Not what you want to see coming out of the fog at you.
With the arrival of the Fall fog season a few safety tips for boating in the fog are in order.
Before the fog sets in, make sure you have charts and a compass on board. A GPS is also good to have, a handheld will work fine, make sure there are spare batteries. A compass is very important because a straight line can not be driven in fog without help from a compass, radar (if you have shore features to use for navigation) or GPS. Some people say “just watch the wake” fine and well, but watching the wake is not immune to small changes and variations and only helps to steer in a straight line, if you need to change to a new course watching the wake is not too helpful and you need another reference such as a compass or GPS.
Happy Birthday Captnmike.com
In August my web site was five years old and I wanted to thank everyone that has visited my site and to reflect a bit on how I got here.
Why a website? Well it was on a whim, I stumbled across the domain name while playing around with names. The domain name (captnmike.com) had been registered for a 10 years but had no content on it and seemed to never had any content on it. The registration had almost expired and was up for renewal. Never quite contacted the owner, but I did watch the registration go through the redemption period and finally revert to the wild for anyone to register, by this time having some sort of website was appealing, but had not a clue where to start. I contacted my local ISP and they said just fill out the online form and all would be good, after a few days with nothing happening I was getting a bit worried, what had been a whim was something that was appealing so I contacted my ISP again and got an email back with a whoops, sorry and the log in info for my new website. Then the learning curve started.
A partially discharged fire extinguisher
On a cold Sunday last winter some friends were on their way from Kirkland to a Frostbite Series race on Lake Union when the Coast Guard pulled along side their sailboat.
The Coast Guard Boarding Officer ask if they had been boarded recently, their reply of “no” was followed by a very polite request by the Boarding Officer to allow the Boarding Party to come aboard their vessel for a safety check (note: the Coast Guard can board a vessel any time it’s underway).
My friends were confident they met the safety requirements having inspected their boat using these guidelines and a check list (PDF) I had sent them. So outside of the normal nervousness that comes from having visitors from a boat with blue lights on the top, they were confident they would pass any check by the Boarding Officers.
Recently I was sent several videos of the amazing technology of the Americas Cup AC 72 boats.
I have arranged the videos below with a short description of each video so you can watch the ones you want.
I hope you enjoy the videos as much as I did. The technology is amazing. 25,000 man hours to build one of the wing sails, boats under sail that fly above the water both upwind and down wind.