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Forum: Marine Electronics 16-03-2021, 09:15
Replies: 98
Views: 8,455
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Does anyone actually use DSC?

I've seen and used DSC to hail friends on other boats. Rather than calling on voice VHF hailing frequency and either talking on the hailing frequency as some do, or agreeing to switch to a...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 06-03-2021, 18:07
Replies: 31
Views: 2,087
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Water filter: carbon vs carbon and UV

We have the Seagull system and love it. The filters, while expensive, last quite a while. I don't have a record of how long, but memory says over one season. Eventually, the water flow slows down...
Forum: Construction, Maintenance & Refit 06-03-2021, 17:53
Replies: 24
Views: 1,660
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: French spiral hitching wheel?

I don't think it is worth your time concerning yourself with what line to use. The whole process goes quite quickly. I did my wheel on a whim one morning while waiting for my partner to make...
Forum: Marine Electronics 14-02-2021, 12:05
Replies: 33
Views: 1,495
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Adding second set of side navigation lights

On my boat, I mounted pin-rails between the two lower shrouds P & S. On the aft end of the pin-rail I built a frame that forms a right angle with the open part facing forward. I installed my...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 12-02-2021, 12:58
Replies: 169
Views: 18,410
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Weirdest things you've seen on the water.

During our Pacific crossing, we were approached from astern by a Pilot Whale. There were many Pilot whales present also, but the others formed a line off to our starboard side. These whales were a...
Forum: Navigation 09-02-2021, 18:38
Replies: 537
Views: 26,862
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Sailing vessel and RORO ship on collision courses - what do you think of the outc

As soon as you realize that a close quarters meeting is going to occur you should contact the ship and make agreement on how to make the pass. In your case, that would have been at five miles. ...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 31-01-2021, 17:57
Replies: 27
Views: 1,632
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: USCG Documentation Lead Time

You can only get an official document by mail. It can't be emailed or copied and be the official document. A copy has void or some such word all over it and the number near the bottom does not...
Forum: General Sailing Forum 25-01-2021, 18:29
Replies: 44
Views: 2,738
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Do You Count

My log books are the pocket sized spiral bound type. I have an underway log where I log departures, courses, and when appropriate speeds, weather, etc. After arrival, I log the GPS mileage and also...
Forum: Boat Ownership & Making a Living 25-01-2021, 18:06
Replies: 27
Views: 1,632
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: USCG Documentation Lead Time

I recently renewed by email and I had the document within two weeks. I had no changes to the document. If there are changes such as with an address it might take longer.
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 06-11-2020, 14:54
Replies: 144
Views: 16,255
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: What to do when a guest gets scared and wants off the boat?

The good news is that your parents will not be bringing any of their lands-person friends on any more sailing trips. Sailing isn't for everyone. My ex-wife told me it was her or the boat.
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 27-09-2020, 10:53
Replies: 97
Views: 8,098
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Texas or Florida better living abroad?

My biggest concern in being based in either state or any of the states in between would be security in a hurricane. How can I protect my boat from the winds and tidal surges. I would look into what...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 04-09-2020, 15:13
Replies: 152
Views: 13,537
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Why is the CG Unintelligible When They are on the Radio?

I had a career in the USCG Reserve and all of it in small boat search and rescue. The small boats were the 41 foot Utility Boat and the 44 foot Motor Life Boat. I served on the Pacific Ocean and on...
Forum: Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 04-09-2020, 14:35
Replies: 37
Views: 3,892
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Getting the last bit of bilge water

we seldom have water in our two bilges. Our bilges are also deep so reaching in by hand is cumbersome. When we do have water, I use one of the dripless mops with the apparatus on the handle that...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 26-08-2020, 21:14
Replies: 67
Views: 5,986
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: What do you do different offshore?

Years ago, I did celestial and found it helpful in making land fall. Now days, with GPS and chart plotters, I don't use it at all. I feel that if all onboard navigation aids fail I can DR to find a...
Forum: Auxiliary Equipment & Dinghy 14-08-2020, 19:14
Replies: 64
Views: 7,741
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: exceeding inflatable outboard hp rating

I don't think it is a good idea to go over the HP rating. I put a 15 HP on an inflatable that was rated for a 9.9 HP. The two engines are basically the same and are the same weigh. As has been...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 10-08-2020, 19:56
Replies: 255
Views: 22,798
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Does anyone ever choose to weather storms offshore anymore?

Just a thought. Not to many years ago weather prediction was not as efficient as it is today. Also, boats (yachts) didn't carry a means to get up to date weather forecasts when off shore or in...
Forum: Seamanship & Boat Handling 31-07-2020, 15:50
Replies: 24
Views: 2,093
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Lines to Cockpit / Mast

I see lines running to the cockpit as a convenience thing, but not necessarily a safety thing. I'm 79 years old, have been cruising most of the last 18 years and I go forward to handle halyards,...
Forum: Marine Electronics 18-07-2020, 12:13
Replies: 29
Views: 1,764
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Do inkjet type printers work well aboard?

Keeping paper in an airtight container may cause mold. I would suggest another storage method. We leave ours in the original paper wrapping and store it in a locker with other related things.
Forum: Marine Electronics 17-07-2020, 22:14
Replies: 29
Views: 1,764
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Do inkjet type printers work well aboard?

We have used an ink-jet scanner-printer for the past 18 years and there has been no problem. When cruising and entering new countries time after time, it becomes indispensable. We always need...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 12-07-2020, 09:55
Replies: 63
Views: 4,795
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Diesel on the hip

The cockpit well on our boat is conveniently sized to snuggly hold two 6 gallon diesel jugs and a 5 gallon gasoline jug. We store these just forward of the compass pedestal. Then we cover it all...
Forum: Monohull Sailboats 08-07-2020, 12:27
Replies: 66
Views: 5,612
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: any clever ideas for boat hook storage?

We store a boat hook on a shroud. We use two pieces of PVC pipe held in place with hose clamps. The lower PVC has a notch cut our to hold the hook and to allow the head of the hook to enter a...
Forum: Navigation 01-07-2020, 15:38
Replies: 44
Views: 3,614
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: How to figure Mean High Water on chart?

First when approaching a bridge where there is possible conflict with air height, look for a bridge gauge. Some have them, unfortunately many do not. If no gauge and if you know the time and...
Forum: Liveaboard's Forum 26-06-2020, 17:42
Replies: 43
Views: 6,932
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: We hate V berth , howto convert?

We sleep on the cabin sole in the saloon. On my previous boat, the seat back cushions fit the gap between the seats perfectly and we slept on them. With my present boat, my Japanese wife ordered a...
Forum: Engines and Propulsion Systems 16-06-2020, 16:28
Replies: 44
Views: 3,886
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: Raw Water External Strainer Debate

Most of the raw water inlets on my boat are attached to a sea chest. The opening at the hull is about 5 inches. I've always thought of covering it with a strainer, but in 22 years, I've never...
Forum: Electrical: Batteries, Generators & Solar 06-06-2020, 11:31
Replies: 19
Views: 1,369
Posted By Donald Bryden
Re: 110v equipment on Euro 220v shorepower?

We get around the problem by having a battery charger that will run off both 120 and 240 volts and is not fussy about the hertz. Then we use an inverter to power our 120 volt stuff when on shore...
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