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Old 28-08-2013, 18:18   #1
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I'm glad I have radar

This was today leaving the San Francisco Bay. I did not have visual until a 1/10 of a mile away. The radar gave me a clear image from 1 1/2 miles away. In the video, you can here the fog horn and a freighter somewhere in the soup.

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That brings back memories!

Unless I missed something, I think you were hearing the two foghorns on the Golden Gate Bridge. There is a low-pitched one, and a high-pitched one. Here's a link with a soundbyte: http://goldengatebridge.org/research/factsGGBFogHorn.php
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Old 29-08-2013, 21:28   #3
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Re: I'm glad I have radar

You're probably right but I also saw a long black blob on the radar screen. Just assumed it was the ship making the second one.
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Ahh the West Coast in summer LOL I always started the radar before I pulled the anchor, or left the slip! and shut it off when we got somewhere we could anchor or tie up !! just a habit, but it sure makes ya a happy capt when its working on a short scale !! Just try a bar run when ya can't see and no radar !(not that kind of bar, for you wrong coasters LOL)
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for foggy days especially monitor ch 14 VTS. then you will know if ships are out and about. heck give em' a call, that's what they are there for..
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for foggy days especially monitor ch 14 VTS. then you will know if ships are out and about. heck give em' a call, that's what they are there for..
Dang, didn't know that all those freighters are there so that the captains could yack with me. Learn something new every day .....
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Re: I'm glad I have radar

Actually, I think commercial raffic is Channel 12. The 2 things I've learned in 2 days is...
1) I would like a low $ chart plotter AND paper charts...and
2) At least AIS would tell me where the ships are. I'm sure too there must be an over-lay with AIS to a chart plotter
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vessel traffic (VTS) is channel 14. they have the info of who's who and where they are going. if you want to talk to ship to ship that's channel 13.
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Actually, I think commercial raffic is Channel 12. The 2 things I've learned in 2 days is...
1) I would like a low $ chart plotter AND paper charts...and
2) At least AIS would tell me where the ships are. I'm sure too there must be an over-lay with AIS to a chart plotter


I really like having a chart plotter. I study the paper one first, and I think that greatly improves the use of the cp. It will tell you where the buoys and the shoals are.

It won't tell you where the freightors are ...

But if one suddenly appears in front of you, you can use the chart plotter to decide in which direction to high-tail it outta there. Best not to go in the direction of the shoal, and the chart plotter is just a lot faster and less cumbersome than the paper one.

But I mark my position on the paper chart (laminated) with a grease pencil.

I use the two together, and then each is more useful than it would be by itself.
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