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Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 02-08-2020, 15:28
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

The prices of converter for solar panels vary a lot. Is there really an advantage to put more money on a converter. For example, for a 30 amp it goes from $22 CAN to $120. What is the difference?
Forum: Our Community 18-12-2019, 14:15
Replies: 34
Views: 3,537
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Is this the right forum for a canadian sailboat owner

@SuW:

Very appreciated comments on protecting the boat for winter and sails.

Additional comments on the trailer would be appreciated like:
We used to have a small trailerable sailboat. It took...
Forum: Our Community 15-12-2019, 02:49
Replies: 34
Views: 3,537
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Is this the right forum for a canadian sailboat owner

First real season for me. A lot of obstacles to be able to get the boat on the lake, and then on the lake to get at ease with sailing. I don't know if this could be the place to share the experience,...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 28-08-2019, 13:03
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Views: 360
Posted By francois.lavoie
Mooring lake des Deux Montagnes Montreal

I have been working on a mooring last winter and this summer. My sailboat a Catalina 250, 25 feet long, wheighing 3,550 lbs with ballast is tied to it. On the lake extreme winds could blow up to 110...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 02-08-2019, 07:40
Replies: 17
Views: 3,279
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: a simple method for tiller self steering

The book of John Letcher on self-steering methods for sailboats is available freely as a pdf with the author`s permission:...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 02-08-2019, 06:11
Replies: 17
Views: 3,279
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: a simple method for tiller self steering

Thanks for these many thoughtful interventions. I understand that simply blocking the tiller is good enough for going one tack to another. This self steering method would be more useful for longer...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 02-08-2019, 05:42
Replies: 87
Views: 11,650
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Help me to understand Swingkeels

The problem is solved: a pulley of the centerboard cable system was not installed properly. Working with the cables and pulleys under the deck, the centerboard would move freely. From underwater the...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-08-2019, 09:59
Replies: 17
Views: 3,279
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: a simple method for tiller self steering

Good calculations. :smile:



Do you use self-steering tiller?
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 01-08-2019, 09:30
Replies: 17
Views: 3,279
Posted By francois.lavoie
a simple method for tiller self steering

It seems that there are a few methods for tiller self steering with bungee holding the tiller center, and in addition for backward winds, retroaction of the jib sheet....
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 31-07-2019, 18:41
Replies: 87
Views: 11,650
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Help me to understand Swingkeels

Good suggestion for the stick. It gives me additional ideas.


But for the hinge pin, no luck, it is located underwater.


I will investigate your hypothesis this friday.


The centerboard...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 31-07-2019, 14:54
Replies: 87
Views: 11,650
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Help me to understand Swingkeels

This is a very fine thread with information about swing keel or centerboard. I am happy that I fell on it. I did not found yet as much pertinent information on the subject elsewhere, or so little:...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 31-05-2019, 05:02
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: looking for a pulley for the centerboard cable

It is a textile line. It is to pull up the centerboard from the cockpit.
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 09-04-2019, 18:39
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: looking for a pulley for the centerboard cable

I will go for ther Christmast staore.

Great suggestion!
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 09-04-2019, 10:36
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

An autopilot would be quite useful for my catalina 250 (a 25 feet). Given that I do not want to get with dead battery, do you have any suggestion in terms of make, but also in terms on being easy on...
Forum: Deck hardware: Rigging, Sails & Hoisting 09-04-2019, 10:33
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By francois.lavoie
looking for a pulley for the centerboard cable

I need a pulley which permit the lifting of my centerboard on a Catalina 250.
Diameter 37 mm with a 7mm hole that permits the insertion of a 6 mm pin. The concave portion 37mm will receive the...
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 29-03-2019, 17:56
Replies: 13
Views: 976
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: ecological mooring

Here it is:
https://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?referer=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1040&context=uhi_pubs
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 29-03-2019, 11:39
Replies: 13
Views: 976
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: ecological mooring

@CaptTom:
Maybe you never fell on this publication well written on eco-system devices.
https://scholarworks.umb.edu/cgi/vie...ntext=uhi_pubs

Conclusion: eco-system devices do not cost more than...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 28-03-2019, 09:19
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

@dimaxion:
alpicool 20 li seems very interesting it drives at 45 watts. Isn't a little short in terms of volume?

@StuM:
Thanks for the info on the Peltier electricity generator. I has found such...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 27-03-2019, 07:42
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

If the Peltier effect is not useful for cooling goods, is it of any use to generate electricity?
https://www.tegmart.com/info/guide-to-understanding-and-using-teg-power-and-products/
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 25-03-2019, 05:40
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

I understand that a refrigerator is the most electricity hungry of all the appliances. Trying to do without it seems to be a solution. After all the mast light functioning when I am not there, and...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-03-2019, 20:22
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

It took me time to post and already a few of you have written after the first intervener.

1) This is not a question of one or the other. I just thought that 200 W could charge a 50 Ah within...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-03-2019, 19:03
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Wind generator vs solar panels.

Two days being twice the time of a day, and not charging the batteries every second day, the sun or the wind will be going on these two days lap. But maybe this should not be written that way in...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 24-03-2019, 16:18
Replies: 46
Views: 7,334
Posted By francois.lavoie
Wind generator vs solar panels.

I will be on a mooring all summer with the catalina 250 on this inland lake near Montreal. So no real access to direct the hydro power plant generated electricity.

Looking for both solar panels...
Forum: Our Community 18-03-2019, 06:46
Replies: 34
Views: 3,537
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Is this the right forum for a canadian sailboat owner

Hello Sue. As soon as I reach your neighborhood you will hear from me. Thanks for the invitation.
Forum: Anchoring & Mooring 18-03-2019, 06:44
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By francois.lavoie
Re: Installing helix mooring in winter on lac Deux montagnes

Finally my survey result is that there is pure and thick clay in the bay.

How well does your helix anchor does with pure clay? My boat is 25 feet and weighs 4,000 pounds, the mean maximum winds...
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