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  1. 5 points
    Rangi1

    Cruising is on the way out

    I had watched a few of their episodes on YouTube and am pretty happy they've decided to leave the country. They had no respect for lock-down rules or the social distancing measures taken under level 3 and were constantly whining about everything here unless they were getting a freebie in return for promoting it. Redneck, self entitled narcissists...
  2. 4 points
    wheels

    The Sounds Murders back in the News

    There is one and only one reason why Watson is not being released. Purely and simply, he will not admit remorse, because he will not admit guilt. I think that tells you a lot about the guys character. Choosing to remain somewhere you don't want to be purely because you want to remain honest with yourself and everyone else. That's real integrity in my book. He is one of only a few that have basically a true life sentence where one can remain locked up for ever, with the only chance of Parole being subject to acknowledging one's guilt. Our legal system is no different to many other Countries around the World. We can't call it "Broken", but we sure can say it needs to be changed. Once a jury convicts a person based n the evidence presented, that evidence can no longer be re questioned. No matter how silly the evidence is. Only new evidence can ever be heard. In this case, the new evidence is in relation to the handling of the Blanket and if it is possible the Hairs could have been introduced to the Blanket accidentally during the Lab tests. Not that the hair was unlikely to be Olivia's, which has already been considered by the Jury and cannot be revisited. Personally I don't like the way our legal system works. But it is what we have and we have to live with it.
  3. 3 points
    Deep Purple

    YNZ Thread removal

    The post was about collecting and reporting personal data. If you want to start a thread about benefits or otherwise of associating with YNZ go for it, put your name to it. There was no discussion relative to the thread after the first day but a hijacking for other purposes most of which I strongly disagreed with and didn’t want that under my thread.
  4. 3 points
    Cameron

    Elliphunk sunk

    An interesting detail that certainly contributed to likelihood of a collision occurring on the startline such as the one that sunk Elliphunk is major line bias. I realise that rum races are meant to be fun and not taken as seriously and that using permanent marks and start tower dramatically reduces the resource required by a club to run a race. It is also "part of the challenge" but it undoubtedly also increases the risk. Why? Because rather than the fleet spreading right along the startline, they will all congregate at one end. For this particular start, on starboard close hauled a yacht would only be doing a little better than sailing along the line... as such many started on port with some possibly not even thinking that a few boats would still consider starting on starboard with such a heading. Late dips, congestion, and a risk of another boat being forced to tack (by other starboard tackers) cutting off your escape route are likely. I suspect with rum racing the "fixed" startline won't change and you just need to think more about the possibilities... However the following day for the RNZYS winter series the startline was between Te Kouma and a laid mark yet they pretty much replicated the rum race start of the day before in regards to angle and bias. To me this is absolutely crazy! If your going to bother to actually set a line at least try and make it a fair one. The tendency is to set the line square to the course... pretty much straight across the harbour. This inevitably creates a favoured end. Instead the race committee should angle the line to balance this with the objective being that there are valid reasons to start at any position along the line and potentially win the start. This will spread the fleet along the line and also result in more boats being "in the hunt" right of the start. It also reduces the chances of OCS, and recalls. It's by no means just the RNZYS that is guilty of biased starts, virtually every club does it. This video below is a classic. Everybody wanted the windward end for a reaching start and it was carnage! SSANZ was lucky that there were no serious collisions. Some blame the sailors, and there is undoubtably some dumb stuff going on... but would this situation have happened if there was 20 deg more bias put into the other end of the line? I doubt it... well at least would be massively reduced. Same argument applies with class racing... if you get numerous general recalls generally the fleet is blamed for misbehaving. However I would put money on it that a large percentage of the time it's caused by a startline with too much bias. The other option is the line is fair but the course significantly favours one side, hence all the boats want to start at one end. The race committees challenge then is to put in enough deliberate bias to the line to tempt the fleet to spread right along the line. So what's my point... Essentially Race Management can have a massive impact on risks of collision at the start. If they are going to "set" a startline as opposed to using permeant marks etc then they should at least try to make the start a fair one. Just setting a line and thinking it's up to the sailors to sort it out I believe is a little irresponsible. The more serious the event and the greater the number of competitors the more important this becomes.
  5. 3 points
    A militarized oil tanker is not ideal for delivering emergency relief. Some charities do invaluable work with very low overheads (when I was in the game Oxfam was good), others are very thinly disguised religious proselytisers with high overheads, advertising and high executive salaries (World Vision). A better UN system would be ideal; significant reforms have been stymied by major powers. Most aid is needed in war situations (though the unfolding climate crisis will pose huge challenges) so peace keeping operations are vital. Tight logistical operations can be delivered by any competent organisation, not necessarily military at all.
  6. 3 points
    Deep Purple

