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Search: Posts Made By: Broomfondle
Forum: Electronics 12-06-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 7,399
Posted By Broomfondle
Scanning this entire thread it seems to me that...

Scanning this entire thread it seems to me that raster is generally preferred. They tend to be more comprehensible and look better. With vector there is ample scope for creating a misleading display...
Forum: Electronics 12-01-2010
Replies: 54
Views: 7,399
Posted By Broomfondle
The whole raster/vector thing can get a bit...

The whole raster/vector thing can get a bit subjective and heated at times. Here is my attempt at a few actual facts:
Raster looks better than vector. This is not a simple matter of familiarity but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2010
Replies: 18
Views: 1,557
Posted By Broomfondle
I am now a convert. Older LEDs could be a bit...

I am now a convert. Older LEDs could be a bit bright and harsh but some of the modern ones are terrific and real power saver.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-24-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 2,334
Posted By Broomfondle
Globally the whole business of updating charts is...

Globally the whole business of updating charts is in a bit of a mess at the moment and probably will be for a while. Most national hydrographic offices are fairly well set up for maintaining their...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-24-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,575
Posted By Broomfondle
I spent several months in the area and went round...

I spent several months in the area and went round the horn both ways. Initially on a 29’ She and then later on a larger yacht. The whole area is fantastic. Amazing mountains that come straight up out...
Forum: Provisioning 05-19-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 3,934
Posted By Broomfondle
That is so organised. *long, deep sigh* I tend to...

That is so organised. *long, deep sigh* I tend to leave it too late then rush round the store grabbing anything that looks interesting and hope for the best.
I'm sure your way is better.
Forum: Grampian 05-19-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,777
Posted By Broomfondle
After two years I'd be inclined to give the...

After two years I'd be inclined to give the engine a bit of a service before even trying to start it. Fresh filters, oil, fuel, plugs, points, etc. Turn everything over gently by hand to free off the...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 05-19-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,513
Posted By Broomfondle
Yep - nice attitude. A warm gin and tonic is...

Yep - nice attitude. A warm gin and tonic is still better than no gin and tonic at all. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-10-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,144
Posted By Broomfondle
ereiss – assuming that your charging setup used...

ereiss – assuming that your charging setup used to work then all you need to do is find out what has changed. I know that sounds a bit supercilious but I actually find it quite a useful diagnostic...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-10-2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1,256
Posted By Broomfondle
VAT is really a tax on end users. It is charged...

VAT is really a tax on end users. It is charged in most transactions but then refunded if the transaction is actually part of the supply chain, such as a company buying raw materials. Like many taxes...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-06-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By Broomfondle
The most basic setup consists of a just a laptop...

The most basic setup consists of a just a laptop and a GPS. On the laptop you will need some charts and some software to display and work with them.
A wide range of laptops are suitable. I’d suggest...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-05-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By Broomfondle
I struggled with the Brazilian website a bit (I’m...

I struggled with the Brazilian website a bit (I’m not good at languages) and found some BSB format raster charts to download. Couldn’t find any vector charts – which don’t mean they are not there – I...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 05-04-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 1,454
Posted By Broomfondle
A rhumb line is defined as a course of constant...

A rhumb line is defined as a course of constant bearing and as has been noted is a straight line on a Mercator chart. This makes them useful because they are quick and easy. However there are some...
Forum: Electronics 04-26-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 857
Posted By Broomfondle
Getting shot of the inverter would probably save...

Getting shot of the inverter would probably save power. A 12v stabiliser should be pretty cheap ($60) and might help protect the TV. A web search on 'LCD TV stabilizer' will throw up plenty. Amperor...
Forum: Electronics 04-26-2010
Replies: 13
Views: 1,710
Posted By Broomfondle
Making some measurements could help take some of...

Making some measurements could help take some of the guesswork out of this. A battery monitor would be ideal but just using a handheld volt meter and taking readings over a period of time might help....
Forum: Introduce Yourself 04-21-2010
Replies: 7
Views: 810
Posted By Broomfondle
Two tranducers close to each other will almost...

Two tranducers close to each other will almost certainly interact to some extent. This may not be a problem but I guess if it does then you would just have to use one at a time. If you are just...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 04-21-2010
Replies: 31
Views: 2,342
Posted By Broomfondle
Nah... embrace the technology. It’s not taking...

Nah... embrace the technology. It’s not taking anything away, in fact it makes us what we are. Be enthralled by the design and sophistication of your hi-tech hull, the aerodynamics of the sail, the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-20-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,300
Posted By Broomfondle
No. It just monitors one battery or a bank of...

No. It just monitors one battery or a bank of batteries as if they were a single battery (if that makes sense).
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-20-2010
Replies: 24
Views: 3,300
Posted By Broomfondle
I use a BM-1 and reckon it is a well designed bit...

I use a BM-1 and reckon it is a well designed bit of kit. By monitoring charge in and out of the battery it can actually give you a useful idea of the state of the battery. The pdf is broken but I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-12-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,462
Posted By Broomfondle
Aye - good points, well made.

Aye - good points, well made.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-12-2010
Replies: 14
Views: 2,462
Posted By Broomfondle
If you are connecting batteries to make a bank...

If you are connecting batteries to make a bank then they really need to be identical. Same type, same age, same useage. In fact you will often end up considering that a single, larger battery might...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 04-12-2010
Replies: 82
Views: 9,806
Posted By Broomfondle
I have really enjoyed this thread and the range...

I have really enjoyed this thread and the range of opinion is fascinating. It appears to stretch from ‘chart plotters make everything else obsolete’ through to ‘chart plotters make your brain seize...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 04-12-2010
Replies: 29
Views: 7,270
Posted By Broomfondle
NASA did some tests. Anyone can be seasick. The...

NASA did some tests. Anyone can be seasick. The key factor is acceleration which means smaller vessels and choppier (not necessarily bigger) seas make things worse.
This site has some sound advice....
Forum: Electronics 04-09-2010
Replies: 38
Views: 8,128
Posted By Broomfondle
A laptop can work great with the right navigation...

A laptop can work great with the right navigation software. However if you do go for the old, cheap ebay laptop be careful that is is actually powerful enough and has enough disc space for the...
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