|A view of Simple Life's electrical nightmare|
at the navigation station.
Joe and I sail offshore as often as possible when weather cooperates. Every time we're offshore during overnight passages it seems ships come out of nowhere. That's when it becomes stressful. It seems we never spot a ship during daylight. Curses! We have radar aboard Simple Life which gives us blips pertaining to objects (hopefully ships) nearby. It does not provide names of ships, their size nor whether we may be on a collision course with the vessel. AIS does provide this information and more making travel offshore at night much safer and less nerve-wracking. Those are the key words, LESS STRESSFUL. Imagine yourself driving at night with no headlights on the car, no streetlights, no road and just for kicks and giggles throw in some fog. Suddenly, off in the distance maybe for or five miles away lights are spotted...or were they?
Fast forward to sailing Simple Life offshore. We spot a blip on radar. Something four miles to starboard. Opps, it's gone...oh there it is again. "Joe! call the ship! Ask if they see us." No response from the ship (we give a Lat Lon position over VHF radio, but receive no response from the ship. It keeps coming! Let's change course, we'll take its stern. Still no response." Last spring during a 36 hour passage from the Bahamas while returning to the States we spotted over 15 cargo ships and three giant cruise ships. One passed so close astern of Simple Life that we could hear the music and watch TV on the giant screen on the top deck all while under sail in 20 knots of wind!
|The AIS transponder installed & working!|
|The VHF antenna splitter for the AIS|
|Relaxing after a successful job well done.|
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