Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: In New Zealand after a Pacific crossing.
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Re: Full Electronics package plan.
We have Ramarine, the plotters had to be rebuilt at 2 yrs but the auto pilot has steered us for over 25,000 bluewater miles.
We have a 24 inch radar dome and it has a range of over 20 miles.
The AIS transceiver, a older West Marine model, integrates well and it is nice to know that the radar blip and the AIS signal are the same thing.
Having the transceiver is very valuable. You can start the VHF communication with...
"Big Ship Lollipop this is sailboat Moon Dancer do you have me on your AIS." The answer 90% of the time is" let me check" Once they acknowledge that you are a sailboat you can then say.
"This is Moon Dancer and I intend to maintain speed and course the CPA is less than 1/2 mile could you please alter course to give me a CPA of 1 mile"
"Certainly Sir I will alter course and give you a wider margin."
"Big Ship Lollipop thank you for your courtesy Moon Dancer standing by on 16."
Works 98% of the time and avoids all that tacking to get out of their way! However, if the deck officer has an Eastern European accent yoiu might be better tacking.
Last edited by Yorksailor; 11-21-2013 at 05:40 AM.