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Old 05-13-2007
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ok, I'm waiting...
where are the pooh-bah's that are chomping on the bit to say
"why is that weed smoker out there"
"what do you mean he couldn't see it"
"he's going to kill himself or somebody else"
"I'll bet it was the bean sprouts or some of that tantric yoga he dances to"
"flippin' hippie"
"you can't tell me that he couldn't see it, at least he should have heard it"
"where was his radar"
"how come he's still at it"

after all these were the comments regarding the 1000 day butt-head for not seeing a freighter.

THIS WAS AN OIL RIG, THEY DON'T MOVE MUCH.

Interestingly the 1000 days butt head is still out there. Bullimore has turned back to New Zealand after gear failure. Guess he should have taken on more bean sprouts.
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Interestingly the 1000 days butt head is still out there. Bullimore has turned back to New Zealand after gear failure. Guess he should have taken on more bean sprouts.
He should have taken on a 23-year-old, although he might have equally courted "gear failure".
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I had a freind of mine almost hit a rig platform at night and IT DID NOT SHOW ON HIS RADAR!!! Scared the crap outta him for sure but it didn't show at all.
Not on the radar?? Oh Me! Oh My!

That depends on who tuned the radar, what range it is on and the efficiency of the radar.
But many times the Mk-1 eyeball does better then the radar. So keep your night vision in tact when doing the night watches. Thump the person who keeps turning on the white flashlight and shinning it in your eyes. Or explain why that it isn't funny at all. Takes 20 minutes to reacquire your night vision. Have red night lights down below to protect your night vision and/or close the hatches.
But if you are on long range. the close in objects may not show on the screen. Off set the radar and have it on 1.5 mile and bounce up to 3 or 4 mile every so often. What ever ranges you feel comfortable with. On the boats when working offshore I use 3 to 6 mile ranges and some times bump down lower to check the blips that are close by. Also proper tuning of the radar is very important. To many people turn the sea return clutter up to high and wipe out anything that is close.

Minor detail: You don't use the brightness of lights to determine their distances. Geeeesh! They are battery operated and have a 2-3 mile range. Plus may be obscured by machinery and Bird poop.

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unfortunately, radar is only useful if you have some training in using it properly. Not using it properly or not understanding its limitations will cause it to be more of a danger, since it can mislead you , than a safeguard.
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One thing we did, while in the rig area of the Gulf was have 2 man watches. With 3 people, we always kept two in the cockpit. Our only close encounter was with an unlight whistle bouy, that was downwind and couldn't be heard until we were almost on it. We had no radar.

The hardest part of getting from Sabine Lake to Galveston is that there really isn't anyplace to stop between WHL 290 and 331. So, depending on boat speed, you either run at night (no fun with flat land on both sides), or stop short. Fortunately, once past High Island and Horseshoe Bend, it's pretty straight. Just the East Bay Washout to deal with.
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Good detail, Boasun
very useful info
thanks!
to many things happen out there and just one 'first time experienced'
can sink a ship
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Recently on a Mobile to N.O. delivery trip with my neighbor on his just bought C&C 34, we passed a LARGE platform off of Dauphin Island which was completly unlit, dark, rusty, and not easy to see. The bright Moon was our friend.
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