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15 hours ago
Topic:
Tsunami Response

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
Practical Sailor has published information on what to do if the water suddenly recedes. Do any of our members have any experience with tsunamis? During Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the water receded in several island not because of tsunami but because the storms were so powerful they pushed the water ahead of them, sucking it out from behind them. These are very different phenomena that require different approaches, neither of which is predictable.

https://www.practical-sailor.com/blog/NASA-Discusses-New-Distress-Alerting-System-10089-1.html?ET=practicalsailor:e35814:125771a:&st=email&s=p_Waypoints092117
15 hours ago
Topic:
Message from HIYC of Cuba

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
Dear friends of the international nautical community,


It pleases me very much to thank you very much for your concern about the passing of hurricane Irma along our country. We inform you that this Monday we began our work in our Yacht Club, after more than a week without electricity that kept without communication with all of you.


Thanks to our preparedness to face such a devastating hurricane, the headquarters of our Yacht Club did not suffer serious damages. During this past week we worked very hard to leave the headquarters of HIYC of Cuba ready to welcome its members and guests.


No vessel was harmed at Marina Hemingway. That proves the conditions of this marina as a shelter for boats in case of hurricanes and storms.


Our entire country suffered the consequences of this devastating hurricane that left the entire island without electricity during some days.


For our part, we are very concerned about the damages our friends may have suffered in Caribbean islands and the South of Florida.


My best Greetings,
Commodore Escrich
1 days ago
Topic:
epi pens

neilm
Posts: 19
neilm
Posts: 19
Topic: epi pens
Wilderness Medicine has a youtube video showing how to get an additional two doses of epinephrine by talking the auto-injector apart. This may be very important knowledge when medical care is not readily available.
1 days ago
Topic:
Crew available in South America in November

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
My nephew has just completed his Masters and is taking some time to travel. He will be in South America, starting in Colombia and heading south via land to Argentina and Chile starting in November. He will be available to crew for anyone transiting the area. He is a charming young Irishman and has sailing experience but not distance sailing. He has sailed with us on shorter passages and is an enthusiastic and helpful crew member. Please contact me PR@oceancruisingclub. org if you have an interest.
2 days ago
Topic:
The Caribbean after two hurricanes?

Gianluca
Posts: 15
Hello, I'm planning to take Vivaldi down to the Caribbean in November, this year. The plan is to sail to Antigua and then work the islands westerly to finish in the Bahamas at the end of April. However, I'm concern with conditions of the islands after two hurricanes. I am concern about security while cruising or at the marinas. I'm concern about availability of marinas, markets, etc. I'm wondering what kind of problems I'm going to find out. I will appreciate any comments to my post. I will be also curious if there are other fellows doing paralell plans.
I'm looking forward to any comments,
Thanks,
Gian Luca
s/v Vivaldi
5 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: New (2017) Website Wish List
Thanks Neil,
Readability is becoming a commonly reported concern. One tip on the Fleet Map - go hamburger/ cruising info /OCC Fleet.
Simon
5 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

neilm
Posts: 19
We like the new site, and appreciate the work you put into it.

A few suggestions

1) Include the PO list in the hamburger menu on home page
2 ) ditto for Fleet map (only way I can find it is with Google or by exploring member benefit)
3) Plain old black text on white or slightly off-white background would be easier to read than the light blue, grey font currently used etc. These pastel colours are the current style, but are hard to read, particularly with weak eyes, in a moving boat and on a small (phone) screen. There is a reason newspapers and most magazines stick with black text, despite the ease and low cost of colour printing.
4) There is lots of room on my tiny iPhone4 screen for more items under the hamburger menu, so that users can go where they want with two clicks/touches

Neil and Helen McCubbin
6 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: New (2017) Website Wish List
Daria
Yes I'm getting frustrated by loss of Forum functionality too. Maybe we should start looking for a better .net offering? At least now all the data is in tables we can move easily onto a different .net Forum platform.
Simon
6 days ago
Topic:
Iridium Go for $125/mo and unlimited data?

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Daria,

For the first time in more than a decade we tried to use our SSB this summer as we were cruising part of the time with Alchemy. Sadly it didn't work so I'm going to have to ask for help on fixing it. Please drop me a line if there are any Icom experts out there!

We had a huge amount of use out of our IridiumGo this summer and made full use of the unlimited data package. It was a tough year for ice so we were regularly receiving satellite images, ice charts and lots of PredictWind data. We also used it extensively for updating the blog.

We did, however, have some issues.

The Iridium Web and Mail app worked fine last year but an iOS upgrade had rendered it useless for bringing in attachments this year. On iPhone and iPAD we had no problem downloading attachments but the app stubbornly refused to display them. When we did find internet access in Greenland we discovered this has been a known problem for some time which has still to be resolved but Iridium. Very annoying. I posted them some feedback on the Appstore!

So all of our image attachments had to come in via One Mail which isn't ideal. One Mail doesn't cache the download so if the signal falls off during the download then you have to start from scratch again. Next year we are going to experiment with different software and just bite the bullet on the subscription.

