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I am reluctantly holding onto my radar for the moment. I want to reconnect the head unit and see if it'll power up and what it does.
If it works, I'll hold onto it because Maine is a planned destination for me and they have real fog.

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It's funny. I watch zero TV at home. Too much stuff going on (School Board activities and related email, etc.) The only time I watch TV is when I'm on the boat and able to detach from the other stuff. I also read more on the boat and watch wildlife, which I don't get to do at home. I can see how those who watch TV at home want to get away from that on the boat, but for me it is the opposite.

By "watch TV" I also mean playing DVDs. I made sure to buy an integrated TV/DVD player for this. We could do this on a computer or iPad, but we really wanted to be able to sit in the cabin a comfortable distance away from the screen.

I found a decent RCA 24" TV/DVD combo at Sears for $95. Good viewing angle, but just OK contrast ratio. But both contrast and viewing angle are a lot better than the Axxess 12v units that truckers and RVs often buy.

It seems to have gotten a lot harder to find decent 12v TVs. The RCA one I bought is 120vAC, but rated at 25w (and confirmed on my Kill-a-Watt meter), and draws even less with screen dimmed and without DVD running. I suspect that somewhere inside the set there's a converter that changes 120vAC to lower voltage DC (maybe 12v?), and I'd love to go inside and tap into that line for direct DC connection. But that's waaaay down on a very long to-do list. For now, 25w is low enough that I can use a little plug-in inverter instead of my house inverter.

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As a rule of thumb, the sorts of things that require a big inverter are microwaves, electric drip coffee makers, and hair dryers.

In my opinion, if you are going to get a "big" inverter I would not get smaller than 2 kW. 1000 W won't do many microwaves or hair dryers (or heat guns for that matter).

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Nice ride coming up the Bay from Oxford with winds out of the SW @ 15 to 23 knots. Now anchored in Marshy Creek south of Kent Narrows as we where advised by Tow Boat US not to try navigating the north channel with the current conditions of winds and low tide
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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Sailed down to Betterton today, winds ranged 15 to 20 most of the day from the SW, and the temperature rose to 84, which is close to the point when I need to seek a cooler climate. When it hit 88 to 90, I have to utilize supplemental oxygen, which I normally carry with me, but today, in my haste to get to the boat, I forgot to bring it along. Guess my mind is shot to Hell, too!

Another fun day in Paradise,

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Nice ride coming up the Bay from Oxford with winds out of the SW @ 15 to 23 knots. Now anchored in Marshy Creek south of Kent Narrows as we where advised by Tow Boat US not to try navigating the north channel with the current conditions of winds and low tide
What is your draft? I have 4'3" and was wondering whether to go through there (for the first time) this weekend. WaterwayGuide warning looks really bad!

What was the concern over low tide? NOAA's sensors don't look any worse than normal. Or has shoaling gotten so bad that normal is too shallow?



I guess I'll have to look into going around the long way.

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We draw a bit over 5 ft. Came through a couple of days ago with no issue but that was at high tide. With the winds and and today's designated low tide we called Kent Island Tow Boat US to get the latest conditions and they advised not to try it with our draft.

FYI .. A couple of the channel marks on the Narrows north side have been rearranged to port when traveling southbound to accommodate the shoaling on the starboard side.
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It's funny. I watch zero TV at home. Too much stuff going on (School Board activities and related email, etc.) The only time I watch TV is when I'm on the boat and able to detach from the other stuff. I also read more on the boat and watch wildlife, which I don't get to do at home. I can see how those who watch TV at home want to get away from that on the boat, but for me it is the opposite.

By "watch TV" I also mean playing DVDs. I made sure to buy an integrated TV/DVD player for this. We could do this on a computer or iPad, but we really wanted to be able to sit in the cabin a comfortable distance away from the screen.

I found a decent RCA 24" TV/DVD combo at Sears for $95. Good viewing angle, but just OK contrast ratio. But both contrast and viewing angle are a lot better than the Axxess 12v units that truckers and RVs often buy.

It seems to have gotten a lot harder to find decent 12v TVs. The RCA one I bought is 120vAC, but rated at 25w (and confirmed on my Kill-a-Watt meter), and draws even less with screen dimmed and without DVD running. I suspect that somewhere inside the set there's a converter that changes 120vAC to lower voltage DC (maybe 12v?), and I'd love to go inside and tap into that line for direct DC connection. But that's waaaay down on a very long to-do list. For now, 25w is low enough that I can use a little plug-in inverter instead of my house inverter.
We watch a lot of discovery and smithsonian tv as well as visual music along with our DVD. Not all television is bad or mindless. Does make you better because you never watch TV . It's about what you choose to watch. Like I said we watched the Olympics while we traveled with Lenny of company on the boat.

Instead of sacrificing the quality and buying a 12 volt tv we decided to get a small 24 inch Samsung HD flatscreenTV , why go back to the dark ages. It is on a arm when not deployed is 3 inches off the wall. Donna made a nice Naugahyde cover so you don't even know it's there till deployed. We have a small Sony Blue Ray player , again why sacrifice. Whole setup was $300 and is good quality. Eventually we added a Glomax powered antennae on top of the radar on the radar pole. This whole setup uses very little power.

DVD It's connect by HDMI cable. We can also stream netfix through the I pad. Our boat is used for mostly cruising. I or a long time was a very traditionalist but decided a while ago to make it as comfortable as possible. For my wife too as I want her to enjoy going and staying on the boat. This was the primary reason for the cheap inverter. Trying to find a w us a 12 volt TV or blue ray 12 volt was not worth it.sacrificed quality.


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What is your draft? I have 4'3" and was wondering whether to go through there (for the first time) this weekend. WaterwayGuide warning looks really bad!

What was the concern over low tide? NOAA's sensors don't look any worse than normal. Or has shoaling gotten so bad that normal is too shallow?



I guess I'll have to look into going around the long way.
Until last year we used to go through the Narrows regularly. We saw increasing shoaling on the north side and bumped at mid tide the last two times . We draw 4.5 . Not worth it bouncing of the bottom there.

Plus I never really like sitting in the narrow area with good current and the power boaters chomping at the bit behind you. Even though it's a 6 knot area.

We have also had our ass kicked a number of times in Crab Alley as there us no speed limit and lots of the big boys come roaring through there.

Our new home port I is easier to go around Bloody Point anyway so that's made our mind up.

Saturday We are headed over to Wye / Leeds Creek/ St Micheals area it looks like this weekend. Not sure where we will anchor , but don't like the crowds in St Micheals anchorage so if we go there we will stop in one of the Creeks and dinghy over.

Tomorrow I am getting off early at noon so we will anchor out tomorrow night too. Looks like Aberdeen Creek ( one of our favorites) or the Rhode River. Appears the only real wind this weekend will be Saturday AM and it will be N to NE at maybe 10. So we should have a nice sail across the Bay and up Eastern Bay before it dies off. Least the humidity an excessive heat will drop off tomorrow evening.

Donna will get her wish with multiple dinghy rides this weekend😄😄😄😀😀
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What is your draft? I have 4'3" and was wondering whether to go through there (for the first time) this weekend. WaterwayGuide warning looks really bad!

What was the concern over low tide? NOAA's sensors don't look any worse than normal. Or has shoaling gotten so bad that normal is too shallow?



I guess I'll have to look into going around the long way.
Rick,

Looks like we're headed in the same direction. Hail us if you want when your over there.

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