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Forum: General Discussion Today, 04:57 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 4,011
Posted By markpierce
How long does it take to say "good bye."

How long does it take to say "good bye."
Forum: General Discussion Today, 04:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 675
Posted By markpierce
Looks like most have a bigger boat than I (35...

Looks like most have a bigger boat than I (35 feet). Not jealous, really. Mine sleeps two (but has five berths), entertains six, cruising inland waters, and using ships for open-sea travel.
Forum: General Discussion Today, 04:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 548
Posted By markpierce
My interactions with yacht clubs: My father...

My interactions with yacht clubs:

My father raced and joined in the 1960s the Metropolitan Yacht Club and later Richmond Yacht Club (club membership was required to race), but I have no memory of...
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns Today, 03:54 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,794
Posted By markpierce
That's called a bribe. I'm a former government...

That's called a bribe. I'm a former government employee and never accepted a bribe.
Forum: General Discussion Today, 03:42 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 4,262
Posted By markpierce
Hang the fenders away from the hull except for...

Hang the fenders away from the hull except for the rubrail. With exceptions, the only time they should touch the hull is when touching the dock. Use docklines to keep the hull and fenders away from...
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 01-22-2020, 02:40 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 615
Posted By markpierce
rslifkin, your chosen anchor is overkill, but if...

rslifkin, your chosen anchor is overkill, but if your boat's machinery can handle it, OK.
Forum: Boating Safety and Concerns 01-21-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,794
Posted By markpierce
My marina is operated by city government...

My marina is operated by city government employees. I don't tip government employees.
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2020, 02:57 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,100
Posted By markpierce
My polishing system has been disengaged (didn't...

My polishing system has been disengaged (didn't seem to be useful since local fuel supplies are clean) but is still capable of transferring fuel among the boat's four fuel tanks, keeping the boat...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2020, 02:41 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,027
Posted By markpierce
The BBs were well armored, unlike modern ships. ...

The BBs were well armored, unlike modern ships. An advantage now ignored.
Forum: General Discussion 01-20-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,027
Posted By markpierce
In the early 1960s, our neighbor was a naval...

In the early 1960s, our neighbor was a naval captain in charge of the nearby Naval Weapons Deport. During WWII he was assigned to the USS Enterprise as an AAA gunnery officer, second in charge of...
Forum: General Discussion 01-20-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 3,027
Posted By markpierce
Based comparing ships at the Suisun Bay reserve...

Based comparing ships at the Suisun Bay reserve fleet which once included BB Iowa, was surprised that the battleship profile was a small fraction of those of freighters and supply ships.
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,474
Posted By markpierce
If one is plagued, confronted by ignoramus...

If one is plagued, confronted by ignoramus boaters, blast prolonged signals every minute (here I am) and then five shorts if they are acting wrong, and then take evasive action when needed. ...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2020, 11:56 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,474
Posted By markpierce
Doubt one would have time to radio-communicate...

Doubt one would have time to radio-communicate during an imminent collision in such restricted waters. Distracting one from deciding on an avoidance strategy needed in seconds. Distances and time...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,311
Posted By markpierce
Is this the case of a divorce where the wife gets...

Is this the case of a divorce where the wife gets the home and the man gets the boat?
Forum: Electrical and Electronics & Navigation 01-17-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,041
Posted By markpierce
Yeah. I didn't figure it out until observing the...

Yeah. I didn't figure it out until observing the radar image disappeared when getting closer to the high-tension lines.
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,474
Posted By markpierce
Have a Kahlenberg dual horn, model D-2, which is...

Have a Kahlenberg dual horn, model D-2, which is four times louder (twice the range) required of my boat size. Have a large air tank (with a suitable compressor) to make lots of signals. Still, in...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,929
Posted By markpierce
Can't find attendants here unless they need to...

Can't find attendants here unless they need to collect money for the business. (You do the service.)
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,474
Posted By markpierce
Gee, five prolonged blasts would take nearly half...

Gee, five prolonged blasts would take nearly half a minute to complete during which time a lot can happen. Go for shorts. Besides, that is the correct signal.
Forum: Cruising and Events - East Coast 01-16-2020, 02:29 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 8,604
Posted By markpierce
There is something to say for wine. Red wine...

There is something to say for wine. Red wine doesn't usually need chilling.
Forum: Cruising and Events - East Coast 01-15-2020, 12:03 AM
Replies: 282
Views: 8,604
Posted By markpierce
Can't think of anyone who enjoys boating more...

Can't think of anyone who enjoys boating more than Al FlyWright.
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 309
Posted By markpierce
I went aground two times in Suisun Bay with my...

I went aground two times in Suisun Bay with my two-foot-draft sailboat. Stay in the channel!
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 410
Posted By markpierce
Whatever worked before to satisfaction should be...

Whatever worked before to satisfaction should be good.
Forum: General Maintenance 01-14-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 634
Posted By markpierce
I'm under the impression that teak decks can be...

I'm under the impression that teak decks can be oiled (or replaced) rather than varnished. (Glad I've opted out of having teak decks.)
Forum: Beneteau Swift Trawler 01-14-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 419
Posted By markpierce
It typically takes two months or so for routine...

It typically takes two months or so for routine boatyard maintenance for me. Steel-boat rust abatement and awaiting replacement parts are the usual needs for the time. (Besides, the yard is always...
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 309
Posted By markpierce
I don't sweat it in my six-knot boat. Currents...

I don't sweat it in my six-knot boat. Currents typically rise up to 2.5 knots in the Carquinez Strait. The worse scenario is at the eastern end of Suisun Bay when strong winds oppose the ebb where...
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