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Search: Posts Made By: smurphny
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

Two anchors is always my choice if I have room in a big blow but I've always been able to find a spot where other boats are not an issue. Two anchors does not work, of course, if you're close to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Hours Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By smurphny
Re: Glad I wasn't out sailing last night

Back around the early 80s, when I was over in the White Mtns. of NH, I don't remember exactly which year, there was a huge blowdown. Where the wind blew in channels down mountainsides, large swaths...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 9 Hours Ago
Replies: 13
Views: 712
Posted By smurphny
Re: Even bad choices at the slip can kill you

It is a complete mystery to me why anyone in his/her right mind would screw around with drugs like crack, coke, or heroin. I tend to feel angry at such blatant stupidity and, at the same time, sorry...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 17 Hours Ago
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By smurphny
Re: Anchoring

Yep, as Mark said, +1 come up right on the stern of an anchored boat and drop. It helps sometimes to ask the other boats how much scope they have out and try to do likewise. That said, if tide is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 18 Hours Ago
Replies: 27
Views: 1,160
Posted By smurphny
Re: who gets the ticket

If you take the responsibility to captain someone's boat, isn't it incumbent on you, as the operator to make sure everything is up to snuff before setting sail? If I hired someone to move my boat,...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 24
Views: 1,290
Posted By smurphny
Re: Hunter loses rudder

That was my initial reaction. Can this actually be true? I prefer my 1-3/8" silicon bronze:-)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 744
Posted By smurphny
Re: Weird weird july weather.....

Yes, the wind on the bay during July-Sept is normally predictable enough to set your watch by. At 14:00 wind starts to pipe up and blows 15-20 until after dark. I've found it's basically the same...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Day Ago
Replies: 14
Views: 823
Posted By smurphny
Re: Glad I wasn't out sailing last night

A little bit west of me here in the Adirondacks, some houses were leveled. They say they are investigating whether it was a tornado....duh! Started getting tornado warnings in the afternoon. There...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 21
Views: 744
Posted By smurphny
Re: Weird weird july weather.....

Maybe it's something to do with the late spring and colder offshore water than is usual for July. Is it possible a greater temp. differential between land and ocean on a warm sunny day is causing the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 26
Views: 549
Posted By smurphny
Re: open cpn issues(cm93)

I've tried using Open CPN a couple of times without much luck. Either the charts won't load or they don't stitch, or I wind up with the dreaded blank stare, "program not responding." I know many...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 2 Days Ago
Replies: 16
Views: 920
Posted By smurphny
re: How many things can go wrong in 4 hours

Maybe there should be some sort of mandatory warning pennant for boat owners such as this. Sounds like you did well to keep from throwing him in the brig:-) Some folks are just not cut out to do...
Forum: Weather 2 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By smurphny
Re: Pacific Monster

When I posted the link, Neoguri was a cat. 4, with winds right up there with Yasi. Looked like it was going to flatten Manila. Luckily, the intensity dropped off quickly from something they call...
Forum: Weather 3 Days Ago
Replies: 2
Views: 286
Posted By smurphny
Pacific Monster

Wow! I hope one like this doesn't come this way.
Neoguri 2014: Tracking Map | Weather Underground (http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/western-pacific/2014/Super-Typhoon-Neoguri)
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 3
Views: 541
Posted By smurphny
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 571
Posted By smurphny
Re: Which weather/wind apps & sites are most accurate?

Were you on LIS? If so, that's a perfect example of local knowledge trumping overall forecasts. On the backside of a low pressure system, that kind of gusty condition is very typical on the Sound. As...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 133
Views: 4,657
Posted By smurphny
Re: Help me plan my cruise North!

That's a real consideration. The size, weight, and maintenance of a liferaft are all big negatives. Also, in a pinch, people may deploy a raft too soon. I have one but would sure like to have the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 4 Days Ago
Replies: 19
Views: 571
Posted By smurphny
Re: Which weather/wind apps & sites are most accurate?

NOAA wind forecasts are almost always inaccurate. Local wind can vary tremendously which is why local knowledge is so important. It is also the most difficult to obtain when in an area you're not...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 23
Views: 1,317
Posted By smurphny
Re: Tow or Not

You absolutely called it right. I would never even consider towing a dink through the Gut or the East River for a whole bunch of reasons.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 5 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

Inside Hadley would have had plenty of protection but there are usually so many boats in there that it may have been difficult to find a good spot. I've been in there on a normal day and have found...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 6 Days Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

Just got back from Menemsha, running a boat over. A good spot, if you can make it in is up in the pond. Anchoring isn't normally allowed up there anymore but during a storm, I don't see how anyone...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 15
Views: 749
Posted By smurphny
Re: F/G burns really well once it gets going

Don't forget that boats usually also have pyrotechnics aboard to complicate things. I would not want to be near a burning boat when a SOLAS flare went off or those 25 old flare gun flares decided to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

As far as planning on where this storm might hit, I wonder whether using the old 123 rule provides a better safety margin than the color bands of projected track.
Hurricane ARTHUR...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

Boy, that really sucks. Hope they make it in before they intersect the storm. Some of the older boats are not very fast.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Re: Arthur

There is no strong upper level wind having much effect so this one could go anywhere. Although we've gotten much better at predicting paths and strength, hurricanes still have a mind of their own...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 63
Views: 2,786
Posted By smurphny
Arthur

In the unlikely case anyone is not aware of this, we have a potential East Coast hurricane in the offing. It seems to be growing in strength and conditions are favorable for continued strengthening:...
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