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Where's Andy???

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Created by theselkie 9 months ago, 28 Oct 2016
theselkie
QLD, 308 posts
28 Oct 2016 8:42AM
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Has Andy left Sydney yet??

LooseChange
NSW, 1674 posts
28 Oct 2016 2:03PM
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theselkie said..
Has Andy left Sydney yet??


Short answer, no

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Karsten
NSW, 184 posts
29 Oct 2016 10:05AM
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And seems like Andy's experience lends some support to Charriot's rather cynical comments in a recent thread about his bad experiences with solar regulators - that the "advanced" ones had caused him problems.

Seems Andy's presumably new and "advanced" solar regulators were malfunctioning and has been acknowledged by the manufacturer. Have to sympathise with Andy's plight - not really what you want in the first week of an 11 month non-stop sailing voyage.

andy59
QLD, 853 posts
29 Oct 2016 9:51AM
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Hi guys
Your right about the solar panel regulators they are a pain in the backside
Anyway I've taken some well informed advice and now have 5 regulators on the boat and 4 x 100 watt panel and 2 x 40 watt panels that I can easily move around the boat
The wind generator was subject to a general recall by the manufacturer so I now have 2 Rutland 914 wind generators.
I thought there must have been a major issue with the Nav lights which were drawing 2.5 amps but it turns out the masthead tricolour was installed with a filiment bulb not the LED that was supposed to have been installed while the mast was at the riggers.
All these issues would have become apparent if I had down a shakedown voyage before I left the Gold Coast of course.
So anyway that's what I'm calling the Gold Coast to Sydney leg and I will start again from Sydney in about 8 or 9 days

Ramona
NSW, 3704 posts
29 Oct 2016 6:06PM
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I would suggest a heap of wire and a few alligator clips to make jumper leads for when those regulators fail. Monitor the batteries on a daily basis with a test meter.

andy59
QLD, 853 posts
29 Oct 2016 6:30PM
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Ramona said..
I would suggest a heap of wire and a few alligator clips to make jumper leads for when those regulators fail. Monitor the batteries on a daily basis with a test meter.


Good advice Ramona

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
29 Oct 2016 8:21PM
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I brought 3 or four solar regulators since I brought my yacht. Since adding the silent wind generator it comes with a hybrid solar and wind controller. You can add 20 amp of solar and 40 amp of wind dirrect into the unit and control what charge import you wish depending on batteries. Works really well. Hense why I have been giving my solar regulators away!

theselkie
QLD, 308 posts
29 Oct 2016 8:23PM
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Good to hear you're ironing out the problems

Jolene
WA, 621 posts
29 Oct 2016 6:49PM
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andy59 said..
Hi guys
Your right about the solar panel regulators they are a pain in the backside
Anyway I've taken some well informed advice and now have 5 regulators on the boat and 4 x 100 watt panel and 2 x 40 watt panels that I can easily move around the boat
The wind generator was subject to a general recall by the manufacturer so I now have 2 Rutland 914 wind generators.
I thought there must have been a major issue with the Nav lights which were drawing 2.5 amps but it turns out the masthead tricolour was installed with a filiment bulb not the LED that was supposed to have been installed while the mast was at the riggers.
All these issues would have become apparent if I had down a shakedown voyage before I left the Gold Coast of course.
So anyway that's what I'm calling the Gold Coast to Sydney leg and I will start again from Sydney in about 8 or 9 days


I'm pretty happy with my Plasmatronics PL-20 reg with 2x 120w flexible and 1x rigid 44w solar panels. I use a separate controller for the wind turbine but measure the charge from the turbine with a shunt through the PL-20

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
29 Oct 2016 9:03PM
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I'm currently getting 5 to 7 amps in gusts of 20 to 30 knots from my silent wind. Noisy bloody thing Should turn it off and put the battery charger on before bed!

HG02
VIC, 5631 posts
7 Dec 2016 7:42PM
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southace
QLD, 3346 posts
7 Dec 2016 7:04PM
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Bass strait!

SandS
VIC, 4880 posts
7 Dec 2016 8:30PM
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He must be feeling good , didn't stop at refuge cove .

Good work Andy !

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
7 Dec 2016 7:46PM
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He's got a Front coming through in the next day or so hopefuly his tack can clear Tassie and he can head out into the Great Australian Bight!

cisco
QLD, 9787 posts
8 Dec 2016 12:05AM
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He's got a Front coming through in the next day or so hopefuly his tack can clear Tassie and he can head out into the Great Australian Bight!


