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    Apostle Islands Charter

    Well, reading about unexpected weather shifts and experiencing them in unfamiliar territory are two different things. No complaints here: it was good to have a little challenge come up now and then. Rough enough to teach, but not so bad that we had to flee back to the marina. 40 knots the day...
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    Apostle Islands Charter

    We just got back from the trip, so here's a review of (perhaps) the more interesting parts: the rough weather bits. The first 2.5 days, we anchored at Presque Isle Bay on Stockton, and then went up to tour the Devil's Island sea caves the next day. It wasn't exactly calm, but 5-10 knots from the...
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    Apostle Islands Charter

    For the first group of 6, one of the guys had taken small boat sailing lessons, and the other guy had crewed many years ago on a trip to the Bahamas and another trip or two. So some basic boating familiarity, but nothing significant. The second group of 6 included my daughter and son, who have...
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    Apostle Islands Charter

    Some pictures: The tip of Presque Isle peninsula. Raspberry Island light. A salamander on Oak Island. Looking north from Oak Island overlook. A double rainbow off of Rocky Island. We had just gotten out of the water from a (brief/cold) swim, when a squall came out of nowhere, with sudden...
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    Apostle Islands Charter

    This is a report on our just completed 6-day charter in the Apostle Islands of Lake Superior. We chartered a 44' Jeanneau out of Port Superior marina just south of Bayfield, with me and my wife plus 4 crew for the first 3 days, and swapping out for a different 4 crew the last 3 days. Basically...
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    326 Head Door Retaining Clip

    Yep: I've already had to replace mine once. The pin through the rollers came out. But if it lasts 15 years... no big deal.
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    Between chart plotters

    So this is now about the new goal of (maybe) installing an Axiom 9 and a SeaTalk to SeaTalkng converter myself. I opened up the lower steering pedestal instrument pod, which contains the speed/depth/wind/autopilot, all 2004 generation Raymarine units using the SeaTalk1 bus. Here's what that...
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    Between chart plotters

    I started out looking for a temporary solution that was reversible, but find that the more I read, the more I'm leaning towards maybe putting in a chart plotter sooner, myself. So you're right to be confused: sorry about that! But if the adapter plate causes problems, I might go back to the...
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    Between chart plotters

    This seems to say that the purpose-made adapter to allow you to mount an Axiom 9 in the hole where the C80 lived will cause you to need a new/external GPS! Does anyone have experience with this? If true, it pretty much means I'd need a new Navpod faceplate, or I have to buy a starboard blank to...
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    Between chart plotters

    Here's a worrisome thing from the Raymarine technician on their forum: Answer: If you're using the adaptor plate, you will need an external GPS I'm afraid. The adaptor plate (for robustness and appearance) is anodised alloy and will block the GPS signals of the internal receiver.
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    Between chart plotters

    Looks like you have one of the huge fiberglass/plastic steering pedestals. Plenty of room there to mount anything you like.
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    Between chart plotters

    Thanks, Ward. The C80 is on the Seatalk 1 network, or would be if it weren't dead. So looking at the "example" network diagrams in the manual for the seatalk 1-to-ng converter, it seems like I could probably just un-fish the existing cable from the C80 to (I hope) the second Navpod where all the...
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    Between chart plotters

    Yep: I think I'll be able to find a protected spot somehow.
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    Between chart plotters

    I've already seen that the iPod gets down to around 50% battery after 3 hours. So it really needs power when I'm going to use it for 8-10 hours on a trip. Not to mention that you can never have too many places to charge your cell phone. I got a USB-A / USB-C dual socket for the helm. Already...
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    Between chart plotters

    Thanks. I think I'll check the clearances and drill a hole in the Navpod in an out-of-the-way place, like maybe the bottom or lower back side. We have a permanent bimini on the arch, so I rarely get any significant spray or rain at the helm. (Well, the rain leaks though in a downpour, I guess.)...