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Search: Posts Made By: TakeFive
Forum: Electronics 21 Minutes Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 644
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Entry level AIS?

Having the AIS integrated with VHF also gives you the useful feature of selecting the AIS target and doing a direct DSC call to the ship. It's much nicer than manually entering an MMSI number.

If...
Forum: Electronics 1 Hour Ago
Replies: 41
Views: 644
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Entry level AIS?

Here are some prior threads.

This shows my hardware setup, which takes the AIS from my GX2150 and transmits it (and GPS) via Bluetooth to laptop, tablet, or whatever else I have onboard:
...
Forum: Electronics 22 Hours Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Chartplotter at the nav station

That's the C250 version of a pop top. It requires pivoting the hatch up, which fully blocks the forward view and makes it unsuitable for sailing. It's strictly for on the hook and at the dock.

I...
Forum: Electronics 1 Day Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Chartplotter at the nav station

My boat does not have a dodger because it's not big enough. There's not enough width to protect, and no side decks to step around a dodger.

I also dislike instrument pods. In addition to blocking...
Forum: Electrical Systems 2 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

I had motor mounts fail on my Prius, within about a year of purchase. Also, it has more rattles and clicks than I like.

FYI, my battery failed at about 80k miles. Other than buying at the Toyota...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

My point was that if OP takes his battery into a battery dealer and asks for a "load test," he will likely walk out with the wrong information. Like you said, the short duration 100-amp load test is...
Forum: Electronics 3 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Chartplotter at the nav station

I think this thread highlights how greatly our use of chartplotters differs with our sailing range and objectives. An ocean sailor says, "Why would anyone need a chartplotter at the helm?" because...
Forum: Electronics 3 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Chartplotter at the nav station

I think he was referring to how the chartplotter helps him avoid running aground.
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

Maine suggested a 20 hour capacity test. A "load test" is a very different thing, as it is meant to simulate the high current draw of a car/truck's starter battery. These batteries could easily pass...
Forum: Electrical Systems 3 Days Ago
Replies: 33
Views: 551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: would you buy used AGMs?

I have no direct experience with marine AGM (I do have them on my Prius accessory battiries), so take my advice with a huge grain of salt (preferably Lead Sulfate lol): I've read that AGMs require a...
Forum: Electronics 4 Days Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 585
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Chartplotter at the nav station

I agree that OpenCPN is great, and very flexible to integrate with electronics if you're handy with computer interfacing. I use it as my primary chartplotter at the helm, but I'm a fair weather...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 79
Views: 3,551
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Stupid questions about launch day

I think that's common in commercial marinas. They pack 'em in pretty tight, and want to get them launched quickly in the right sequence so nobody is blocking anyone else in. If you can't be there on...
Forum: Chartering 1 Week Ago
Replies: 22
Views: 1,126
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Pirates bight at norman island reopens after “make over”

Are you saying that they mark that bags that they received tips for, and unload those first? Last time I tipped at the destination rather at departure, which might explain why my bags were so late...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 838
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Maryland user tax for out of state boat

Maryland offers reciprocity on its excise tax:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources - Boating (http://www.dnr.state.md.us/boating/registration/)

Here's some other informal advice:
...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 1 Week Ago
Replies: 6
Views: 417
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Bottom Paint Flaked Off Down to Gel Coat

Be wary of taking advice from owners of 30+ year old boats. FRP chemistry has changed a lot since then. Your 2-year-old boat is different from theirs.

Sometime in the 1990s, most boat...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 838
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Maryland user tax for out of state boat

Maryland claims to offer reciprocity to most states, so if you save your paperwork that proves you already paid sales, use, or excise tax to another state, you should get credit for the amount you...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 838
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Maryland user tax for out of state boat

Maryland is known to be strict about enforcement of this, to the point of sending agents to marinas to scout out violators. A boat with Delaware registration numbers or hailing port gets especially...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,447
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailboat went off course into Algeria

Why can't you let go of this? If I were in his position, I wouldn't really know where to start either. Who is in charge in Algeria? Do you contact their government instead? Your suggestion of "The...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,447
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailboat went off course into Algeria

I'd suggest the moderators leave this thread open until the OP's fiance is safely home. You never know what can happen on a sailboat :laugher :

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Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,447
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Sailboat went off course into Algeria

I think you're way off base here. Maybe you deserve to be in trouble on that forum.

I've seen more than my share of false bogus appeals for help. This one had NONE of the signs of a hoax. This...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 308
Posted By TakeFive
Will soda blasting remove hard bottom paint?

I'm just doing bottom paint touch-ups this spring, but next year I'm due for another full bottom job. My boat came with hard paint on the hull, which is not suitable for storage on the hard during...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By TakeFive
Re: mmsi numbers, ship radio and hand held VHF

I don't think this is totally correct. If you have two DSC radios properly configured with GPS (and turned on), and both have their own MMSI (available for free from BoatUS for domestic use only),...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 20
Views: 903
Posted By TakeFive
Re: Mounting hardware on Boom

They do make aluminum or nylon screws, but they are soft. Since this is not a high-stress application, an Al or nylon screw might have less corrosion - if you have room to try one more tap.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 656
Posted By TakeFive
Re: mmsi numbers, ship radio and hand held VHF

You can do it either way, but need to consider how you use your radio. I bought Uniden's DSC handheld (for less than half the HX851), and registered it separately because I will use it on a dinghy...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 56
Views: 2,514
Posted By TakeFive
Re: 2014 Sailing Season

I am on the hard still, and blocked in by two large powerboats. Between work and evening commitments, I've only been able to find hour-long slivers of time to stop by the boat on the way home from...
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