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Old 28-01-2014, 20:18   #46
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Re: What is the more useless thing that all boaters have?

I also believe that US Coast Guard regulations changed about six years ago and do not require a bell on vessels less than than 20 meters. I went to check. Interestingly, the online Coast Guard regulations have a conflicting - or at least confusing - statement in rule 33:

(a) A vessel of 12 meters or more in length shall be provided with a whistle and a bell, [a vessel of 20 meters or more in length shall be provided with a bell in addition to a whistle]

http://www.navcen.uscg.gov/?pageName=navRulesContent#rule33

Later in section 35, vessels under 20 meters are clearly exempted from making bell signals (although some other sound should be used).

This other Coast Guard pamphlet is clear. On page 26 it says that no bell is required for vessels less than 20 meters in either inland or international waters.

Federal Requirements

These are obviously US requirements. I don't know if similar changes were made in other countries.
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Old 28-01-2014, 20:27   #47
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You win except useless doesn't even cover that. It's far worse. What form is the lead in? Any way to remove it?

The lead is in flat bars. I would have to completely remove the integral fiberglass tank and replace it. Yes, he really did that.
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Old 28-01-2014, 20:28   #48
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I hate po's.
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Old 28-01-2014, 20:39   #49
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Thousands of dollars of electronics JUST AFTER THE ELECRTRICAL SYSTEM CRASHES. Yes it happens just a little too often. Just my opinion._____Grant.
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Most useless item: any additional hulls :-s
That the useless lump that hangs under some of them, always in the way and dragging them down....
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Re: What is the more useless thing that all boaters have?

Myself when I am sea sick.
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Old 29-01-2014, 01:06   #52
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I still go for opinions being the most useless thing that all boaters have, where people are unwilling to examine them.

Take one above that thought an inverter was the most useless thing aboard. Not so at all, IME. We used ours to power the electric coffee grinder after the manual one took a salty wave and rusted up. Jim has had his morning coffees from that for the last about 27 yrs. The inverter is good. It also runs our computers and all 110 powered tools. Remember, we are in a foreign land, and their electricity is delivered differently to American. It powers a mosquito repellent, too, countless battery chargers: cameras, drill motors, mobile phone, computers, so IPod. On and on.

Water heater is good; ours is tankless.

It's been mentioned above, but the barometer is very useful. When it drops fast and a lot, you know something bad is coming, and may be worsening faster than your wx forecast predicted, hence will be more powerful when it strikes. We have two.

Oil lamp: we have a trawler lamp that gives a nice golden glow below decks and emits a bit of heat (and water vapor), but we also use it to take the chill off on a cold morning.

I might add that those who live where the water temp. is about 58 deg. F. don't know how pleasant the bilge temp. fresh water shower on the afterdeck can be after a long snorkeling expedition if you swim where the water temp is 75 to 80.

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Old 29-01-2014, 01:15   #53
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Re: What is the more useless thing that all boaters have?

The canonical useless items on a yacht are:

1. A billiard table
2. A wheel barrow
3. A Naval officer

After reading a few previous posts I'd be tempted to add

4. A university professor

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I have the correct answer. The most useless thing that all boaters have (at birth anyway) is:


their appendix.
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Old 29-01-2014, 01:30   #55
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How about....Ego.

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^^^^ Good one, Coops!

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The canonical useless items on a yacht are:

1. A billiard table
2. A wheel barrow
3. A Naval officer

After reading a few previous posts I'd be tempted to add

4. A university professor

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WOT ? No umbrella ?
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WOT ? No umbrella ?
I blush to admit this, but seeing that we don't have a Bimini, we used to use a brolly for cockpit shade at times. Embarrassing...

And we bloody well have used them wandering around in the tropics, where it is too hot to wear foulies and it rains like hell on the unsuspecting yottie.

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AHA ! This might explain the gentleman's dislike of sailing to windward.

The brolly won't work.
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Re: What is the more useless thing that all boaters have?

umbrellas are useful in sailing nonsailing dinghies...refer to rafael, in the red boat in banderas bay...
i want one... but it has to be a golf umbrella, as i want a spinnaker style or huge genoa style umbrella....

tacoma..you getting any lately.... as you stated that your wife is useless on a boat...... lol....
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