Have just acquired a DeLorme InReach for Honahlee. This should give some peace of mind to family back home as the Caribbean adventure begins in November of 2015 with a delivery to Bermuda and then on to St. Martin. The easy access to a chart showing the vessels position and some other info is even fun to follow along with where is the boat and what are they “up to”. Shown below is a chart showing my younger brother’s recent Atlantic crossing.
This is an Excel file as received from US Sailing ratings office.
Here is text of email that accompanied:
Subject: HONAHLEE Performance Package
Enclosed is your performance package (polars) for your boat as an Excel spreadsheet.
The spreadsheet contains a number of separate pages (tabs) containing:
- Notes describing the contents of the spreadsheet.
- Documentation on the use of polar predictions.
- Detailed polars at 1 deg increments.
- Polar tables at 5 degree increments, ready for printing.
- Windward/leeward targets page, ready for printing.
- Polar charts for each wind speed with curves for main+jib, main+spinnaker, main+poled jib.
- True wind polar chart with best performance at each wind speed.
- Apparent wind polar chart with best performance at each wind speed.
- Pages that can be saved out as files for some of the popular tactical programs.
Please send an e-mail to confirm receipt of your polars. Do not hesitate to call if you have any questions.
Starting in 2012, the Offshore Office offered performance packages in which the standard wind speeds at 10 meters above the water (used for boat speed calculations) have been converted, for display purposes only, to wind speeds as observed at the height of the boat’s wind instruments. This location is assumed to be at or above the masthead. Because the wind speed varies with height above the water you may see wind speeds in your performance package that are somewhat different from the standard speeds of 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 20, 24. For example, boats with tall rigs will show wind speeds on the output charts and tables somewhat greater than the standard speeds.
This feature is an option, but for 2013 the default is now to show the “masthead” wind speeds. You can always choose to have the 10 meter winds displayed. The boat speeds will NOT be any different as the reference wind at 10 meters is always used for calculations.
The use of masthead polars will in general give closer correlation between boat speeds as predicted and boat speeds as observed by you.
Associate Offshore Director
Honahlee needs to be insured…so figure maybe I should give Pantaenius an opportunity to quote as they have been kind enough to sponsor the Newport-Bermuda race in 2014
My ICOM vhf radio does not recognize GPS data coming from my E Series Classic MFD.
*Note…I have copied and pasted this response from the moderator to a new thread in the hopes of helping others find this solution*
Response from the moderator:
Unfortunately, should the VHF radio require the $GP talker ID, then the GPS data transmitted from the MFD to the VHF radio (via the AIS650) will not supplying your VHF radio’s GPS data requirement. It is strongly recommended that any Icom product owner contact Icom rectify this problem within currently offered an future Icom products, as this should not be a requirement.
Please note that it is possible generate GPS sentences featuring the $GP NMEA 0183 Talker ID by adding a SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter (updated with v1.21 SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter software) to output GPS data from your system featuring the $GP NMEA 0183 Talker ID.
Following the introduction of the Raystar 130 GPS Sensor, it was recognized that some customers had devices requiring 4800 BAUD NMEA 0183 GPS data sentences and either did not have a MFD, had an MFD which did not feature a NMEA 0183 port (ex. a65/a67 MFDs), or had a NMEA 0183 device requiring 4800 BAUD NMEA 0183 GPS sentences featuring the $GP Talker ID. Raymarine has introduced a feature within the v1.21 SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter software update permitting a SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter to transmit a limited set of 4800 BAUD NMEA 0183 GPS sentences.
The SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter will output / transmit (tx) the following 4800 BAUD NMEA0183 v4.10 sentences:
- GGA – If L/L is present on STng, then GGA will Tx only populating data fields that are available, i.e. time/date etc.
- RMC – If L/L is present then RMC will Tx only populating data fields that are available, i.e. time/date etc.
- VTG – If SOG and/or COG valid in 129026 then VTG will Tx only populating data fields that are available, i.e. variation etc.
Following the software update, the SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter will be operate “sense mode” for the first twenty seconds. If first generation SeaTalk communications packets are detected while in Sense Mode, then the SeaTalk to SeaTalk Converter will operate as a SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter. However, if no first generation SeaTalk communications packets are detected while in Sense Mode, then the SeaTalk to SeaTalk Converter will transmit 4800 BAUD NMEA 0183 GPS sentences featuring the $GP Talker ID.
Within the diagram below, your E-Series Classic MFD would replace the pictured a67 MFD and would interfaced to the SeaTalk to SeaTalkng Converter via the A06061 E-Series Classic MFD to SeaTalkng Spur Cable (approx. 5′).
Here is a link to the manual in the FTP’d directory of files too large to load into WordPress database: