Jeff Thayer has the best discussion I've heard about lightning: https://www.59-north.com/onthewindpodcast/290-jeff-thayer
Since you have an hour to kill...
...now go buy some aluminum foil...
...but don't feel smug in your expensive aluminum yacht.
And you might show some love for 59-north.
Robert Redford move aside. How did I miss this? https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7468616/?ref_=tt_urv
Pretty much the story every time I take my boat out.
...and yeah because you are quarantined and bored.
NKE strongly recommends a separate battery for the Gyropilot + autopilot ram. I assume this is to isolate it from high loads elsewhere causing voltage fluctuations and resultant crash-gybes. Just what you need when you start your engine. Barring a separate battery, they recommend a...
In case you want to, fuggetaboudit.
This crossed my desk this morning. Inevitable, I guess. https://www.digitallook.com/news/aim-bulletin/srt-marine-to-launch-global-satellite-system-called-ocean-scan--2875929.html
Emphasis added. 100% situational awareness, for the good guys only I assume...
Some weekend pondering...looking for input from the smart guys that lurk around here....
Scenario: Fitting out a singlehanded Open 50 on the open ocean, no AIS of any kind currently onboard. When out of traffic areas, my pattern is to set the timer for 60 minutes between checks, unless my 6th...
So, I ran across this the other day: Navigatrix
Never heard of it, so was surprised to learn it's been around and being developed for years.
It's an entire linux based package that you can put on a USB stick or SD card & boot from into Linux from your Windows machine. These Some of the...
New York - Victoria
"Volcanic" fiber yachts?
I'm trying to decide if this is a joke.
Seems like they are getting ahead of themselves. Weren't icebreakers required to get through the last 2 years?
From the USCG:
CHANNEL ISLANDS-ATON DISCONTINUANCE
The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing to discontinue the following AtoN:
Santa Barbara Island Light (2675)
Santa Catalina Island West End Light (2670)
Ship Rock Light (2635)
Catalina Harbor Light (2630)
Long Point Light (2625)
Need a little more out of life?
Next March 14, a group of single and double handed skippers will leave Marina Del Rey, leave Guadalupe Island to Port and finish at the East End of Catalina near Avalon. This is a 600 mile, Category 1 event, and acts as a qualifier for the Single Handed Transpac...
Old vang blew up on the Ship Rock Race over the weekend. Better the vang than the boom, I guess. I don't have a good sense of what to replace it with. Fine tune worth the trouble? Rings? Rigid?
Tartan Ten, shorthanded distance racing.
Need a sense if accomplishment? PSSA's Guadalupe Island Race starts Friday, March 9. Slacker is in, attempting to finish again! For info on the race, visit PSSALA.com . A rough video account of Slacker's 2010 Race here...
My tiller arm gave up the ghost after 18 months on a 7,000 lb boat. Yes, I know. I should have bought an NKE system, but we're talking about a T-Ten here.
I can replace the tiller arm for $700, or upgrade via the GP "Corepack" for $1800. I'm being told the GP arm needs the upgraded computer...
I need some advice. I'm racing a Tartan Ten singlehanded PHRF in So Cal and have opted to move from hanks to rollerfurling for simplicity & safety. I need new sails, and am conflicted about what size jib to get. A 150 would be nice for the prevalent light stuff, but the wind does...