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In Topic: Cost of satellite weather for ocean cruising

Yesterday, 02:29 PM

maybe not what most cruisers are interested in, but i have been using a Fleet Broadband 150 for racing, and it's great.

 

the hardware cost is high - about $4500 to $7500 -  depending on which model you get, but the per MB data costs are lower than Iridium.

 

I have had pretty good results with the Thrane and Thrane, which is at the upper end of that range.

 

Of course, you will use much more data, so don't expect to save any money.

 

compared with Iridium, it's faster and easier and it means that as navigator i am using my time much more efficiently.

 

obviously, i am able to view products that otherwise I can't view at sea

 

I can now look at several global models, not just the GFS, and I can easily get every model run, so that i am more on top of changes in the forecast. With Iridium, I didn't always get every run

 

I can also get every surface analysis and surface forecast - what you guys call the weather faxes. with the iridium, i tended to use these a little sparingly, even though i think they are very important

 

some products that i rarely downloaded at sea with iridium  - scatterometer winds, and other satellite products are easy to get. also, near shore i can get the 248nm radar.

 

another big thing is competitor tracking - i miss fewer scheds.

 

but the biggest difference for a navigator is that making it easier to get the data means that much more time can be devoted to actually thinking about what it means.


In Topic: US journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 - 07:55 PM

 

 

Just another chapter in a very long, very sad story. It's called Religion.

First Crusade

By now, the first of the five armies of the First Crusade were on their way to Constantinople. Godfrey of Bouillon arrived first. Soon after him, Bohemond of Taranto arrived, followed by Count Raymond IV of Toulouse. After that, Count Robert II arrived. Last came Duke Robert of Normandy. Together, they attacked Muslim lands. The city of Nicaea was taken first. Following that, the crusaders attacked and captured Antioch. Nearly all of the Muslims inside were killed by the merciless crusaders. Then the crusaders attacked Marrat an-Nu'man where the crusaders slaughtered a hundred thousand people. (The Templars did the killing even though they were supposed to be kind and sympathetic because they were of a religious order.) A year later, the crusaders attacked Jerusalem. Since the crusaders thought that killing Muslims was very good for the soul, they murdered as many as they could. No one was given mercy. Old or young, sick or healthy, male or female, all were beheaded and killed by the invading crusaders. The city was full of blood that reached up to the knees of the soldiers and up to the horses' bridles. The Muslims were forced to throw themselves from the tops of towers and buildings, were burnt alive, and the list goes on. The crusaders climbed up to the top of the Temple of Solomon, from where they massacred hundreds and thousands of Muslims. The slaughter was only paused when the crusaders gave thanks to their Lord. Then it was continued with as much ferocity as before.

 

 

Oh!  Never mind. 

 

This thread is culturally insensitive, and anyone who challenges a beheading last week is a fucking idiot for not considering beheadings were commonplace back in 1095.

 

If only the Gentle Giant in Ferguson had not been killed by the cop, the entire neighborhood would have been elated when he had his hand cut off for stealing.

 

Got it.

 

 

well anyway, the first large-scale interaction between christianity and Islam was the moslem invasion of Spain in about 700 - well before the crusades.

 

there has been a fair bit of revisionist history, that tries to portray this invasion as more of a "migration", but in fact it was a brutal conquest, and many christians were slaughtered.

 

at the time of the first crusade, the desire to avenge this invasion was cited by some as a reason for the crusade.

 

 The wars with the Byzantines predated that a bit. 

 

the byzantines were not moslem until _they_ were also invaded and converted at about the same time as the islamic invasion of spain

 

conflict between byzantium and the west prior to then was not a christian - moslem conflict.

 

islam was a pretty new religion in the year 700


In Topic: US journalist beheaded

20 August 2014 - 01:53 PM

Just another chapter in a very long, very sad story. It's called Religion.

First Crusade

By now, the first of the five armies of the First Crusade were on their way to Constantinople. Godfrey of Bouillon arrived first. Soon after him, Bohemond of Taranto arrived, followed by Count Raymond IV of Toulouse. After that, Count Robert II arrived. Last came Duke Robert of Normandy. Together, they attacked Muslim lands. The city of Nicaea was taken first. Following that, the crusaders attacked and captured Antioch. Nearly all of the Muslims inside were killed by the merciless crusaders. Then the crusaders attacked Marrat an-Nu'man where the crusaders slaughtered a hundred thousand people. (The Templars did the killing even though they were supposed to be kind and sympathetic because they were of a religious order.) A year later, the crusaders attacked Jerusalem. Since the crusaders thought that killing Muslims was very good for the soul, they murdered as many as they could. No one was given mercy. Old or young, sick or healthy, male or female, all were beheaded and killed by the invading crusaders. The city was full of blood that reached up to the knees of the soldiers and up to the horses' bridles. The Muslims were forced to throw themselves from the tops of towers and buildings, were burnt alive, and the list goes on. The crusaders climbed up to the top of the Temple of Solomon, from where they massacred hundreds and thousands of Muslims. The slaughter was only paused when the crusaders gave thanks to their Lord. Then it was continued with as much ferocity as before.

 

 

Oh!  Never mind. 

 

This thread is culturally insensitive, and anyone who challenges a beheading last week is a fucking idiot for not considering beheadings were commonplace back in 1095.

 

If only the Gentle Giant in Ferguson had not been killed by the cop, the entire neighborhood would have been elated when he had his hand cut off for stealing.

 

Got it.

 

 

well anyway, the first large-scale interaction between christianity and Islam was the moslem invasion of Spain in about 700 - well before the crusades.

 

there has been a fair bit of revisionist history, that tries to portray this invasion as more of a "migration", but in fact it was a brutal conquest, and many christians were slaughtered.

 

at the time of the first crusade, the desire to avenge this invasion was cited by some as a reason for the crusade.


In Topic: My new website is up

20 August 2014 - 01:42 PM

Nice.

 

what a varied and interesting portfolio of boats - and i'm sure it only scratches the surface...

 

i'd like to see more pictures of Night Runner


In Topic: Odd shaped spinnaker at Hamilton

19 August 2014 - 10:32 PM

popular in the ARC