So are you going to sail out there and wish him well from the Seabreezers as he passes by??

HG02
VIC, 5631 posts
8 Dec 2016 4:51AM
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www.windytv.com/?-40.196,146.766,7


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If it was me Id drop by king Island Grassy Harbour and pick up some cheese ,steak and fresh milk today. and maybe have my last pie for a while

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
8 Dec 2016 8:27AM
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At least he has the lee of King island now to hide from this nasty front!


MorningBird
NSW, 1702 posts
8 Dec 2016 10:06AM
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The latest Tracker has him headed straight for King Island only about 5nm off. A bit strange unless he really is getting into the lee. It looks like a pretty savage blow, the Low is about 990mb, but it seems a bit pointless hiding from this one as there is no land to hide behind where he is going.

HG02
VIC, 5631 posts
8 Dec 2016 11:17AM
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Grassy harbour if he goes lower

Toph
WA, 1109 posts
8 Dec 2016 8:26AM
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HG02 said..
Grassy harbour if he goes lower


I think MB was alluding to Andy will very soon run out of land to hide behind so why worry now.

HG02
VIC, 5631 posts
8 Dec 2016 12:32PM
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He's tacking up towards port Philip. I'd say to make its the top of French Island as there's a wind change on the way once that there he'll headcacross the bite

Madmouse
85 posts
8 Dec 2016 10:53AM
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Gee..French island..hope he gets his tides right

BlueMoon
427 posts
8 Dec 2016 11:12AM
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Displaying pretty smart seamanship I reckon.
Shelter behind King Is while he can (no point bashing into 40kts right on the nose, risking damaging stuff), then head around the top of the Is on the wind change.

crustysailor
VIC, 528 posts
8 Dec 2016 2:42PM
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yes he's done well, it's blowing absolute t*ts off outside atm, 45knots, and that's inside the heads/port phillip.
Cold front came through about 4.30 this morning

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
8 Dec 2016 5:49PM
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After looking at windytv app I'm surprised he didn't sail strait down the east coast of tassie? That would have been my choice. Looks like he's holding out behind King island now. That where I was this time a few years back. It was so nice to get into Stanley and up to the pub!

MorningBird
NSW, 1702 posts
8 Dec 2016 7:22PM
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The thought of being down there in 45kts isn't worth thinking about. He has only a few dozen or more of these fronts/lows to contend with. Should be interesting.

southace
QLD, 3346 posts
8 Dec 2016 6:39PM
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Theres a big high coming through tommorow S.A looks like he is running and tacking with storm sails in the lee of King island what else can you do. is it that he's trying to get a record that he can't anchor,use the motor and be unassisted? Or is it something on his bucket list?

HG02
VIC, 5631 posts
8 Dec 2016 8:29PM
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southace said..
Theres a big high coming through tommorow S.A looks like he is running and tacking with storm sails in the lee of King island what else can you do. is it that he's trying to get a record that he can't anchor,use the motor and be unassisted? Or is it something on his bucket list?



It's a record he's aiming for

www.andylamont.com.au/?fb_action_ids=10211386919892629&fb_action_types=weeblyapp%3Ashare

Toph
WA, 1109 posts
8 Dec 2016 6:49PM
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HG02 said...
southace said..
Theres a big high coming through tommorow S.A looks like he is running and tacking with storm sails in the lee of King island what else can you do. is it that he's trying to get a record that he can't anchor,use the motor and be unassisted? Or is it something on his bucket list?



It's a record he's aiming for

www.andylamont.com.au/?fb_action_ids=10211386919892629&fb_action_types=weeblyapp%3Ashare


Solo non-stop according to his website. So no King Island cheese nor anchoring in a protected bay.

SandS
VIC, 4880 posts
8 Dec 2016 10:08PM
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Toph said..

HG02 said...

southace said..
Theres a big high coming through tommorow S.A looks like he is running and tacking with storm sails in the lee of King island what else can you do. is it that he's trying to get a record that he can't anchor,use the motor and be unassisted? Or is it something on his bucket list?




It's a record he's aiming for

www.andylamont.com.au/?fb_action_ids=10211386919892629&fb_action_types=weeblyapp%3Ashare



Solo non-stop according to his website. So no King Island cheese nor anchoring in a protected bay.


Yeah ! The non stop bit is the real hard part ! .......... Grassy harbour would have been nice !

MorningBird
NSW, 1702 posts
8 Dec 2016 10:08PM
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I think they are allowed to anchor provided it is purely on their own resources.



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