Flashlight Tips
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Posted: December 29, 2005
Flashlight Tips
1. Flashlights are very important safety tools on a boat. You should buy good ones (which usually means the relatively expensive ones) and maintain them well.
2. There should be a flashlight handy and conspicuous in every area of the boat. When things happen in the night, the last thing that you need is to have to go hunting for a flashlight.
3. Always keep in mind that you may be using a flashlight in an explosive environment aboard. This can be more subtle than you may think. You don’t need to have spilled gasoline to have an explosive environment. For example, leakin...... Read More

Back in the Saddle - 12/29/05
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Posted: December 29, 2005
Back in the Saddle
December 29, 2005
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The Brighter Side - 12/15/05
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Posted: December 15, 2005
The Brighter Side
December 15, 2005
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East Coast Alerts - December 15, 2005
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Posted: December 15, 2005
“Tis the Season of the Right Whale:
In March 2004 a North Atlantic right whale was followed by national television as rescuers sought to remove entangling lines, likely from fishing gear, which threatened to kill the huge animal. Such lines can impair swimming and can cut into the flesh of younger animals as they grow to their 50 ft. adult length. He was named “Kingfisher” for the USCG vessel attempting rescue and he swam out to sea before the lines were completely removed. Even though he had a telemetry buoy attached to one of the lines, the rescuers lost his track when a bo...... Read More

Happy Holidays From Ithaka’s Galley Decem
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Posted: December 15, 2005
December 15, 2005
Green Island, Kuna Yala
Panama
09° 28.826 North
078° 38.075 West
Happy Holidays From Ithaka’s Galley
By Bernadette Bernon
One thing cruising has changed for Douglas and me is our idea of holiday gift-giving. And that’s been a very good thing. Cruising has gracefully gotten us off friends’ gift lists at home, and gotten them off ours. For us these days, phone calls to our dearest ones, letters of love to family, donations of our time and money to charities, and getting together with our cruising frien...... Read More

Over the River?
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Posted: December 15, 2005
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Is Our Small Autopilot Up To The Task?
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Posted: December 12, 2005
Is Our Small Autopilot Up To The Task?
Leonard M. wrote to ask us about our autopilot. "Your boat seems big for an Autohelm 4000," he commented. "Shouldn't you have a larger unit?"

From Bernadette: Probably. But that's the unit Ithaka came with. Raytheon does recommend a larger unit for a boat as heavy as ours (15,000 pounds), but we've had great results with the simple and sturdy wheel-mounted 4000. It works beautifully in light-to-moderate conditions, under sail and power. Beyond that, and fo...... Read More

East Coast Alerts - December 2, 2005
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Posted: December 02, 2005
AIS ADVISORY:
The AIS (Automatic Identification System) is an important navigational tool for large vessels to help avoid collisions with each other and with us. Smaller vessels like ours can pay thousands of dollars for the hardware and nav programs to receive AIS information. It is supposed to keep us safe from the big guys because we can know specifically and in detail who and what is coming around corners or out of the fog and where they are heading. It’s pretty scary to me that with all these advances, there is still an issue with lack of due diligence and improperly working equipme...... Read More

Why Are We Still Cruising? - 12/1/05
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Posted: December 01, 2005
Why Are We Still Cruising?
December 1, 2005
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About Anchoring Too Close
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Posted: December 01, 2005
About Anchoring Too Close
1. It takes seamanship to anchor as well as to be underway. Following are examples of things oft misunderstood when positioning to anchor.
2. When we drop the hook we need to let out at least 5 to one scope, and when we do, our boat isn’t going to be over the spot where we dropped the anchor. Maybe it’s going to be over the spot where another boat is already floating.
3. When we see another boat already in the anchorage, we need to realize that it’s probably not over top of its anchor. It’s probably dropped back on its rode. This happened whe...... Read More