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Old 17-11-2012, 08:33   #61
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Re: Lookout - What Do You Do?

Before I installed AIS this year I would sometimes be surprised by a tug and barge creeping up on me even in daylight. I recently cruised through NY Harbor with AIS and had no such surprises except from another sailboat without AIS. Of course AIS or radar is not going to be much help with debris like this:
Which washed up on the beach in eastern Long Island before drifting around the Atlantic from who knows where? Maybe it's just me but, there also seems to be an awful lot of whales colliding with or perhaps ramming sailboats these days. There might be a downside to saving the whales as far as smaller cruising boats go.

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Old 17-11-2012, 08:39   #62
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Re: Lookout - What Do You Do?

Originally Posted by Seaworthy Lass View Post
24/7? Do you mean you are almost permanently scanning the horizon while sailing?
Most certainly. I feel bad if I scoot down below for a few minutes while my wife is down blow too.

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