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Old 16 March 2013, 18:33   #81
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Is this a kangaroo court?
Of course!! this is RIBnet
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Old 16 March 2013, 19:12   #82
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Old 17 March 2013, 03:42   #83
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He's a supposedly paid professional, it's his job, he's not a weekend leisure sailor, he's in charge of a feckin great cargo ship, miles off course. Whatever the reason for him running aground, he had chance to drop his anchors waay before he ran aground. Just because no one was hurt or no oil was spilled doesn't make it right, that's like saying speeding or drink driving is ok as long as no-one is hurt. At best he's incompetent, at worst he's criminally negligent either way he's not fit to be in charge.
And you are qualified to make that judgment how?????? Based on a report in the local press?

It would be a truly scary world if everyone was judged by people with no knowledge or experience reading the "evidence" that appears in a local rag, (and i include local BBC reporting as well).

Of course the media makes no mistakes at all, and are all perfectly qualified to report the facts and evidence, so maybe i am wrong???

I agree there should have been an attempt to anchor, and he should not have gone aground. The reasons will be clear upon investigation.

However bear this in mind, many of these SMALL coasters (I would no way call it a "feckin great cargo ship!") have only have 3 watchkeeping officers on board, due to their owners (not captains) attempt to save money, meaning they work 4 hours on and 8 hours off for months at a time, and in thier off time also need to supervise loading cargo, maintenence, paperwork, and all the other million and one other things to do, so they are usually knackered and exhausted, particularly in the middle of the night.

However in this case I have no idea what happened, so i will reserve judgment.

It is good to know that you believe anyone who gets paid for any job at all deserves stringing up for anything that goes wrong, whoever is at fault, in any proffesion, or are you just saying that to people who are unlucky enough to work on ships for a living??
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Hand Bearing Compass recommendations?

Hi there

Thanks for the reminder from this thread... any recommendations for a Hand Bearing Compass as a GPS failure backup?

I've a fixed compass on the console, but I fancy a hand bearing one for ease of taking transits etc

A fair range to choose from so your experiences welcomed.

Best wishes and thanks

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To me there is only one - the Plastimo Iris 50 - top marks

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To me there is only one - the Plastimo Iris 50 - top marks

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I have one of these - nice kit, never used it in anger though (works well in the garden!). Watch Ebay for them, they come up at half of RRP.
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Some of our dinghy racing mark boat packs have the Iris 50, but one of them has one like the photo. Personally, I've come to prefer the sort you can hold at arm's length.

We also have big compasses mounted on a wooden pistol-grip thingummy with a "Little Hawk" wind indicator on the end. A bit bulky, but very easy to read off.
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