Friday, January 30, 2015

The death of the CQR....

If anyone is in doubt of the success of the new anchor designs you only have to look at the anchor section of your local consignment store.  CQR anchors are represented on about a 5:1 ratio to other anchors.

 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Its hard to top a Hard Top....

They don't always work, but I'm pretty happy with mine.









Thursday, January 15, 2015

How many sailboats are capable of sounding correct "restricted visibility" signals?

Huh!  What signals?  Please don't me that, if sailing in fog, you will use your pissy little WM canned air foghorn, sounding one prolonged blast followed by two short blasts at intervals of not more that every 2 minutes, within an arms length of your ear.  That would get old fast.

Just to refresh your memory;

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=Rule35

When I was narrowing down my search for a VHF radio my list of necessary features included the ability to sound AUTOMATIC fog signals.  This excluded a surprising number of low end and not so low end models.

Does your VHF have such a feature?   Is it connected to a hailer horn?   A hailer facility on the VHF is also useful for passing verbal information to other boaters and people on the dock.

I eventually decided on the Icom IC-M504, a recently discontinued model, that WM was selling off at a very good price.  Likewise I purchased 2  x COMMAND MIC ΙΙΙ™ that were heavily discounted.



I have decided against a "receive only" AIS for the reasons stated in a previous post.  If, however, Standard Horizon had gotten off their butt and produced a NMEA 2000 one I might have been tempted.

An interesting device I came across on my foghorn search is the FogMate Automated Horn Controller.  Check it out here;



Hamilton Marine  or Go2Marine


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Finish one bloody job.............

So much for my New Years resolution.  Due to the interconnected nature of boats its easy to flit from job to job and never actually "box" one element up.  I am definitely, absolutely going to finish the forward heads.  In between OPBs' (other peoples boats), and the occasional marine retail stint I have actually made some headway (no pun intended).  I did, however, manage a brief "flit" to complete the face panel of the Nav Desk and Install the Icom VHF;

The eagle eyed viewer will note that this panel is also not finished. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

AIS... Just my humble opinion....

Its been a busy year for boat moving.  I've clocked up just under 4,000nm.  What have I learned?  Lots.

1.  I don't like rounding Hatteras in early December, even though we got a nice weather window and I was on a 50ft Cat.



2.  I don't like 52 kt. gusting cold winter winds off the US coast.



3.  And AIS.  I originally thought that a receive only AIS was perfectly acceptable for your average cruising sailboat.  Its still a great addition if money is tight. BUT, the big boys are just not paying attention and seem to believe that if they can't see it on the AIS screen it does not exist.  I will now install a Transceiver AIS unit once I actually move the boat.  Keep in mind that as a Class B AIS user you will only transmit at 2 watts (1/3 the power of a handheld VHF).  This will naturally affect the range that you can be seen.

This is a good review of the subject.

http://www.shinemicro.com/aisoverview.asp

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More galley work.....




Trying to decide on fiddles.  It won't be either of these options.



Rear galley shelving sorted. They will be hidden by sliding acrylic doors. Shelves are 12in wide from Uline.




Friday, October 31, 2014

Dickinson Marine Caribbean stove dry fit.....shiny




Dickinson obviously bought a water-jet machine, which means that labels won't rub of with time.