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Old 20-01-2019, 12:33   #16
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Im a slow cruiser too, but even slower...left the USA in 2004...now in Panama. I prefer to really get to know an area, not just tick it off the list.
And I thought I was slow . Great to hear Iím not alone in my view. We live my tag line: Why go fast, when you can go slow.

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Polar oppossite would be the ARC World...they do a circumnav in 15 months!
This holds zero interest to me. I donít even understand this mindset, but then I donít understand a lot things other like Ö such as organized sports, or fitbits, or needing pressure water .
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Old 20-01-2019, 12:45   #17
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Do you fit this definition of cruiser?

Cruiser : noun. Meaning , repairing a boat in exotic locations .
If it fits your still a cruiser and not a dirter.
Well....I did just spent the best part of 3 weeks sanding down my deck to treat corrosion and bad paint spots, stripping off old tread master, repainting and applying anti-skid.
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Old 20-01-2019, 12:49   #18
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Well....I did just spent the best part of 3 weeks sanding down my deck to treat corrosion and bad paint spots, stripping off old tread master, repainting and applying anti-skid.
meets the requirements of cruiser
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Old 20-01-2019, 15:23   #19
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And I thought I was slow . Great to hear Iím not alone in my view. We live my tag line: Why go fast, when you can go slow.


This holds zero interest to me. I donít even understand this mindset, but then I donít understand a lot things other like Ö such as organized sports, or fitbits, or needing pressure water .
Yeah, almost hate to admit we are about to embark on our 5th season in the San Blas...and looking forward to it! But I do put in some miles on Other Peoples Boats (OPBs) too...half a dozen countries in the past few years and a crossing from NY to Gib planned this year.

I asked an ARC World participant a few years ago, as he scurried by on the dock, "Why?". Answer: "Because sailing around the world is on the bucket list, ticking it off! Busy, gotta go!"...and off he rushed.

They came thru Shelter Bay Marina like a swarm of hyper locusts. Cant imagine they got much out of their dash thru Panama.

However, judging from the participation numbers these sort of highly structured herd events do appeal to many.
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And I thought I was slow . Great to hear Iím not alone in my view. We live my tag line: Why go fast, when you can go slow.



This holds zero interest to me. I donít even understand this mindset, but then I donít understand a lot things other like Ö such as organized sports, or fitbits, or needing pressure water .
Its called 'The Bucket List Life'.. been there done that, whats next.
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Old 21-01-2019, 13:06   #21
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

"A chrysanthemum by any other name, would be easier to spell." Cruiser? Floater? WTF.
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Five weeks doesn't even sound like long enough to fully enjoy an area. No sense racing to get somewhere only to turn around and leave the first chance you get. Sit a spell - enjoy the scenery.

When people start referencing your boat as a navigation point, then maybe it's time to go?
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"A chrysanthemum by any other name, would be easier to spell." Cruiser? Floater? WTF.
If you have to ask you wont understang the difference.
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5 weeks --- barely enough time to clear customs. Sometimes we only stay hours in a place, other times we spend an entire season. Its all cruising.
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

When you start to worry too much about tenths of volts on your solar controller, it might be time to move on
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Uh oh! I just ordered 2 new MPPT controllers to get more juice out of the panels. But that’s not tenths of volts, I hope. Perilously close though.
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Re: Still a cruiser or a FLOATER?

Sorry for the drift; but how is St. Martin recovering?
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Uh oh! I just ordered 2 new MPPT controllers to get more juice out of the panels. But that’s not tenths of volts, I hope. Perilously close though.
Which type MPPT Controllers did you order? Just curious.

Those of us with Victron MPPT Controllers have noticed some voltage differences between the onboard Victron Monitoring System and what we measure manually

Some of us freak out about a .2 volt difference while others just live with it........(probably depending on how much we spent on the batteries and/or totally depend on our batteries)
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Sorry for the drift; but how is St. Martin recovering?
Gore,
It’s my l first time here so I’ve no comparison. That said, I’d say “slow”. Many business are back up and flourishing. island Water World and Budget Marine and Ace Hardware all look like nothing happened. Royal Marine is pretty much a disaster. At least half of business closed still. It a lot of signs they will reopen anytime soon. Most hotels/motels and houses fronting Marigot Bay from the tourist strip out are gutted. Lots and lots of sunk boats in the French Lagoon. Just recently I see placards on derilict boats. So maybe that is a sign of intended action.

The Dutch side seems to have cared much better.

I guess those with capital and insurance who could recover did.
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Which type MPPT Controllers did you order? Just curious.

Those of us with Victron MPPT Controllers have noticed some voltage differences between the onboard Victron Monitoring System and what we measure manually

Some of us freak out about a .2 volt difference while others just live with it........(probably depending on how much we spent on the batteries and/or totally depend on our batteries)
Victron 75/15. I have some other controllers but the way they work they drag the voltage down to 12 volts. Because I have a 30volt MPP, I’m loosing about half my available power.

So I guess I’m worrying about a 12volt difference.
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