    On the bright side - Next project

    Happy to report the depth gauge works in its new position. Accurate too, reading 2.3m when we ran aground New fractional genny from Willis Sails worked magic at the weekend. 15.06 knots... Mast and mainsail fitting together like peas and carrots. All set for the Triple
  7. 3 points
    I'm surprised at your comment there Kevin. I think the concept of a Logistics ship, capable of providing useful support to our Pacific neighbours in time of climatic disasters, is a good and sound one. Of course it will help to combat creeping Chinese influence on our nearest neighbours, but this will be via humanitarian support rather than overt military aggression. You make it sound like you would rather not provide this support in the interests of appeasing China. Are we that far gone that we can't choose to make our own decisions?
  8. 3 points
    Dtwo

    NZ Maritime border control

    It's good that we are being honest. I've just gone through and re-read the thread and I'd like to explain myself. Your post, which initiated the thread drift on to air crew, included this statement: "PS, Health Minster David Clark is going to have a hard word with Air NZ, what a joke, I'd bitch slap that clown if he tried having a hard word with me. I'm sure Air NZ would run rings around him. He has no mandate..." I remember thinking that your statement was, apart from the gung-ho machismo side of things, pretty non-constructive. So, my comment was born out of frustration at those among us (and not solely you!) who seem to have plenty to say but don't actually say much. I've just un-friended some FB contacts after becoming bored with their mindless knock-knock-knock comments which appear to repeat what they have heard from Hosking. My comment was trying to show that we need to bring some new ideas to the table, rather than simply attack those who are trying very hard to help us all. This Covid bitch will be with us for a while. We are in unprecedented times. We could just do history again and go round and round. Or we could change.
  9. 3 points
    DrWatson

    NZ Maritime border control

    Rant. You cant' keep your cake and eat it too. Some people screaming for the borders to open, other people screaming for them to shut and exclude even NZ citizens. Other people screaming that their rights are being removed and then crying for NZ citizens to essentially be incarcerated. Quarantine, and disease control is a very tricky business, and what we've learnt and are being shown is that in general half the population are below average intelligence. There will always be people in positions of authority that exceed their capability, be they politicians (on both sides), health authorities, security guards, police, and even hotel management. Last but not least returning NZers who're in quarantine also have responsibilities, and by their sheer numbers, some of those in quarantine will lack sufficient intelligence, integrity, or logic to fully meet their obligation. No, the system has not been perfect. But I'm also sick of hearing about the "We'd have done it better" bullsht from the other side of the fence. Spouting empty rhetoric and a lack of details. Look at the rest of the world - it's basically screwed. Now tell me how exactly a different management of the situation would have let us leave level 4, 3 or 2 any earlier, or kept deaths to <30 at this point. There were ALWAYS gonna be more cases because as a responsible international player we recognise the inalienable right of our citizens to come home. As yet there is no community transmission, which means track and trace and the current managed isolation approach is working. It may not work perfectly or forever, and it has had to be tightened - a response to evidence. But if it had been so tight initially, that people couldn't see dying relatives, that there were no compassionate allowances, then the same group of people who are jumping up and down now, would have been jumping up and down about it being an overreaction and that there was a lack of evidence of it being necessary. I watch social media circles on both sides of the fence, and what I see happening in NZ right now scares the hell outta me. The far left, the middle left, the "centre" and the blues and yellows on the right are all becoming a bunch of nationalistic arstholes in a fear-fed frenzy of "I'm ok mate, F**k you foreigners/travellers/other kiwis". Sorry this post is no longer about marine issues. But likely neither are quite a number of the posts above.
  10. 3 points
    Fish

    And so it goes on

    Gee, thats a lot of volume in the bows of that cat. I always thought they tried to keep volume out of the bows so they don't handstand to easily. Guess its a cruising cat. Clearly the designer has allowed for the typical overloading that the charter market brings, 4 couples, 16 suitcases, one mid sized SUV...
  11. 2 points
    wheels

