Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Narragansett Bay
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Re: Hypothetical Radar
Does this race not permit you to run your engine in neutral to charge batteries. While you can't charge well at idle, even at ~1500 rpm, it's pretty fuel efficient and the alternator would probably keep up with everything aboard and then some.
At night, I like to run the radar overlay on the chartplotter chart screen. Especially, when viz is down. I've crossed the Gulf of Maine when I could see nav lights departing Europe. This past summer, we had vessels cross within a mile that we never saw. When on the Maine coast, we had one at 1/10th mile that we could hear, like we were standing aboard, and never saw it. Had to be a lobster boat doing 15 kts, we were under sail. We tried to avoid, but it kept turning randomly. Our best best was to standon and hope they saw us too. I'm sure they did. When we got close, their course changed to pass port to port. But close...... my wife and I were both on watch and at the ready.
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