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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Probably just me, but I'd want to know what sort of boat we're talking about here, before offering an opinion... I know the type of boat doesn't seem to make any difference to some folks around here, but it does to me... (grin)

With only a VHF for communication, however, I'd tend to favor the Big Bend approach, if for no other reason than to be able to keep tabs on the weather. We're getting into the time of the year that is perhaps the most difficult to forecast, lots of weird things can develop very quickly in March, and many of them tend to be spawned down around the Gulf...

If you are gonna do the rhumb line, I'd strongly suggest picking up a small world band receiver, at least...
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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

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I didnt realize you were going the opposite way. Sorry, typed that in bed under a benadryl!! If you need any specifics, i can help. Watch out for crab traps. They are everywhere right now. Take a good cerated knife and mag lite (they work well under water).

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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

Update:
On my way back to Baltimore now waiting for my flight. This trip did not work out. The boat is not in a sounded condition and is unsafe to sail from the keys to Galveston. This is my first time I have backed out for my crewing job.

The owner who I have not met was a nice guy to deal with but has very little experience in sailing, may be under the wrong advices. Problems I discovered after I arrived.
1. Engine problems, major.
2. Charging problem and very old batteries both the house and starting battery.
3. Charging and unload voltage are odd
4. Main sail can't reef.a
5. Genset burnt out
6. Radiator leaks
7. All belts were loose, but oveyrnite we fixed.
8. Gallery stove was not working.
9. Hot water was not available.

After a shower at the marina, and a serious consideration for an hour while laying on my berth , i decided to bail in the morning. Texted my wife to explore my flight option.

Early morning, engine finally broke and motor oil was everywhere. And the hired captain grounded the boat. It was my time to jump off the boat.

Just like every crewing I have done, I always learn something.
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BTW, thanks everyone's help, greatly appreciated. You inputs guided me to think and rethink and finally let me come out with my decision that I am comfortable with.


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BTW, thanks everyone's help, greatly appreciated. You inputs guided me to think and rethink and finally let me come out with my decision that I am comfortable with.
Sounds like a good decision as described. Glad you are safe.
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Thank you for the update. It is good to know that reason prevailed over the excitement of adventure.


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Sounds like a wise move Dawg. Good call.

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Re: Rhumb line between Key West and Galveston, TX

An axiom to remember

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Great call.
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If you do see an unlite platform, get its block number off the side of it and report it to the USCG. All Platforms are required to have working flashing lights on them. The lights are usually on the corners of the platform. Some are dimmed by the bird sh*t covering the lights. Report those also if you can.
If the platform is unmanned those lights are required to be maintained in working order at all times...

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If the platform is unmanned those lights are required to be maintained in working order at all times...
But this is the kicker...maintained by whom? The guys I race with all come from the oil industry. According to them, the reason there are so many unlit rigs so close in is that many companies (big and small) went out over the years and tried to strike it rich. Most of them went bust, pulled out, and the company dissolved...leaving behind a hulk of steel that "no one" owns. So who can you go after to enforce the ongoing maintenance of the rig? Do we push that onto the CG? Do they have the budget?

It's not an easily solvable, nor inexpensive, problem.
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