jackieandnoel

Author and Traveller

Do You Understand Storms?

Storm Preparation Guide: Part one If you are heading into a storm, you need to prepare. We’ll be providing checklists and considerations in the coming weeks. Part one of Understanding Storms is about tracking them and avoiding the worst. Weather: you must obtain weather forecasts from different sources if possible. Synoptic charts are important to …

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Onboard Communication

Good communication is key in relationships, business, and on board your boat. Without good, solid communication relationships crumble, businesses fail, and boats, well it will become dangerous! Where are we? Our first foray into Moreton Bay, Noel and I checked each marker diligently. “Have you seen the green marker of the next channel?” I asked. …

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Fire on board

Do you have your escape route planned should a fire onboard happen?   Terrible news today. This reminded me of an incident we had on board Mariah II. Fire onboard, two bodies found. On Mariah, we on the step (above the engine), to step in/out, we set a mosquito coil to burn through the night, …

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Dragging Anchor

Dragging anchor is a bore at best, dangerous, and life-threatening, at worst. We’ve dragged anchor many times, in fierce conditions, and in calm water. We’ve come close to losing our boat and always had to act quickly. Learning navigation means you learn how to use your compass effectively in many different ways, including anchoring safely. …

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Control that Boom!

Boom Boon From Generous Gent It had the potential to kill. The monster was sixteen feet long and solid. The aluminium boom swung at head height, an accidental gybe could be fatal. Although it’s not always useful, I am quite attached to my head. Necessity breeds invention and reluctantly we admit that one of our …

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