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The Moorings - On the Water / Working on the boats.
« on: March 09, 2011, 01:15:13 AM »
I installed a few Nav/GPS buttons in my Malibu to see which mode I'm in.  I like it, so I thought I'd share.  The following sections are for the Deltasim Malibu, in the panel.cfg file:

Pick one you like, or use them all.
//--------------------------------------------------------
[Window00]
Background_color=0,0,0
size_mm=1024
position=8
visible=0
ident=MAIN_PANEL
                                                                                     //Note there wasn't anything in this panel originally.
gauge00=Beech_Baron!Nav GPS Switch, 512,984,40,40  // Puts switch in bottom center of window.  Use
                                                                                      // shift+1 to display it.

//--------------------------------------------------------
[Window01]
Background_color=2,2,2
size_mm=156,308
window_size_ratio=1.000 
position=8
visible=0
ident=RADIO_STACK_PANEL
window_size= 0.244, 0.642
window_pos= 0.756, 0.358

gauge00=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Audio,  0,0,156
gauge01=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Nav-Comm 1,  0,29,156
gauge02=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Nav-Comm 2,  0,86,156
gauge03=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio ADF,  0,142,156
gauge04=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio DME,  0,180,156
gauge05=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Xpndr,  0,217,156
gauge06=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio AP,  0,262,156
gauge07=Beech_Baron!Nav GPS Switch, 0,262,20,20  // Puts switch in upper left corner of AP radio.
                                                                                  // (at bottom of radio stack)

//----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

edit - (I've removed the switch over the compass, in the VC, because it was ugly and redundant.  The one on the radio stack is pretty cool though.)

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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Bowser Lake river run
« on: March 08, 2011, 09:20:34 AM »
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I just posted a new video.  It's the conclusion of my Nass river run.  It seems more docking practice is in my future.


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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Wrangell cruise
« on: March 08, 2011, 08:12:55 AM »
Looks like the freeware schooner √Čtoile from FS-Shipyards but, as for the clones?

Yes, you're right.  That's my Etoile, and I was playing with FSRecorder.  Fun stuff.

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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Wrangell cruise
« on: March 07, 2011, 09:33:23 PM »
Hi Graham,  I do have a CH Eclipse Flight Yoke, with rudder paddles on it, but disabled the paddles because I have Saitek Pro pedals.  Also, I reconfigured my boats so FSX thinks they are airplanes.  (to get the autopilot working).  I don't know if FSUIPC could tell the difference.  That's OK though.  I'm not complaining, just saying that running the rivers is much more rudder intensive than any other activity in FSX.  Also, the Nass river, out of Bowser Lake is about 70 miles, I think.  That's a couple of hours of serious rudder action.  Very fun though, and I look forward to the next river run.  Check out the thread for the Bowser Lake river run.  There's a couple of videos also, showing some of the action on the water.  One is by Doug Linn and the other is mine.

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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Wrangell cruise
« on: March 07, 2011, 08:45:02 PM »
Deltasim should be a little happier these days, with Malibu sales going up.  It is a great little boat.  My knees started getting sore after a while, though, when I was going down the river.  All the turning with the rudder pedals, was more than I ever do in a plane.  Sort of like taxiing at 60 knots, for 70 miles.  The Wrangell cruise, or any open waterway, is different. With the autopilot on I can go for many miles without touching the controls.

Last weekend I had a sailboat race to Wrangell.  Here's some pics.  Enjoy.



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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Bowser Lake river run
« on: March 07, 2011, 01:59:49 AM »
I finally got something onto Youtube.  Knowledge is power.  I had to watch a youtube video about how to do it. LOL.  Anyways, it's just 2 minutes of my river run, ( I call it that, because I still don't know the name of the river) to show the Malibu navigating on the water.  I, too, am confused by there being no people in the FSX world.  FTX is working on that though.  My URL is - www.youtube.com/user/jeff3163     No frills.  I'm no Cecil B. DeMills.  I'll get better at videos as I do more.

--Update--
    I added some "frills".  (music, title, etc.)

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The Moorings - On the Water / Bowser Lake river run
« on: March 06, 2011, 08:43:32 PM »
I like it.  I am almost to the bottom, only about twenty more miles to go.  I like the bridges along the way.  Cool bridges.  I made a flightplan that follows the river for each direction.  It was good to have a line to follow, for keeping me from making wrong turns.  That's a much better river than the one I was trying first, out of Stewart.



