Breamerly

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    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

    You've all seen them crapping up your favorite harbor. You cruise in after a lovely day of sailing, wife having a good time, kids only crying a little bit, optimistic about a good spot to anchor where the kids can safely harass each other while you knock back a beer or eight - but then there they are - mossy, ugly, parked unused since God knows when and blocking up all the best spots in the anchorage, forcing you to wedge yourself in so close to the shallows you end up with the kids fully wailing and your wife gritting her teeth as you row the kedge out for the third time, the sun setting and hopes of a warm dinner fading (let alone a guilt-free beer) - all to avoid these floating monuments to other people's entitlement... No folks, I'm not taking about your resident Zombie Flotilla. I'm talking about private mooring balls. Sure, people have the right to these things, I suppose. But am I the only one who views them as entirely antithetical to the this-land-is-your-land spirit of cruising and gunkholing in general?
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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.
  5. 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.)
  6. 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
  8. 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.
  9. Jesus christ that thing was a fucking fuck. The buck has to stop somewhere, though.
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    Heaving Anchor without a windlass

    Not kellets
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    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).
  13. Listened to a sailing podcast while I was making dinner, and it focused on risk management. The host was annoying and the whole thing kind of ambled a bit, but their broader thesis seemed to ring true: risk management is broadly neglected among boaters, from racers to pleasure dinkers. And that made me wonder - what does everyone else actually *do* for risk management? Do you have checklists? Pre-articulated (written down?) standard operating procedures? Drills? For instance, I know that in theory we've all done man overboard drills. I also know that, in reality, for a lot of people that consisted of throwing a fender over the side on a calm day six years ago. Do you have pre-sail/pre-transit sit-downs? Do you articulate specific thresholds for risk mitigation steps (like putting in a reef)? Do you have specific scenarios where you intentionally add risk mitigation elements? Personally I don't feel like I'm great on risk, but I'm (we're) improving. Like with daysail passengers, instead of just handing them an auto-inflating PFD, nowadays I stop, explain what it is, open it up, show the jerk tab and attached strobe, and show the blow tube in case it doesn't go 'poof'. I've also started to take going on deck a lot more seriously: I climbed a fair bit at one point, and I now remind myself each time that I'm in easy territory but potentially very exposed. I've also started, even in calm water, to ask my wife to stick her head out (or at least listen for me) if I have to go up while she's below. We've also done man overboard drills under sail pretty recently, although not as many as we should. And after a close call we keep a fire extinguisher at 'high ready' whenever we transfer gasoline or alcohol - within arm's reach, pin pulled. Beyond that I also have been meaning to put together departure/anchoring/secure-for-storage checklists, but have lately been focusing my safety energy on setting up and implementing good safety practice aboard with our toddler (life jacket in cockpit, tether if underway, first hatchboard in if he's below so he can't climb out).
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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)
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    Engineering Career in Sailing

    Damn, life lesson right here.
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    You are probably correct about the chips. However, with an electronic device in a marine environment ingress protection, corrosion resistance, and self-test ability are as important (if not more) than the reliability of the chipset, which I believe is rarely a failure point in simple electronics. Anecdata isn't data. And I'm not saying PLB's "don't work". I'm saying they appear to be built according to different standards, and it's opaque exactly how their standards differ. And I'm saying that that makes me hesitant to trust them to the same degree as EPIRBs. I'm not saying you're wrong - but I'm also not going to believe you (or any of the numerous 'comparisons' out there which offer zero evidence) just on your say-so. I would really like to see at least a little bit more technical detail, be it firsthand like @sculpin provided or from someone who knows the regs/standards in abstract, or can provide a link. You haven't provided any of that detail, though - you've basically just said 'I'm sure it's fine, it's got to be, I've heard it is, and I'm pretty sure it is, AFAIK, it makes sense that it would be.' So, great. You're as comfortable with a PLB as an EPIRB. I'm not (yet). It's a moot point since I own neither! (although I've rented a few EPIRBs). If @sculpin or someone else with actual expertise weighs in, I'm more than open to having my mind changed! I'm not anti, just skeptical.
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    This! This is what I was looking for! More please.
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    I mean, cool. I'm not arguing with you. Do you happen to know anything about the technical standards to which the two devices are built and/or tested, and how they compare?
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    I should add that this is a definite mark in their favor, but since I'm at this point hearing it second-hand (in a forum no less), without any technical explanation to back it up, it still goes under 'Surmise' for me. I'd love to hear more about it though.
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    Laser Hydrofoil

    That is fucking sick
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    Used EPIRB- Would you ever?

    I was using hypothetical numbers - I don't actually know what the standards are for epirbs vs plbs, just that one was originally an aviation product (typically designed with double/triple redundancy, more stringent QC, and a higher Factor of Safety) while the other was originally a consumer product. Both are federally regulated, but they have different regulations and technical standards - RTCM 11000.2 vs 11010.3, I guess. Again, I don't know what the difference is between those regs (they don't appear publicly available for free) but clearly there is some difference. If any of the actually smart people on here can enlighten me, I'd love to know. Maybe the only difference is the float-free/water-activated part. Or maybe it's the number of seals and how long it withstands the Salt Fog test. Maybe it's the difference between transmitting for 12 hours on 10% battery versus 6. Without knowing, I lean toward the one made for the sector with the (much) higher standards.
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    trouble in the NW Passage..

    I've gotten the old 'papers, please!' as far up as ukie