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2 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

George.Curtis
Posts: 17
lso in Flying Fish 2014-2:


Norwegian Cruising Guide by John Harries and Phyllis Nickel, OCC, available in both electronic and paper versions from www.norwegiancruisingguide.com
2 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

George.Curtis
Posts: 17
This Pilot Guide was mentoined in Flying Fish 2014-2

South East Asia Pilot, published by Image Asia Events in 2009 (3rd edition). ISBN 978-9-7430-0555-8
2 days ago
Topic:
Cruising Guides, Printed and on Line

George.Curtis
Posts: 17
The following guides were mentioned in Flying Fish 2014-2:

Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego Nautical Guide by Mariolina Rolfo and Giorgio Ardrizzi. ISBN 88-85986-34-X


RCC Pilotage Foundation CHILE : Arica Desert to Tierra del Fuego. Ian and Maggy Staples, Tony and Coryn Gooch. Updated by Andrew O’Grady. ISBN 978-0-8528-8721-9,
3 days ago
Topic:
South America, Falklands/Malvinas & South Georgia

barry.kennedy
Posts: 2
Pm sent , I am interested in all the S Georgia and Falkland charts
3 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

Dick
Posts: 254
Hi Alan,
We have wandered many places where we were faced with some kind of dilemma. Here on Alchemy we work quite hard to solve the problem in a reasonable fashion on our own. We are industrious and patient and willing to go down a few dead ends. But we do get to the point where we throw up our hands and just choose the “last resort” strategy: we throw money at the problem.
That, for better or worse, usually solves it. And more often than I would like to admit, we are sorry not to have thrown money at the problem earlier.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
3 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

ateale
Posts: 9
Thank you Dick. Your support is appreciated.
We have identified a suitable tank(s) and we think we have identified a suitable regulator. The company in Belfast that does pretty well all of the boat tanks around here thinks our plan to connect from the US regulator to our flexible hose with a simple brass hosetail is doable and acceptable. We move on to ordering.
I will let you know how it turns out. Alan
4 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

Dick
Posts: 254
Hi Alan,
If in need of fittings,the best place (to my knowledge) is Trident Marine ( I believe in Pennsylvania). They might be able to help. If you run into dead ends, give me a heads up directly by email and I will see if some Maine contacts of mine can help. Be explicit about where the problem lies.
I know of few systems that give the wide ranging cruiser more headaches than propane.
Hang in there: it will get sorted. Dick
4 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

ateale
Posts: 9
Thanks for that Dick, We are currently acquiring a couple of US tanks with OPD's and a regulator. The next challenge will be connecting the US regulator to the flexible gas hose that is the distal (tank end) stage of a UK system. I am hoping a simple hose tail screwed into the regulator will do it. That said, nothing is simple about adapting a UK boat to US systems.

Simon, yes we will be heading north with a first leg to Shelburne, Nova Scotia in mid-June.
4 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

Dick
Posts: 254
Hi Simon and Alan,
The good news is (I believe) that Canada and the US are on the same page propane bottles-wise. My fittings from 10+ years ago when last in the US are good with the Canadian tanks I bought last fall when I arrived in Newfoundland, The tanks were not crazy money and I can swap or get them filled. I have not been able to confirm, but I believe it to be true, that the pressure relief valve and design for the CA tanks is the same as for the US. Once you are sorted with these tanks/fittings, they should be good into the US and all over the Caribbean.
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy, Lewisporte, Newfoundland, CA
5 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 728
Alan
Oh that’s a bit depressing as we are heading your way and already acquired some redundant cylinders on our travels. Are you heading north? If so we may cross as we come south. We will watch out for you.
6 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

ateale
Posts: 9
Thanks for your response Simon. It’s looking as if we will need to purchase US tanks. The main problem seems to be the need for an over-pressure device on the tank valve in Maine and seemingly in many other states (if not all). Alan
7 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

Simon Currin
Administrator
Posts: 728
Alan there is another thread on this elsewhere on the Forum that I hope will give you some pointers. Is the problem that you can’t get the appropriate fitting to decant your own or are the retailers declining to fill your cylinders because they don’t comply with local regulations? Here is a link to the other thread: http://forum.oceancruisingclub.org/topic2094-refilling-composite-propane-bottles.aspx
7 days ago
Topic:
Filling UK Calor propane tanks in the US

ateale
Posts: 9
We are currently in Belfast Maine and have run into a problem getting our UK propane tanks refilled. Others must have encountered this problem before us and we would be grateful for any advice that may be out there.
Alan Teale, SV Kiviuq
7 days ago
Topic:
Reefing/dousing the mainsail downwind

