analyser onto it and measured the power over 7 days and recorded no drops or major voltage fluctuations. When presented with that they replaced the unit and that solved it. One thing I found out was that you need to install the earth wire on the older Raymarine screens as without that it would not know the difference between rain and finger. Made a big difference. The issue I had was with the latest Lighthouse software upgrade it stuffed my plotter, reinstalled it the other day and n
  15. There are tablets and tablets. The Apple products are expensive but last and work. I can verify this as I've had the same Ipad Pro on board the yacht for 4 years and it's seen salt water many times. I really don't have the daylight viewing issues that people discuss here. I just finished a round the South Island trip and simply swear that the Ipad has a better user interface is more reliable and user friendly. That may have to do with the fact that my chartplotter is located out in the cold cockpit. Yes the ipad can be fragile but I'd suggest that if your chartplotter was designed to carr
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