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by Allegro
Mon Jul 14, 2014 2:24 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: Android plotter - MX Mariner
Replies: 4
Views: 3403

Re: Android plotter - MX Mariner

Sounds very reasonable, though the Marine Navigator app with the VisitMyHarbour charts comes in at a similar cost. The Antares charts work unaltered in Marine Navigator and just seamlessly appear as further zoom level where available.
by Allegro
Mon Jul 14, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Is that South Coast as dangerous as it sounds?
Replies: 11
Views: 4839

Re: Is that South Coast as dangerous as it sounds?

Ooh, yes, definitely Dunstaffnage. Still remember with embarrassment having newly bought Allegro there trying to reverse her out of one of the shallow berths that are on the left hand side just as you come down onto the pontoon. Ended up, due to a combination of propwash and tide, pinned port side t...
by Allegro
Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: New to sailing.Where to keep a cheap boat
Replies: 16
Views: 8097

Re: New to sailing.Where to keep a cheap boat

I started out in a Corribee too. This was in Plymouth, but I kept her on a cheap (but sheltered) mooring. She stayed there all year round, so there were no haulout / yard costs over the winter. She was bilge keeled, and I just dried out on a beach each spring to antifoul. This really did keep the an...
by Allegro
Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:23 pm
Forum: Around the Scottish Coast
Topic: Whereizzit?
Replies: 14
Views: 4461

Re: Whereizzit?

We've anchored off the pier, which was ok, but not masses of space as has been said. A friend of mine, who writes the scottishanchorages website, recommends the next bay south, Staosnaig, as a much better experience. I plan to give it a go next time we visit: http://www.scottishanchorages.co.uk/#/sc...
by Allegro
Mon Aug 25, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Please recommend a good training school for dayskipper combi
Replies: 7
Views: 3850

I Think I'm going to do the day skipper at my local college. I'm not sure whether it covers both the practical and theory subjects though. The dayskipper courses done as evening classes are "dayskipper theory", and finish with an exam which gives you a theory certificate. Dayskipper pract...
by Allegro
Fri Aug 22, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Basically Boaty
Topic: Please recommend a good training school for dayskipper combi
Replies: 7
Views: 3850

If you're in a hurry / on a budget, don't worry about the theory course at all. To do the practical course you don't have to have done a theory course, just be able to demonstrate that you have that knowledge. And the knowledge can be learnt easily enough from one of the excellent Day Skipper Theory...
by Allegro
Thu Jul 17, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: EchoSounder Offset
Replies: 38
Views: 9713

I use depth under the keel - with a 1.7m fin keel on the East coast I need to work to small depths at times and don't want to be doing arithmetic. That sounds right, calculating height of tide or anchor chain scope should be a more relaxed affair. Well, yes, but when you're wanting to know whether ...
by Allegro
Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:22 am
Forum: Gear and Gadgets
Topic: EchoSounder Offset
Replies: 38
Views: 9713

Depth under the sounder, no offset applied. I know (from experience!) that we go aground at about 0.9m on the sounder. We draw 1.2m - for any other use of the sounder (how much anchor chain to put out, for example) I tend to assume I'm seeing water depth and ignore the 0.3m error as being insignific...
by Allegro
Wed Jul 16, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Favourite pic of your boat
Replies: 158
Views: 43914

I ruthlessly cast my Dad adrift in the dinghy between Scarba and Luing to get some pics of Allegro under sail. http://lh6.ggpht.com/foxespictures/SH5Tw5IoRcI/AAAAAAAAD3g/ng4Nx42P3MY/s400/DSC02664.JPG Which worked very well until the Corrievreckan tripper boat roared up to rescue him, assuming that I...
by Allegro
Thu Jun 26, 2008 10:43 am
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: What charts north of Ardnamurchan?
Replies: 12
Views: 4107

Thanks very much for all the comments, particularly the sources of cheap charts. I'm reassured that we'll manage with not much more than we've already got, so hopefully I'll be able to report back a little later in the summer. That is, unless the weather's as foul as last summer when our two week su...
by Allegro
Tue Jun 24, 2008 1:28 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: What charts north of Ardnamurchan?
Replies: 12
Views: 4107

What charts north of Ardnamurchan?

Hi If the weather's kind we may head up beyond Ardnamurchan this summer, provided, that is, the trip doesn't promise to be too expensive in new charts! We'd hope to visit the Small Isles along with the mainland and Skye coast facing them. Its possible but less likely that we'd go beyond Kyle up into...
by Allegro
Wed Jun 18, 2008 8:34 pm
Forum: Shooting the breeze
Topic: Sailing to (Southern) Ireland
Replies: 3
Views: 2284

Sailing to (Southern) Ireland

Hi Just wondering if anyone had practical experience of the requirements for documentation etc when sailing to Southern Ireland? We went across to N Ireland a couple of years ago but I was wary of the border as we had (and still have) a marked lack of the sort of documentation I believe you're suppo...
by Allegro
Wed Jun 11, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: BlueMoment Boltholes
Replies: 13
Views: 4362

Google Earth overlays

Its actually suprisingly simple to add pictures of charts to google earth. Save the photographed chart on the computer. Choose Add... Image overlay... in google earth. Browse... to your photo, which then appears on the earth image. You can drag the corners around to resize it until it matches what's...
by Allegro
Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:13 pm
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: Gylen Castle Bay, Kerrera: Port a' Chroinn, Port a' Chasteil
Replies: 2
Views: 2264

Love the dophin shots!

As a footnote, we've also anchored in the bay further west (56deg22'55"N, 5deg33'57"W), just east of Eilean Orasaig, in about 5m, seemed fairly deep right up to the (rocky) sides. Shingle beach. Handy for the track to the tearoom!

Cheers
Patrick
by Allegro
Tue Jun 10, 2008 9:44 am
Forum: Passages and Places
Topic: BlueMoment Boltholes
Replies: 13
Views: 4362

BTW - assuming that you're at home, and online, and your charts are on the boat when you read Shard's post. What do you use to have a look at the area which he's describing? I've photographed my charts and added them as overlays to Google Earth, which works very well for panning around them, measur...

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