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How to calculate seconds per mile

How to calculate seconds per mile

The rating equivalency of a speed difference In sailboat racing rating is given in seconds per mile. When deciding how much difference in rating a speed advantage is, it is convenient to be able to convert between a speed difference and a rating difference. This gives a

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How to improve tacking

How to improve tacking

Tacking is an essential part of racing. Here is how to improve yours Tacking is a complicated process involving the whole crew. The difference between a good one and a bad one is hundreds of feet loss to weather, not including possible personnel or gear damage. Here’s

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How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind

How to Sail in Shifty Wind Wind shifts are annoying but they provide more opportunity for gain than anything else. Wind is never constant. This is not news to sailors, who are constantly dealing with shifting wind and wave to maximize performance. On this page, we’ll discuss wind

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How to Determine Shear

How to Determine Shear

Wind shear and gradient changes the way you trim your sails How to determine shear? Wind shear is always present. Determining how much there is will improve sail trim and performance, and offer a clue about future wind shifts. Shear is best determined by tacking upwind in

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OckamSoft 5 Driver Setup

OckamSoft 5 Driver Setup

How the driver works In order to do driver setup properly, you should know what it does and how it should fit into your data distribution plan. For an overview of the driver functions, see OckamSoft 5 Driver. Setting up driver input Rules of thumb for driver

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Sailboat Instrument Control

Sailboat Instrument Control

How to do Instrument Control on Ockam Sailboat Instrument control commands modify the way the Ockam system operates. Control commands are entered via the Ockam bus, sourced from: Displays. RS-232 interface (out of a PC). Lynx keyfob controller. EyeApp. The classes of commands for Sailboat Instrument Control

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Sailing in Current

Sailing in Current

Sailing in Current could be costing you 50 seconds/mile Sailing in current can be a blessing or a curse. Current can approach 10% of boatspeed. If it’s going the same way you are, great. If it’s going the other way, bad news. If you don’t know where

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Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting your system Pick one of the following troubleshooting pages depending on what you are looking to fix. If you are unfamiliar with your system, see Forensic Troubleshooting. If nothing is working, e.g. no lights or displays, see Power Troubleshooting. Processor seems to be OK, but displays

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Troubleshooting Displays

Display Troubleshooting Troubleshooting displays deals with of individual display issues other than wrong numbers (see Functional Troubleshooting) or multiple blank displays (see Bus Troubleshooting or Power Troubleshooting). Blank A blank display usually means that the indicator has no power. System not turned on. Bad ship’s battery voltage.

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Troubleshooting Functions

Troubleshooting Functions Troubleshooting functions involves problems with the values displayed. For other problems If you are unfamiliar with your system, see Forensic Troubleshooting. If nothing is working, e.g. no lights or displays, see Power Troubleshooting. Processor seems to be OK, but displays aren’t, see Bus Troubleshooting. If

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