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Search: Posts Made By: Frogwatch
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 479
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: iPad users only

I am still mostly a paper charts guy who loves to plot his position. However, I have an ipad that I use as an adjunct chart plotter.

SHAMELESS PLUG: I keep my ipad dry and floatable with the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 1
Views: 215
Posted By Frogwatch
What wires for solar panels

I have bought a 100 watt solar panel (Renergy, Inc.) for use on my Wyoming cabin and it comes with some custom type of connectors that look to be about 12 guage. On land I would simply use wiring...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 8
Views: 411
Posted By Frogwatch
Using a smartphone or ipad in sunlight

I rarely use either a smartphone or tablet computer but when I have tried to use them outdoors, I find the display cannot be read or even seen if there is much ambient sunlight.
Yesterday, I was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How many miles?

No brilliance, simply familiarity. I use this stuff for a living so I remember it.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 784
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: F/G burns really well once it gets going

Last year, I burned a rotted wood 12' sailboat I had built with epoxy/glass over the wood. Yes, the cured resin burns well and the glass fibers melt.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How many miles?

Do NOT trust my answer, this is off the top of my head.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How many miles?

How close would you be simply using the formula for arc length in planar geometry?
s=r*theta where s is arc length, r is distance(12,000 miles) and Theta is in radians (.0174) gives 12000*.0174 =...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 7
Views: 488
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How many miles?

If I remember my spherical trig correctly, one could use the spherical law of sines.
The angle between the intended course and actual end point will be 90 degrees or pi/2 radians
Spherical law of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-12-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 320
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Roller Furler Drum - Repair or Replace

From the pics, I also thought it was bronze. My CDI furler drum is plastic so I thought yours must be really old. Buy a new drum from CDI, they are not too expensive. I lost mine overboard (dont...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum 06-06-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Small boat vs kayak?

From my experience, a kayak gets about 5X as much use as anything else except a canoe. I cannot sit in a kayak so I canoe while my daughter kayaks.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-06-2014
Replies: 20
Views: 834
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Fiberglass resin fillers - what do you use and why?

I've built several boats and have used some strange things such as wood flour, real wheat flour, sevin dust, Bronze dust, silver dust, phenolic micro-balloons, milled glass fiber, milled poly fiber,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-06-2014
Replies: 27
Views: 1,583
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Broke my cherry. Ran aground for the first time

If I dont run aground at least once a month, then I figure I'm not trying hard enough to have fun. Just know how to get off.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-06-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,037
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: What do cruisers do?

I actually have "been out there" quite a bit and my post is based on observations and it is less cynical than sarcastic. Every cruiser I know in the bahamas bitches about the cruising fee and the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-06-2014
Replies: 51
Views: 3,037
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: What do cruisers do?

What do Cruisers do? From what I can tell, they spend a lot of time fixing their boat and constantly complaining how the locals are trying to screw them and then they try to evade the local taxes. ...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-04-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 492
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Slit at front edge of chart table?

Insert edge of rolled up chart so it will not roll back up when you are using it.
Forum: Learning to Sail 05-28-2014
Replies: 43
Views: 1,517
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How does keel create lift?

Normal keels produce almost no net vertical lift. A "winged " keel maybe but not a normal keel.
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger 05-25-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 946
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: eNav Warning--Seaquel's Final Chapter

I,m not too impressed with the iPad as primary nav tool. I'd use it but would use gps and paper charts as my primary nav tool.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-20-2014
Replies: 15
Views: 651
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Shore power receptacle

Tie the cord to one of your dock lines. If you forget to disconnect then you have also forgotten to remove a dock line and you go nowhere.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-19-2014
Replies: 26
Views: 1,172
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: How much rust is too much?

I'd replace them but keep the plastic coating away from the end fittings.

About 8 years ago, I was considering replacing the standing rigging on my 20+ yr old boat. I bought some of that...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 05-18-2014
Replies: 1
Views: 210
Posted By Frogwatch
Kinda of a product test, garmin GLO and iPad with "Skipper" software

Used Garmin GLO Bluetooth with iPad running "Skipper" charting software yesterday. "meh", it was "ok" but not great. IMHO, sorta buggy annoying screen dropouts, slow to expand or make scale...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-18-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,292
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: Day from Hell? Or learning experience

Kept looking for the bad part but never found it in the original post.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-15-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 421
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: MoD’s ‘quantum compass’ to replace GPS

If there was an explanation in there somewhere I sure didnt see it.

OK, I see using this as an accurate clock. I see using it as a sensitive magnetometer, maybe an accelerometer but you'd have to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,069
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Years ago we had a diff Golden who would go with us on work trips to the boat as long as we didn't,t leave the dock. All was fine till dog met dolphins. She would bark her fool head off growling to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,069
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

Wife insisted we take our two big dogs sailing on our 28' boat. Of course it was a choppy day. Both dogs were miserable and then both started throwing up. Came back in. When 10' from dock, the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 05-08-2014
Replies: 29
Views: 1,069
Posted By Frogwatch
Re: What's one word of advice for animals on board

nuthin more pathetic and nothing will make you feel guiltier than a seasick dog.
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