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Search: Posts Made By: noelex77
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 4 Weeks Ago
Replies: 11
Views: 656
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: 4,153
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: 4,153
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: 4,153
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: 4,153
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: 4,153
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: 4,153
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: 2,503
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: 2,503
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: 2,503
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: 2,393
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: 983
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: 983
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: 983
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: 1,706
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: 11,964
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: 836
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: 2,094
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: 1,812
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: 1,054
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: 3,946
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...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-11-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,946
Posted By noelex77
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Thanks for the link. Unfortunately I am not a subscriber.

There are two effects of increasing scope.

1. The anchor shank is pulled at a lower angle. This give the anchor much greater holding...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-10-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,946
Posted By noelex77
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Alex is there any text to go with the graphs?

They look to me like they are measuring the load at various scopes and windspeeds, rather than holding power.

The load will only reduce slightly at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance 06-10-2014
Replies: 291
Views: 41,137
Posted By noelex77
Re: Another "Next Generation" anchor enters the market...

Mantus have sent me an anchor to test. It is still early days with about 50 nights at anchor so far.

I dive and inspect my anchor underwater quite carefully (and did the same with my previous...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related) 06-09-2014
Replies: 90
Views: 3,946
Posted By noelex77
Re: anchor tips to get it to catch?

Mike has given you some good advice.

The aim is not to put any force on the anchor until your proper scope has been laid out, but try and lay the rode out along the bottom without piling it in a...
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