|"Are your waterproof marine radios really waterproof? |
They are conditionally waterproof. For example, the IC-M21 can withstand being submerged in one metre of water (about 3ft) for 30 minutes with no water intrusion. If the radio ever goes overboard, you should retrieve it as soon as possible. Remember that even submarines will get crushed if they submerge beyond certain depth. We make quality radios, but we cannot change the laws of physics!"
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: VHF FAQ Submitted by Noel Wed Apr 21, 2004 )
|Digital Selective Calling|
|"DSC uses digital data, rather than voice, to transfer information between radios. Using this mechanism provides several important benefits including increased volume and accuracy of data and the ability to direct the information to specific addressees (hence selective call).
The effective range of communications when sending digital signals is also improved. " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Digital Selective Calling Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 20, 2004 )
|Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels|
|"What a great collection of true adventures occurring in small boats! Not only is this book extremely well researched, but it is also entertaining and inspirational. A Speck on the Sea chronicals the history of small boat sailing - and rowing and rafting and a few more bizarre methods of transportation - over the past several hundred years. The voyages described are various: phenomenal or silly; intentional or accidental; successful or tragic. But all are fascinating tales that make one realize the capacity of humans to overcome odds (or not, as the case may be)." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Epic Voyages in the Most Improbable Vessels Submitted by Noel Mon Apr 19, 2004 )
|"I look for slips with a good breeze, little or no wake, easy access for sailing and getting around, and the condition of the marina. That being said, I _far prefer_ to anchor out. A proper cruising boat doesn't need to be connected to the land by umbilical. I go to the dock once or twice a month to fill up with diesel and water then head back out onto the hook." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Marinas Submitted by Noel Sun Apr 18, 2004 )
|Buying a Tasar - Checking the boat|
|"In early boats this joint tends to flex and the gelcoat shows hairline cracks. Any dark crack indicates that the glass laminate is also failing and repair will be needed. The flexing which causes the cracking has been systematically reduced, and does not occur in recent boats." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Buying a Tasar - Checking the boat Submitted by Noel Sat Apr 17, 2004 )
|Living aboard: Types of Boats|
|"For those of us who can't afford multi-million dollar yachts, our way of thinking about space has to change when we move aboard. It is true that many of my friends asked, "Gee, won't you get claustrophobic living here?" Well, yes, I would if I were in their mind-set. They live in big houses with a lot of the amenities my apartment had. Today, I live in a space that I estimate would translate into 300 sq. ft. of a normal house. That's 1/4 of the area I used to have! " |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Living aboard: Types of Boats Submitted by Noel Fri Apr 16, 2004 )
|"The answer to that is two words: blue-water. A blue-water designed or constructed sailboat is many things. Most of all it is strong and conservatively rigged. No carbon fiber masts. No paper thin hull. No water ballast. No trick rigging. A blue water boat will seldom sail as fast as a weekend or coastal cruiser. Look for a sail plan and control that makes it easy to trim and control the boat. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Seaworthiness Submitted by Noel Thu Apr 15, 2004 )
|Stiletto 27 - 25 Years Later|
|"And if the person who builds a genuinely different boat faces these odds to begin with, the creator of a new concept in multihulls has an even greater problem making the leap to credibility, just because it's a multihull. Given this state of affairs, the early success of the 27-foot Stiletto is remarkable: Not only is it a boat that breaks ground in several directions at once, but it's a catamaran as well." |
( Podcast, Shownotes, and Information: Stiletto 27 - 25 Years Later Submitted by Noel Tue Apr 13, 2004 )