Video Game Navigation
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Posted: February 22, 2007





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Tom’s Tips About Electronic Gadgets
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Posted: February 22, 2007
1. Shop carefully for chart plotters and similar products. Don’t just go for the “deal of the day”. It may be a deal because there are flaws or because it’s outdated.
2. Consider not only the hardware but the cartography. How good is the chart coverage and what other info is given and how easy is it to quickly access it.
3. Learn how to use your chart plotter before you start relying on it. Practice using it. You’ll find that good equipment and cartography can offer a huge amount of info. But you need to know how to access and use it without having to think abo...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About VHF
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Posted: February 08, 2007
1. There are FCC regulations governing use of the VHF and we should all know and follow them. It’s not just a matter of “doing good,” it can be a matter of saving lives.
2. You can get information about these regulations and channel restrictions at http://wireless.fcc.gov/marine/vhfchanl.html and other portions of the FCC site.
3. Switching to illegal channels can disrupt critical traffic. For example, now many boaters say they are “going up one” from Channel 16 when they want to switch and talk. Channel 17 is not designated for pleasure boat use and is only one...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Through Hulls
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Posted: February 08, 2007
1. Don’t do this at home, or anywhere else.
2. It helps to hire a diver (or do it yourself if you can safely do so) to occasionally inspect your through hulls from the outside. Sea creatures such as barnacles and mussels and clams can grow in there more quickly than you think.
3. Check regularly to see that the bonding wires to your through hulls have good contact and are corrosion free. Corrosion can occur here quickly.
4. If you ever get hit by lightning, consider through hulls and their valves to be prime suspects for damage. It may not be readily apparent, but it could sink your bo...... Read More

Incident at the Crossroads
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Posted: February 08, 2007





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Ziploc Seamanship
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Posted: February 08, 2007





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