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2018 Solo Tasman Challenge 01 Apr 2018
Start: 1300h Port Taranaki New Plymouth NZ
Finish: circa 11 April 2018 - Mooloolaba QLD

Friday, June 8, 2012

Solo Trans Tasman 2014

Its official......my 2014 Solo Trans Tasman entry has finally been listed on the website!
Over the past two years I have slowly refitted Rogue Wave returning her to a fast cruiser/racer setup for single and shorthanded racing. RW now sports new Doyle Sails cruise laminate whites; a new orange storm jib and trysail capable of being hoisted on a dedicated independent solent stay and mast track; a new Symmetrical and Asymmetrical spinnaker designed for medium air reaching and heavy air running using the spinnaker pole will certainly get the old girl moving offwind. Only need to renew some blocks, install a couple of storm jib sheet tracks and some genoa sheet cars complete with adjusters to complete the deck work. Looking forward to some scary moments screaming along on the edge of control!

My Raymarine S10 wheel pilot belt drive setup has been relegated to backup to the new Jefa linear drive. I will be connecting an Airmar rate gyro heading sensor to unlock the  features of the Raymarine system providing me with greater stability control. I currently use a Raymarine RC400 handheld chartplotter that has been for more trips across the deck than my crew. The bracket has broken twice when snagged by the mainsheet during uncontrolled gybes, the power/data connections failed so I rewired internally with a thumper size plug from Jaycar all topped off with a wad of expoxy! Whilst she still works great and drives the autopilot reasonably well she does 'sign off' sometimes requiring a factory reset to bring back to life. So welcome to the Raymarine e7 Chartplotter and AIS to provide the off-watch peace of mind. The RC400 will be a third backup to the Lowrance 5300 nav station chartplotter. 
Comms is covered by DSC capable Standard Horizon VHF radio with cockpit RAM microphone and for long distance I will soon have an Icom 801E DSC HF Transceiver. For the race, a satellite phone will be on board for downloading weather and grib files.

Still plenty of work to do with the charging system with the most likely addition being a 70-80A alternator with smart charger, backed up by a semi flexible 80W solar panel.  I need something lightweight and modular as my previous system was heavy and mounted to a targa bar and bimini setup. Jury still out on the benefits of the new Rutland 914i wind generator and smart charger....more research is required.

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