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I bought this really nice new sailboat, and read the manual, then set out sailing it. The instructions told me if I lowered the sails the motor would start, but if it did I could not motor anywhere with it. Also I could not cross sim lines, the screen would shudder and I'd just come to a stop. Also, I would get blown into land unpredictably, and I know this particular boat works for others, so now I'm wondering if it might not work for me because I'm on a Mac. The builder came and showed me how his works perfectly for him, but I while I was on board with him his boat would vanish, leaving me in the air, but he didn't see that I guess. I did. At one point I was about 100 yards off port floating in the air in a sitting position going along with the boat that way. Weird! At one point while sailing it just blew into land at high speed and there was nothing I could do to control it, but then it was back out on the water magically again. It also sank a couple times but came right back up. Also, I could not rez it at Blake sea at all, that was not allowed, even though I used the LM's the builder sent me. I've not had a good time with this boat.

So might all this be because I'm on a Mac and the boat was built for Windows users?

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The OS isn't going to make that kind of a difference. More than likely it's your internet connection. 

There are a number of things that could be causing the issue so you need to do some troubleshooting. The Firestorm wiki has a lot of good troubleshooting on it. I would start here: https://wiki.firestormviewer.org/fs_vanishing_prims and follow the link(s) provided if that page doesn't solve the problem. Keep following links until you either solve it or not.

You could also take a look at all the troubleshooting guides for more https://wiki.firestormviewer.org/firestorm_troubleshooting

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2 minutes ago, Selene Gregoire said:

The OS isn't going to make that kind of a difference. More than likely it's your internet connection. 

There are a number of things that could be causing the issue so you need to do some troubleshooting. The Firestorm wiki has a lot of good troubleshooting on it. I would start here: https://wiki.firestormviewer.org/fs_vanishing_prims and follow the link(s) provided if that page doesn't solve the problem. Keep following links until you either solve it or not.

You could also take a look at all the troubleshooting guides for more https://wiki.firestormviewer.org/firestorm_troubleshooting

Well I think I have a pretty good internet connection, I just got Xfinity installed last week and it's way faster than the old CenturyLink connection, which was never more than 7.4 mbps, and now I have 118 mbps, so it's pretty fast and I've been able to download at 11mb/sec at times. I don't know what else the issue might be, but clearly the boat does work for others, just not me. When I get near one of these boats all sorts of weirdness happens. It's like that boat just don't like me.

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Your computer type won't have any impact on that.

Most sailboats with motors have very limited motors designed for getting into and out of docks.

Some of them have very well made scripting engines - based on the 'Becky' system or a fork of it like Bandit's. Most others are junk...
- If you go to sailing sims in SL you'll notice that 80% of the boats come from the same few brands. 15% of the rest come from smaller brands using the same script engine (Becky's) as the big brands but with more unique looks to the boats. The other 5%... that's because after a few bad buys most people learn to stick to boats based on a version of the Becky or Bandit engine.

But we'd need to know what boat and what you were doing to be able to tell why the one you have isn't working.

 

Sailing in SL can be finnicky too, based on what's going on in all sims in your camera view... The issue could have nothing to do with anything you can do anything about except try to sail somewhere else...

Good places to start a boat trip:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Blake Sea - Half Hitch/124/44/21

- this is Blake Sea, and a lot of wide open sea with not too many scripted things to mess you up.

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Baxby Gulf/254/60/22

- This is Bellisseria, a lot of empty ocean going south from here where you can see if the problem is your boat or where you were at before. Possibly the lowest lag spot in all of SL is the trip south from here.

 

An opposite test:
http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Naked/126/1/22

- This is the boat dock at 'Naked' (nudity is REQUIRED here). It is crowded with massive script load from boats and XXX-furniture... There is some good sailing to do here... but this will let you see if your boat and system can handle 'tough conditions' that also are intended for sailing (nothing that actively messes up sailing is here... just a LOT of stuff is here).

 

Here is a free copy of the Becky Boat that almost all sailing boats in SL today are based on:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dex/158/48/22

Here's Bandit/Mesh Shop that arguably makes the most reliable boats in SL:

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Dutch Harbor/120/32/21
- that link is to right next to the 'Bandit IF', IMO their best boat. But they have a landing point elsewhere on the shop.

 

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2 minutes ago, AnnHerrick said:

Well I think I have a pretty good internet connection, I just got Xfinity installed last week and it's way faster than the old CenturyLink connection, which was never more than 7.4 mbps, and now I have 118 mbps, so it's pretty fast and I've been able to download at 11mb/sec at times. I don't know what else the issue might be, but clearly the boat does work for others, just not me. When I get near one of these boats all sorts of weirdness happens. It's like that boat just don't like me.

After having spent more than 5 years working on the Firestorm viewer support team with people who have SL issues, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing. If you want the boat to work for you, you can either follow the troubleshooting guide or not. Your call.

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looking through the links you posted now. I'm supposed to have a Developer menu at the top of the screen,  but I don't. I have Avatar, Comm, World, Build, Content, Help, Advanced, and that's it.

 

okay, found it...

 

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29 minutes ago, AnnHerrick said:

looking through the links you posted now. I'm supposed to have a Developer menu at the top of the screen,  but I don't. I have Avatar, Comm, World, Build, Content, Help, Advanced, and that's it.