One Mail remains a great way of staying in touch with terrestrial email. I set up my regular email to forward to a GMAIL account and then can choose which emails I want to download from One Mail. All very slick.

PredictWind's Offshore App was absolutely brilliant when run on a MACBOOK PRO. We were really impressed by it's accuracy and it helped us avoid a lot of weather and headwinds.

Interesting that you report a trend towards relying on SPOT, Delorme and Yellow Brick. We took a Delorme (now Garmin) with us to use as a communicator when ashore and away from the ship's Iridium. It's a great device and fine for SMS type communication and position reporting but hopeless for GRIBS and email. It has a built in weather forecasting module using OCENS but that's not the same as being able to bring in GRIBS. Having text based weather reports being sent from a shore based weather advisor could overcome some of this limitation.

Personally though I am now addicted to being able to source a wide range of weather and other information and to import it to the boat for us to make our own decisions rather than relying on shore advice. So, for now, IridiumGo is perfect for us. However if our SSB can be resurrected then we will be using that for all of the added value stuff when we get into waters where nets exist.

Simon
6 days ago
Topic:
Anchorages in Greenland 2017

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: Anchorages in Greenland 2017
Anchorages in SE Greenland, Prins Christian Sund and SW Greenland and W Greenland
8 days ago
Topic:
Iridium Go for $125/mo and unlimited data?

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
Simon,

Somewhere I recently read that the majority of boats now crossing oceans are doing so without SSB or SAT phones, using only Spot or Iridium Go for brief communications. In this world of twitter, that's considered staying in touch. Sadly, the SSB conundrum is being compounded by the US government which has forced discontinuation of sales of some of the reasonably priced SSBs on a technicality. We, as well as many SSCA members, provided input to the USCG and FCC about this issue. My feeling is that having access to wider communications improves the safety of our ocean cruising community.

Frankly, I am waiting for the convergence of SAT and mobile. I hope it happens in my lifetime. Until then, I love my ICOM SSB. Simon, please let us know how it goes with the Iridium GO.

Daria
8 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
In the Forum, I don't understand the image button. It asks for a URL which would be a page link button which is already there as a standard hyperlink button. To add an image you have to attach a file. This is counter-intuitive relative to other forums.
8 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) bug reports

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
The bug that causes the page to crash when saving a link is still happening. It makes me lose all the work I did up to that point. I have made a work around in that if I save a page first, then I can add a link. But that requires a three step process that in turn requires opening the page three times. I have to post the text without going live - which closes the page. Post the link without going live and save, then make it live and save. Can someone please have a look? I am wasting much time on this.
8 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
In the gallery, it is not possible to place photos in the correct orientation. Vertical photos automatically post horizontally forcing viewers to view them sideways. Since most boats are photographed vertically, I'd like the ability to post in both configurations.
8 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
Currently, I can only add one photo per news page and all links have to go into the links list on the bottom of the page which is not always easy to spot. When collecting lists on links for disaster relief or information contacts, I can't have a live link posted with the information about it. I would like to be able to have live links within the body of the text.
8 days ago
Topic:
New (2017) Website Wish List

Daria Blackwell
Posts: 691
No you are not the only one! :-(

alanfym wrote:


Hi

Like the new forum and appreciate the effort it has taken but for those whose eyesight is no longer young I find it very difficult to read the print that is grey text on white, I have no trouble at all with the text below, I'm not the only one in difficulty with this?

best regards

Alan Franklin
9 days ago
Topic:
Propeller Size

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: Propeller Size
Dick,
I moved the thread as suggested. I doubt though that Janice and Andy will be able to reply for sometime as they are overwintering afloat near Maniitsoq, west Greenland. A place not known for internet connectivity.
Simon
Dick wrote:
Am I correct that this stream would be more easily found and make more sense under engines? Dick
9 days ago
Topic:
ARC survey about gear failures at sea

Dick
Posts: 205
Hi Simon,
I know what you mean, but I do not believe your intention is to "shame" a product so much as to report fully and help others not go down unproductive and expensive dead ends. Thanks for filling in the blanks. Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
9 days ago
Topic:
Shimshal

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: Shimshal
Shimshal is spending the winter ashore in North Greenland in the care of Sisak Tecnic.
For a somewhat lengthy slide show of our summer 2017 cruise go to:
https://vimeo.com/233210015

This contains slides, video and timelapse but beware it lasts 25 minutes!

Simon
9 days ago
Topic:
ARC survey about gear failures at sea

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 654
Topic: ARC survey about gear failures at sea
Dick,

Sorry to have been coy about naming and shaming. I have posted about LOPLIGHTS on this Forum before. So yes, indeed, it was the LOPOLIGHTS that failed annually until we got fed up of climbing the mast to replace them. The Whitlock (Lewmar) steerer failed suddenly and without warning. The Raymarine Pilot SG3 control box (now thankfully obsolete) we replaced in Reykjavik used to switch itself off suddenly without warning or reason - a fault that is discussed elsewhere on this Forum.

So yes let's draw attention to those shiny bits of kit that do not endure.

Simon




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