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Old 10-25-2012, 09:21 AM   #81
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Nautical terminology: What you are looking down at is called the "Tuna Deck" (short hand for the "Pink Tuna Deck" where all the tuna turn pink from basking in the sun).
dwh - You getting "X" ratted again? That IS a pretty crew!
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Old 10-25-2012, 11:00 AM   #82
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Mark, you may need to keep close to your windows, and Marin to eyeball your Orca too.While RT he snuggles up with Barry all arguing over the view.

What you all don't seem realise is a flybridge is needed too, for where else can a trawler captain keep an eye on his mutinous crew?( My sincere apologies for anyone with poetic appreciation)
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dwh - You getting "X" ratted again? That IS a pretty crew!
The term was coined by my wife and her friends. And, yes, that is a pretty crew.
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...though there are some boats that backing into a slip from a lower station would be painful...
This tug pushing the fuel barge with its stern has a stern helmsman's position where the man is standing immediately astern the twin stacks. Betcha is maneuvering backward into a berth would be easier.

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There is another major advantage to driving a cruiser from the lower helm that has not been pointed out yet. And that is that the higher off the water you are the slower the boat appears to be going. While a speed of eight knots is pathetic and it should be made illegal to manufacture boats that are so ridiculously slow, down near water level at the lower helm the boat provides at least an illusion of making forward progress. Go up to the flying bridge and the damn thing appears to be backing up.

So there is a major psychological advantage to driving for down below. I have talked to GB owners who say that when they drive from the flying bridge they become so depressed at their boat's apparent stationary position in the water that their thoughts start turning to suicide.
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If I'm in a hurry to get somewhere I'll drive or fly. I'm on the boat to be on the water, not to rush to some destination.

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Old 10-25-2012, 03:04 PM   #86
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I'll take slow anyday. I am not on the boat to be in a hurry.

Those Orca's don't swim up to a boat going 20 knots.
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Today I've learned that I'm a bad boater. I have on occation piloted my boat from the fly bridge. I do like the better visabilty when entering and docking in an unfamilure marina or navigating through waters heavily infested with crab pots.

I feel so ashamed.

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Betya Kincaid called it by its proper name "flying bridge"
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noun 1. Also called flybridge, fly bridge, monkey bridge. Nautical . a small, often open deck or platform above the pilothouse or main cabin, having duplicate controls and navigational equipment.
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There is another major advantage to driving a cruiser from the lower helm that has not been pointed out yet. And that is that the higher off the water you are the slower the boat appears to be going. While a speed of eight knots is pathetic and it should be made illegal to manufacture boats that are so ridiculously slow, down near water level at the lower helm the boat provides at least an illusion of making forward progress. Go up to the flying bridge and the damn thing appears to be backing up.

So there is a major psychological advantage to driving for down below. I have talked to GB owners who say that when they drive from the flying bridge they become so depressed at their boat's apparent stationary position in the water that their thoughts start turning to suicide.
Marin, you're really digging here and I don't think you're going to find anything to convince us that your preference is right and everyone else is wrong.

How about "To each his(her) own." ? Can you go along with that?
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If I'm in a hurry to get somewhere I'll drive or fly. I'm on the boat to be on the water, not to rush to some destination.
I have said that very thing many times.
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If I'm in a hurry to get somewhere I'll drive or fly. I'm on the boat to be on the water, not to rush to some destination.

Just sayin'.
Yeah, but eight knots is pathetic. Ten, twelve or even fifteen is still plenty slow enough to enjoy the sights and the experience and still make some progress before you die. Eight knots you might as well be on the Kon Tiki.
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Yeah, but eight knots is pathetic. Ten, twelve or even fifteen is still plenty slow enough to enjoy the sights and the experience and still make some progress before you die. Eight knots you might as well be on the Kon Tiki.

I have been passed by sail boats. But, I'm just not in that much of a hurry. I get enough of that in pretty much every other aspect of life off the boat.
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How about "To each his(her) own." ? Can you go along with that?
Absolutely. I don't think I've ever said that if people don't do what I do or like what I like they're wrong. I may think they're wrong or foolish or whatever but that doesn't make it so. I'm just expressing an opinion which is what 99.99999 percent of the stuff on forums like this is.
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Yeah, but eight knots is pathetic.
Eight knots is screamin'. Try 6.3, or 7.3 if I push it. Still, I should be able to pass by Eric's 30-foot Willard. ... Such speeds increase my odds of being the stand-on vessel.
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Marin, you're really digging here and I don't think you're going to find anything to convince us that your preference is right and everyone else is wrong.

How about "To each his(her) own." ? Can you go along with that?
I think there are two fundamental truths about this site.

1. Marin's opinion is always right.

2. Mark will always post a picture of Coot no matter how tangential it is too the subject matter at hand.

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Mark, you may need to keep close to your windows, and Marin to eyeball your Orca too.While RT he snuggles up with Barry all arguing over the view.

What you all don't seem realise is a flybridge is needed too, for where else can a trawler captain keep an eye on his mutinous crew?( My sincere apologies for anyone with poetic appreciation)
Not much chance to sneak down-the-blouse views from here.

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I think there are two fundamental truths about this site.

1. Marin's opinion is always right.


If you believe that then you've got far greater issues than where you drive your boat from, what kind of anchor you have, or whether you prefer stand alone to computer-based chart plotting.
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I think there are two fundamental truths about this site.

1. Marin's opinion is always right.

2. Mark will always post a picture of Coot no matter how tangential it is too the subject matter at hand.

As to me, it is probably due to spending lots of time with my girlfriend, a former photo-journalist.

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And here's what those whales Marin goes eyeball to eyeball with think of us:

Killer whale approaches a motorboat and speaks the boat’s language - 22 Words
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My guess is that this was the Orca that was transported from Poget Sound to (I think) Clayoquot (sp?) Sound on the west side of Vancouver Island. It would come up to boats looking for attention and a handout of food. I believe it was killed by a boat prop strike but I could be wrong.
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