Abbo

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    Kite Surfing, binge drinking.

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  1. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Gen White? http://www.marinesafetyworks.com.au/
  2. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    The Magic's were certainly not the most enjoyable boat I've ever sailed but had some great fun sailing them. Very close racing and a great bunch of blokes.The support from Dog and the factory was just above and beyond. I remember a regatta in Manly in Brisbane with some pretty extreme conditions and a few masts broke. The factory loaded some rigs onto a trailer and drove through the night from Mona Vale to Manly and both boats sailed the next day.
  3. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    No shit. But there is plenty out there regardless.
  4. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Good. So it should be.
  5. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    I skippered a 60 foot semi-custom cat many moons ago that was a new build. Close to an unlimited budget so it had a full Furuno setup including a Class A AIS which were as dear as poison back in in 2005. The antenna was a 600mm fibreglass whip mounted at the top of the rig. The feeder cable was LMR 400, which is 10mm in diameter and weighs 1.1kgs per 10 metres, the rig was 26m so I guess the run was about 30m. I could pick up ships 45 miles off Point Danger from the hardstand at Coomera! Slight overkill for a coastal cruiser but when the man says I want the best who are we to deny him? There are definitely lots of alternatives in co-axial that are much lower loss but there is always a weight or expense penalty. A good rule of thumb is if the cable came with the antenna then throw it in the bin, it's rubbish. Most of the good marine electronics guys stock good quality low loss co-ax for VHF. Riggers tend to supply the lightest if you catch my drift. I had a rigger supply a brand new cable and masthead antenna that I fitted to a Farr 40 once and we almost got thrown out of the Gladstone race for failing to radio in at the entrance to the harbour. Luckily someone relayed for us and I managed to get out shortly after on the hand held. I fitted a 6ft whip to the stern and left the masthead one disconnected. There is no rule specifically saying you have to USE the masthead antenna, it just has to be fitted. Next Gladstone we were complimented on having the best VHF in the fleet.
  6. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Is it mandatory for racing yachts to have their VHF's DSC features fully functional? By which I mean not only is the VHF set DSC equipped but it's actually receiving a GPS position to pass on. I've been on plenty that are not, it's almost refreshing to step aboard one that is.
  7. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Perhaps, but if there was a decent swell running and some rain around you would want to be lucky, and at 15 miles forget it. If you are using the mandatory A.S. masthead VHF antenna you are lucky to get 10 miles in a glass out. Whichever idiot wrote that rule didn't take into account the fact that by the time the signal travels to the top of the mast you have already lost between 50 and 75% of your transmit power and vice versa receiving. Only way around that is to use very expensive, larger diameter and heavier cable, which of course nobody does except cruisers. Far better off with a 6 foot fibreglass whip at deck level.
  8. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Except it can't broadcast and costs more than an HF. Apart from that it's much better. Slaps forehead.
  9. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    I get it, the clock is ticking on HF. Don't get me wrong, I hate the bloody things and have spent a lot more time than most trying to get the damn things to work and get the boat past safety in the days leading up to a race. Sooner they are gone the better. I am well aware that the SI's don't mandate monitoring the HF and have not for quite some time. But that doesn't make it right. If we are serious about safety it should be mandatory and until such times as a superior technology arrives it should remain. Currently, there is nothing better than broadcast HF for alerting and managing a live rescue situation. Other technologies have their benefits sure but none can compete with the speed of response and meaningful communication of HF. I cannot begin to describe how comforting it is to hear a voice reply immediately to your mayday and say "copy your mayday and position, we are 10 miles due east of you and proceeding at best speed to your position" when you are 70 miles out to sea, no other vessels in sight and knee deep in water with a bucket in your hands.
  10. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    Psssst. Resorting to a personal attack proves you are losing the arguement. Just thought you should know.
  11. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    I am curious about this "coastal sprint" you speak of... are you aware of the fact that a vessel on the rhumbline of the course will be more than 80 miles from the nearest land for several hours when crossing Bass strait? You might find you are on your own with your definition of "coastal". Are you also aware that it takes more than a few boat 5 days or more to complete the course? Your definition of "sprint" might need some work too.
  12. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    It works rather well when your nearest competitor exercises good seamanship and leaves theirs on and responds to your mayday immediately. What good is a sat phone sitting in a chart table unattended? Your logic applies equally to both HF and sat phones, yet you are using it to promote sat phones. Haven't really thought this through have you?
  13. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    We were 70 miles east of Narooma when we sunk and we were not the furthest east, a teeny tiny bit beyond VHF range no? No other vessels in sight. The time lost in AMSA relaying information would have meant we abandoned to the raft and our boat would have sunk well before assistance arrived. They would have been looking for a raft instead of a fully rigged 40ft yacht. As it was, our rescuers HEARD our mayday and responded immediately. As Shaggy quite rightly points out, texts are not guaranteed, far from it in fact. This bullshit about HF's being switched off is more a reflection of the lack of seamanship of the crew. I've done 5 Hobarts and the HF was never off for one second. The same people who switch off the HF would probably throw the sat phone in the chart table and forget about it until the next sched.
  14. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    I hope you are taking the piss?
  15. Abbo

    Australian Sailing

    You can broadcast a text from a sat phone now?