    Diesel bug

    I my view, in nearly every tank installation, there is a design flaw. The Fuel line does not come from or go down to the very bottom of the tank. The idea is that it then does not pick up water. That is just fine and dandy if there is another way to empty the tank of water on the bottom. As said in above posts, the Water is actually where the Bug lives. The Bug can be either Algae or Bacteria or both even. Both live in the water. Algae does not need Diesel to live on. Bacteria feeds on the Fuel. Very simply, remove water and keep it out and you will never have a problem. (unless you introduce dirty fuel from a contaminated supply). The best idea if it can be done, is to have a part of the bottom of the tank that is lower and water will eventually run to and accumulate. A drain tap fitted to that low point then allows removal of water. Then next best is to have the Fuel line run to the bottom and have a really good Fuel/water separator. Good ones like Racor are very expensive. You could be spending in the realms of $300 and much more depending on size. The filter elements are not expensive and are high quality and you can now get elements that are hydrophobic, so water will not pass through at all. You need to keep regular inspections to ensure water does not accumulate in the filter. Racor also has a bowl that will send a signal to a light or alarm if water fills the bowl. The simple fact to remember is, No Water, No Bug.
  12. 2 points
    Tamure

    YNZ Thread removal

    14k gets you a lot of rules training
  13. 2 points
    BOIGuy

    YNZ Thread removal

    But no one was posting in the sailing threads. Little bit about SSANZ and some obnoxious yank. The comments in your thread were very relevant to discussions with YNZ going on right now. I had referred a number of our club officers to it as a source of information to assist them while talking to YNZ. Deleting your post is not helping deal with the topic you started with, little bit of noise in the discussion but throwing the baby out with the bathwater isn't helping either.
  14. 2 points
    Sabre

    Tauranga Shipping Channel Screw-Up

    Personally I would like to see it towed out of the environment...
  15. 2 points
    Deep Purple

    Cruising is on the way out

    Yep, I've been looking forward to the "Influencers" getting held up for what they are, freeloaders. It's trending https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/life/122013694/influencers-are-struggling-in-a-world-of-brutal-reality
  16. 2 points
    Back to the future then😃
  17. 2 points
    DrWatson

    Elliphunk sunk

    these landed on my phone over night.
  18. 2 points
    Ray Avery is a ..... After he tried to suppress the fact that his intravenous drip controller didn’t work so well, I lost any respect for him. To tarnish such a massive org as the UN with a simple statement that they are fools is absurd. Clearly the UN is flawed but to toss the whole thing away is to toss the baby with the bathwater. Much better is to make it more democratic perhaps along the lines suggested by Democracy Without Borders, or in the case of peacekeeing along the lines suggested by Global Action to Prevent War and Armed Conflict http://www.globalactionpw.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/uneps-statute_december-05-2010.pdf
  19. 2 points
    They simply did not exist. Those that were “discovered” at the second ESR forensic examination would have stuck out like dogs balls originally. This guy never got the support of the legal nor sailing community due to a heavy overlay of character smearing by the NZ police plain and simple. I fully expect when Inspector Pope finally pops his clogs a sea of endearment will wash over him and his teams dodgy dealings as they did with Hutton.
  20. 2 points
    Planting evidence is not dishonest? Not in my book, and it is also illegal & perverting the course of justice. Hutton definitely, and perhaps in SW's case. Why weren't the hairs found on first examination?
  21. 2 points
    Tamure

    The Sounds Murders back in the News

    My cats a real untrustworthy bastard too so yeah I'm with you on this, the cat did it.
  22. 2 points
    The tiger blanket hairs linked to Olivia found weeks later after an initial forensic inspection have a lot in common with the Hutton & Johnstone planted shell casing belated found four months later that screwed Arthur Alan Thomas. Be your worst nightmare banged up for 20 years for a crime you never committed and this case along with others lays great weight for the urgent the need for an independent legal mechanism than can test for injustices prosecuted by the state although now far to late for Peter Ellis.
  23. 2 points
    Can't get parole if he doesn't admit to doing it. kind of a problem if he didn't do it. I've got no opinion on if he did or didn't. But this admitting guilt before parole thing is a bit of an issue...
  24. 2 points
    I'd imagine she'd be dotted with a few 50 cals around the place for 'nuisance' defense (small boats etc.) I doubt she'd be fitted with a proper CIWS like Phalanx or Goalkeeper as they're pretty dear (but extremely effective.) As a force multiplying platform if she was deployed to an area of conflict she'd have a picket of frigate sized or larger warships looking after her and providing layered defense; the first casualty of any conflict would be the ships like the Aotearoa as they enable the fleet to fight. In addition, she'd carry at least one, if not two Seasprite helicopters, which have missiles capable of engaging threats outside of the ships safety envelope. Personally I like the capability this ship brings to the NZDF; long legs and the ability to support our Pacific Island neighbours in times of hardship/disaster. That she is ice strengthened is great as she can support deep south patrols of our other ships. That part of the ocean has always been difficult to police and hopefully that will change.
  25. 2 points
    Does it have any weaponry or are they only allowed to engage with tersely worded emails? or a down vote on Crew.org!!!
  26. 2 points
    Romany

