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  1. Great Messabout, we sure had a good time, good to sea everyone! Thanks to everyone that shared photos with Carol an myself. Kalos had a meeting with Alan an Graham, few rather minor mods to be done, adding a bit to the leading edge of the rudder, increasing the pivot angle of the windvane, and added 15 lbs of lead to the tip of the centerboard. The centerboard didn’t want to extend when sailing, hopefully this bit of weight will encourage it to drop more positively.
  2. Hi Don, sorry for the late reply, we have been enjoying Kalos! Back home now and I would be glad to post a picture tomorrow of our Core Sound mast assembly. We can rig in less than 20 minutes with no rush. The cover just keeps the macramé to a minimum. Pics tomorrow! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at the Messabout!
  3. Sorry if I wasn’t clear, the Baofeng 5R series radio transmits on marine VHF frequencies just as any marine VHF. It is capable of transmitting on VHF 136-174 MHz which includes the marine vhf frequencies which ranges from 156-161 MHz with 4 or 1 watts transmit power. In addition it can transmit and receive UHF frequencies ranging from 400 to 520 MHz which FRS operates from 462.5625 to 467.7125 MHz. GMRS frequencies range from 462.5625 - 467.7250, be mindful that access to GMRS does require a license. It can also receive only frequencies 65-108 MHz which is the range of FM commercial radio. Only reason I posted this is was because I figured out how to program the little sucker, inexpensive, works well, and license or no, it is a excellent safety feature to be able to communicate with other marine interests. YMMV
  4. Mark, check into CHIRP, a free program with popular frequencies already programmed in. Maddening the cable that came with the radio wouldn’t work, I bought a cable for a few dollars from Amazon and it works like a champ. I very briefly tried to manually enter frequencies, nope…..way way too fiddly. So my total investment is about $30 bucks for a marine vhf radio, plus FRS and GMRS (basically walkie-talkie frequencies but with a bit more power. The walkie-talkie frequencies will be useful when someone is using the kayaks or dingy.
  5. That’s the one, we called a bridgetender and his “response” indicated that he heard us. If you want public humiliation ask a bridgetender in south Louisiana if you radio transmissions are acceptable! It does seem to be at least equal to our Icom M72, for about $200 less! Plus has access to many other useful frequencies.
  6. Hi all, this last weekend I had a opportunity to compare my Icom marine VHF radio with a Baofeng UV5R programmable handheld radio. I was absolutely blown away with their performance/price ratio! They are currently $22 apiece on Amazon! The cheap Baofeng radio is smaller, and works as well as the Icom. We called a bridgetender from 6-7 nm away and it worked great! Water resistant? Ziploc had a app for that! I have had the Baofeng radio (bought 2 ) for several months for another project but the programming is a PIA trying to type all the frequencies into it so I put it away with the thought I would get back to that project later. Well last week my rainy day project was to mess with the little radios. I bought a programming cord in addition to the Baofeng supplied (Baofeng cord doesn’t work). I downloaded a ham popular program called Chirp and loaded marine VHF, FRS, GMRS, plus several weather specific frequencies, this is a heck of a lot of performance from a $22 radio! Now…… whether the FCC is concerned…… I will have the cord and I can load frequencies and configure the cheap Baofeng radios at the Messabout this year if anyone is interested from the Raspberry Pi on Kalos.
  7. Hi Paul….correct, 300 days and 27,000+ nm in my CS20.3 would be rather extreme! Although I did spend 300 days rubbing on it!
  8. In my mind the most extreme sporting event, a solo, unsupported lap of the globe in the Southern oceans. Live coverage Sunday Sept 4 morning! Very specific set of rules with traditional type boats.
  9. Don, I haven’t had a lot of success with the soft shackles in Dynema. Light, easy to attach, easy to make they are but after being loaded or after the eyeloop is partially pulled through it is rather time consuming to open the eye back open. I rove some light line into the standing leg with some (limited) success. On the Flinders I had a lot of Dynema soft shackles on the wishbones but I noticed that now most have reverted to Dynema loops and snap shackles. Hope to see you at the Messabout!
  10. We will be there! And looking forward to meeting you! Planning our traditional crawfish étouffée diner. Cooked on Kalos. And now we can have ice cream! Ain’t technology grand!
  11. Our mizzen is on a tabernacle (I suppose all the MK3 20s are) and I just lay my sprits on top of the masts protection provided by pipe insulation, with a few bungees holding it in place. We got tired of the macramé classes untangling the reefing lines after trailering so I made a ventilated cover for the entire mast/sprit assembly when trailering, long long zipper!
  12. Boy, ain’t that the truth! I have been measuring for a dingy to discuss with Graham an Alan at the Messabout. Meanwhile, using an inflatable kayak, till I fall in….
  13. Pretty boat Ken, did you make many passages with her? Colin Archer looking hull form. We briefly considered building a steel Spray…..briefly, very briefly.
  14. Thank you Steve, hope to see you and your boat at the Messabout!
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