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Forum: Chesapeake Bay   2 Days Ago
Replies: 55
Views: 3,406
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Crab Pots in Channels, oh My!

An entangled crab pot can sink your vessel! I found myself "anchored by the stern in swells" off Pillar Point Harbor (Half Moon Bay, CA) where I got a crab pot float jammed between my outboard prop...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   02-06-2015
Replies: 35
Views: 11,819
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Backstay Insulator for SSB

All great ideas. But I have one caution:

"... keep it from rattling around with a one foot length of pipe insulation stuffed into each end, topped with some sealing foam (e.g., "Great Stuff") at...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-01-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,824
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I rarely sail without having a reef taken in, so obstruction of the green lights is seldom an issue.

We memorize the same mnemonic for a master's license: "red over green, sailing machine." Any...
Forum: Vessels Lost, Missing, or in Danger   06-11-2014
Replies: 19
Views: 2,139
Posted By patrickbryant
Bolt-on keels

For those of you who love bolt-on keels, and think encapsulated ballast is old fashioned, I've assembled a reading list. Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

CHEEKI RAFIKI: Hull Found Again,...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   05-30-2014
Replies: 49
Views: 3,824
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Red over Green Navigation Light

I have a red-over-green configuration (Nav Rule 25c) on my Pearson Ariel. I have had some unlicensed recreational boaters ask me what it meant, but everyone who holds a USCG license should recognize...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   05-30-2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1,311
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: US Coast Guard VHF Marine Safety Broadcasts

You are correct. In the era when the radiotelephone "pro-words" were established, French was the international language of navigation. "Pan" (spelled "panne" in French) is designated for: "a...
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   01-07-2013
Replies: 66
Views: 42,563
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Dangers of LED navigation lights

Look in the Annexes of the COLREGS. They define both the spectral and angular characteristics.
Forum: Seamanship & Navigation   11-29-2012
Replies: 24
Views: 6,754
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Small Boat for Solo Sailing

I agree with MarkSF on all points.

I'm sailing a 26 foot Pearson Ariel that's well behaved in the even sometimes-challenging conditions in the SF Bay and in the swells of Half Moon Bay, and yet,...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-29-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

You might try installing an AIS transponder. If you were a smuggler, it isn't likely that you'd be sailing around broadcasting your identity and position on AIS.
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-24-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

Have you read the posts in this thread? The SAME people who wrote the 4th amendment also granted government officers the power to board vessels without any kind of suspicion - let alone a warrant.
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Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-21-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

I realize you are just saying: "show me your facts and numbers" but, you are demanding that posters here become accountants and statisticians. If you really want exact numbers, I suggest you file a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-20-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

I couldn't agree more. Well said!
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-20-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

Well, you could write your congressman ;-)

Here're the laws on Customs boarding/searching/seizing: 19 USC 1581 - Boarding vessels | LII / Legal Information Institute...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-20-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

My point is: warrantless searches of boats have been going on since long before you were ever born. There's nothing new about it. It's an ancient practice. Probably the first day someone hollowed out...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-20-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

I don't see any mention in the 4th amendment about boats. Boats have been a major vehicle of smuggling for centuries, and that hasn't changed. The 4th amendment only protects us from unreasonable...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-19-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

As long as they're polite and don't damage anything, I don't mind being boarded. I've heard and seen the Coast Guard save a lot of boaters from certain death in the cold brine - that I feel it's a...
Forum: Cruising & Liveaboard Forum   11-19-2012
Replies: 165
Views: 18,122
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: rammed:by the customs & border patrol

I agree. I asked a Coast Guard friend of mine, who's done hundreds of boardings, and his reply was : if the Coasties want you to change anything about your speed and course, they will say so -- don't...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-17-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,862
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Caution: AIS Apps

There is one volunteer receiving station at Palmer Station, Antarctica (country code AQ). At the time of this writing, it has been feeding data only about 20% of the time. Not bad for Internet...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-16-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,862
Posted By patrickbryant
Re: Caution: AIS Apps

Thank you, TakeFive. You are absolutely right. AIS received from marinetraffic.com is only intended for people who live on a coast to identify the boats that pass by their windows.

As a licensed...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   11-16-2012
Replies: 26
Views: 1,862
Posted By patrickbryant
Caution: AIS Apps

I recently had a fellow sailor - who is just IN LOVE with his iPhone - show me an app that displays vessel positions received via AIS. He said: "Why should I buy an expensive receiver and...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   01-17-2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1,450
Posted By patrickbryant
Sailboat maximum airspeed

Colleagues:

After completing a particularly challenging voyage on the S.F. Bay last Sunday, it occurred to me that there must be a reason why my boat progressively slowed down while I was on a...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-18-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By patrickbryant
Actually, now that I think about it....

You won't see a masthead light from EITHER a motor vessel OR a sailboat when viewed from 6 points either side of directly astern (135 degrees total arc). The masthead light should project over 20...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-13-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By patrickbryant
You are absolutely correct: the absence of a...

You are absolutely correct: the absence of a masthead light should be interpreted as a sailboat. However, the absence of evidence is never as good as the presence of evidence. Here in the San...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   12-13-2011
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By patrickbryant
Red over Green: Sailing Machine

The red-over-green configuration has several obvious advantages: it says unambiguously that: "this is a sailboat." While other sailors and recreational motorboat operators may not be familiar with...
Forum: Electronics   09-07-2011
Replies: 6
Views: 1,071
Posted By patrickbryant
Did you recently install any LED lights? I bought...

Did you recently install any LED lights? I bought an LED steaming light to replace the incandescent that was there on my mast, and it wiped out my AM/FM, my SSB, and my VHF radios.

A cheap disc...
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