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Old 29-07-2014, 16:21   #46
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Re: How to Follow Another Sailboat out of Sight?

Some folks have touched on it, but not quite......
The trailing boat employs a General Dynamics GS498 gyroscopically stabilized high definition camera at the top of the mast. They only weigh 290 grams so there is no weight aloft issue.

The hi-def camera can track the leading boat's mast through a sophisticated tracking algorhythm develpoed by NASA to track space launch cameras; once locked on, it will not lose it..... even if it does momentarily lose sight, the software employs dead reckoning probability algorithms to re-acquire rapidly.

With the GS498 high in the mast on the chase boat, the lead boat is in constant observation, albeit only their mast, yet without an eagle-eye-in-the-sky, the lead boat lacks the ability to observe the interloper behind.

Before the nay-sayers jump in about nightfall, EVERYONE knows the GS498 also has an infrared function, scheesch!

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Old 29-07-2014, 17:14   #47
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Re: How to Follow Another Sailboat out of Sight?

Originally Posted by Lee Woods View Post
After reading your responses (thanks a bunch), some serious and some hilarious, I've decided to go with a radar up the mast and let the on-again-off-again blip of the boat ahead build a little suspense. That should be simple enough, uncomplicated enough, to get by most landlubber readers. Then, keep my fingers crossed that people who DO know radar do NOT read the book. Again, thanks for all the ideas.
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Presuming the other guy knows he's being tracked or suspects so the reader may ask...

- Why doesn't the lead boat's radar find the trailing boat - of course radar is directional but most readers don't know that
- Why doesn't the lead boat turn on his "radar detector"
- If the trailing boat is "hull down" how is he even getting a hit on a tiny mast 8-10 miles away

Readers would be sensitized to "trackers." A little cigarette box with a blinking red light. The lead boat of course never knows it is there because in every movie, ever, the guy being followed never knows it is there.

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