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  1. I think the ultimate solution is for PFD manufacturers to design a PFD model with an included AIS, in which the AIS is designed in, is fully integrated, and can auto-activate without the buyer having to do anything.
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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.
  4. 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.
  15. 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!
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    Reliability B&G vs NKE

    I hope you are not replacing the entire MHU every time it fails... a lot of boats carry an extra board, or two..,
  18. if i recall.., i think i found that sevenstar had the most options for schedules, and ports at both ends. I've seen sevenstar ships in newport. my brother had his boat shipped with dockwise and was pretty happy - but we had to get the boat from newport to ft lauderdale for an eastbound trip to the med. there is also DYT.. i think i've seen them in newport too
  19. the logistics of the westbound delivery UK to New England are tough enough that you really have to have a good reason for having the boat sailed either you want to do the trip yourself - as i said it can be a lot of fun - but, you say you don't want to do it... the other good reason would be to have the boat in the caribbean for the winter - a delivery crew could have the boat in say antigua by christmas. basically the issues for a delivery are this: you need to be on the way to the canaries pretty soon - December is kind of late for UK-Las Palmas the delivery across could be any time until late spring. if you waited that long you might do canaries - bermuda - newport, but then maybe you would haul the boat in the canaries for the winter - unless you want to cruise there. alternatively, the crew could leave las palmas right away for the caribbean.., but if you aren't using the boat there, you'd probably want to haul it til it's time to leave for newport in the spring. i'd probably rather haul in the canaries and have the boat brought across in the spring. shipping is way easier
  20. in case it wasn't clear - that quote is for having it shipped.
  21. i got a quote for a 40ft boat 2 years ago - USD 17-20K.., depending 60ft would be 2 or 3X you can have a detailed quote in a few hours monday morning.
  22. the most direct route is pretty much upwind... have you looked at the Jimmy Cornell book? he has brief discussions of most of the possible routes, and you will get an idea of what a delivery captain will be thinking... also - look at the pilot charts. If the boat is in the UK now, and you want it in Newport next spring.., and are thinking of having it sailed there.., preparations should probably be underway now or soon. Shipping it would be way simpler.., depending on schedule/availability/port of loading
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    there have been J/70's...
  24. westbound? usual westbound route is to Canaries.., to Caribbean.., to New England.., so a lot of miles. You can certainly cut miles off - at the risk of motoring a lot.., and/or maybe less comfortable conditions The main reason to sail it over is because you want to sail it over- not to save money. It's a fun trip, with the right boat and the right crew, but it's a big time commitment.
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    HPDO- Why cancelled?

    well that's sad - AYC hosts a lot of regattas, but that was the best one.