    NZ Maritime border control

    and there is the Achilles heel. Relying on people to 'do the right thing' has been proven time and time again to fail. Call me a pessimist but in matters of public health - especially under the current circumstances this will lead to tears, or worse. What was the point of going into lock down, creating the economic mayhem that we still haven't seen the full measure of yet - to be apologetic about policies designed for protecting the greater good? Dumb n dumber if u ask me..
  27. 2 points
    Maca

    And so it goes on

    Mostly an unreasonable walk from the bus to the pier carrying sailing gear including supplies for the cruise back along with where do they get a bus when we got back at 1am? You could say they should stay on the boat but that the end of the day it's a marina to promote the enjoyment of using the boat. This is becoming less enjoyable when where to park a car is the major consideration.
  28. 2 points
    Aleana

    VHF course

    The best way to learn radio protocol is to listen to the professionals. Keep your vhf on dual/triple watch on ch16 and a couple of the port operations working channels eg 12 / 13. And if you hear 2 ships or commercial traffic calling on ch16 switch with them to the working channel and listen. It will help your learn the lingo by infusion and when you come to do the course (or use the vhf for yourself) you’ll be more confident. Do not listen to the trip report working channels Eg 60/64 - it will teach you bad habits and drive you nuts.
  29. 2 points
    44forty

    Jim Young

    Jimmy the rocket...legend
  30. 2 points
    Zozza

    And so it goes on

    Its being brought in so marina renters don't park and walk to work. "Please only park within Westhaven Marina when on site for a marina related purpose." Big Brother watching you. You can see it now, email or letter sent to you: "Sir, we noticed via our plate recognition initiative, that you parked at Westhaven Monday to Friday last week. You must be on a marina related purpose only when parked at the marina. Despite the fact we charge ridiculously overpriced monthly fees for our shitty marina, we can't have you trying to save a few $bucks each week by parking at our marina and then sneaking off to your day job in the city. So, we know what you're up to, and we're watching you closely. Ok, we are not quite sure how "Marina related purpose" would hold up legally, but you probably won't take us to court so we'll probably start towing you away if we feel you are parking there when you are not using your boat. All we have to do to prove this is walk down to the berth that matches your plate number, and if your boat is in its berth, and we knock on the hull and no one comes out of the companionway - that's proof you are not parking at the marina for marina related purpose's only. And, as we are an Oligarchy type outfit using the Public money from the Council for ill good, we feel entitled to be little %^$#. We have a lot of useless money wasting additions to add to the marina over the coming years, starting with the big corporate wank off itself, aka the America's Cup, and we can't have anyone other than us pulling of sneaky sh*t like we are accusing you of doing. And, if we've towed you away, and you were actually at Burnsco's buying cheap chinese crappy marine gear that won't last three months, or at Swashbucklers checking out the waitress with the nice legs while enjoying a brewski and fries- tough sh*t, according to that Act party guy, you are a rich prick boat owner, so can afford to pay the tow fee".
  31. 1 point
    Dtwo

    Boat insurance

    Is that the website - if it is it's better to call them. They are brokers so they will find something that works.
  32. 1 point
    Knot Me... maybe

    Boat insurance

    I got cover for one of mine and she's a gentle 107 years old. With AON and I think underwritten by Vero.
  33. 1 point
    Deep Purple

