A few thoughts on electronics & keeping watch - Page 3 - SailNet Community
Seamanship & Navigation Forum devoted to seamanship and navigation topics, including paper and electronic charting tools.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #21 of 23 Old 01-29-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Best of luck to you mate.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FritzN View Post
Anyone who's ever been on watch offshore knows that no human can see what a radar does. Most radars have alarms, so you know when something threatening is near. On watch you spend most of your time checking the radar and tweaking the sales.

By the way, on the Pacific Mexican coast, if you're over 100 miles offshore, there isn't likely to be anything out there. I just returned from Sicorro Island -- an active volcano that's 330 nautical miles off the Mexican Pacific mainland -- and never saw (visually or on the radar) another vessel for the first 2.5 days.
As old Capt. Irving often said "Every skipper has his own compass" so who am I to say what is best for you and your boat? Then again I have been on watch offshore for a few miles and have used radar a fair bit. With my own eyes I have watched wooden and plastic boats - oh and a mostly submerged container once - go bye that the radar either never saw or didn't see till the very last moment. Nothing wrong with radar as a back up, but it will not and cannot replace the old Mark-1 eyeball. All these electronic tools are great assistants, but they should never be used to replace good seamanship. Always assume they are going to crash in the next few hours - or minutes if close to the coast in a tricky place. Maybe we should start a thread about near misses and other cute stories that happened to people with only the radar on watch or that were using the "every now and then" watch system. I know I could add a few goodies to it. Did I mention the entire grass roof to a house that went bye once complete with chickens?
HVVega is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #22 of 23 Old 01-30-2011
Senior in age only!!!
 
centaursailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Balbriggan
Posts: 554
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 5
 
Maybe we should start a thread about near misses and other cute stories that happened to people

Feel sorry about the loss any life or limb, boats are less important. Some sailors are just not cutout for distance sailing despite their bravery. Caution often serves better than blind courage. Electronics are great but rely on them at your peril. Accidents happen to us all but theres no need to invite them aboard. A hit and miss thread could be a lifesaver. Go for it.
Safe sailing

The great appear great because you are on your knees. James Larkin, Irish Labour Movement.

Last edited by centaursailor; 01-30-2011 at 04:09 AM.
centaursailor is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #23 of 23 Old 01-30-2011 Thread Starter
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 46
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
 
Thanks for the idea

Quote:
Originally Posted by centaursailor View Post
Maybe we should start a thread about near misses and other cute stories that happened to people

Feel sorry about the loss any life or limb, boats are less important. Some sailors are just not cutout for distance sailing despite their bravery. Caution often serves better than blind courage. Electronics are great but rely on them at your peril. Accidents happen to us all but theres no need to invite them aboard. A hit and miss thread could be a lifesaver. Go for it.
Safe sailing
I think I will let me think about it a bit. As to your great opening line here maybe these days we should also add ....despite their bravery or the size of there wallets...
HVVega is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.


User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Getting it Up and Keeping it There CapnHand Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 9 08-03-2007 01:52 PM
Keeping a log Irwin32 Seamanship & Navigation 1 03-14-2005 01:15 AM
Keeping It Simple Doreen Gounard Cruising Articles 0 08-04-2003 08:00 PM
Watch Keeping Advice Mark Matthews Seamanship Articles 0 05-17-2002 08:00 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome