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  1. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    Yes and the port small is the charger connection (which I see has a waterproof cap which should be installed.)
  2. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    Li-ion battery. The small electrical port is the charger which is a standard 120AC charger.
  3. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    Torqueedo test drive: I've never touched one and there were no instructions in the bag so I didn't know what to expect. It's an easily managed package though and the bags are well made. The engine bag is about the size of a tennis racket bag but weighs more. The battery bag is quite small and...
  4. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    I thought their reply was courteous and reasoned. Private clubs often make their own rules. I met several members young and old, no 'hate, sneers, luddites, extremists, etc.' at all. Like many dinghy docks on the coast of Maine, tenders are at best split 50/50 hard vs. inflatable. For many...
  5. TomY

    PHOTODAY! A '10' anchorage.

    Yeah,...I know. It seems like giving away a good fishing hole. Truth is I've been exposing my favorite spots for years and I haven't seen increased traffic anywhere, yet. I think we're creatures of habit and don't break out of our norm. That may be the case for coastal sailors and cruisers...
  6. TomY

    An Anchoring Visual Guide for Chartplotters

    My antique Garmin uses 4 watts (black and white). Considerable but I've found having this anchor sentry on 24/7 is important to me, as well as a convenient clock. The constant tracing gives wind, tide and swing info on our anchor at a glance day or night. A phone is a nice remote anchor watch in...
  7. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    They didn't seem like lunatics so I decided to ask and received a courteous reply back. I even asked about electrics and they are all banned but not for the reason that you assumed. "Thanks for your inquiry, and I'm glad you made it to CHYC this past season. Our no outboard rule has been in...
  8. TomY

    An Anchoring Visual Guide for Chartplotters

    Nice tool! I use a GPS CP, 24/7, to keep track of the anchor. Once you've done it for a while, the signs of dragging, wind shifts, tidal change, are easy to spot. When an anchor drags, it can show in a step that wasn't tidal. More importantly, it will trace a 'falling leaf' pattern while an...
  9. TomY

    PHOTODAY! A '10' anchorage.

    Thanks, John. I've haven't sat out a blow there but if it was an 'average' blow, I wouldn't hesitate. It's 12' LW, good holding and enough room to let all my chain and nylon rode out, and still drag my CQR a little. Wind would blow but little wave action, even at high tide. It's exposure is...
  10. TomY

    PHOTODAY! A '10' anchorage.

    What makes an anchorage a 10 for me? Beautiful, protected, remote, and not far from home. The beautiful part isn't hard to see. Protected? This anchorage is nearly ringed by islands and bars. Atoll like. Here it is at low tide 2 years ago. Even at HW, no wave penetrates inside. Remote? In...
  11. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    Big rains clean out self bailing dinghy's many of which are smeared with oils and gas mixtures and dripping engines. Worse, dinghy's swamp in a deluge and tanks go upside down, most seal well but not all. Dinghy docks are right up there with fishing boats for harbor pollution in my experience.
  12. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    True. My reasons to promote electric outboards are selfish:pollution in my space. Noise pollution is real problem (don’t get me started on car alarms!). Any dinghy dock with a lot of outboards often sits in a sheen of oil. We tied up at a boat club in Brooklin me. They don’t allow you to leave...
  13. TomY

    Electric harbors are coming.

    I look forward to hearing how it works out for you, Larry. Like electric cars, we KNOW they aren't for everybody, and we know WHY. More interesting is hearing from people that have chosen to go electric dinghy propulsion. I saw many Torqueedo's on the coast this season. I can't help on the...
  14. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    I've learned quite a bit seeing these groundings on our coast and living near several boatyards that repair these victims. Probably first is that most happen in familiar waters, in broad daylight and good weather. This is good for someone like me who has had some groundings over decades to be...
  15. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    You're only off in that I didn't blame the accident on old school vs new school. Trying to figure out what happened is fun but futile. In the end it's complacency, nearly every time. I've been saying for years that despite screens showing sailboats still hitting rocks - in real time -...
  16. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    The schooner was in fact on the rocks, lower left- purple marker, on this screen shot. I put a large dotted arrow as to current direction that would have been flowing out (I think), of the thoroughfare. Slow sailing schooner, current drift, maybe it was stronger than the navigator/captain...
  17. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    Ha! Thanks to my own post, I think I'm wrong on my supposition. In fact, that is the outer nun in the FB photo (not mine even though my name is one it). That being said, perhaps they were victims of the current. It would have been flowing out and carried them out of the safe 'quarter mile'...
  18. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    Grounding forensics: These are fun, as long as you aren't the ground-er. This was just 2 days ago and unfolded nearly in front of us. The facts: Afternoon, light Southerly winds (important component I think), beautiful day on the Fox Island Thoroughfare in Penobscot Bay. The GRACE BAILEY is...
  19. TomY

    New Forums: Questions, Suggestions, Comments

    Returning into the world of ‘some’ data, the new SBO site loads faster than most which are unusable on the fringes of my phones reception in outer Maine space
  20. TomY

    Navigation: Old School vs New School

    Basic navigation courses are a good idea for newbs, I think. I suspect most still revolve around basic paper chart mechanics. All the basis and tools of piloting still hold with echarts: bearings, navy buoys, hazards, currents etc. Even after years of practice, you’ll never reach the surety of...