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The "perfect" boat is about 2 feet longer than the one you have.
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GREETINGS EARTHLINGS Where we sail we have up too 34 foot range and somtimes you can spend time awainting for the tide My Dad (E.J.M.GORMAN) wrote this back in 1986 and as far as I know the most of it is his own. WHEN BOTH LIGHTS YOU SEE AHEAD,STARBOARD TURN AND SHOW YOUR RED, GREEN TO GREEN AND RED TO RED, PERFECT SAFETY GO AHEAD. IF TO STARBOARD RED APPEAR, IT'S YOUR DUTY TO KEEP CLEAR, ACT AS JUGMENT SAYS IS PROPER, TO PORT OR STARBOARD OR TO STOP HER, BUT IF UPON YOUR PORT IS SEEN,A VESSELS LIGHT OF GREEN, THERE'S NOT MUTCH FOR YOU TO DO, FOR GREEN TO PORT KEEPS CLEAR OF YOU, STEAMERS HAVE WHITE LIGHTS ON THE MAST, A SAILER NO SUCH LIGHT WILL CAST, BUT IF SHE SHOWS RED OVER GREEN, THEN SAILOR YOU HAVE SEEN. TWO BLACK BALLS OR RED ON RED,THEN YOU KNOW THE RUDDER IS DEAD, GREEN ON RED THREE WHITES ON HIGH, THEN YOU KNOW A TOW GOES BUY. IF MOVING LIGHT YOU DISTERN, THEN YOU KNOW YOU'VE SEEN HER STERN, ON OR TWO WHITE LIGHTS AND STOPPED, BE SURE HER ANCHOR SHE HAS DROPPED, GREEN OVE WHITE IS A TRAWLING LIGHT, RED ON WHITE CATCH THE FISH THEY MIGHT,TOW BLACK CONES POINT UP LIKE A COCKHOLD,THEN YOUR COUSE WELL CLEAR YOU HOL. IF A CONE IS POINTING DOWN, HER ENGINES RUNNING SHE'S HOMWARD BOUND. THREE BLACK BALLS TO HEAVEN BOUND, SHOWS THE VESSEL IS AGROUND, IF AT NIGHT TO GROUND SHE IS WED, TWO WHITE LIGHTS AND RED ON RED. WHEN THE WIND IS ON YOUR PORT, THEN THE WISDOM DON'T BE SHORT, LIKE THE LADIES OF THE STREET, YOU'LL AVOID THEM WHEN YOU MEET. IF CLOSER TO THE WYND (WIND),OF HER STAY CLEAR AND PEACE YOU'LL FIND,NO MATTER IS YOUR A BIG THREE MASTER, IF SHE'S GOT POWER AND SHE'S BIGGER, TO YOURSELF YOU WILL ALWAYS SAY, SHE HAS POWER AND RIGHT OF WAY, WHEN WELL CLEAR AND IN THE OFFING, THE STEAMERS CAP TO YOU IS DOFFING, TO THE RIGHT OF WAY SHE'LL GIVE, BUT KEEP WELL CLEAR AND YOU WILL LIVE. WRITTEN BY CAPTIN FLOODS DAD BACK IN 1986 HOPE THIS IS OF SOME HELP ENJOY. GO SAFE.
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I have a handheld gps-a Garmin GPSmap 60Cx that has vmg built in. You give it a destination and it will calculate a number of categories for you. It constantly updates data. Speed, vmg, eta, heading, bearing, total time and much more.
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Would it not be easier to buy a copy of Chapman Piloting and Seamanship? The editors have been compiling these formulas (along with explanations) in one handy guide for 66 editions.
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Donna, did you mean easier or more accurate?
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