Cruising with Playpen
9/15/02 OYC to Benecia, CA (38 02.72N 122 09.36W) 30nm 4 hrs.
9/16/02 Benecia to Andrus Island, California Delta (38 06.49N 121
36.16W) 37.4nm 4 ¾ hr.
9/17/02 Andrus Island to Stockton, CA (37 57.21N 121 17.89W) 18.8
nm 3 hrs.
9/18/02 Stockton to Potato Slough, The Delta (38 05.19N 121
33,61W) 16.6nm 3 ¼ hr.
9/19/02 Potato Slough to Walnut Grove, CA (38 14.46N 121 30.92W)
26.6nm 4 hr.
9/20/02 Walnut Grove to Chain Is, CA (38 04.34N 121 51.05W) 23 ½
nm 4 hr.
9/21/02 Chain Island to San Francisco, CA (37 46.79N 122 12.08W)
9/22-26/02 San Francisco-Ballena Isle Marina, Alameda, CA
He suggested he'd send us Maptech raster charts as they are duplicates of NOAA and work better than Nobeltec rasters. When we agreed he changed his offer to Soft Charts instead of Maptech. We'll try the Soft Charts from home, and hopefully they'll be satisfactory; and I'll be finished wasting Nobeltec's and my time and money. We will have to buy Maptech Mexico charts as Soft Chart doesn't make them, and David thinks Nobeltec vectors are sufficient. David promised us a voucher for a free 7.0 update.
CAPTAIN'S THOUGHTS: Upon talking to Bill, a 48 LRC owner in Stockton, I was reminded of a near fatal accident on our boat caused by improper installation of the old style Pipewelder's davit. In 1989 our Pipewelder's davit went crashing into the Whaler (while coming up) along with the captain. It sounded like a cannon went off. Fortunately the davit did not hit me. The standpipe extended 16" above the deck, and the davit extended 16" into the pipe. The 16" of pipe above the deck was supported by 3 gussets. Time and use fatigued the pipe and gussets. While anchored at St. Augustine, midnight, it snapped. I was really lucky I wasn't killed. Both Hatteras and Pipewelder's said they did not install the davit in this manor. Between St. Augustine and the Wye River I found another 48 LRC with the davit installed the same way. I learned the proper method of installation is for the standpipe to extend about 3" above deck. When the davit inserts 16" into the pipe, the load is supported by the deck and the standpipe and will not shear off. I urge anyone with the improper installation to change it immediately. Pipewelder's was very helpful to me, and I am more than happy to speak to anyone interested. The Pipewelder's davit is a fine product and many are still giving good service (including mine); but some were improperly installed and remain so.
CAPTAIN'S CONCERNS ABOUT NOBELTEC:
We used Nobeltec 4.1 with Maptech charts in the N.W. for 4 seasons with great success and trust. Then we updated to 6.0 with Nobeltec charts. It was an inconvenience when Sharon could not print the track charts as part of our daily log. When trying to get into the harbor at Bodega Bay in the fog and dark, we anchored outside because I couldn't make sense of the buoy locations as shown on the Nobeltec compared to the radar images. In our 25 years of boating, which has included a lot of night arrivals, it was the 1st time we could not safely enter the jetty or harbor. I thought I was losing my touch. A couple days later my confidence was regained. In the Delta region I discovered the buoys as shown on Nobeltec would do strange things like be on the wrong side of the waterway or take off across the dry land. This infuriated me! When talking to David Neal at Nobeltec he said that was a problem with 6.0 and was corrected in 6.5. He gave us a 6.5. What about all those 6.0s sold to trusting captains who could really be put in danger, jeopardizing the very lives of those on board not to mention the possible damage or loss of the vessel? They are overlooking the very reason people buy computer navigation. Nobeltec needs to realize the seriousness involved with navigation and that lives depend on them doing their job right. They need to realize that these systems are not computer games.
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