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Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 07-04-2013, 19:16
Replies: 18
Views: 4,261
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Our Solution To Mounting 750-Watts Of Solar

Whoops! I should've read the technical specs first....

Your panels are actually bigger - 1655 x 991! They look smaller in your photos!

But anyhow, a good design and mounting solution for the...
Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 07-04-2013, 19:03
Replies: 18
Views: 4,261
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Our Solution To Mounting 750-Watts Of Solar

That's a great design Frank! Those panels are so small for an output of 250W each! I have been trying to come up with a plan to fit 700+ watts of solar panels here in St Martin but the maximum watt...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 02-01-2013, 18:28
Replies: 474
Views: 98,271
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Which Watermaker To Choose

On ocean passages, planning & preparing for the worst is not paranoia - it's called seamanship, Don. I assume you've read Dashew, Cornell, Pardeys, Hiscocks, Slocum, Adlard Coles, etc.? Are you gonna...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 02-01-2013, 06:50
Replies: 474
Views: 98,271
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Which Watermaker To Choose

Hi Carsten, I think you slightly misunderstood my post. I'm not saying don't get a water maker - they're a great addition to a cruising boat. What I'm saying is that even with a watermaker, 2 x 140L...
Forum: Sailor Logs & Cruising Plans 01-01-2013, 18:13
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Atlantic crossing dream

Hi msmoraas, Welcome to CF & Happy New Year.

Your timetable is doable with the following provisos....

1st, your boat & crew is close to 100% prepared for a 1 year ocean adventure (i.e. gear,...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 31-12-2012, 18:43
Replies: 474
Views: 98,271
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Which Watermaker To Choose

Long passages like the Atlantic crossing or Panama to the Marquesas require a serious change in boat procedures and planning for the worst. Way before the watermaker, you need to increase your water...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 31-12-2012, 07:37
Replies: 62
Views: 7,360
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Battery Capacity

Thanks Dave, this is exactly what happened last time when we made passage from the Saints (Guadeloupe) to Panama! We didn't have
sufficient solar charging capacity and I ran the engines too late -...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 30-12-2012, 15:59
Replies: 62
Views: 7,360
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Battery Capacity

Thanks for the reply mcarling. I'm happy to hear anything (as long as it's not the usual CF mudslinging), that's why I asked the question... :thumb:





Also thank you noelex 77. So from what...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 30-12-2012, 02:11
Replies: 62
Views: 7,360
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Battery Capacity

So what's the best strategy on longer passages? Say 4 days plus, or 8 days (St Martin direct to Colon, Panama which we will be doing next year).
Assuming you are running the auto pilot, chart...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 24-12-2012, 00:29
Replies: 25
Views: 4,493
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: How Much Do Mast Steps Affect Performance?

Regarding the OP's question about performance penalty with mast steps, windage isn't really the most important issue. Rather, disruption of the laminar airflow at the leading edge of the air foil...
Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 21-12-2012, 20:08
Replies: 105
Views: 53,394
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Lagoon 420 or 440 ?

Paul, you assy spin looks great! I've gotta get one for my 440 to. I'll be searching for a good second hand one when I get to the Caribbean....

You have your 420 in charter with Whitsunday Escape...
Forum: Navigation 21-12-2012, 19:32
Replies: 255
Views: 61,893
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: iPad and Navionics Question

Hi Steve, PM sent so as not to hijack the thread.... :)
Forum: Navigation 19-12-2012, 15:17
Replies: 255
Views: 61,893
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: iPad and Navionics Question

Yes, after a long search we have found our cat. We were looking in the Med and the caribbean, keeping our options open. We chose a Lagoon 440 for the awesome living space for a 44 footer, strong...
Forum: Navigation 18-12-2012, 20:58
Replies: 255
Views: 61,893
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: iPad and Navionics question

If you have the Caribbean/Sth American iNavX charts and the South Pacific/Japan iNavX charts, that will cover what you need for your voyage from St Martin to Vanuatu. The gap from the Galapagos...
Forum: Pacific & South China Sea 03-12-2012, 02:35
Replies: 16
Views: 5,244
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Pacific Hurricane Season in Kiribati

Typhoons, Hurricanes & Cyclones are all the same thing - Tropical Revolving Storms. Different names for different parts of the world but the potential damage is the same...

Close to the equator...
Forum: Cruising News & Events 30-11-2012, 02:15
Replies: 191
Views: 17,505
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Apocalypse..any plans?

The interesting thing is that only humans have a pre occupation with 'numbers', 'time' and 'calendars' since humans 'invented' them. Every other organism on the planet couldn't give a *****. And the...
Forum: Cruising News & Events 28-11-2012, 22:15
Replies: 191
Views: 17,505
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Apocalypse..any plans?

I'll be anchored in a lagoon at one the many uninhabited Pacific atolls - no radio, TV or WiFi - so I won't know when the end of the world happens. Then a few weeks later when I sail to the next...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 28-11-2012, 14:43
Replies: 29
Views: 4,783
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Volvo Engine vs Yamnar Engine

+1


For not much money, you can get an engineering firm to do an oil analysis of the engine (from an oil sample after the motor has been run on your sea trial) - it's like a blood test for a...
Forum: Lagoon Catamarans 26-11-2012, 02:01
Replies: 62
Views: 21,637
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Lagoon Comparison

The fact is that in 60 knots of storm force conditions, any sailing vessel - mono or cat - will sound like it's going to break up and disintegrate because the wind will be screaming through the...
Forum: Meets & Greets 24-11-2012, 00:07
Replies: 14
Views: 1,483
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: How Can a Racer Give up the Fast Life?

It's not so much the boat that needs to change but your state of mind! Instead of pressing the boat and sacrificing comfort for boat speed, instead of keeping more canvas up or flying a chute in a...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 21-11-2012, 16:20
Replies: 124
Views: 28,997
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: How Big ( or Small ) Was Your First Liveaboard Boat ?

24' sloop we bought in Southampton called 'Ariadne'. We prepared her for live aboard (very basic obviously as a 24 footer) and sailed her across the English Channel on a 24 hour crossing to Le Havre....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 17-11-2012, 23:27
Replies: 49
Views: 5,528
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Blue Water Survival

I've read Tania's book and many dozens of other great sailing adventure books. My favourite still to this day is Robin Lee Graham's Dove.... it inspired me as a boy.

Of course, people will always...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 16-11-2012, 23:01
Replies: 49
Views: 5,528
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Blue Water Survival

Absolutely +1
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 11-11-2012, 17:40
Replies: 120
Views: 16,570
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Steer me away from a steel hull?

Exactly!

If you can find a top 10% professionally built steel - beautiful, strong, sea kindly. Some beautiful examples posted above. Problem is these boats are far and few between.

Even a top...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 09-11-2012, 22:49
Replies: 21
Views: 2,593
Posted By Surfer Girl
Re: Ahoy from Tasmania, Australia

No small boat likes short & choppy seas! No fun...... but through the waves is a lot better than tossed about by the waves :p

So when did you move from Thirroulawatu (as my mate calls it) to...
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