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In Topic: Alternative to Aries Tiller/Chain wind vane clamp

13 April 2014 - 03:42 PM

No idea if there is some sort of hack for your specific issue, but in general you should spar no expense in self steering.  If the factory part is what you need get the damn factory part.  And 1/10th of a boat buck isn't very much, just saying!

In Topic: Rebel Heart, rescue underway

09 April 2014 - 03:11 PM

LMAO-  "larval humans".


Dude, don't make me laugh out loud like that at work! People will think I'm happy.


My econ professor used to call them an "external fetus"

In Topic: Rebel Heart, rescue underway

06 April 2014 - 04:19 PM

So looks like another addition to the garbage patch.


Trying to interpret the news:


"for all intents and purposes dead in the water and drifting south"


They are becalmed.


"Their sailboat also lost power."


Dirty fuel?  Busted engine?  No energy budget?  What power?


"one of them made a satellite call for help"


Mom freaked out.


"stranded off the coast of Mexico"


Sailboats are too slow?


"their sailboat working again"


Wind picked up.


"the vessel took on water every time the motor was turned on"


Shaft packing?  Waterpump seal? 


"realized something was wrong when the communication stopped several days ago"


Didn't prepay enough Iridium minutes?  Battery dead?

In Topic: Rebel Heart, rescue underway

05 April 2014 - 04:32 AM

So following the local news, I see the ANG and the PJ's were sent to sort things out.


At what point does the USCG say 'no' and when does the situation warrant ANG sending the whole team?    I would have to guess that USCG has surface assets with aviation support somewhere within two days at most within of their reported position...


It's clearly at their discretion.  900 miles out??  Wouldn't they normally try to divert a merchant ship?  I sure as hell wouldn't count on a full scale SAR effort, but nice that they can do such a thing in this instance.  ANG is probably just eager for the practice.  This sort of thing is a perfect exercise and moral building experience for them.  Hope everything goes well for all parties involved.

In Topic: Best sailing mag??

31 March 2014 - 04:14 AM

Practical Sailor for useful information.

SAIL because they are basically giving it away

Good Old Boat - hit or miss.