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Video Messabout Tomorrow

 

Don't forget the video messabout at Dennis's in Albany. Starts about Noon.

http://www.coots.org/mb/Video/

--
John <@Jkohnen>
Let us enrich ourselves with our mutual differences. (Paul Valery)


Last Goodbye to Lon

Electri-Cal
 

We all leave the body, but the soul lives on, so let it be with our dear friend Lon.  I will miss him, as does most everybody who had the pleasuer of being his friend, or coots group associate.  No better man, fare thee well in times passages, and God bless !!

Cal


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Dan
 

I’m afraid my gear ain’t been all fivers for some time, now…but, at least,  I don’t get “ZBM-2” on the comeback real often.  Not, yet.  Dan.


Re: Our friend Lon

Teresa Pittman
 

Thank you, Andy, for the kind words about Lon. (And a thank you to the rest of the Coots as well).  I knew he was someone special, the first time I met him. 

“Throw out the radio and take the fiddle down from the wall.”
— Andrew Nelson Lytle, Tennessee, 1930

On Jan 29, 2020, at 5:24 PM, Andrew Rusten <w7atr.1@...> wrote:

I about puked when Quinn texted me. I met Lon on the Coots forum and went over to look at the submerged Silver Spray. He and I talked at length about ideas to raise her and did a survey under water again and the rest of you know the history. Lon gave me moorage for our Cat 27 for a time until we moved down island (after I stepped thru the decking on the dock and had to have my leg sewed back up. Will miss our conversations at night on the web and his humor and his love for boat history around the Northwest. Still can’t believe he’s gone. But... better than drooling your life away in a nursing home with a full diaper...  nice exit Lon


Our friend Lon

Andy Rusten
 

I about puked when Quinn texted me. I met Lon on the Coots forum and went over to look at the submerged Silver Spray. He and I talked at length about ideas to raise her and did a survey under water again and the rest of you know the history. Lon gave me moorage for our Cat 27 for a time until we moved down island (after I stepped thru the decking on the dock and had to have my leg sewed back up. Will miss our conversations at night on the web and his humor and his love for boat history around the Northwest. Still can’t believe he’s gone. But... better than drooling your life away in a nursing home with a full diaper...  nice exit Lon


Re: boat charter

Randy Torgerson
 

Lee,

20 - 25 years ago I used to bare boat charter keel boats a lot; mostly Catalina 270, 28, 320 and 36's in San Diego CA.  I always chartered with a charter company that had their own fleet and I never had a problem.  The charter fee included boat insurance with a deductible.  We also paid the cleaning fee if we were out for more than a day or two, which was reasonable.  One tank of diesel was included so we returned the boat with whatever was left in the tank; once that was fumes.  I felt their cost for provisioning was exorbitant so we always did that ourselves.  I took several ASA (American Sailing Association) classes including  Basic Coastal Cruising and Bareboat Cruising so once I showed the charter company my certificate there was no questions about being competent and no check out sail was necessary.   I did check my with my home owners insurance company that I had liability insurance when I was chartering since I was captain of the boat; I did raise the level of liability insurance just in case.

I never chartered a boat through a charter broker or a private owner as I had heard horrors stories about being nickeled-and-dimed to death when returning the boat.

Randy 


 


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Richard Green
 

You know, I usta raise them germaniums, mighty purty flowers!

On Jan 29, 2020, at 6:16 AM, Dan <@capndan> wrote:

Got the whisker right on the sweet spot in my germanium diode...a long
wire strung from my window to a tree limb...CQ...CQ...



Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Richard Green
 

Five by five here and that’s a big 10 4, good buddy!

On Jan 29, 2020, at 6:16 AM, Dan <@capndan> wrote:

Got the whisker right on the sweet spot in my germanium diode...a long
wire strung from my window to a tree limb...CQ...CQ...



Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Dan
 

Got the whisker right on the sweet spot in my germanium diode...a long
wire strung from my window to a tree limb...CQ...CQ...


boat charter

Lee Tapper
 

Hi All:
I have a Sage 17 I sail (went to the Salish 100 last year) but this summer I am contemplating chartering a bigger boat (34-36 feet) to accomodate more folks for a week or so in desolation sound.  I have never chartered a boat so I am hoping the community can give me some tips on what to watch for and what to expect.  I am particularly interested in the practices around liability, as well as general advice on what to expect in chartering and what to watch out for. For example,  If something breaks how is blame and cost to repair determined?  Also condition of the boat - if I show up and something isn't working that we feel we need how do we sort that out?  And hidden costs - like when you leave an appartment some owners always ding you for the cleaning deposite.  Is there anything analogous on boat charter? 

Hopefully the questions give you a flavor of my ignorance and areas where advice is needed.  Please feel free to provide any ideas that might be relevant. Posting to the group or email to me is fine.

Thanks,
Lee
tapper.lee@...


Western Flyer

 

Pete L up in Port Ludlow has posted some new photos of the rebuilding of the fishing boat Western Flyer in Port Townsend. Starting here:

https://flic.kr/p/2ijAK1q

--
John <@Jkohnen>
I know there's a proverb which that says "to err is human", but a human error is nothing to what a computer can do if it tries. (Agatha Christie)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

So all we need to do is set up an AM radio station for Dan to zero in on with an old transistor radio. Coot talk radio? ;o)

On 1/27/2020 5:47 PM, john a wrote:
A simple AM radio with a ferrite rod antenna works!
--
John <@Jkohnen>
Familiarity breeds contempt. How accurate that is. The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it. (Mark Twain)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

johnacord
 

A simple AM radio with a ferrite rod antenna works!

