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Forum: General Classifieds (no boats) 09-23-2021, 09:46 PM
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For Sale: Anchor for sale.
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Posted By markpierce
https://anchors.synthasite.com/resources/northill-a...

https://anchors.synthasite.com/resources/northill-ad-1940.pdf

Herring fishermen in San Francisco area are trading up from Northill (for their nets) to Bruce.
Forum: General Discussion 09-22-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 2,198
Posted By markpierce
Demand for electricity in California exceeds...

Demand for electricity in California exceeds supply and is costing more. Greater use of electric-driven vehicles will only worsen the situation.
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 276
Posted By markpierce
Not much there for good food and entertainment or...

Not much there for good food and entertainment or groceries, unless you take public transportation off the island.

What is your goal?
Forum: General Discussion 09-20-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 276
Posted By markpierce
What do you want with an anchorage? But if you...

What do you want with an anchorage? But if you good dining, there are a multitude of possible destinations, like San Francisco, Oakland/Alameda, Sausalito, Petaluma, and assorted restaurants in the...
Forum: General Discussion 09-18-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,052
Posted By markpierce
My fuel consumption more than doubles going from...

My fuel consumption more than doubles going from one knot below hull to hull speed. So, I generally cruise one knot below.
Forum: General Discussion 09-16-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 913
Posted By markpierce
The boat in question is 50 percent overpowered. ...

The boat in question is 50 percent overpowered. Eighty horsepower would be sufficient.
Forum: Grand Banks 09-16-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,135
Posted By markpierce
Remaining onboard? Love my 360-degree, strong...

Remaining onboard? Love my 360-degree, strong railings!
Forum: Grand Banks 09-15-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,135
Posted By markpierce
Cross slightly upwind of the MOB, dragging the...

Cross slightly upwind of the MOB, dragging the deployed rescue harness. Slow to a stop, deploy the stern stairs, and pull in the MOB.

In the below photo, receiving a dinghy "taxi".
Forum: General Discussion 09-15-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 491
Posted By markpierce
An occasional body jerk moves my rugs return to...

An occasional body jerk moves my rugs return to the desired position.
Forum: General Discussion 09-14-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 376
Posted By markpierce
On diesel-electric railroad locomotives, it was...

On diesel-electric railroad locomotives, it was not unusual for the front end to have a small letter "f" at that end.
Forum: Power Systems 09-13-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,139
Posted By markpierce
So, my 80-horsepower, 6-knot trawler is...

So, my 80-horsepower, 6-knot trawler is hazardous? Ha, ha, ha. Don't you believe it.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 09-11-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,602
Posted By markpierce
Attached to the bow flag pole, a part of the bow...

Attached to the bow flag pole, a part of the bow railing.
Forum: Anchors and Anchoring 09-11-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 2,602
Posted By markpierce
With my 200 feet of chain and a five-to-one...

With my 200 feet of chain and a five-to-one scope, figure I'm good for anchoring up to 35-foot depth, considering the rode begins five feet above waterline.
Forum: Voyagers and other Boaters on the Go! 09-11-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 577
Posted By markpierce
San Pablo Bay can be smooth as glass, but (don't)...

San Pablo Bay can be smooth as glass, but (don't) wait until current opposes the wind.
Forum: Marinas, Anchorage, Harbors, Slips and Storage 09-10-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 569
Posted By markpierce
Solution: be a transient. Move, move, move. ...

Solution: be a transient. Move, move, move. Won't work if you are not a cruiser.

At my high-vacancy marina, just "lay low" as liveaboards are limited to 10 percent.
Forum: General Discussion 09-10-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,676
Posted By markpierce
Kayaks (especially green and blue ones) and other...

Kayaks (especially green and blue ones) and other small stealthy vessels are easy to overlook and are a good source of possible collision. Never known one equipped with radio, radar, or AIS. Hate...
Forum: General Discussion 09-09-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,676
Posted By markpierce
typical ship and small boat interaction

Traveling westward near the northern shore of Carquinez Strait off Benicia, I noticed a large ship overtaking me. I delayed my usual crossing to the southern shore from the former railroad ferry...
Forum: Grand Banks 09-07-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 464
Posted By markpierce
No, I do not. I stand at the bow washing down...

No, I do not. I stand at the bow washing down the chain rode and anchor (controlling its recovery with my foot on windlass control) with fresh water as it is coming up. ... San Francisco Estuary...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 190
Views: 7,676
Posted By markpierce
Boats are prohibited from crossing the dredged...

Boats are prohibited from crossing the dredged shipping channel in San Pablo Bay (part of the San Francisco Estuary).
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,286
Posted By markpierce
I don't recover fenders until after leaving the...

I don't recover fenders until after leaving the marina. One never knows. Leastwise, singlehandled.
Forum: Taiwanese Makes 09-05-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By markpierce
Mine is all solid steel except for the fiberglass...

Mine is all solid steel except for the fiberglass pilothouse roof. :)
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,286
Posted By markpierce
Boat's beam plus two feet. Wider is good.

Boat's beam plus two feet. Wider is good.
Forum: General Maintenance 09-05-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,044
Posted By markpierce
Smart move? Purchased a boat with no exterior...

Smart move? Purchased a boat with no exterior wood, only lots of interior wood.
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 3,286
Posted By markpierce
I'm OK with an over-sized berth. My choice.

I'm OK with an over-sized berth. My choice.
Forum: Marlow - Mainship 09-02-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 383
Posted By markpierce
On my order, the roof of the forward cabin is...

On my order, the roof of the forward cabin is straw-colored to reduce glare.
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