Dick
Posts: 254
editing error for previous post: last sentence should read: "mains in (boom) furlers"
7 days ago
Topic:
Reefing/dousing the mainsail downwind

Dick
Posts: 254
Hi Neil,
Good to hear from you.
As to being able to get the mainsail down without rounding up and other maneuvers where having slippery track makes sail handling much easier, I have started to put slippery track in the realm of "safety" equipment. Too often I look at offshore cruising boats and see a ton of money spent on instruments and electronics (or other non-essentials) and the boat still sports conventional sail track. It is hard to anticipate how much difference slippery track makes ahead of time: I know I did not.
When we bought Alchemy, the PO had installed the slippery track: I thought it was kind of cool, but in no way had a clue how important I would later believe it to be to the feeling I could handle the mainsail with ease in gale and above conditions. I would now place slippery track as an essential safety feature of an offshore sailboat.
(And please do not consider this an indirect endorsement of roller furling mains or mains in furlers.)
My best, Dick Stevenson, s/v Alchemy
8 days ago
Topic:
Emergency Phone Numbers

neilm
Posts: 22
neilm
Posts: 22
Topic: Emergency Phone Numbers
It is a good idea to test any emergency phone numbers you plan to use. Some published numbers are 5 day A week offices
When we called the Canadian number to confirm it was appropriate, the person who answered was helpful.
The calls are free if you have an unlimited data
Plan on iridium GO and well worth the cost on any sat phone
8 days ago
Topic:
Reefing/dousing the mainsail downwind

neilm
Posts: 22
We have Harken Båt cars and ball-bearing slidesa. Reefing downwind works as Bill and Dick describe. Pulling hard on the leech reef lines as the sail drops is essential
8 days ago
Topic:
Reefing/dousing the mainsail downwind

neilm
Posts: 22
We have Harken Båt cars and ball-bearing slidesa. Reefing downwind works as Bill and Dick describe. Pulling hard on the leech reef lines as the sail drops is essential
16 days ago
Topic:
Suriname report of pirate attack on fishermen

Daria Blackwell
Administrator
Posts: 716
From Luis Zunino and verified by reports from Reuters and BBC:


The Americas
Pirate attack off Suriname leaves 16 missing and feared dead By Harmen Boerboom|AP April 30
PARAMARIBO, Suriname — Sixteen fishermen are missing and feared dead after pirates raided their boats off the coast of Suriname and forced them to jump overboard, authorities in the South American country said Monday.
The fishermen were part of a group of 20 in four boats who were attacked off the Atlantic coast of Suriname, said Cmdr. Jerry Slijngard of the Surinamese Coast Guard.
Four men managed to swim to shore and three of them remain hospitalized. They told police and the Coast Guard that the assailants, suspected of coming from neighboring Guyana because of their accents, beat them with machetes and forced them to jump into the sea. They said some of the victims had batteries tied to their legs to weigh them down.
Coast Guard and police vessels, along with members of the Fisheries Collective Association, have searched for the missing men and the pirates since the attack late Friday.
“We are still searching the area with family members of the fishermen, hoping for a miracle,” said Mark Lall, president of the Fisheries Collective Association.
Small-scale piracy has long been a fact of life along the largely undeveloped coasts of Suriname and Guyana, which lie on the northeastern shoulder of South America. But this level of violence is rare.
Lall said a captain of a Surinamese vessel was killed by pirates in February when he put up resistance during a robbery.
He called on the government to increase maritime police and Coast Guard patrols and said local fishermen have been too fearful to go out to sea to work since Friday’s attack.
“In the past, they used to get away with the catch or with the boat’s engine,” Lall said. “But now human lives don’t count.”


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19 days ago
Topic:
SSB Radios

Charles.Griffiths
Posts: 1
Charles.Griffiths
Posts: 1
Topic: SSB Radios
Charles.Griffiths wrote:
John Franklin wrote:
Our 15 year old Pactor III modem aboard Al Shaheen has died. Does anyone know of a repair facility in the UK, or have experience of repairing a Pactor modem?


I will get the hang of this in a minute....Bob Smith - mail@yachtcom.co.uk - tel 44 1489 565100 is expert on this subject and guided me to my short wave cert.
Regards
Charles




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