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A bit big.
There is the MAIB report about Wahkuna (IIRC), a 50ish ft sailboat who was crossing the Channel in fog and possibly misinterpreted their radar screen; made a U turn, got its bow smashed off by a cargo and sank in minutes.Mentioned in the Stand On thread, does anyone have a link to an article or YouTube clip explaining how these happen, please?
Can be quite fun crossing from Gib to Ceuta or Smir sometimes. Listening to two ships discussing who was going to go where and one replied "I'm waiting to see if that ********** yacht can decide what course he wants to steer, keeps tacking ahead of me" No it wasn't usShould anyone wish to learn how large vessels use VHF to avoid a risk of collision, then go and spend a week in the Straits of Gibraltar. You will be treated to a constant 24/7 of masters discussing and in a few cases shouting at each other.
Sorry if this is a daft question but....how do you plot a fix, check clearing bearings etc. etc.?I bought a hand bearing compass as a 'must have' when I buying kit for my first cruiser and I have to admit I can't remember the last time I used it - yet, somehow, I haven't been run over just yet.
In middle of sea no other reference points, take a bearing of the ship heading for you. (If it is sufficiently far away not to panic yet, leave a few minutes (just enough to make a cup of tea) then take another bearing. If the bearing is the same then you are on a collision course. If i's a big ship and some way away keep going for another 5 minute or so then repeat bearing and if still on same bearing then decide what you will do about it before either of you start to worry. Take further bearings and when you decide he's not going to alter take major alteration yourself but make sure you keep a really close eye now as he might have been altering for you and the change wasn't noticeable by you.Sorry if this is a daft question but....how do you plot a fix, check clearing bearings etc. etc.?
Fair enough. I also realise that others don't share my affectation of trying to only use GPS for log entries which has the consequence that my passage plans and pilotage notes for unfamiliar places tend to rely on use of a hand bearing compass. I regard my little plastimo iris as "core essential kit" like a multitool and pretty much never step on a boat without it. Navigation...checking collision courses...working out if your main compass has some dodgy deviation...super light and slips easily into the pocket. I regard that plastimo as a design classic...I seem to spend so much of my time sailing over the same stretch(s) of water that taking fixes feels unnecessary.