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In Topic: Gill Foulies

18 May 2016 - 02:59 PM

Been using Gill coastal stuff for 14 years now.  I have used their warranty twice, and honestly the failures were due to improper treatment but I paid retail so what the hell right?  Both times replacements came back quickly, and in one case it was an upgrade.  Absolutely no hassle.   In my limited experience Gill stands by their product 100% and has great product support.  I use the pants for alpine hunting trips and the entire outfit for back country skiing and snow shoeing as well as summer sailing.  I have a heavier set of West Marine foulies I use for offshore and winter sailing, but the Gill stuff fits better, packs and stores better,  breathes better and in general makes being out in the elements a more enjoyable experience.

In Topic: Cruising anarchy? Cruise ship anarchy?

13 May 2016 - 08:31 PM

China thinks this is a great idea. How many small replicas of Inuit carvings do you want to order?



They sell "polar bear fur" keychains here for $20.  

In Topic: Cruising anarchy? Cruise ship anarchy?

13 May 2016 - 02:46 PM



In the few years I've lived in Seward there have been two ships (big ones) that had major mechanical issues and one that was quarantined with the bird flu or some such thing.   Fortunately for the town the cruiser-ers don't go off the marked path too often, and are trucked or shipped by rail to parts north before they make too much of a mess.  On the Alaska side a major mechanical failure would be a pretty big problem.  Not many places to dock in the arctic. Some communities are pushing for deepwater ports;  Not likely given current availability of free money. .  Very few large tugs available and even less with the Chukchi pull-out of Shell.  USCG has no real reach up north.  As long as they are just transiting and don't pull a repeat of the Prinsendam it should be tolerable?

In Topic: Fixed VHF Radio/AIS Receiver

11 May 2016 - 02:58 PM

Been testing a $59 AIS reciever: https://www.tindie.c...y-ais-receiver/


So far it works great from my house 10 miles inland with the antenna sitting by my desk obscured by my house walls and 10 miles of trees(comparing it to marinetraffic.net).  Not bad.  This is a plug and play product too, hardly any technical skills beyond plugging in cables and installing software. Plug it into openCPN with whatever laptop or windows tablet you have and you are running AIS.    It should run on pi or a tablet, but Windows tablets can be had for a little over $100 that aren't actually that bad and older perfectly good working laptops are everywhere for near free.  Of course the caveat is it isn't a "marine" product and with Windoze you never know when it is going to lock up or try to update to Windoze 10.





In Topic: Enlisting in the USCG straight outta HS?

10 May 2016 - 03:15 PM

I consider it a real privilege to serve.  I constantly run into young adults looking for training, a job, or in general something to do with their lives.  If they look like they just need an attitude adjustment and could benefit from some really decent real world training I try to steer them to the US military, any branch.  Often their response is "I tried and they wouldn't let me in." From what I understand the USCG is a little more selective than other branches.  The coast guard has some really great schools.  Never met a Coastie that didn't have a smile on their face (can't say that about the Navy!) and couldn't get a great job later.  Bottom line is I don't think you can go wrong, if you can get in.  It is not for wimps and it can be dangerous.  A good friend was killed on a routine MH-60 flight.  Another guy I know ended up on the boarding teams in the gulf, and of course a lot of guys end up doing the drug interdiction stuff.  


As echoed above, encouragement is great but make sure it is his choice!