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Search: Posts Made By: noelex77
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 3,649
Posted By noelex77
Re: "New Generation Anchors"

The Ultra is the most beautiful anchor by a long way.

Shame the owner could not pick a better sea bottom to drop it in, although it allowed me to take an underwater photo that shows off the...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 1 Week Ago
Replies: 58
Views: 3,649
Posted By noelex77
Re: "New Generation Anchors"

The real purpose of the hinge is to trap fingers :).
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 01-17-2015
Replies: 69
Views: 3,019
Posted By noelex77
Re: Are sailing magazine articles boring?

I read everything I can about sailing. However, I am sometimes disappointed when reading an article on subject I know something about. I am not so much after humour and entertainment (that would be...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 01-07-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 785
Posted By noelex77
Re: Anchor chain source/issues

Here is a good reference:

Chain (http://coxengineering.sharepoint.com/Pages/Chaindefinitions.aspx)

Make sure you get the correct size for your gypsy.
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-22-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 823
Posted By noelex77
Re: Foot switches for an Anchor Windlass

The main use is Med mooring when it is almost essential with a small crew.

The wired helm control tends to be replaced these days with a wireless remote that can be operated anywhere. They are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-20-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

Mine was right on the waterline, or even a bit below, so all passing yachts saw was the normal chain leading over the bow roller.

However, I know the problem. I sometimes anchor from the stern in...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-20-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

One of my previous yachts had this. It is a great idea, that should be used more on a cruising boat.

Make sure it is sturdy.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-19-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

I can see. The headlines "Sailor creates improved method for calculating scope, but runs aground while trialling the system" :D

The simple rules are great, but it is worth knowing your true scope...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

The effect of catenary is greater in deep anchorages so many argue that you need less scope not more. You obviously need more chain which is where there may be some confusion.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-18-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

There is a lot to be said for keeping things simple, but the bow roller height is important. When the chain catenary disappears, and in stronger wind this will happen, the height of the water above...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-14-2014
Replies: 71
Views: 4,630
Posted By noelex77
Re: Silly Anchoring Question

It is not a silly question at all.

How an anchor responds to a change in the direction of pull is a very imprortant characteristic. If the force is only mild the anchor will not change at all, but...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-07-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,826
Posted By noelex77
Re: Anchor swivels... yea or nay?.. and how?

Yes it was stainless steel.

There are good quality swivels. Install them as has been mentioned with a few links of chain between the swivel and the anchor to reduce the chance of a side load.
...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-06-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,826
Posted By noelex77
Re: Anchor swivels... yea or nay?.. and how?

Yes many times.

The whole process from the first visible crack in swivel to final release took about 1/2 an hour. We pleaded with the skipper to do something about the situation.
He deemed it a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum 11-06-2014
Replies: 47
Views: 2,826
Posted By noelex77
Re: Anchor swivels... yea or nay?.. and how?

Well made swivels, correctly attached can be quite safe, but here are some photos of a swivel failing underwater, while in use.

The boat anchored using this swivel only just avoided running...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 11-04-2014
Replies: 34
Views: 2,544
Posted By noelex77
Re: Sailing Toys! What should I put on my Christmas list?

A couple of toys I have purchased recently and found useful have been:

A depth sounder for the tender:
Great to zip around the anchorage and see where the shallow patches are.

A laser...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By noelex77
Re: Red Deck Light

Yes things have changed. There is so much information from sophisticated radar and sonar in modern ships and aircraft that maintaining a high level of dark adaptation is not practical so red light...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-02-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By noelex77
Re: Red Deck Light

No it has nothing to do red lights used in darkrooms, although the principal is the same. Our Rod receptors are very insensitive to red light like some types of photographic film. Our cone receptors...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 11-01-2014
Replies: 18
Views: 1,029
Posted By noelex77
Re: Red Deck Light

Intensity is vital. A light has to be very dim to preserve most of our night vision, but our rod receptors are very insensitive to red. This means it if you want to see some detail and preserve...
Forum: Sailboat Design and Construction 10-17-2014
Replies: 23
Views: 2,148
Posted By noelex77
Re: Aluminum Hulls for Cruising Boats

No hull material is perfect, but in my view aluminium is the best apart from initial cost.

Repair is easy and importantly the repair is the same as the original.

Some small aluminium boats are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 10-13-2014
Replies: 33
Views: 12,923
Posted By noelex77
Re: Spade Rudders vs. Skeg Hung

Have a look at Beth and Evans website. They argue the superiority of spade rudder for a long distance cruising yacht much more elegantly than I could: see point number# 50

Boats...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 08-15-2014
Replies: 11
Views: 898
Posted By noelex77
Re: Setting up a 24v solar charging system

Just be aware that contrary to popular opinion most MPPT controllers will not boost voltage, only reduce it.
There are a very small number that do (and one of those is listed) and they are...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-23-2014
Replies: 38
Views: 2,203
Posted By noelex77
Re: Daytime anchor ball

I am surprised you never looked at yacht with sails up and wondered if they are motor sailing. :confused:. The distinction has considerable impact :) on the status in terms of the collision...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-13-2014
Replies: 22
Views: 1,884
Posted By noelex77
Re: Anchoring

There is a tendency for beginners to want to "park" their boat, like we do with a car.

Unfortunately unless other boats are doing the same thing you are taking up more room and are more likely to...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 07-09-2014
Replies: 10
Views: 1,079
Posted By noelex77
Re: First overnight anchor ..

Here is a video from a few days ago to put you in the mood :)

Mantus vs Meltemi - YouTube
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-11-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 4,159
Posted By noelex77
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

I agree there are differences between different anchors. The Delta is quite sensitive to scope and does struggle at a short scope much more than some other designs. The Rocna and Manson Supreme cope...
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