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Old 22-01-2012, 04:56   #16
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Re: Sailing from Oslo to Senja (North Norway) - Advice?

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I do have an old Simrad tiller AP similar to bit.ly/y23B4f knocking about, but its electricity outlet in the rear of the cockpit well were maced by the geezers who allegedly installed the diesel. Maybe worth to repair and install it, if it still works. Looks sturdy from what I remember but it isn't here; have to take a rather chilly 2 km dinghy trip out to the island Polly's on to study it. Will return with more on this topic once things start to thaw around here.

Can guess what WAFI means, and will naturally attempt to not end up as one!
(Searching a bit...) Er, I was maybe wrong. Is it "Wind Assisted F***ing Idiot? Hah, I have an infernal combustion engine too, so there.
well worth getting the ap going if you have one,dont worry about the plug,just cut it off and put an extention on it, will be either a brown and blue or black and red 12v connection.

wafi's viewed from the bridge of a ship,generally at about 2-3 miles will start making erratic coarse changes,normally to cross your bow and start calling on the vhf,after you have safely altered to avoid them..............
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Re: Sailing from Oslo to Senja (North Norway) - Advice?

Do take the advice on an auto-pilot seriously. Even with 2 people, hand steering those distances can be exhausting.
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Old 25-01-2012, 16:09   #18
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Re: Sailing from Oslo to Senja (North Norway) - Advice?

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Do take the advice on an auto-pilot seriously. Even with 2 people, hand steering those distances can be exhausting.
and really boaring.....! my auto-pilot broke and it took me two weeks to get a 25-euro sparepart for it.

by the way, have a look at my pics up the norwegian coast in 2006:
Norway and Spitzbergen 2006 with sailboat HR34 "Wet Kiss" from Luxembourg. Skipper Hendrik Ewert with Jos Ewert
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Re: Sailing from Oslo to Senja (North Norway) - Advice?

4.5 knots may be difficult to get. Start with a lower average, and feel happy if you get ahead of the plan.

Get best charts and the lotsen.

Pre-plan A LOT: refuge harbours along the daily run, plans B, and plans C.

Seek local wisdom.

Stay in port if weather iffy.

Leave a sailing plan with someone and update them on progress.

Have fun.

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Re: Sailing from Oslo to Senja (North Norway) - Advice?

Rik-lu, great pictures, they make me ache to get up north again.

Skipper Solo, did you say you had radar?
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Rik-lu, great pictures, they make me ache to get up north again.

Skipper Solo, did you say you had radar?
Nope. She's pretty bare-bones as far as electronics are concerned, with an electric system "which if it had been a car, would have been de-licenced" according to an electrician. But at least the nav lights and hifi works... Will concentrate on maybe have the el. system rewired (ouch, my presently deflated bank account is hurtin') and then get the autopilot and GPS working. Radar is waaaay down the list.
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