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|03-13-2007 01:37 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog
And a little less trouble may make the difference. But then you are depending on someone who may or may not be standing a proper lookout on one of those ships. And as to whether they see the Not Under Command shapes or lights may be another story.
A single hander was partially held at fault by the courts when he was ran down by a ship, because he was not standing a proper lookout. The only good part of his story was that he survived the collision.
But maybe someone can program a RaCon or a Sark to display a singlehander's code on a ship's radar and have it accept by SOLAS. Anything to make life safer out there.
|03-12-2007 11:21 PM|
|sailingdog||The no alcohol is very key...even small amounts of alcohol can impair your judgement and interfere with your night vision...|
|03-12-2007 11:17 PM|
Sounds like great advise, Mark.
|03-12-2007 11:15 PM|
I can tell you what I did crossing the gulf of mexico by myself last fall: no sleeping at night PERIOD; stay out of shipping lanes except at the start and end (Galveston to Key West), sleep during daylight with a 30minute timer AND radar with a 10nm zone alarm (I would much rather have too many false echoes than miss one too close), use the autopilot routinely (uses power but saves fatigue), and heave to in bad weather and sleep. The final rule was no absolutely none whatsoever alcohol while on the voyage and no coffee after arriving and securing the boat and entering a blessed uninterrupted yes I am dead stage 10 REM (that's more than normal stage 4 sleep by one level per day of sleep deprivation)! And of course, that's one of the little blessings of single-handing: when the voyage is over and you really want to sleep, no one is pestering you to do the dishes or take them to get some real food to eat. Ha!
|03-12-2007 08:33 PM|
Originally Posted by wumhenry
|03-12-2007 07:38 PM|
Originally Posted by katytoo
|03-12-2007 07:06 PM|
Duh Huh! Let me guess, Tartan 34? Am I right?
Originally Posted by snider
|03-12-2007 07:02 PM|
Hey Robert, I'm curious, what kind of boat do you have? Tell us about the windvane. Thanks Brandon
Originally Posted by Tartan34C
|03-07-2007 06:51 PM|
|Freesail99||This is a good post. But on the east coast of the USA and even into the Caribbean, you be hard pressed not to be able to find a place to set an anchor for the night. We are talking about crusing after all ..... And yes I know about Fl. and anchoring..|
|03-07-2007 06:42 PM|
Why are people so hung up on windvanes? My first trans-Atlantic was in a 22 foot boat that steered herself without a wind vane and I did that trip solo without a windvane, electric system or engine and didnít have any problems. I have used windvanes on other boats but they are not 100% required on all boats.
My current boat is a 34 footer and she also sails herself and she does it better than I can.
All the best,
PS. On my current boat I am adding a windvane designed and built for my boat by Dr. David Parker. Itís a neat piece of gear.
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