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    Arrow TabbyCat website is updated...

    ...but I am still way behind on posting the latest & greatest.

    Note we have changed our web authoring SW from Windows to Mac, so as you drill down on some of the ancillary pages things may get a bit squirrelly/funky/catty. Click on the cat image to head off to our site.

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    Fair Winds,
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    Thanks.

    I liked the pic of Susan with the signal, up on top, in the cold.

    She could have been helping me and I appreciate her doing so!!

    Sailing with the other boat you must have had to shorten sail quite a bit huh?

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    We found that we spent a lot of time w/the first reef in the main, especially when transiting the open ocean gaps between the islands. Between Dominica and Martini-Q we saw 40+ knts once we got clear of the headlands.

    Yes, on that particular day, sailing with our friends on an IP40, we left later, did a wide slow circle (for pictures of our boats under sail!) and arrived first, but we try to downplay that aspect since everyone knows the OZs are quite sensitive and don't joke around much.

    Fair Winds,
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    The latest TabbyCat updates are now available. The main page and the "2008 - 2009 Caribbean" pages have the most recent updates. Click on the cat in the original post to get there.

    Fair Winds,
    Mike

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    Sounds as though you had quite a time whilst you were one the hard, but that all is now well. Is starboard able to be used as a structural member? I thought it was not.

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    Default Re: TabbyCat website is updated...

    We are using the starboard more as a stiffening method similar to plywood, but not truly as a "structural" member.

    Thanks for reading and your comments,

    Fair Winds,
    Mike

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    Mike,

    Maybe a better insurance agent can get you coverage "in the box" so you don't need to go on the hard?


    John
    "The floggings will continue until morale improves"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jkd View Post
    Mike,

    Maybe a better insurance agent can get you coverage "in the box" so you don't need to go on the hard?


    John
    John,

    From my perspective, a better insurance agent does not exist!


    Fair Winds,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoga O View Post
    John,

    From my perspective, a better insurance agent does not exist!


    Fair Winds,
    Mike
    Spoken like a true gentleman...........

    .......... with his wife reading over his shoulder.

    Happy thanksgiving to you and Susan.

    John
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoga O View Post
    John,

    From my perspective, a better insurance agent does not exist!


    Fair Winds,
    Mike
    I tend to agree with you.

    Thank her again for me.
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    All,

    We have finally escaped from Trinidad and a brief post and pix can be found on our homepage. Click the Cat!

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    Fair Winds,
    Mike

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    Bravo! I bet Tabby Cat is also happy to be back in her element!

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    Yes, thanks. She is even happier to be in Grenada where we are enjoying the ability to be able to jump in for a swim, swing in the breeze and see the beautiful night sky.

    Fair Winds & Happy Holidays,
    Mike

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    How is your new wind generator working out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeandrebecca View Post
    How is your new wind generator working out?
    The new mounting is working out great. The pole is incredibly secure although we haven't been out in more than 6' seas. Previously, you could see a lot of flexing in the step and riser even after we reinforced those areas with starboard, fiberglass and large 3/8" backing plates.

    Making the new inner pole so that it projects 5 feet up into the original outer pole also really helped. Of course, now the only way to service the pole or wind genny will be via crane (or we could borrow Rebecca's dance pole!)

    Performancewise, the jury is still out. Yes, it is quiet but perhaps not quite as much as I thought it would be. There is no high-pitched wailing though, just a sound like a fan spinning at low speed.

    In terms of power production the key is you need to have wind. The wind tends to die at night, so we still give up 20 - 40 amps overnight. In 10 knots, we are getting approx. 2A, so when the Fridge or Freezer kick on we are giving up amps. In 15 knots, we are getting something around 6 - 10A, but as the wind fluctuates up/down you don't really see that consistently.

    Clearly though, the best scenario is with the solar panels running AND the wind genny running. Of course, once the charge reaches 80+% the solar charge controllers and the wind genny regulator start dumping to prevent battery damage (overcharging/overheating).

    So overall, the jury is still out.

    Will report more as we gain more experience.

    Fair Winds,
    Mike
    Last edited by Yoga O; 22nd December 2009 at 02:34 PM. Reason: Added thought for more clarity(?)

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    Thanks Mike. I am looking forward to hearing your continued thoughts on the product. It's still something we are considering for our cat, along with increasing the solar panels we carry.

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    Default Re: TabbyCat website is updated...

    ...as we continue to make our way north up the Eastern Caribbean.

    As usual, click the cat.

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    Fair Winds,
    Mike

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