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Old 26 May 2014, 17:28   #11
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Great vid & sounds like a great trip I'm all for taking an oppoortunity but.... I would question the wisdom of lack of lifejackets on Cobra 1 in some of the footage - surely not sensible on such a crossing or at any time?
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Great video 😆😆
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Old 31 May 2014, 15:50   #13
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Hey Vandad, yes I always presumed that 1nm per litre was a safe bet but as anyone whom knows of my Alderney trip that it just isn't the case. I had wanted to stay the night but the others were not keen so it was literally a run over, some beers and mussels and then a run back. We left at about 1100hrs local time much to the confusion of the yacht owners whom couldnt grasp that we would just run back to UK in the dark. I would say though that ribbing in the dark brings a whole new dimension and a must for anyone.

Ref lifejackets on the other boat, I agree and wouldn't allow my crew to not wear them, but they decided not to bother and just went au-natural and no amount of me telling them was going to make a difference.
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I was in Shoreham port today. Quick blast then back to Littlehampton, would love to do a night trip... What about any thing drifting. That's my only worry
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I was in Shoreham port today. Quick blast then back to Littlehampton, would love to do a night trip... What about any thing drifting. That's my only worry
Well thats always the fear and to be honest you just need to keep a sharp look out, I find that you need to remove the glare from instruments as they just ruin any night vision you will have. With a combination of watching the chart plotter for any obvious obstructions and a constant scan in front you will spot the odd lobster pot.
What I find more confusing and quite an art is tracking large shipping, all you can see are the nag lights and I do not have the experience to know if its moving towards/away from you. Interesting though trying to figure it out
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all you can see are the nag lights and I do not have the experience to know if its moving towards/away from you. Interesting though trying to figure it out
If you can see both red & green, MOVE!! If it's a big boat & all you can see is white, then he's moving away. AIS is a godsend in this situation as it gives course of the other vessel & CPA (Closest Point of Approach)
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If you can see both red & green, MOVE!! If it's a big boat & all you can see is white, then he's moving away. AIS is a godsend in this situation as it gives course of the other vessel & CPA (Closest Point of Approach)

In addition to this, the real challenge is spotting moving vessels against a shore background that's lit up like Picadilly Circus; The Bay of Algeciras with a background of refineries and a load of vessels anchored is particularly challenging, as I imagine would be the approach to Southampton/Fawley?
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In addition to this, the real challenge is spotting moving vessels against a shore background that's lit up like Picadilly Circus; The Bay of Algeciras with a background of refineries and a load of vessels anchored is particularly challenging, as I imagine would be the approach to Southampton/Fawley?

Found out on my MCA medical I was coloured blind so the above situation is hell!!
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