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Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

The winds has been gusting strongly here in St. Martin; it was over 20 knots steady just now, I motored into it for two miles to reach my customs & immigration office in Anse Marcel and in a couple of hours I'm off to follow Mark (sort of, I'm heading to the nearest US location at St. John rather than something further north and further away). Sea state is odd, there's a definite northerly swell component that isn't in the forecasts... Luckily Mark has SatComms and get grib weather forecasts.


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Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

Anyone got an updated location for Mark J and Sea Life? I've been checking Marine Traffic and his last AIS position had him just passing Anguilla several days ago.

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Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

I think he'll be out of AIS range for a while..

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I think he'll be out of AIS range for a while..
Yeah probably. Thought he might at least get close to a ship that might relay his AIS info by now. Though he might not have it on too. Certainly makes the case for having one of those satellite transponder units when making passages.

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Yeah probably. Thought he might at least get close to a ship that might relay his AIS info by now. Though he might not have it on too. Certainly makes the case for having one of those satellite transponder units when making passages.
Is this something new with AIS. When did other vessels start relaying positions?

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Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

Passing ships won't relay AIS signals. Marinetraffic and similar sites rely on receivers hooked up to computers which are hooked into the internet to display near-real-time information. So until Mark makes it into range of one of those volunteer stations his position won't be showing up on Marinetraffic.


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Re: I'm off! St Martin -> New York

I would assume he's about half way, based on his departure. Looks like relatively tame conditions forcast ahead. Wonder if he'll bail to Bermuda.


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Passing ships won't relay AIS signals. Marinetraffic and similar sites rely on receivers hooked up to computers which are hooked into the internet to display near-real-time information. So until Mark makes it into range of one of those volunteer stations his position won't be showing up on Marinetraffic.
Yep my bad assumption that since the coastal station AIS receivers upload AIS signal locations to the net that there might be a few of the BIG ships out there with the same capabilities. Guess the shipping industry is not that altruistic. Though it would be nice to follow some of the transatlantic cruisers like mark on their journeys.

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Yeah probably. Thought he might at least get close to a ship that might relay his AIS info by now. Though he might not have it on too. Certainly makes the case for having one of those satellite transponder units when making passages.
Why? So people on sailing forums can track/critique every move made by others out there actually doing it?

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As usual, it's probably just me :-) Hell, I don't even like people following behind me on the ICW... But the thought of having my trips tracked like that really gives me the creeps. I can see keeping family and close friends updated, but putting a tracker of my boat online, no way...

I have very few superstitions when it comes to sailing, but 'pre-departure' announcements about my sailing plans is definitely one thing I try to avoid, it just seems like bad karma to me...

Fortunately, I've yet to have an owner ask to have a tracker aboard for a delivery... For decades I've been telling clients "No News is Good News, I'll call you when I can, or when I get there"... Too set in my ways to change now, I suppose...

Again, probably just me, but I firmly believe that had I posted here and elsewhere prior to my departure on my cruise last summer that I was hoping to make it up to Hebron, Labrador, it definitely would have queered the deal, somehow... And, no freakin' way would I have wanted to be 'tracked' the whole way up and back...

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Why? So people on sailing forums can track/critique every move made by others out there actually doing it?

:-)

As usual, it's probably just me :-) Hell, I don't even like people following behind me on the ICW... But the thought of having my trips tracked like that really gives me the creeps. I can see keeping family and close friends updated, but putting a tracker of my boat online, no way...

I have very few superstitions when it comes to sailing, but 'pre-departure' announcements about my sailing plans is definitely one thing I try to avoid, it just seems like bad karma to me...

Fortunately, I've yet to have an owner ask to have a tracker aboard for a delivery... For decades I've been telling clients "No News is Good News, I'll call you when I can, or when I get there"... Too set in my ways to change now, I suppose...

Again, probably just me, but I firmly believe that had I posted here and elsewhere prior to my departure on my cruise last summer that I was hoping to make it up to Hebron, Labrador, it definitely would have queered the deal, somehow... And, no freakin' way would I have wanted to be 'tracked' the whole way up and back...

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First of all you should only say I'll be sailing toward (insert destination here) and you won't jinx yourself. Second the reason to use a satellite tracker is for when the Kracken comes up and sinks the boat suddenly there will be a number of witnesses who can verify your last known location.
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