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|03-13-2007 02:43 PM|
No sweat, right SD? That was actually taken in your cruising area - in Nantucket Sound.
My second mate never left his post on the pilothouse roof - his S/O (my daughter), acting out her figurehead role at the bow pulpit, wife/first mate watching the radar screen and me at the aft helm. We made a good team, fortunately anticipating all invisible boat traffic
It finally cleared as we entered Edgrtown Harbor - where we enjoyed clear skies for the remaining week.
|03-13-2007 02:27 PM|
|sailingdog||But TB, you've got plenty of visibility there...at leat 10 or 15 feet..|
|03-13-2007 02:25 PM|
Originally Posted by flomaster
|03-13-2007 01:54 PM|
We rely on our chartplotter and radar when sailing beyond sight of land, but when cruising closer to shore or remote islands, eyesight sometimes needs a backup . . . especially under conditions such as these:
|03-13-2007 01:35 PM|
Originally Posted by Valiente
|03-13-2007 01:26 PM|
Originally Posted by flomaster
Unfortunately, chartplotters and super-duper, Star Trek-style displays are favoured in part by people who can't understand or maintain such information. I find that the more seasoned navigators are less enthusiastic about turning navigation into a whiz-bang video game than are the newer-to-boating crowd.
I am fairly pleased that I bought a 1973 boat first (complete with state of the former art Seamaster III cathode tube "fathometer"...still working!) and that my 1993 Trimble GPS still gives me just lat/lon. It forces me to keep tabs on the chart and avoids the sort of errors that an incomplete understanding of navigation can present.
I HATE seeing people at the helm staring into the display of some chartplotter and making seven knots into a crowded bay with nary a glance upward.
|03-13-2007 01:15 PM|
|flomaster||Wow--all this high-speed, low-drag equipment. I must live in the sailing dark ages. I still prefer to use a handheld unit and plot my positions on a good, old-fashioned chart.|
|02-27-2007 02:33 PM|
It just seems like your radome is a Fog magnet... really...they don't cause the fog to form around your boat much....
|02-27-2007 02:29 PM|
Originally Posted by sailingdog
Seriously, while radar is a nice thing to have, and in some areas and cruisng grounds quite necessary, it's a very good idea to take a radar course that tells you not only how to read the damn thing, but how to make use of all those sub-menus and options. Most people seem to leave the thing on 16 mile range and some "guard" range related to their fear factor, but you can do a great deal with even an old radar if you learn how to tweak the controls. My personal favourite is finding entrances in seawalls to basins during fog and land-side power outages
|02-27-2007 01:29 PM|
Radar is nice to have in NE but not really a necessity. Garmin has a small radar unit that is supposed to be quite good.
quote] SD - I got away without it for quite a few years but never again. After getting totally socked in on the way back from M.V. I put in on my previous boat about five years ago. Although I have been doing more cruises to BI, MV, Nantucket, and LI Sound then I used to I have gotten socked in at least once or twice every year since. What looks like clouds in my Avatar is a fog bank rolling over BI with 50' visibility at the entrance that lasted all the way back to NGBay. Maybe the Radome is a fog magnet -
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