B.J. Porter

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    An impeachment what if

    If I've learned one thing from PA, it's that I should never to underestimate the stupidity of my fellow Americans.
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    An impeachment what if

    Clearly it needs to be Jesse "the body" Ventura, as he's got exec gov't experience. My hope is still for Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho.
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    Lionheart Lost Cape Brett NZ?

    A PLB in the liferaft? Or one personal PLB per crew? It sounds like one crew had the PLB on his gear and they lost the raft, though the stories not all out yet. We have AIS locators (individual) on our vests, a PLB for the ditch bag and we'd take the ship's EPIRB if we can get to it.
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    Lionheart Lost Cape Brett NZ?

    Kind of my thought.
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    Lionheart Lost Cape Brett NZ?

    Not *quite* true. You can clear into Nelson, you just need a good enough excuse. Friends of mine did it not so long ago. Another friend has permission to clear into Bluff if he wants. FKT Yeah, you have to make a special case for it and get it approved in advance. It's not routine though, to be sure. It's the same guys in Nelson that come to Picton for you. They said it was all about being able to clean your bottom at a place with a catchment. Apparently if you are TOO big to lift in a place like Picton (like a superyacht) a waiver is easier to get. It's mostly for us smaller boats.
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    Lionheart Lost Cape Brett NZ?

    I hate hearing these kinds of stories though, I feel for the families of the people that are lost.
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    Lionheart Lost Cape Brett NZ?

    You can go to Opua and Whangerei, not Auckland as of the last time I cleared in (March 2019). Fixed Looks like they've changed it a again...when we came in last March Auckland was off the table. There are six ports where recreational vessels (i.e. yachts) can enter New Zealand: Four in the North Island: Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf Marsden Point in Whangarei Opua in the Bay of Islands Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty Two in the South Island: Lyttleton on the Banks Peninsula, the port for Christchurch Picton in the Marlborough Sounds The list is now quite short, e.g. you can't clear into Nelson, only Picton. According to the guys that cleared me in, they have to have the ability to easily pick the boats out and clean the bottoms at a place that traps the runoff.
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    As is point-to-point DSC calling on the VHF in a crowded anchorage, which no one seems to know how to do.
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    Loving the Vesper so far. I need to wire up the alarm so I can use the drag alarm there, though I do like having all the boat data at my fingertips at night so I can monitor changes in the state of things outside.
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    Sorry to cut off in the middle...I'm useing Cold Turkey Blocker to keep me off too much social media and I was running out of time so I save before losing the post. the app DOES have a nice feature where if you're tracking the boat's position you can easily estimate the anchor's actual drop spot from the track and set the drag alarm from there. I just wish it worked directly on the boat's network instead of flashing something on my phone.
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    For permanent installtion, I have one of these installed by my head in the boat: https://www.maretron.com/products/dsm250.php Though apparently it's been discontinued and replaced. Upsides - Loud Linked to external alarm. Also loud. I can show wind direction & speed, depth, heading, boat speed, etc. etc. without getting up Uses little power Can set lots of parameters Can pick up position from ships GPS. Allows me to all sorts of information while off watch on passages, to the annoyance of my family/crew Downsides Is screwed to the boat Uses ships GPS, which is on the stern so swing radii are whacky Requires N2K network to be on Sometimes, I'll keep a Garmin GPS 76sc handheld near my head. It works through the deck. I also have a cable to power it from a 12V socket so I don't eat piles of batteries. Usually that's enough. There are phone apps that work, but I've not loved any of them enough to change my routine. And my phone in it's night time charge cradle is nowwhere near my sleeping area and I won't hear it. We also have a new Vesper AIS XB-8000 that has drag alarm capabilities. I can not get it (yet) to talk to the remove Maretron N2K alarm, and I've not installed it's own alarm speaker yet. So it's not terribly useful just to have it on the phone app since that doesn't seem to actually make noise when you drag. It's position isn't any more accurate than the ship's GPS since the antennas are side by side on the stern, but the app DOES have
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    Best Anchor Drag Alarms

    Every night, forever, when you're at anchor? Sounds like a swell vacation and an even worse life!
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    NFL 2019

    Well the Jets gave us all a lift yesterday. What's annoying is that of the six losses to date... We've played execrably We've given up a shit-ton of yards We've had several quarters of single digit offense We've given up 250+ on the ground three times. Yet FOUR (4) of those games were one-possession games, with only two being blowouts. Watching the Ravens game yesterday, they should have beaten us by 3-4 TDs, yet somehow we stretched up to mediocrity and put some points on the board and forced a couple of punts. Just enough to keep it close and beat the spread. But not actually win. Or play in any fashion that is exciting to watch for four quarters.
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    NFL 2019

    ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL!!!! On the plus side, my day should be freed up by about 2:00 pm.
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    Trump Should End A War

    How many of our "enemies" in the last 40 years were NOT former allies that we supported, trained, put in power and/or propped up?
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    NFL 2019

    Are those better than the burgers at the Brown? Someone tell @willp14335... Of course, he has a two block stagger back from the Brown.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    I will guarantee the clientle on those criises routinely wear the 12 pack boxes in their heads and run around the boat pretending to be the Bud Knight. Pretty sure this was the one cruise I've ever been on.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    I think @willp14335 took a tour of that thing and went down one of those slides.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    On the plus side, they are really easy to see. They glow on the horizon.
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    NFL 2019

    Remind me to bet the opposite of your forecast. Ouch! Be gentle.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    A transatlantic crossing on a proper ocean liner is a completely different kettle of fish from getting bungied into straw markets between bouts at the all-you-can-eat on a different island every day for a week.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    We did a Windjammer Barefoot Cruise for our 10th anniversary, back before they went out of business. It was on the S/V Legacy, an old commercial vessel turned into a sailing ship of sorts. I didn't count it as a "cruise" experience because it was small (~100 passengers) and very casual, and on a sailing ship not a floating high rise hotel. The food wasn't a massive all-you-can stuff extravaganza, and it was a cash bar after the complimentary rum swizzlers at cocktail hour every night. It was a fun time. Knowing what I know now about the VIs, I laugh about the "sailing" we did (the first night's 'cruise' was from Charlotte Amalie to Water Island FFS). But we didn't know much better, though we knew we weren't sailing far, and the crew was casual, engaging, and fun. I think we got as far as Virgin Gorda...but it wasn't like we swarmed the place and overran it. I'm not sure the local shops knew we were in port. This is the passenger group photo, almost everyone was there for it. Knowing what I know now about sailing and boats - and with Windjammer being gone - I'd not likely do another. But this sort of cruise is one of the few I'd not think of as a blight.
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    Rationalizing racism at Harvard

    Sports admissions aren't such a huge factor in the ivies.
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    Cruise Ships: blessing or curse?

    We rarely do tours, but in some places they are worth it. In some places - like the Galapagos - they're pretty much mandatory.