John Acord


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Jim Young
 

He may have one John.


On Mon, Jan 27, 2020 at 4:11 PM John Kohnen <jkohnen@...> wrote:
We'll set up a longwave radio station at the Boathouse and you can use
your radio direction finder to home in on us. <g>

On 1/27/2020 12:21 AM, Dan in Almostcanada wrote:
> John.  I’d like to come to your charting workshop, but I’d prolly get
> lost trying to find it.  Dan.

--
John <jkohnen@...>
I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns
it on, I go to the library and read a good book. (Groucho Marx)






--
Jim Young,
mostly retired
Somers, MT


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

We'll set up a longwave radio station at the Boathouse and you can use your radio direction finder to home in on us. <g>

On 1/27/2020 12:21 AM, Dan in Almostcanada wrote:
John.  I’d like to come to your charting workshop, but I’d prolly get lost trying to find it.  Dan.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book. (Groucho Marx)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Dan
 

John.  I’d like to come to your charting workshop, but I’d prolly get lost trying to find it.  Dan.


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

Your laptop doesn't have to know where you are to plan voyages, set waypoints and set up routes. After you get that done, you plug the pocket GPS into a USB port on the computer and transfer the data from the computer to the GPS. You'd go mad trying to do all that on the handheld! <g>

It's easier to do waypoints and routes on a tablet, a phone would be somewhere in between. It's still easiest to do the planning stuff on a "real" computer and transfer it to the mobile device.

What model is you GPS, Rich? Some ancient ones might not work with modern nav programs...

On 1/26/2020 4:21 PM, Rich G wrote:
Does that CPN seem to suggest a laptop will have a GPS potential within it? I don’t think my laptop, Mac Air Pro, has GPS within.
...
--
John <@Jkohnen>
I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me. (Dudley Field Malone)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

Richard Green
 

Does that CPN seem to suggest a laptop will have a GPS potential within it? I don’t think my laptop, Mac Air Pro, has GPS within.

As regards cylinders, I tell folks I’m as good as I’ll ever be again and pretty sure that’s accurate. Of course, I also tell the younger ladies, “Hi, I’m Rich”. Hasn’t worked so far but a guy can hold out hope…..

Rich

On Jan 26, 2020, at 2:15 PM, John Kohnen <@Jkohnen> wrote:

Only hitting on four cylinders. What's going on with the other two -- ignition? valves? ;o) I hope your mechanics get you back on the road soon.

Technology has moved on a ways from small handheld GPSes. The workshop will mostly be about navigating using cell phones or tablets, but bring your wee GPS over and we'll try to teach you how to put waypoints into it. Hint: It's much easier to use a nav program on your home computer to plan your voyage and set your waypoints, then load them into the GPS. OpenCPN is a free one, and it's got easier to use:

https://opencpn.org/

The version for mobile devices will be one of the nav programs I'll be talking about in my portion of the proceedings. Maybe I should cover the PC version too, since it's always easier to plan voyages on a "real" computer.

The other program I'll talk about is the mobile device version of Navionics:

https://www.navionics.com/

Six cylinders? I thought you were a straight eight, Rich. ;o)

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1947-buick-super/

On 1/26/2020 1:22 PM, Rich G wrote:
Sent an email to a guy on here in which I suggested I’m operating on all cylinders now what with repairs and new parts off the shelf but in retrospect I’m really only operating on four of six cylinders. Still, enough to get me around town, so to speak.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. (Robert A. Heinlein)




Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

 

Only hitting on four cylinders. What's going on with the other two --
ignition? valves? ;o) I hope your mechanics get you back on the road soon.

Technology has moved on a ways from small handheld GPSes. The workshop will mostly be about navigating using cell phones or tablets, but bring your wee GPS over and we'll try to teach you how to put waypoints into it. Hint: It's much easier to use a nav program on your home computer to plan your voyage and set your waypoints, then load them into the GPS. OpenCPN is a free one, and it's got easier to use:

https://opencpn.org/

The version for mobile devices will be one of the nav programs I'll be talking about in my portion of the proceedings. Maybe I should cover the PC version too, since it's always easier to plan voyages on a "real" computer.

The other program I'll talk about is the mobile device version of Navionics:

https://www.navionics.com/

Six cylinders? I thought you were a straight eight, Rich. ;o)

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1947-buick-super/

On 1/26/2020 1:22 PM, Rich G wrote:
Sent an email to a guy on here in which  I suggested I’m operating on all cylinders now what with repairs and new parts off the shelf but in retrospect I’m really only operating on four of six cylinders.  Still, enough to get me around town, so to speak.
--
John <@Jkohnen>
Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. (Robert A. Heinlein)


Re: Coots Electronics Workshop, March 21st

elaineginader
 

This all sounds great to me. I would like to start the list of participants. 


On Sun, Jan 26, 2020, 1:58 PM John Kohnen <jkohnen@...> wrote:
That's the idea. The Megalopolitan Coots will have to start at the crack
of dawn to get to Toledo by ten, but they're a hardy bunch. <g>

We should make people register for the workshop, so we'll know how big
of a space we'll need to carve out in the Boathouse, and otherwise get
prepared...

On 1/26/2020 9:53 AM, David G wrote:
> Sounds good. Give the Portland contingent time to get there... assuming
> we manage it.

--
John <jkohnen@...>
Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it's
good fun. (Robert Louis Stevenson)