[Public-List] On the West Coast
mainstay at csolve.net
Mon Sep 24 08:14:02 PDT 2012
Hello again friends,
I had a marvelous experience the other day while on this trip.
My wife and I were looking at wooden boats in a harbour near here and noticed a powerful looking ketch in a travel lift heading for the launching slip.
'That looks like John Guzzwell's 'Treasure' I said to Caroline. We got closer and sure enough it was. We saw a woman getting set to photograph the launch, I headed toward her to ask if Guzzwell still owned the boat. Just then John Guzzwell himself walked around the rudder carrying a pan of anti fouling and a roller.
Like an idiot I stuck out my hand and said 'hello Mr Guzzwell, I'm Gord Laco from Canada, I've read everything you and the Smeetons have written'.
We introduced our wives to each other; Caroline gracefully got me away by saying 'launch day is a big day, have a good one' and we stepped away.
Google John Guzzwell and the yachts Trekka, and Tzu Hang.....
I shook the hand of a very brave man who is also one of the greatest seaman.
Gord #426 Surprise
On 2012-09-24, at 7:52 AM, Gordon Laco <mainstay at csolve.net> wrote:
> And from me too!
> On 2012-09-24, at 7:47 AM, Lawrence Morris <morris.lc at verizon.net> wrote:
>> Amen brother!
>> Sent from my iPhone
>> Larry Morris
>> On Sep 24, 2012, at 9:42 AM, John Riley <jriley at dsbscience.com> wrote:
>>> I played around with that app a while back, and there is simply no way
>>> it is displaying all vessels within a given region. I looked at the
>>> Chesapeake, areas like Savannah Approach and around New Orleans, and a
>>> few other busy ports.
>>> Sometimes, there was only one or two vessels shown.
>>> Either the app does not get all AIS equipped vessels or there are very
>>> few AIS equipped vessels. Either way, I'll stick to the Mark I
>>> Eyeball...which has the added advantage of not requiring cell signal...
>>> Apologies if I sound like a technophobic curmudgeon again, but the thing
>>> I really hate about all these "modern tools" (gps, chartplotters, etc)
>>> is that they pull the focus into the boat. The dangers lie outside and
>>> around me...THAT's where I want to be looking.
>>> Yes, I've been aboard a power vessel going 30 knots where the skipper at
>>> the helm was looking DOWN at the dot on the chart plotter while piloting
>>> his vessel in a narrow channel and with other boats nearby. Speed was a
>>> problem, but so was focus of attention to a screen at the helm station
>>> rather than out, as "Proper Lookout" demands.
>>> Michael Grosh wrote:
>>>> Android users can use MarineTraffic.com. I use it all the time, and I am on
>>>> a boat with full featured AIS, chart plotter overlay, etc.(AIS is VHF line
>>>> of sight, the smart phone app uses shore stations for unlimited
>>>> Costs nothing.
>>>> On Sep 23, 2012 7:46 PM, "Greenhouse, Matthew A. (GSFC-6650)" <
>>>> matthew.a.greenhouse at nasa.gov> wrote:
>>> John S. Riley
>>> S/V Gaelic Sea
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