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  1. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    After a little more research it is certain that the laser has to be RED and no more than 1 mW https://www.laserstoday.com/2017/06/fdas-proposed-change-to-the-regulation-of-laser-pointers/ FDA and FAA are in agreement that other colors especially green are bad and should be banned. Coast Guards all over the world should be proactive specifying what helps and what is dangerous. Not just categorigly talk about all lasers in emergency situations. We all know the laser scanner in the supermarket and would love to have something like that when we are alone in the angry sea with possible rescue at the horizon (especially during daylight)
  2. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    Haha, love to meet the MOB who doesn't use the rescue laser because Senate didn't pass the bill and let the SAR overlook him.
  3. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    Thank you for pointing out, what the flip side of having found the needle in the haystack could be. It's very helpful to discuss this since it isn't child's play. Nobody wants to be abandoned after the MOB has been found. Because of hypothermia time is of the essence and most of the time you don't have an hour to spare for drawn out searches because the rescuers didn't see you from 5 miles away 80-90% of the time being blocked by waves. note, US Congress recently passed the H.S. 386 Securing Aircraft Cockpits Against Lasers Act of 2011 bill, which prohibits a laser pointer from being aimed at an aircraft. The bill specifically exempts "an individual using a laser emergency signaling device to send an emergency distress signal." Rest assured, it continues to be legal to use your Rescue Laser to signal an aircraft in an emergency!
  4. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    For the last 13 years we had a chem light (glow light) in our PFDs. It's the back up which (nearly) never fails. For the last 4 years we have small LED torches with a red laser pointer integrated. In bad visibility the laser beam penetrates rain etc. much better than any other light. Rain even helps to flare the pinpoint beam. Greatland even sells rescue lasers which are flared for 10 times the price of a waterproof laserpointer. If you are unconscious only an automatic PFD and (automatic) AIS has a better chance. In any case get the other boats on the radio CH 16 by shooting a couple of red stars to alert them to a grave incident. They in turn may relay the mayday with red flares and the radio. If there is current involved (like Gulfstream) time is even more pressing and the waves probably much higher.
  5. Chicago-Mac/Meridian X MOB Recovery

    During unsettling times like squall, thunderstorm and lightning the VHF radio is rarely listened to if even turned on because most racers are dealing with their own sails. I wouldn't be surprised if very few competitors even heard the mayday. My experience is to shoot a red flare into the sky to grab everyone's attention in line of sight. Usually the first reaction is to listen to channel 16 Once that is accomplished the communication can be established with a much larger audience and you can go from there. Looking forward to get more first hand experience from Mark and the rest of the MERIDIAN crew
  6. The Sherlocks shipped the masts from Portsmouth UK to Kiel Germany and now this behemoth doesn't fit under any bridge exiting the Baltic Sea. Alternative routes are too shallow. https://www.google.com/amp/www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3832041/amp/Russian-billionaire-s-megayacht-featuring-masts-tall-Big-Ben-never-able-sail-Baltic-Sea-BIG-shipping-routes.html
  7. 2015 Sydney to Hobart

    bunches of competitors are retiring according to their tracks heading north
  8. Plane Missing

    That looks very much like the aftermath of a large breaking wave. A photo 10 seconds after this photo would have probably clarified this
  9. Italian cruise ship tragedy

    Captain Francisco Schettino sinks deeper and deeper http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2106516/Costa-Concordia-Domnica-Cemortan-kissed-captain-Francisco-Schettino-crash.html
  10. Nice shots from KW. - Jeff Vader

  11. Italian cruise ship tragedy

    Somewhere in between was a quick dinner with the Moldavian lady as testified by the cook
  12. Italian cruise ship tragedy

    It's getting better. Now there is proof that last August the "Fly-By" was just as close!!! However the right turn was executed a little earlier thus missing the rocks SE of harbor. See video clip at end of article http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-16620807
  13. Italian cruise ship tragedy

    Not sure if anywhere the authenticated course was posted but this course agrees with AIS with the exception that one location in the AIS chain is missing. A ship this size doesn't turn like on rail tracks (or a yacht) but side slips and on the chart bottom right is a right turn drawn which could have been much wider. I'm sure the CG has investigated that spot and found the exact point of impact.
  14. Italian cruise ship tragedy

    finally a little better chart of what, where and how. US-Grib forecasts higher winds only for Saturday. Looks like Francesco Schettino steered with his dick over a 10 meter ridge
  15. Dick Carter design boats

    http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?showtopic=89551&view=findpost&p=2259891 Kohinoor Cowes 1973