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    Strange Beasts From the Bottom of the Sea

    their eyes pop and their organs come out because of the rapid decompression when they are pulled up probably looked normal before they got caught
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    No more "Members Only" at my Club.

    better solution is a trial membership - good for one season. trial memberships typically have low sponsorship requirements if the person is a jerk.., then they aren't invited to proceed to full membership. if they are active at the club for the trial season.., and aren't a jerk.., they should have no problem finding a few sponsors.
  3. Herc should be good enough - but i mostly have experience with the performance Hydra will not do it. you can send expedition numbers to a MFD and/or a mast display - 20/20, 30/30 . This is easy and done regularly by many expedition users i have never tried to send expedition numbers to a chartplotter - sounds like bimmerthing is saying it can be done though
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    new boat shoes.

    Dubarry make some sailing boots in wide - not sure about their shoes
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    Best cold weather sailing gloves?

    these are pretty good neoprene gloves just don't seem to work that well for me.
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    Atlantic in November

    It's not just actual tropical storms that can cause trouble on that route it seems that every fall-winter there is at least one significant extratropical low ( a "normal" mid-latitude non-tropical low) that makes its way far enough south and east to give strong ~westerly winds on the latitude of the route - sometimes pretty much as far east as the canaries. typically boats that opt for a more northerly route across get hit harder by these - sometimes very hard.... It's usually not possible for typical cruising boats to get over the top of these into favorable winds. In addition there are occasional subtropical lows on that route in the main crossing season. these have both tropical and non-tropical characteristics, and are often first identified on the mid-level charts. They can evolve into surface lows and can also develop tropical characteristics and become named storms- possibly, hurricanes. Bring a good barometer- i do... anyway - not trying to scare you - like i said, it's a fun trip.
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    Atlantic in November

    no Jan-feb-march is the tropical storm minimum for the atlantic basin there are more atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms in november and december than any of those months The one i mentioned above was on the route from the canaries and it was the 2nd week of december- ended up being a serious storm that killed ~40 people in the dominican republic.
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    Atlantic in November

    I've done that route a few times in Nov/Dec. It can go either way - easy with moderate trade winds, gentle ocean swells, and little squalls.., or not so easy with stronger winds, breaking waves, and severe squalls. I encountered a named tropical storm in December, so you need to be ready for anything. I would definitely bring boots. Night time watches can get cold if it's really windy, and squall winds are basically downbursts from higher up and are colder. bring real foul weather gear and a warm layer for underneath. You might end up not needing some of it, but you will be miserable if you need it and don't have it. four people standing watches is not really enough for two on a watch.., for a trip that long - so maybe you are doing solo watches... for that trip, if you want two on a watch, i think you probably need 6 people standing watches - a popular scheme is 2hrs on 4hrs off, with the watches staggered so that you don't do the whole watch with the same person. if you do one on a watch, you will probably end up sailing pretty de-powered, and likely wing-on wing a lot - especially at night when squalls are more frequent. have fun! I am doing the trip again in january, i think...
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    E-nav on the cheap

    trouble... i sailed on a boat that had a USB monitor - both power and video came over the same USB cable. you need a driver for a USB monitor, and I think the troubles were mostly due to driver conflicts, but I never figured it out for sure get a regular display.
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    it is not within the competence of yacht clubs to investigate deaths - accidental or otherwise. It seems like in this case, the destruction of the PFD was pretty quick after the recovery - which as i understand it was a week after the accident... Is the RC/yacht club supposed to be monitoring police radio a week after the accident, waiting for the body to found? The yacht club should not be rushing to collect anything that might be physical evidence in a trial - civil or criminal, or an official investigation. This is the responsibility of the _actual_, legally empowered, investigative agencies. If you have a complaint about the lack of an investigation, or the failure to collect evidence, it should be lodged with the USCG, Marine Police, Coroners Office..., etc.
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    yeah - right..., on hearing about the body recovery, the RC should have immediately hopped in the car and met the ambulance at the morgue, or funeral home, to grab the PFD..., I can't believe they didn't think of that...
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    Chicago Mackinac Race drowning

    neither can really be called "agencies"... nor are either of them are really suited to conduct an investigation - Us Sailing has done reports.., but it's not the same thing. coroners office needed to be involved from the beginning - ordering an autopsy.., probably with specific tests and so on. real investigative agencies have subpoena power - USCG and NTSB both do. a real investigation costs money - beyond any lab expenses.., there are travel expenses for witnesses and experts.., it adds up.
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    sure - that's how i've done it... i was asking Sweare - he said he does it up the mast.
  14. The shipping quotes i got all included insurance above my existing insurance for damage during shipping. There may be horror stories out there.., but I haven't heard any... probably thousands of yachts a year are transported on large ships.., and most are probably fine. of course, you could get unlucky.., but that could happen with a delivery too.
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    but you should still carry a replacement... how do you replace the board in place up the mast? they are like 5 or 6ft above the masthead... anyway - i'm the navigator.., so that's not my job!