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by sahona
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Anchor winch woes
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Anchor winch woes

I am well thankyou John, and enjoying your humour once more. I wasn't in hiding, just busy and a bit drawn to FB, but now I've more time I'll probably spend some here. Boat's a bit neglected but things look positive as K says she's looking forward to Islay again this year when it stops raining.
by sahona
Sun Feb 17, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Anchor winch woes
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Anchor winch woes

I am well thankyou John, and enjoying your humour once more. I wasn't in hiding, just busy and a bit drawn to FB, but now I've more time I'll probably spend some here. Boat's a bit neglected but things look positive as K says she's looking forward to Islay again this year when it stops raining.
by sahona
Sun Feb 17, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J - the story so far.
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: Avy-J - the story so far.

I originally ran mine with just a wire to the underside of a stanchion. It worked well enough to display anything that was within my sphere of fear. You of course will need a xmit-tuned beast but it needn't be aloft, and the facility of an instantly available VHF emergency rig is a no-brainer imho. ...
by sahona
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:48 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Anchor winch woes
Replies: 10
Views: 480

Re: Anchor winch woes

Guilty as charged m'Lud. I believe water will always get everywhere even if it just builds from condensation. The trick is to let it go away again before it causes trouble. My instance was the installation of a Kobra with a vertical motor whose brushset was at the bottom, a disaster waiting to happe...
by sahona
Tue Feb 12, 2019 5:05 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Avy-J - the story so far.
Replies: 9
Views: 401

Re: Avy-J - the story so far.

AIS. I fitted a modified Decca aerial (which you find lying around everywhere nowadays) cut and SWR'd to maritime band, and mounted on the davit for the rib. It will double as an emergency VHF aerial if the mast comes down. The connections are handy as I mounted the AIS engine next to the radio and ...
by sahona
Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Marina Pods – the innovation that gives you access to renewable energy on the water
Replies: 9
Views: 860

Re: Marina Pods – the innovation that gives you access to renewable energy on the water

This looks like a suitable upgrade for the island-pontoon comunity in Mahon, except I can't see the clotheslines.
by sahona
Fri Oct 26, 2018 10:20 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 11
Views: 2047

Re: Port Bannatyne update

The question being "Can you imagine sailing up the East Kyle in anything other than a Claymore.....?" Shame, I have great pics of that very activity in ideal conditions, but haven't done anything to replace photobucket yet... It's time these forum platforms caught up with the other soc me...
by sahona
Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:52 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Port Bannatyne update
Replies: 11
Views: 2047

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: 1587

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: 2357

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: 1861

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: 3210

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: 3210

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: 6513

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...

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