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Features February 2013 Issue Practical Sailor follows an old, eight-person Viking life raft through the repacking and certification process.
Days like this happen a lot more often when you have good weather information. In my last few posts on weather I have been writing about various aspects of weather analysis. In the next three posts I’m going to pull it all together by detailing the daily procedure that we found worked well during our Arctic cruise this summer. In part one I’m going to cover weather fax, part two GRIBs, and in part three, an easy way to copy voice forecasts.
[Written Saturday, 27 August] The image above is a screen shot from Jim Corenman’s excellent View Fax application (available for free from Sailmail ) showing a GRIB for the winds for the Labrador Coast for Tuesday, three days hence.
Sometimes I wish there were a Steve Jobs for the sailing community – someone who could create simple, intuitive software for sailors’ needs.
I have written several posts lately on weather and each has mentioned GRIBs. In this post I’m going to get into the nuts and bolts of the software we use to view GRIB data. What You Need Is Free
The Ship Captain's Medical Guide The Ship Captain’s Medical Guide is intended primarily for use on ships where no doctor is carried and it is necessary for laymen to assess and treat injuries and to diagnose and treat ill health. The Guide can also be recommended for use in other situations where professional medical advice is not readily available, for example on expeditions.
Mariners may find the following listing of boating related apps for smartphones, iPods Touches, and tablets useful in their boating activities. Many are free but not all. Note that this listing does NOT suggest endorsement by USPS of any of the apps.
electronics explained wireless entertainment By Lenny Rudow
THIRTY years ago, a 1952 Cunningham C-3 sports car sat forlorn in a Queens junkyard, many of its original parts — transmission, dashboard, instruments and windshield — cannibalized for who knows what. The coupe, designated chassis No. 5232 and one of only about two dozen C-3s produced, was rescued from the shredder and destined for restoration. But as happens with many well-intended collector-car projects, it bounced from owner to owner until Lou Natenshon, an architect in Highland Park, Ill., found it on eBay about 10 years ago. In January, after years of chasing replacement parts and investing what he said was a significant amount of money, Mr. Natenshon displayed his coupe at a concours d’élégance here on the grounds of the Mar-a-Lago resort, a property.
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Labor Day is gone, another Adirondack sailing season is done and the Idems are all hauled out, snug under their tarps waiting through the long winter for the next season to begin. There is no reason to suppose that most of the fleet will not be there, heading for the starting line when the warning guns sound next spring, for these boats—not just the class, but these very same boats—have been racing on New York 's Upper St. Regis Lake ever since the first one was built in 1900 for New York Financier Anson Phelps Stokes. At one point in his active life, Stokes lost a leg when he was thrown from a horse, but according to his obituary, "He used to sit on the floor in the cockpit of his boat and swing the tiller over his head with one of his sons or daughters on the weather rail to tell him the position of the marks."
John Malatak, Chief of Program Operations, US Coast Guard Boating Safety Division, offers a reminder about how important safety briefings are on board a sailing boat, and what should be included: During an onboard emergency, precious seconds can be lost telling passengers where to locate and how to use vital safety equipment. If the skipper has been injured or otherwise put out of commission, the situation can suddenly turn life-threatening — too often with tragic results.
“Boats have complicated systems, and they’re exposed to salt and hard waves,” he said. And this means the yacht owner has to be vigilant about what may break down and prepared for what can happen. On the largest yachts, a big issue is the crew.
I have a 5'7" draft and have the same the issues with the north Kent Narrows channel. I went out the north at high tide on 6/1 and stayed on the edge of the channel to the far right, on the line with the green markers. I had 8'0" at the #3 marker, I mean really, right next to it and then the depth went to 7'0" at the mid point between #1 and #3.
June 1, 2006 On the 20th-anniversary run of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, Mother Nature issued to the 224-boat fleet a variety of memos emphasizing that she's very much in charge. by Mark Pillsbury Someone must have gone to great lengths to fool Mother Nature. So just in case delightful trade-wind sailing had lulled anyone in the 20th Anniversary of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers into forgetting that she deals the cards at sea, Ma parked a stationary front just to the east of St.