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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-19-2014
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
Re: Downloadable PRINTABLE NOAA Charts

The nautical charts are updated as of March 2014 (unless I missed any). This is the first update since 2011. I was slacking. Or sailing. Or something.

NOAA Nautical Charts in .png Format...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-13-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
I had a little trouble with bsb2png on some of...

I had a little trouble with bsb2png on some of the charts, so I wrote this one (http://sourceforge.net/projects/bsbreader/).

(http://sourceforge.net/projects/bsbreader/)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2011
Replies: 44
Views: 5,128
Posted By bobwebster
This is understandable. The U.S. Coast Guard is...

This is understandable. The U.S. Coast Guard is now (sadly) owned by the Department of Homeland Security.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-18-2011
Replies: 103
Views: 13,315
Posted By bobwebster
Does the iPad GPS work when there is no cell...

Does the iPad GPS work when there is no cell service?
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-17-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
I took a look at this, and it looks really good....

I took a look at this, and it looks really good. You only get the charts in 8.5x11 size, but it's in a handy format with enough overlap to be usable. And if that's the only printer size you have...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-17-2011
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
I wrote the program to convert the .bsb files to...

I wrote the program to convert the .bsb files to .png. You're absolutely right -- 8.5x11 is too small to read a chart. I have a 13x19 printer that will print charts that are barely big enough to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   08-23-2010
Replies: 52
Views: 13,253
Posted By bobwebster
This brings up a couple of lighting questions I...

This brings up a couple of lighting questions I have been wondering about:

1. If I decide I want to drift for a couple of hours (offshore) and get some sleep, should I turn on the anchor light?
...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-23-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
Good points. If you print your own charts,...

Good points. If you print your own charts, they're not valid for commercial marine requirements.

I've been updating these about once a year, so some are out of date already. The web site...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   08-23-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
Thanks -- I've got to show this post to my wife!!!

Thanks -- I've got to show this post to my wife!!!
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   07-16-2010
Replies: 60
Views: 14,682
Posted By bobwebster
I haven't lost a rudder, but I did find one a few...

I haven't lost a rudder, but I did find one a few days ago in the Dry Tortugas.

http://xpda.com/ftjeff10/rudder.jpg
(http://xpda.com/ftjeff10/rudder.jpg)
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-30-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,537
Posted By bobwebster
It's generally smoother water inside, and you can...

It's generally smoother water inside, and you can anchor almost at will. But there are a LOT more crab pots inside, somewhat more traffic, and you don't have as much room for tacking and sailing off...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   06-30-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 1,945
Posted By bobwebster
It all depends on the weather and the sea. How...

It all depends on the weather and the sea. How far away from port do you intend to go and how long between weather forecasts? "Sail the Atlantic" can mean up and down the coast 10 miles out, or it...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-04-2010
Replies: 36
Views: 5,923
Posted By bobwebster
Occasionally, but I take it off the roll first.

Occasionally, but I take it off the roll first.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   04-10-2010
Replies: 47
Views: 13,206
Posted By bobwebster
According to international rules the courtesy...

According to international rules the courtesy flags optional on smaller vessels, but some countries require them. One flag that is NOT optional in most countries is the yellow quarantine flag. I was...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-30-2010
Replies: 20
Views: 2,755
Posted By bobwebster
Here are a few novel ways I've managed to get...

Here are a few novel ways I've managed to get water into our boat:

1. Overfill the freshwater tank. Most of the the overflow goes overboard, but a loose fitting let some into the bilge.

2....
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-25-2010
Replies: 1,130
Views: 287,392
Posted By bobwebster
Just for contrast...

http://xpda.com/ecuador/cotopaxi2/P1130074.jpg
Sunrise at 19,000 feet.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-25-2010
Replies: 3
Views: 1,202
Posted By bobwebster
I've made the trip a few times around the west...

I've made the trip a few times around the west end of Cuba. It's nice to follow the Keys and Dry Tortugas. The current is not too bad, except for off the west coast of Cuba where it can get up to 3...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-25-2010
Replies: 8
Views: 848
Posted By bobwebster
I flew off the north edge of the earth once....

I flew off the north edge of the earth once. Garmin gets confused if you get above 75 degrees north or so.

http://xpda.com/arctic04/PICT7521.jpg
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   03-21-2010
Replies: 10
Views: 4,100
Posted By bobwebster
Beacons

For shorthanded sailing, I would highly recommend MOB beacons so you don't leave behind the person who fell in the water.

Some of them will leave a GPS waypoint automatically, which will allow you...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   03-21-2010
Replies: 131
Views: 66,182
Posted By bobwebster
It's Spring! I've updated the [/URL]charts here:...

It's Spring! I've updated the [/URL]charts here: [URL]http://xpda.com/nauticalcharts (http://charts)

A few people have asked me how to convert .bsb (and .kap) to .png, .jpg, etc. I wrote and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-05-2010
Replies: 11
Views: 957
Posted By bobwebster
I generally would not rely on the "other guy" to...

I generally would not rely on the "other guy" to avoid me, but I'm pretty sure a U.S. Navy ship is not going to accidentally run over a recreational sailboat. Lack of diligence is not a problem in...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   01-04-2010
Replies: 19
Views: 3,158
Posted By bobwebster
It is not illegal to visit Cuba. It is illegal...

It is not illegal to visit Cuba. It is illegal for a U.S. citizen to spend money in Cuba, with certain exceptions.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-14-2009
Replies: 140
Views: 32,500
Posted By bobwebster
Hey, that's my rule too! If you don't like...

Hey, that's my rule too! If you don't like harnesses, work on your swimming. (Don't forget about the current.)
Forum: Diesel   10-30-2009
Replies: 3
Views: 1,687
Posted By bobwebster
I suppose that has something to do with the Volvo...

I suppose that has something to do with the Volvo parts prices. The price of an alternator, regulator, black box, engine control, engine instruments, and a couple of other items make it worth...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   10-29-2009
Replies: 647
Views: 55,220
Posted By bobwebster
I carry a screwdriver onboard, and a well-oiled...

I carry a screwdriver onboard, and a well-oiled hammer. While these may not present much of a threat to humans or grizzlies, in the proper hands they can do serious damage to marine electronics.
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