    Boat insurance

    In another 4 years that will mean half the NZ fleet will be uninsurable
  34. 1 point
    It's the end of the St Marys Bay interceptor project. The interceptor is to try and stop raw poohs pouring into Westhaven, the Viaduct and the harbour when it rains a lot. This currently happens a few times a year, which is a lot less than it did 10 years ago, so a good trend. The council was sold on the project as it diverts those poohs from Westhaven etc out 'to be discharged out in the channel'. The dorks were sold as doing what the over flow from Albanys Lake Pee Pooh does, 2 km into the northern end of the Rangi channel. But as you can see all the billions spent will do is just make the poohs take a slightly longer trip to where they were going previously. We did argue if they tilt the interceptor 4 degrees the other way all the crap could flow into the huge holding under Vic park and them go out to Mangere to be treated. As per usual that was too simple and common sense for the council to even try to comprehend. When the lift barge was on the eastern side of the bridge it was ground sampling for the new 1/2 billion dollar bridge for a few people to walkover, the skypath. The one that is being fast tracked as it is shovel ready according to beloved leader. It seems no one has told her all LTSA have is plans to make plans, the second harbour crossing tunnel is more advanced in planning than the skypath. The tunnel is easily also the common sense option in every regard so that pretty much ensures it won't be the one the Government runs with. The skypath has already cost ratepayers many millions....and taxpayers, it is quite amazing how much LTSA has paid mobs around the area to do simple small things around this. Lazza A was going to charge Akl 15 million bucks for the path, now government is involved that 15 million has become 500 million (the 390 mill already announced based on nothing but a guess, plus a lower than average allowance for the inevitable over run costs) and some think the way its trending 1 billion is not as much of a joke as it may first appear.
  35. 1 point
    Tamure

    YNZ Thread removal

    I’ll repeat my position on Yachting New Zealand, I am very annoyed that I am paying a levy to them for every club that I am a member of. It’s not double dipping it’s triple dipping in my case, and for what exactly? YNZ is devoted to three dinghy clubs on the north shore of Auckland. It’s all about getting opti mum kids into the Olympics, and getting some gongs. They are the licensee for the racing rules of sailing and that is the only reason the clubs pay the money.
  36. 1 point
    Steve Pope

    YNZ Thread removal

    Unfortunately their (YNZ) focus is far too narrow. In my opinion this will not change with the current incumbents, they have a well paid sinecure that allow them to continue without regard to the wider sailing community, why? because they can. With yacht clubs being spread from the B.o.I. to Bluff there is not a great chance of the bulk of "members" challenging the status quo. After all the Authority that they should be able to voice their concerns is the very one who isn't listening and appears to have no intention of doing so. Who, what, where is the body that audits organisations like YNZ ?
  37. 1 point
    Wave

    WAVE - around the world or half way!

    into day 3 of Quarantine, in Grenada, with 2 very energetic kids onboard. 10 and 13 yr old boys. lots of swimming happening as well as school time. seems to be a very friendly atmosphere and helpful. looking forward to be out of quarantine and explore the many coves/bays and some walks in the forests, seeing the water falls etc. had a fast sail to Grenada, broad reach at an average of 9.1 top speed of 13.4 even with a reef in the main. Love this Grand Soleil, sails easily at good average speeds and this is fully loaded with 800ltr of water and 400ltr of diesel and 2 months of food. this is one fasst house.!
  38. 1 point
    darkside

    Overwintering in the Northland

    BP what's this "buying bait" of which you speak? Whangaroa is alive with bait fish and a packet of sabiki's will secure more bait than you know what to do with.
  39. 1 point
    I would not let the UN anywhere near aid distribution. The entire outfit is run by incompitent fools. Read Sir Ray Averies book for evidence.
  40. 1 point
    Fish

    Two teams allowed into NZ

    The Government has also relaxed the rules to grant border exemptions to two syndicate teams who will challenge Emirates Team New Zealand for the 36th America’s Cup. The US Challenger, team American Magic, will bring a total of 102 workers, along with 104 family members, to New Zealand. INEOS Team UK will bring in a total of 86 workers and 128 family members and one nanny. Syndicates were expected to be in New Zealand for up to ten months. Twyford previously said the Government anticipated large numbers of people would be coming through, so was looking to set up a way for cost recovery. On Friday, Twyford said the America’s Cup was expected to contribute more than $100 million into the economy during its time in New Zealand. The series of events will conclude with the final match for the America’s Cup being held in Auckland in March 2021. https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/121810444/coronavirus-government-makes-changes-to-border-exemptions
  41. 1 point
    DTWO, I used to work in foreign aid. In terms of supporting Pacific neighbours, if you wanted to waste as much money as possible for as small a return as possible, you couldn't do much better than buying a monstrosity like this.
  42. 1 point
    "Hutton definitely, and perhaps in SW's case." Personally I'm convinced of the former, for reasons I'm not going to divulge, especially as for someone that can't defend himself. (His mo on others) Pressure to get a result (and play god) I suspect is a lot more prevalent than one would expect. Just look at the fellow humans out there than want to exert their power and convictions over you. These type jobs attract these sort of people, maybe it is an potential human trait in all of us? The saying, Power tends to corrupt............. "If you are referring to the Plastic bag and Olivia's hairs suddenly being found" and that doesn't bother you? If it doesn't smack of convenience, it does of gross incompetence.
  43. 1 point
    Cavatina