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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Wrangell cruise
« on: March 06, 2011, 05:27:18 PM »
     Here are the cfg files for my Malibu.  (  :o Edit: Link removed.  :o)  Note that I am using the GPS 500 from my Capricorn Pro Yatch, so if you don't have that, just disable the line for it with 2 // marks in front of it, then remove the ones in front of the default GPS 500.  The Cap. GPS has a red faceplate, that's the only difference.  I tried to annotate the default settings of things I changed, you will see what I mean when you look in the aircraft.cfg file.  For example if I change -->   aileron_effectiveness=2.05  // 2.15
                                                           or -->  rudder_effectiveness=2.79  // 2.5

the defaults are to the right of the hash marks.
  Be sure, when you select your boat, choose one that is marked "airplane" in the description.  I haven't changed the tower model yet, but this will convert 2/3rds of them, and you can do the other ones, in the Deltasim Malibu32 tower file. 
  I have been running my boat up a river, but it turns out not to be the right one, as I came to a dead end, instead of Bowser Lake.  I started at CBA3, and headed for Stewart.  Smooth run to Stewart, but the rivers there don't go to Bowser.  I found the river by starting at Bowser lake, and tracing it downhill, back to the same area (CBA3) where I started before.  I should've headed up that valley, instead of the channel.  So I am sitting now in Bowser lake, ready to actually go down that river to the sea.  I've been trying to make movies (FRAPS) and post them to youtube, but no luck with that yet.  I tried to post one last night, and it never finished uploading.  I even left it overnight, but in the morning, it still wasn't done.  I'l keep trying.

The pictures. :  I got into the woods for a bit, then Bowser Lake was frozen over.  I changed the season to summer and continued to the other end of the lake, where I am now.

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The Moorings - On the Water / Wrangell cruise
« on: March 06, 2011, 12:22:14 PM »
I got myself a Malibu this morning, and am running it from Misty's to Wrangell to check it out.  It is a boater's dream come true.  I think I love it.  Even the side slip is a thrill, and getting the autopilot going was a piece of cake.  I got under the engine cover and tuned it up a bit.  I'm cruising at about 72 at the moment, and it's cornering via gps very well.  I don't know yet where the river is from here, as I've been busy tinkering this morning, but I look forward to going up it.  I've included the flight plans I've been working on, if anyone wants to use them.  (can they be shared?)  I hope so.  Pictures are obviously my new Malibu, showing it tracking the GPS route at 72kn.





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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Sailing to Mistys
« on: March 05, 2011, 05:03:26 AM »
Here are the aircraft.cfg and panel.cfg of my sailboat.  Maybe there's something you can use in here.  There seems to be some things in the cfg file that didn't copy too well to my text file, in the "weight and balance" section in particular.  Ignore that, as I didn't touch that area of the file anyway.  And some of the cfg file is in french.  I'm not french, and don't speak or write it, so don't ask me what those parts say.  I didn't change anything french either.  The areas to look at are . . . title=(append a -1 or similar to this line), ui_type=airplane, [Flight Tuning] section, [autopilot] section, and make sure you've got an AP installed, with electrical to avionics, etc.  The way it is configured here, it goes about 72, and tracks within .65nm when cornering a 90 degree waypoint.  Good luck.

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Screenshots / New prop & chrome
« on: March 05, 2011, 12:46:37 AM »
I got a new prop, and some nifty chrome valve covers.  Should go much faster now!

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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Sailing to Mistys
« on: March 04, 2011, 11:54:22 PM »
I got the sailboat working, and created a flightplan from Misty's SPB to Wrangell SPB.  I set waypoints along the way to avoid obstacles.  I used that course to test the boats autopilot, fine tuning the flightplan as I went along.  I adjusted the [flight tuning] section, to fix the tracking.  Set pitch and elevator settings to "0", aileron and rudder settings to 4.  But, when I was working with a tall ship, 2-masts,  I  had  to  use "-4"  (minus four) for the ailerons and rudders instead, as it kept trying to turn the wrong way.  So now I have three ships that can follow the autopilot, and a flightplan.   

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The Moorings - On the Water / Re: Sailing to Mistys
« on: March 04, 2011, 05:12:13 AM »
I copied my boat file to the airplane directory, then made it an airplane, instead of a ship, in the aircraft.cfg file.  (ui_type=airplane) I also appended a "-1" to the title (title=QM-2-1) to aviod the duplicate aircraft message.  Now my cruise ship does steer a course with the autopilot, and follows the gps route.  When you go to the aircraft selection screen, you will now have two versions of your boat, one labeled airplane.  Choose that one and see if you get the same result as me.  Be sure the autopilot systems are all there in the aircraft.cfg file, and radio and gps panels in the panel.cfg.  I found that I was also able to use the rudder pedals while in NAV mode (to avoid an island that was in my way), but when left to its own, would steer back into line.  I've tested it twice now with success, but only with the QMII.  I'll work on setting up the sailboat with an autopilot, and test that next. 

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Screenshots / Re: Knutzemateen
« on: March 02, 2011, 08:33:20 PM »
Khutzeymateen is the correct spelling.

Yeah, I knew I should've looked it up before posting.  I had a feeling I was spelling it wrong.  Thanks.

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Screenshots / Knutzemateen
« on: March 02, 2011, 09:50:55 AM »
That was Knutz.  Very nice.

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