Hi, I will be making this passage
across the pacific singlehanded next year, making sure Im back in Australia
before November. I have a couple of technical questions Im hoping some of you much more experienced sailors may be able to answer?
is a main concern for me so:
1. I believe a roller furling
is a high priority and I cant scrimp on the cost. But does anyone think with 3 other genoas I could sail back without a roller furling
? I know it makes it very hard in rough conditions and a roller will allow me to reef without leaving the cockpit
2. Alternative to my handheld GPS
and paper charts
, does anyone know about laptop software
? I was thinking about "Quickcharts Australia"? It comes with the software
to run it and all you do is buy a USB GPS
(WAAS) for it and you can use it as a plotter. Has anyone used this setup before and how did you find the detail and accuracy? And do you know if the software will run navionics charts
so I can use it for navigation
? A link to the software.. Boat Books Australia
3. There is also a weather
fax USB with software that would be great! It says you need a short wave receiver? Would that be a referance to the radio
set itself? Has anyone had any experience using this equipment
? Also please tell me if anyone knows how to set up email
through the radio
and what equipment
will be needed to get it from the radio to the computer?
Boat Books Australia
4. Where in Australia can I buy solar
equipment from someone who knows marine
applications well. I know what I need but would like to discuss other possibilites and it seems its a vague area to most. Im hoping to find somewhere that will sell me boat specific marine
mounting poles for the panels
5. If Im just stopping in Hawaii
to re supply, say a few days to a week, do quarantine and customs
make you throw away fruit and meat you have in store?
6. Also I beleive a windspeed alarm
is a priority, waking me in the night to reef sails
if the wind
picks up. Can anyone please tell me a good reasonably priced set up to be able to do this?
Thankyou kindly for your time and advice on any of these matters!
Currently in Brisbane