Collision Avoidance

Usually being a sailboat in the open ocean is pretty good. Under the COLREGS sailboats have the right of way over everyone except, in order of priority, vessels “not in command”*,) vessels “restricted in their ability to maneuver,” and vessels “actively engaged in commercial fishing”**.) In channels “restricted in their ability to maneuver” is pretty common. The big ships stay in the channels, we flirt around the edges. But in the open ocean it is very rare. I just spent the last five hours dealing with a vessel (actually several) restricted in their ability to maneuver. Specifically two ocean going tugs pulling an oil rig. A very big oil rig! This was made more complicated by the presence of several other vessels. With AIS it is somewhat possible to predict the closest point of approach. I say somewhat because wind variations can change the CPA. There is nothing quite like expecting to pass across the bow of a big ship and having the wind die! Would I pass in front? Should I alter co
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Hearing Voices

Being alone on a sailboat one does not expect to hear voices. And it is weird. There are three sources:1. Your head. As I learned on my solo crossing of the Atlantic.2. Other boats. Sound carries over the water much better than on land. People sitting on a boat quite a distance away can be heard clearly.3. The radios. Most of us leave our radios on all the time as a safety measure. “Hey it looks like you re dragging anchor!” During the day there is a lot of traffic as the radio also is the telephone and the text messaging service. At night they are very quiet. When you are asleep and hear talking your (my) tired brain does not put together it is the radio. I think someone is on the boat. Funny. Fair winds and following seas :)Debut, Indonesia 24 July 2017
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Solar woes

Having solar panels on a cruising sailboat is just about a given. People talk about how many watts of solar they have. But I was reminded that sometimes it just doesn t work out. On my trip from Gladstone to Cairns I was heading North(ish) the entire way. The sails shaded the solar panels. Even on a bright sunny day I did not get much charge. Fair winds and following seas 🙂
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SV Val

Sailboat “Val” call sign M0XXE. Rescue underway. Boat will be abandoned. Skipper Nick Dwyer exhausted. Will arrive Sydney this evening. I will try to coordinate efforts for Skipper and any crew. Believe 1 POB. My contact +61 (0) 476 768 335 or rebootagent@gmail.comHttp:// svval.yolasite.comRoger on Reboot @ Balmoral Beach.
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