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  1. no, not gcaptain. I find that website and forum is generally a waste of time. It was from a guy on the US Merchant Marine Facebook Page. Go figure he is a buddy of one of my old Bosun's.
  2. crap, thats what i get from posting at the end of the day... i removed it and apologize for any confusion. funny thing was, i got sent that excerpt from a merchant marine site.
  3. Having transited the suez multiple times on both container and RORO's I can attest that there are way more bad pilots than good. That being said all have their hand out looking for those american cigarettes. If any of you all are interested in actually seeing the canal in chart form see British Admiralty SC01 and SC02. As you can see on the charts, the section south of great bitter lake is just one channel. The canal operates in convoys of around 50 vessels they leave from the south (Port Suez) and the north (Port Said) at about the same time each day. Usually @ 0330. Ideally the N
  4. At the club in question there is a hoist - but it is very tidal and there is no drysail space whatsoever. (Full Disclosure I'm a member there but not one of this group) There is a small fleet of Rhodes 19's - maybe 10 boats with another 25-30 among the other clubs in the bay. There are also one or two 210's that are not sailed all that much, (the last vestiges of what was once a big fleet) and a couple of Sakonnet 23's that sometimes race. There are a couple of 110's across the bay but they are dry sailed. Since they are looking for a sportboat for less than 30K I'm thinking that the
  5. J/80's - you can get decent boats for @ $25k
  6. Look Muffy a boat for us!
  7. I have been making covers for masks out of old scrubs. The shortage is real. My wife is issued one surgical mask at the beginning of her 12hr shift and she swaps covers when she goes from procedure to procedure. Not ideal really but the covers were easier to make than the masks with the machines i have in my basement (Singer 107W2, Singer 111W155) There are a couple of youtube videos on it but anyone who has spent some time behind a sewing machine can zip them out pretty quickly.
  8. Squantum or Wallaston? I would look for a tripp 26, or for a bit slower and more comfortable ride an S2 7.9.
  9. In the 90's we were using a #3+ when the breeze was in the mid 20's. It was an unusual sail in that the foot was the right length to be able to use our #3 tracks but it had a very hollow cut leech and a short hoist. I guess the best description would be that it was a hybrid between a #3 and #4. It was super fast when paired with a full main, which didn't have reef points anyway.
  10. I haven't really looked into this situation all that much, but if Matt is right then this is squarely on the shoulders of the Chief Mate and Captain. The reason I say this is that the most likely cause of this accident is that the ship was unstable at the dock, aka "a negative GM" and they failed to recognize it. Ship Stability in a nutshell - Metacentric Height = GM. Positive is good, the higher the number the more stable, however if it is too high the ship with have a tendency to snap roll. A Low number is generally comfortable with a nice long rolling period and it will reduce the s
  11. Having worked a bit on RORO's as a mate there are a few points I can contribute. It is highly doubtful that the cargo shifted. Each car is lashed with a minimum of four straps and they are packed so tight there isn't room for them to go anywhere. The stability and ballast planning is usually done by the Chief Mate. However, some companies' cargo planners do both load out plans and stability and then it is up to the Mate to review it once they get the plan. This is usually a couple of days before the ship reaches it's loading port. RORO's are inherently less stable than other car
  12. Having been in the shoes of the containership mate on watch on more than one occasion, my mantra when dealing with the US Navy has been "stay away from the gray." This being said the container ship mate should have been tracking the fitz the whole time and hailing the target that he was seeing on the radar on the radio. My guess is that the collision occurred at position 2. He had recognized what was going on, called his captain and went hard right as per COLREGS. If my gut is right, he hit the navy ship somewhere in the arc of his turn which would explain the damage being isolated t
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