Originally Posted by silversailor
We also sail Lake Michigan (out of South Haven) and would appreciate Nicholson's comments about the usefullness of AIS on the big Lake.
Also, hope you will join un in SH on 6/27 for the Tripp Memorial race
to Milwaukee and the Queen's Cup on 6/29 back to South Haven.
We have Watchmate 850. AIS WatchMate Transponder - Display with built-in GPS antenna
I turn it on before anything else. It does anchor
watch for 3 watts. On a return from Manistee last year we would not have known to deviate into Ludington to join with two of the tall ships we recognized from Green Bay the year before. We identified about a dozen CG vessels northboud after the festival in Grand Haven. Nice to know the cops are comming.
We had better than 20 miles notice. We have detected a commercial
vessels on the horizon. It was easy to tell from CPA and vessel data that they were/were not heading for a crossing situation. I have noticed that outside of about 15 miles, you are unlikely to encounter any but commercial
vessels. That said, the AIS keeps us better informed than radar
and at greater distance.
Not sure when we will splash this year. Lots of projects so it will depend on weather
as much as anything. We are also planning a 3-5 week cruise
to the North Channle. We raced for over 20 years on Lake Erie. I was interested in doing the Chicago-Mac but found that my vessel that has circumnavigated and exceeds offshore
CG requirements in all ways will need about 10 kilobucks of special equipment
. - Gave up. Are these races/rallys of the same ilk? We independant types hate having someone else tell us how to spend boat-bucks.
We do want to do Milwaukee this year. We have learned to have a few cruise
plans on a weekend and pick on based on wind
rather than bang heads. If we were to join you out of South Haven and return it would more than double the distance. For us, Milwaukee is 60 miles W-SW from Muskegon.
Here is the Watchmate doing anchor
watch with a couple of bugs pretending to be targets. If you open the picture you see the field of tiny spots. These are the instant points where we drifted through the night. The anchor is where we started and the arrow is where we are. The alarm
circle is 30 Meter; bearing is 179 magnetic, we are 10 meters from the hook, the alarm
is set. The unit has a self-contained GPS
and alarm. My wife hears the alarm but I do not. (I often don't hear her either). You can easily add an external alarm. I really like the field of tiny spots. If you wake in a stupor you can focus quickly on what is happening. I also take a couple of hand bearing sightings on various objects and jot them on a note book.