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by sahona
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 8
Views: 526

Re: Port Bannatyne update

Glad you got away with it. We call the hoolie that often blows through Rothesay and Port Bannatyne Bay "The Rothesay Hurricane". The rest of around Bute can be quite OK, but that patch off Rothesay towards Ardyne can be horrible! We have spent a fair amount of time in Port Bannatyne over ...
by sahona
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Oban Bay Notice to Mariners
Replies: 6
Views: 480

Re: Oban Bay Notice to Mariners

Unaware of the background to Claymore's involvement, I can envisage someone being bullied by a speeding ferry. Not surprising, and it will be interesting to note if this latest edict brings about a change. We were on the pontoons in Kerrera the year Brittania visited - her last I believe. The Calmac...
by sahona
Fri Jul 20, 2018 10:37 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Oban Bay harbour authority
Replies: 9
Views: 1261

Re: Oban Bay harbour authority

Re Claymore's CalMac incident, I've used these guys when someone's actions threatened my safety aboard.

https://www.chirp.co.uk/
by sahona
Mon Jun 11, 2018 9:41 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Bilge pump failure
Replies: 1
Views: 1001

Bilge pump failure

The electric bilge pump failed it's regular test, well very regular -in fact duty.... It has very direct wiring in manual mode, so no list of possibilities -either debris or one of two joints ( why do pumps have such short wires supplied?). The amount of debris was amazing considering the engine had...
by sahona
Tue May 01, 2018 10:53 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Integrating new and new electronics.
Replies: 5
Views: 2086

Re: Integrating new and new electronics.

Hi Bob, just saw this. If you have a plotter in the wheel area it will have a window for all the instrument data - depth,speed,windspd/angle which would obviate the need for a repeater. I still like the three basic instruments at the wheel though and leave the repeater at the nav table, then you don...
by sahona
Tue Mar 20, 2018 12:00 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Integrating new and new electronics.
Replies: 5
Views: 2086

Re: Integrating new and new electronics.

If I'm not too late here's what came with my boat. ST60 wind, speed and depth heads in the wheelhouse and a repeater downstairs which displays any info that is on the seatalk, it also has an NMEA interface which needs a minor electronic tweek to achieve compatibility with plotters (Garmin, Cobra) et...
by sahona
Wed Feb 14, 2018 10:26 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Flu
Replies: 22
Views: 4503

Re: Flu

I sympathise Wully, this year's was worst ever, I wasn't sure I'd be spared to see the New Year. I've been jabbed for years and can only say that if it's worse without them it must be truly hellish. Don't plan anything too soon, it lingers...
by sahona
Mon Jan 15, 2018 12:45 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Leaving the boat near Mallaig
Replies: 8
Views: 3028

Re: Leaving the boat near Mallaig

Know it's a bit late, but we used Portree moorings (local RNLI manages) Bus to the mainland and train from there, or free bus all the way if you're crumbly
by sahona
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:26 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Stuart seawater filter
Replies: 7
Views: 5190

Re: Stuart seawater filter

Probably better that the inserts were sacrificial rather than the housing! Now where is plastic on the scale?
by sahona
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:13 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: The complex questions of life
Replies: 14
Views: 3219

Re: The complex questions of life

Just to add my penisworth, in spite of dealing with a buckle, the speed of simply pulling apart a button fly beats the zip-fiddle hands down, and this can be a saviour as we reach our twilight years.
by sahona
Wed Aug 30, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Its been a good summer
Replies: 12
Views: 3662

Re: Its been a good summer

It's photophucket trying to con you out of dosh.
We'll need to change our thirdparty hoster or something.
I'll wait until one of the gurus comes up with a viable solution.
by sahona
Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:58 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: How's your Summer going?
Replies: 16
Views: 5592

Re: How's your Summer going?

More gloom I'm afraid. We booked in to Port Bannatyne for a few weeks in order to have lunches in the Kyles etc. We've been out of sync as every time we have to come home for 'business' the weather improves, and every time we go back the clouds descend to MLWS. Or is it that we've chosen the wrong p...
by sahona
Sun Jul 09, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: SWR meter
Replies: 1
Views: 3545

Re: SWR meter

I always carry my old one from the CB days on the boat. It only cost a few quid and has been diagnosing aerial/cable problems since the early '70s. I'm surprised you get aerial probelms as opposed to cable corrosion or water ingress. You'll be popular once you let it be known you can find problems! ...
by sahona
Mon Jun 26, 2017 2:12 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: All Ships Calls on DSC
Replies: 4
Views: 2618

Re: All Ships Calls on DSC

The mmsi number of the sender will identify which CG sent the call.
by sahona
Sun Jun 11, 2017 8:51 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Mistral is sold
Replies: 25
Views: 7689

Re: Mistral is sold

Just back from Italy after a 'special' to mark 50 in chains and her 70th - Villa in Tuscany, magic. Planning inner Clyde this year as I'm commode and should be around, however vaguely. Port Bannatyne will be base as Troon is a daysail away from everywhere and we can ferry home if the commode has to ...

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