Light Wars in November
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Posted: November 30, 2006
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Tom’s Tips About Lights at Night
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Posted: November 30, 2006
1. A spotlight can be helpful or harmful, depending on how you use it.
2. Never aim a spot light in a direction or manner that will interfere with the vision of another boat operator.
3. Also avoid using it in a manner that will interfere with your night vision. For example, it reflects on your deck or rigging, it could greatly interfere with your night vision.
4. If you need to identify another object (such as an unlit boat) shine the light in a manner least likely to interfere with the other operator’s vision. An example may be near the water line on his side up near the bow or ster...... Read More

My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 7
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Posted: November 18, 2006
11/18/06 Martinique
When I woke up, we were already docked at a shipyard in Martinique. I grabbed my backpack and headed into the city of Fort de France. The walk was bout a 15 minute walk into the city, where I walked around just taking in the sights.
I ran into my friend Frank walking around as well, his wife had stayed on board since she wasn’t feeling very well. We spent the rest of the morning just walking all over the city and then headed back to the ship for lunch. I wasn’t terribly impressed with Martinique; it seemed to me to be like any other big city, just with a ...... Read More

My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 6
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Posted: November 17, 2006
11/17/06 Ile des Saintes
At the cocktail party the night before, Captain Sergey had told me that Ile des Saintes was his favorite island. When we got there, I could tell why. We anchored off the island Terre de Haut and the tenders took us to the tiny village of Le Bourg. I took the tender over to Le Bourg to do some souvenir shopping and to see the village.
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What Are Some Good Boxed Wines?
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Posted: November 17, 2006
What Are Some Good Boxed Wines?
From Bernadette: In Cruising World magazine this month (August 2004), we have an essay called "Lowering Your Standards," about a phenomenon that occurs as time goes by on a cruising boat whereby, bit by bit, no matter how hard you try to keep up appearances, when you're out in the back of the beyond, eventually you just let your standards slip, and make do with what you have. Take wine for instance. Throughout Central America, in the little places you sometimes find yourself re-provisioning, there may be no nice wines at decent prices. But you notice...... Read More

Bridges
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Posted: November 17, 2006
Bridges
1. Asking for an opening that you don’t need is illegal and people are getting fined for it, particularly in Florida. This means that we have to take down antennae and also other collapsible stuff like fishing gear. Sometimes the bridge tenders will report the boat but the boat owner won’t know he’s been reported until he gets a letter from the government informing him that he owes a hefty sum.
2. I’ve found that usually (note I said “usually”), when a bridge tender is asking me to do something that I shouldn’t do with regard to the operation ...... Read More

WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?
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Posted: November 16, 2006





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Tom’s Tips About Water Heater Pressure Relief Valves
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Posted: November 16, 2006


We’ve found that these valves are much more likely to open on boats than the ones in houses. This can be caused by the fact that many boats have water heaters that operate not only by electricity like those in homes, but also with a heat exchanger through which the hot water in your engine passes to heat the water in the hot water tank.


There’s less temperature control with this system than with an electric thermostat controlled heating element, so there’s more of a likelihood of higher pressure occurring from time to time.


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My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 5
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Posted: November 16, 2006
11/16/06 St. Kitts
When I woke up, we were already anchored at Basseterre where the launches brought people to shore for the excursions.
Around 9:30 or so, we pulled anchored and moved a few miles down the coast to Friar’s Bay, where we anchored off a beautiful beach and the tenders started running people back and forth to the beach.
The beach at Friar’s Bay had a huge reef running parallel to the shoreline, so I went snorkeling for about 2 hours. The reef was very active, I saw tons of fish, eels, sand dollars, sea urchins and squid. When I finally came up to see where I w...... Read More

My Royal Clipper Cruise Experience - Windward Islands - Day 4
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Posted: November 15, 2006
11/15/06 Antigua
I finally got up early enough to catch the sunrise. I met another one of our members, John, up at the bridge watching the sunrise.
After eating breakfast, I went out into the "cargo net" hanging off the bow sprit and fell asleep for about an hour or so.
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