    Go To tool kit

    My go to all in one tool kit for just about any job on the farm or boat is the Powerbuilt 74 piece Metric Mechanics Tool Kit in a handy plastic case. Middle of the road quality but still good after ten years of use.
  44. 1 point
    Dance with the devil to keep the cash registered ringing? Or support agent Orange? Tough one. Agree with the last sentence. I see the herald axed that article on Pavlou. Or Peter Varghese You cannot even get it (article) on a search.I wonder just who motivated to get out the eraser? A somewhat more balance summary: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/29/world/australia/drew-pavlou-china-university-queensland.html What is obviously clear that the CCP and their insidious tentacles are present on Australian campus's. And Chinese leverage. Glad I ditched my herald subscription even though its naivety is sometimes appealing. (mostly downright misleading) Sorry, big drift. I hope it is very multipurpose.
  45. 1 point
    Ed

    And so it goes on

    Wait, where do you park the chopper now?
  46. 1 point
    Island Time

    Jim Young

    Another GREAT NZ designer! RIP Jim, I guess 95 was not a bad innings.
  47. 1 point
    bazzathemammoth

    3 kings

    Hey all. We are starting to plan a trip to the 3 kings next summer. Do you have any advice about this? When is the most settled weather? The plan is for some fishing/spearfishing/diving. I need to shoot me a 30+kg kinghy TIA
  48. 1 point
    wheels

    Fergy Buoy vs Ezybuoy..

    We used to try talking people out of using a Fergi and thus only sell when someone really needed one because there was no better alternative. They are great for spotting your buoy, especially in the dark and the ease of accessing the top rope is second to none. But there the positives end. They are expensive, require a lot of expensive rope work for the top line, if you want it to work perfectly and the real big negative is the knocking on the bow. In the right conditions, they can come against the bow and knock away and drive you completely nuts if you are trying to sleep aboard on the mooring. Then the issue of the constant knocking and wearing away at paint work. The magnetic thing, I don't see the point. Whats the difference with using a boat hook on a small float tied to the main mooring buoy like we all usually do? You end up having to have a magnetic boat hook on board and have to stow carefully away from Compass etc and you would still need a boat hook for general purposes, so more clutter.
  49. 1 point
    erice

    Shackleton's expedition

    full movie here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovFT7ji-D2c&has_verified=1
  50. 1 point
    idlerboat

    UNIDEN VHF Radio Error Indicator?

    hey good for you Geoff.. as much as DSC with GPS may not seem to be local....it will be. and it may well save your life. It really is less about shore based "rescue assets" than normal shipping. International shipping all now must run full dsc gps connected radios (VHF)... ...and if you are any distance off shore they are the ones who will be coming to help you in an emergency. They often (in my experience) no longer maintain a reasonable radio listening watch (due to the change in legal requirements with dsc radio) ...but if their alarm goes off ...all hell breaks lose......and yours , now that it is connected will give them your exact location if you hit that button. So just a bit more back ground...the introduction of dsc allowed most commercial vessels to remove the previous three "radio operators" ..(enough for a 24 hour watch cycle) ..most on bridge personnel now dont speak English as a first language or at all ( they dont pay enough)....saving the english speaker for port communication duties. As much as I dont like it, from a commercial point of view it makes sense. BUT...if you want help...you need to match it with the big boys..a Vox (voice) mayday over vhf may go unheard !! In theory a dsc mayday should set off a bridge siren... The lon n lat is universal and so is the message. I am involved with marine rescue...and was discussing this issue only a few hours ago. just recently two situation occurred where the distressed vessels where known to be in distress...but not where they were...It would seem so obvious...you just jump on the radio and in your clearest radio voice read off the gps lon n lat on your chart plotter.. ....Which because the skipper has had a heart attack , is read off by the reluctant and scared first mate as.....the chart plotter cursor position not vessel position!!. So now we have to do a lesson in how to drive a chart plotter ?..or push the button. In one case the vessel was finally instructed to set of their epirb...even though they were not "yet" in grave and immanent danger...
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