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Old 11-08-2011, 07:12 AM   #14
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Vessel Model: 1976 Californian Tricabin LRC
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RE: Your throwable type 4

We keep the track line feature on the Chartplotter turned on while running. Very handy for retuning down your course. *

My son decided he could dip some salt water while we were traveling at 8 knots. *The bucket and my nice new line with brass snap swivle attached ended up in our wake. (lucky for him he wasn't attached too!) *Probably took him 30 seconds to come tell me and we were able to use the plotter to return down the track line and find the bucket and rope floating just on the surface. *

It doesn't account for a fast tidal current, but it's actually a good test for a man overboard drill. *Try it sometime, you will be surprised how accurately you can retrace your course.
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