Control-Alt-Q to show Developer menu. Be VERY CAREFUL using it. You can seriously mess up your SL using the options in there unless you 'un-use' them after testing something... so if you forget which one you used... things can get really weird...

 

If the troubleshooting guide is telling you to look in the developer menu... do it... but do ONLY EXACTLY what the guide says to do, in the EXACT ORDER AND MANNER the guide says to do it... and don't fiddle with anything in the Developer menu that the guide didn't EXACTLY TELL YOU to fiddle with...

- if you're tech savvy, and a blue screen of death (or it's Mac Equiv which I have managed to achieve on my Macs) or having your game turn into random crazy lines going in weird directions doesn't scare you... then have at it... there's some great tools in the Developer menu - but it's a place for techies, not regular users.

 

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Hi Ann! 

It's hard to give exact advice, since we don't know the make of your boat or the software "engine" it uses (I mean, the software that makes it a boat, not the boat's motor!)  However...

Getting blown hither and yon can happen with any sailboat, if you use the SL wind.  The wind that's "built in" to SL is quite variable, it's always changing direction.  This makes it hard to sail.  Most sailors will set a constant wind direction and speed, and use that to sail with.  Your boat should have a provision for this; read the manual.

To use the auxiliary engine on most sailboats you have to start it.  Try saying "start" or "motor" in local chat, after dropping the sails.  Click the boat itself, if that gives you a menu, or if it comes with a HUD, see what options that has.

Getting hung up at region crossings, and getting flung off the boat entirely, can happen to anyone, but they can also be a symptom of a poor internet connection.  See this article for a number of things to check out: http://blog.nalates.net/2011/10/26/troubleshoot-your-sl-connection/

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Well hey, after much troubleshooting and settings work the boat now works fabulously, and is big fun on the Blake Sea. The only thing still not good is the pose it puts me in at the helm, sitting in the air instead of standing at the helm, and that might be because I'm so short. IDK. I sailed all over the Blake Sea without trouble, although some guy was out there in the water and wanted to board me, which I didn't let happen. No idea what he was doing out there, unless his boat sank.

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31 minutes ago, AnnHerrick said:

The only thing still not good is the pose it puts me in at the helm, sitting in the air instead of standing at the helm, and that might be because I'm so short.

Turning off your AO should help to get you standing on the helm instead of sitting in the air.

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1 hour ago, Coby Foden said:
2 hours ago, AnnHerrick said:

The only thing still not good is the pose it puts me in at the helm, sitting in the air instead of standing at the helm, and that might be because I'm so short.

Turning off your AO should help to get you standing on the helm instead of sitting in the air.

And you can also compensate for an odd floating position by adjusting your Hover Height temporarily  Right click on yourself and select Appearance >> Hover Height.

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2 hours ago, AnnHerrick said:

after much troubleshooting and settings work

Sometimes that is what it takes. I'm glad you got it sorted. And as was said above, turn off your AO before sitting if you are using one. Turning it off after jumping on doesn't always work. Also check to see if there is an adjuster for the poses if turning off the AO doesn't fix the pose issue. Adjusters allow you to move your avatar so that the pose looks more natural. If you know anything about AVSitter, that knowledge should help you with adjusting. If not, there should be something in the manual about adjusting poses. Keyword there being should.

Good luck and happy sailing!

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6 hours ago, AnnHerrick said:

...although some guy was out there in the water and wanted to board me, which I didn't let happen. No idea what he was doing out there, unless his boat sank.

That was a pirate who wanted your booty. 

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Just about everything here, as described originally, is pointing to sim crossing failure. As there are a number of different causes for this, as has been pointed out, a systematic approach to "tidy everything up" before you even board your vessel is essential. I have a mental checklist that I run through:-

**  AO off and all non-essential huds and scripts removed. (I have a few outfits, specially for sailing, that have all scripts removed from clothing.)

**  Graphics turned down a peg or two; Draw Distance raised to 512m. Your own computer hardware dictates what you can get away with here.

**  Minimap and World Map positioned on-screen; local chat "box" made as small as possible and parked on the bottom edge.

Hopefully, following the guidance given (above) if necessary, your internet connection is in good shape.....

... and, next time it all goes horribly wrong, you will be able to point a bigger finger at the server, rather than towards yourself!

Bon voyage!

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Well I just tried turning off my AO to sail, and it didn't work, I still ended up sitting in the air, and I could not steer the boat at all. Also tried adjusting hover height, which appeared to work, but I still got jerked into sitting in the air and lost control of the boat. Could not steer at all. Not wearing any huds other than Maitreya, so could that be the problem?

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It's really hard to diagnose something as complex as this from a distance.  As others have said, it could be a problem with your Internet connection (my first guess), or your boat's script (few boat scripts really work well), or it could just be a bumpy region crossing.  Moving from one region to another involves transferring control of your av and any attachments from one region server to another and keeping track of the positions and trajectories of anything that is moving. The more stuff there is to keep track of, the greater the task, which is why you try to simplify as much as possible.  Regions do not all run on the same server versions, either, and they may have different amounts of load as well, so the handoff from one region to the next can be complicated.  You may be able to resolve some of these problems by tweaking preference settings or managing how much you are carrying, or by buying a better boat or stabilizing your Internet connection, but some things are beyond your control.

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