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In Reply to: Radar Reflector Dimentions posted by Thom V on June 04, 2002 at 11:35:08:
Sorry about posting twice. I forgot to use the refresh button.
Not ready to launch unfortunately. After a long illness (Xmas to May) I am now a fully qualified type 2 Diabetic.
Work progresses now that I am feeling alive again and I am hoping to be in the water for August, but next year would not be unrealistic. I start on a dinghy sailing course this weekend so I get to learn which ropes to pull and I am hoping for a few days crewing with a Norwegian friend who is sailing his home South for the Summer.
My long term plan has changed from a trip to the Med and instead to: England to Holland, then coastal cruise Denmark, Germany, the Baltic, Sweden and Norway for the spring and summer of 2005. If I am brave enough to cross the northern North Sea I have a friend living in the Shetland Isles which are officially Scottish but practically Norwegian. That will provide my route home.
A higher number of English speakers in these countries tipped the balance. This poor monoglot can only say diabetes in English :^) Also, they sent us the Angles, Jutes, Saxons, Frisians, Vikings and oatcakes. I intend to return visit and attempt to drink all their beer.
Best wishes to you.
Sad to hear of your new found condition… GLAD to hear of your decision to attempt a Northbound Sailing Adventure! There really is nothing like taking charge of a small sailing ‘ship’ and heading out over water honing your senses to the tune of mother nature. You eat when you are hungry, sleep when you are tired, all the time freeing your soul and spirit from land bound habits, tasks, and conventions.
Highly recommend a book by Bernard Moitessier (yes French, born and raised in Indochina and gaining the greater part of his sailing knowledge in the Gulf of Siam) called “A Sea Vagabond’s World”. Here is some of the best practical tips on sailing, anchoring, observing weather, navigation and--on the water--philosophy in print (IMHO). From his chapter “On sailing solo” “…Once the coast disappears astern, a man alone before his creator can’t remain apart from the natural forces around him. His body and mind, freed from earthly bondage and attachments, can find their essence and purity in the heart of those elements in nature that the ancients made into gods. Wind, Sun, and Sea, the sailor’s divine Trinity.”
Nobby, do keep a journal and take pictures. If you wish, send a story to us here at SmallBoatForum and we will post it on the Small Boat Adventures page!
From this anchorage to yours--all the best.
Oh, do keep posting from time to time. Would very much like to hear more about your 17 foot grp sailing vessel. What design is she? What modifications, improvements, and changes have you made?
On the Radar Reflector. Radar is broadcast in the gigahertz bandwidth—very small waves—right up there with your microwave oven. Really all you need is a corner reflector to bounce the wave back. Heavy aluminum foil on a multi corner form about a foot in diameter will do the trick if high in the mast. Bernard Moitessier felt that a very powerful spot light, shining on the bearing down vessels bridge, did a better job in most situations...Even in daylight.
Use the link below to venture to the Small Boat Adventures page and download Nobby's story on the restoration and planned long distance cruise in his restored Leisure 17--all with humor from Great Britain.
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