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Search: Posts Made By: SVAuspicious
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 116
Views: 6,945
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Single-handed tips and tricks

I can't agree. Lines led aft increase the chances of a failure which means you are more likely to have to go forward to fix something when conditions are unpleasant. The more boats I sea with lines...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation 6 Days Ago
Replies: 61
Views: 2,300
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Help me teach my wife navigation

Spacial geometry and associated trigonometry isn't messy at all. It is beautiful and enriching. Where do you think the celestial tables come from?
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 3,107
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light


Well that is just wrong. I've seen it also, but it isn't right and certainly not within the Rules.

Cruise ships are often the same. You have to admit you know they are there....
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 2 Weeks Ago
Replies: 49
Views: 3,107
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I think you are over reacting. The masthead/steaming light on most sailboats is obscured over a very wide angle while motorsailing. The sidelights are often obscured periodically in a seaway.

Forum: Electronics 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 774
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: VHF mounting advice

Is it safe to assume that "masthead whip antenna mounted against the port side of my mast" means a conventional 'L' bracket near the top of the mast so the whip extends above the masthead. Anchor...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,412
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Night Ops

I do Annapolis to Norfolk straight through (and thus overnight) fairly often. I deliver to and from the Chesapeake Bay a lot. How can I help? If you are near Annapolis and want to get together to run...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 12
Views: 670
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Getting frozen shackle off mooring ...

Sure you can. How big is it? My 1-1/8" Crosby shackle cost $70. I wouldn't cut that if I can avoid it. We'll see this week. *grin*

Have you tried spraying it with something like PB Blaster and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 3 Weeks Ago
Replies: 143
Views: 6,907
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Why are wheels so big?

Plus one more - finer control, especially important hard on the wind.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-14-2014
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: espar d4 diesel heater

The D4 is probably marginal for a 42 footer. That said, it is better for a diesel heater to be too small rather than too large. They don't respond well to running at low output. The PNW also doesn't...
Forum: Electronics 11-05-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 684
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: SSB Receiver Antenna

The SSB receiver is fine. The splitter on your VHF antenna isn't really relevant.

Definitely be sure there is an external antenna connection.

Don't do that.
Forum: Electronics 10-28-2014
Replies: 8
Views: 368
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: AIS antenna questions...

AIS runs on two VHF channels: 87B and 88B. A conventional VHF antenna, tuned for best performance on VHF channel 16, will do fine. For a dedicated AIS antenna an AIS peaked antenna is nice,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-27-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,398
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

No. See Home - SNAME (

Hi John,

I don't consider myself an anchor design expert. I have opinions. *grin* Scientific testing I can do. Performance evaluation I can do. I...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-25-2014
Replies: 114
Views: 6,398
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Boat Us conducts anchor tests

True. Some of the criticism is unfortunately based on "common sense" which is not always helpful when the performance of systems is counter-intuitive.

It's a good document. Consider that for...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-16-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Dear Annapolis...

Not on Saturday - football game.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 10-14-2014
Replies: 14
Views: 859
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Jabsco-12v-Electric-Conversion for Head

There are two sorts of electric heads: the true electric head (generally like sitting on a garbage disposal) and the conversion that operates the pump with a motor.

In my experience the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Thick fog and lots of dolphins...

Got to watch out for the ferries!

Nice video.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-12-2014
Replies: 60
Views: 2,978
Posted By SVAuspicious
re: Onboard: Electric stove or other?

With some exceptions, such as Zanshin, most boats with electric cooking run a generator every time they use the cooker. A/C has even fewer exceptions to the "must run generator" mantra.

Forum: Chesapeake Bay 10-11-2014
Replies: 503
Views: 31,713
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Chesapeake Bay Eats

We ate at Azure Restaurant in the Westin Annapolis in Park Place Annapolis last night. From City Dock walk (or take the free Circulator bus) up Main Street and down West Street to Westgate Circle,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-08-2014
Replies: 96
Views: 6,414
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Annapolis Sailboat Show

It depends on what time it is. You might try the little park between the old NRP office and the dinghy dock between the show and the Academy. You could try the parking lot of the old Fawcett...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 10-04-2014
Replies: 1,167
Views: 141,202
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Production Boats and the Limits

As usual Jon I generally agree with you. Ergonomics are important, especially around critical elements like cooking. It astounds me that so many manufacturers can't find an aesthetically pleasing way...
Forum: Other Brands 10-01-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,401
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Allied Chance 30-30

Jon Eisberg should be along shortly. He owns and sails the heck out of a Chance 30-30.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 09-30-2014
Replies: 32
Views: 1,799
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Whisker pole?

On my boat when I get deep the tack line/foreguy is really long (pole aft) by the time I'm ready to gybe and there is a whole lot of sail out there. Inside gybes are tricky shorthanded and I can't...
Forum: Electronics 09-29-2014
Replies: 126
Views: 4,259
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Which AIS should I buy?

I would go ahead an pull 8X for the AIS - it shouldn't be hard using the 58 as a pull. Note the reducers are different between 58 and 8X. Plan on an upgrade of your mast coax the next time your mast...
Forum: Electronics 09-29-2014
Replies: 126
Views: 4,259
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Which AIS should I buy?

Oh my.

Amphenol makes lots of connectors. You want good silver teflon connectors.

RG-58 is not a good choice for VHF. A good 8X if better.

See The RF Connection Home Page...
Forum: Electronics 09-29-2014
Replies: 126
Views: 4,259
Posted By SVAuspicious
Re: Which AIS should I buy?

The marinetraffic data feeds come from VHF radios maintained by volunteers that send the data over the Internet to marinetraffic. They aren't necessarily spotted in locations with the best coverage....
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