November 2005 Archives

RPAYC on fire

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We stayed on the boat on Thursday night after the Stewart House sail and were rewarded on Friday morning with a sunrise which was simply out of the box.

This past weekend, RPAYC organised a multihull cruising event at Akuna Bay. As this was the club's first multihull event, there was some improvisation to make up the numbers.


This hybrid power/sail catamaran seemed a little unbalanced. It is probably taking the term "auxillary engine" to its ultimate conclusion.


The Trimaran seemed well constructed. This is the first model we have seen from the Hunter/Bavaria joint venture.


Some real class was showing in the design of the Quintamaran (or should that be Pentamaran?). Unfortunately I didn't capture it while under sail. The sight of four helmsmen agreeing (arguing) about when to tack would be a pretty picture.


Also spotted were two monomarans, one notable for its mainsail-less design and the other one for its cruising strength paint job.

Anyway, it was a fun weekend. A promising initiative by the Cruising division to make Te Moana feel like just another boat...

Sangean Radio

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I've been thinking of doing some quick reviews here of some of the pieces of equipment that we value (or not). For example, of the new Telstra wireless broadband service at sea and our experience with Jabsco accumulator tanks.

Last year, we bought a Sangean radio so we could listen to weather broadcasts on HF if we were out of VHF range. A few people have asked me about how well it worked. Sangean's reputation is built on its shortwave band performance (see this review by Radio Nederland). It is popular with the diminishing number of shortwave listeners. Today, satellite television entertains most remote communities and the Internet keeps us in touch while we travel. And Radio Moscow is not as interesting as it was in the sixties.

HF has been a lifeline for yachties ever since solid state transceivers became affordable 30 years ago. it made it practical for individuals to venture out to remote locations. Today, satellite communications has been adopted by most commercial shipping and HF services are diminishing rapidly. So why buy a HF capable radio?

ake asleep on the Sangean radioI bought the Sangean radio by way of insurance before we set off on our trip to the Whitsundays last year. I thought that we might occasionally be out of VHF radio range and consequently be without weather information. In practice, we had VHF coverage wherever we were and even mobile phone coverage was almost complete.

The Sangean needs an external aerial to get acceptable HF coverage and while I had been prepared to rig one up, it was never needed. We just used it to listen to AM/FM radio, which it does well, with better sensitivity and less interference than the radio which came with Te Moana.

So, our only use of the radio is to listen to our favourite radio programmes. Until Jake discovered it make a good dog pillow...


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