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  1. Breamerly

    Anchoring in "Private Water lot" BC Gulf Islands

    All I'll say - since given my whole thread on this kind of thing, I'm pretty sure everyone knows my stance - is that a battery powered angle grinder will go through a 3/8" chain link in just over thirty seconds. Don't ask how I know.
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    Anchoring in "Private Water lot" BC Gulf Islands

    It me (In reality I usually get 15-20 gallons of gas, which is a slightly bigger purchase, but still chump change compared to Smokey Belcher and his floating diesel pot, which might suck a couple hundred gallons in one go - that said, it obviously comes with the game of operating a public accommodation - serving cheapskates like me is the price you pay to serve the big spenders)
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    Zombie Boats > Balls

    It's such a tired old saw to waggle a finger at the rest of society this way, all balanced on some hair-splitting: you don't really own that house, you sap! Ownership is defined in most legal cases and also in common use as exclusive right to exclusively control the enjoyment, employment, and disposal of an asset. This is not the same as a legal interest in a property. Even if you're underwater on a zero-down ARM mortgage, you own the house. You get to use it, no one else does, and you can sell it or bulldoze it and build condominiums or a church to the god-emperor Zod or a giant stucco cock: the bank has no say. The bank manager can't come swim in your pool. They can't decide it would be better for them if you did AirBNB with the backyard cottage. They can't (unlike an HOA) so much as ask you to keep the lawn mowed. If you give a third party a legal interest in a property in exchange for a loan and then fail to make the payments, sure - they can ask a court to convert that legal interest to ownership, or to force a sale so that they can get their share of the value back. But until the judge's gavel goes bang they are not the owner. In fact, nothing could be a better example of this than an underwater loan: try giving the bank 'their' house back then. Interestingly, this is actually kind of a reciprocal of the standard that @Steam Flyer and others are applying here - that essentially someone's full-time personal use of a property should confer a different type of privilege in local communities. They are more truly 'owners' because they're actually the ones present on, and using, their properties, not to mention continuing to the life of the local community. I wonder: if you had two 'owners', one who rented his property and was never around, but had all but a single dollar of the mortgage paid off, and one who lives on his land full time, and is the third generation to do so, but through bad luck and a stupid art gallery his wife wanted to finance now has a lien on his house for all but a single dollar of its value. Who is more an 'owner'? Anyway, off to practice some knots or something.
  4. What is reasonable´╗┐? I guess we'll find out. The one thing I would point to is that contracts and even basic statutes often make things seem more clear-cut than they actually are. After a few decades of case-law are taken into account, responsibility in many types of accidents rarely ends up invested absolutely in one person (the captain), and by the same token neither is blame. (For just one example in a separate Marine situation, take anchoring: it would seem extremely clear cut that if someone comes into the harbor after you, anchors too close, and then swings into you, it's their fault. However, in reality the fault is often found to be shared: when you observe them anchoring too close, your choice not to act (move your own boat) brought some of the liability onto you. Obviously, these are not analogous situations - but it does demonstrate that even a situation that is apparently even more clear cut can often be legally ambiguous.)
  5. Personally (and I'm obviously not the law, although that would be dope) I think the extension of culpability to the owners, if indirect and of a lesser degree than that born by the captain, makes sense. They should be at least partly responsible to take reasonable steps to ensure the safe operation of their property. What's reasonable? The captain's word that he'll follow the rules? Again, personally I think it's reasonable to expect they go beyond that, including some degree of active, ongoing oversight. If i hire you to operate my bus, and you gradually transition from an upstanding if washed-up Marine to a sad drunk who frequently takes power naps on the straight stretches of road, at some point I start to have responsibility for not discovering you've changed. I'll admit though that I don't know exactly where that point is, or how much responsibility I should share if I miss it.
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    Measure twice...Duplicate IGNORE

    Post twice, edit once
  7. Agreed the owners should get it, too. Have to potentially disagree about the boat/standards for safety, though. Safety without a watch in a fire/rapid-flood situation would require timing margins that I am not sure would be possible on a boat like that. Even if you revised standards to require an aviation-type completely redundant no-fail alarm system - and swallow the imagination pill that corners would never be cut on it - I'm still not sure that would be fast enough for the time margins available in marine emergencies. The physically constrained reality of ship quarters means that in a smoke* situation you have a much narrower time window to safely exit than from a land structure. People take a surprisingly long time to wake up. That same physical constraint also means that egress is inevitably slower - fewer, narrower routes (and with the floor potentially moving), with a higher potential for blockage. Add the two together, and I think that even on a ship with modem alarms and lighting, and even with a trained, oriented crew member to rouse and guide guests, in the fastest-moving fire situations it still seems like a close thing to get everybody out in time from a relatively cramped below-deck berth. *All the Concepcion guests died of smoke inhalation, not fire. Hemce modern building codes specifying a minimum 7 ft ceiling in bedrooms - the four feet above a sleeping person is a built-in margin for smoke to build up, trigger an alarm, and for the occupant to wake and orient.
  8. Jesus christ that thing was a fucking fuck. The buck has to stop somewhere, though.
  9. Breamerly

    Heaving Anchor without a windlass

    Not kellets
  10. Breamerly

    Current(ly) Confused - San Juans

    Definitely felt this way myself the first couple times it happened. another place I have found it is at the north entrance to the channel from Stuart down to Friday harbor, and along the west coast of orcas. Tide change was an hour and a half off predicted last time I was going north from Jones. One thing you might try, if you don't already, is comparing what's in the atlas to the corrections listed in one of the better American tide books, which will typically have a list of time and current corrections for various spots including all over the islands. For fine scale predictions I find them to be more accurate.
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    Current(ly) Confused - San Juans

    I've found the atlas to be off by as much as 2-2.5 hours in odd cases. I assume three things explain it: Broadly, it's a guide primarily intended to show the large scale movement of the currents. More specifically, the CHS predictions are based on modeling of only three magnitudes of tide - 3, 1.8, and 0.6 meters, if I recall. So tides that fall significantly between those ranges will have different characteristics, someone's by a significant margin. again, I assume this to be even more true for fine-grain predictions like a countercurrent along an island shore. Last, they do not account for the seasonal pattern of the tides, such as whether a tide is a neap tide. Additionally, the starts at the beginning and end of the tides are generally the least accurate, as CHS notes in their book. They note that the most accurate depiction of the currents just before or after the change is gained by looking comparing/combining the overlapping charts. *By 'the current atlas' I'm assuming you mean current charts based on the CHS data/models (aka the classic ring bound book in English/french w a picture of a sailboat on the front and the time sequence map).
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    What's your approach to Risk Management?

    Thanks for posting this. Are you aware of a technical difference between EPIRB and PLB? The article references the PLB issue, but curious if an EPIRB would have performed better in that situation. Very interested in any into you may have on that.
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Not an engineer but, this. Getting to be the guy who test drives the Ferraris has a lot to do with having things break your way fairly early. And after your first break, it tends to come a little easier. Conversely, if you miss getting an early break, it tends to be much, much harder to catch one later. So if you are thinking about something, try it now, while you're young. Your Opportunity costs are the lowest they'll ever be, and the potential for long-term compounded gain (catching another break, then another) will never be better. If it doesn't work out, you can always do something else.
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    Ah yes. Just googled metacentric height* and it appears that, in laymen's terms (the only ones I understand), "masts help alot." *Good Wikipedia page
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    Mocking Ads on Craigslist

    With less weight aloft wouldn't it roll *less*? (I have no idea what I'm talking about)