We had a big multi-boat fire here in the Pacific Northwest recently. It has served as a reminder to many of us about the risks of fire aboard, particularly on unattended vessels.
But what about occupied vessels? How does that play out?
Heidi Hackler has this interesting and educational post over at Three Sheets NW. I’ll post a teaser photo to entice you to click over for the entire article.
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I’m addicted to YouTube. I love the Russian dash-cam footage of accidents and near misses. I love the London bicyclists who share their confrontations with other road users. I love following Seattle’s own masked superhero in his fight against crime. I love “fail” compilations.
But beyond all the banality and schadenfreude, I also subscribe to a handful of channels that I find genuinely enriching. One of these is Untie The Lines, a weekly video blog by a young woman on a cruising adventure.
The production quality is well above average for this sort of thing, and I suspect the content will be compelling for those of us with ambitious…or even modest…cruising dreams. Here’s the “trailer”, from about 7 month ago:
Over at Three Sheets Northwest, Scott Wilson has a good roundup of the current state of affairs in marine communication gear. A quick excerpt to whet your appetite…
Despite the push-button gee whiz factor of DSC, however, it hasn’t sparked a revolution in VHF communications, at least on the Salish Sea. And some of the complications it has introduced (MMSI registration, anyone?) arguably create more problems than they solve for the average sailor (a problem inherent in most technological change).
In fact, for in-shore and near-shore communications, cell phones have become more common than ever. For some marinas and boaters, a phone call is now the preferred method of making contact. This has the effect of, blessedly, freeing up the limited radio bandwidth for safety and navigation communications, with the concordant curse that fewer ears are listening to VHF to receive those safety and navigation calls.