#272: Jeremy Davis // Passage Weather Debrief

13 Aug

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#272. Jeremy Davis, weather guru, comes on the show to debrief his passage from Lunenburg-Newfoundland on ICEBEAR. He shares what he learned as a forecaster, getting offshore for the first time.

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On The Wind is the evolution of 59º North, and is, quite simply, long-form conversations with sailors from around the world. ‘On the Wind’ Sailing Podcast is informal chats with people from around the world of sailing – tall ship captains, Cape Horners, sailing authors, Volvo Ocean Race skippers, yacht designers, family cruisers, Arctic adventurers and more. Our aim is to define what ...

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DirecTV on water, the future is clear as mud

12 Aug

A lot has changed in the 25 years since KVH started making their TracVision line of satellite TV receiving dishes. But, the upcoming reconfiguration of DirecTV’s satellite constellation brings more changes and a lot of uncertainty for on the water DirecTV subscribers. Hopefully I can clarify what’s happening.

A recent Panbo comment expressing frustration with DirecTV’s announcements caused me to do some more research and I can report the situation isn’t as bad as described in the comment. But, it’s also unclear what will happen. Depending on what DirecTV does the situation could improve for a lot of boaters or ...

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Pond Pit Stop

11 Aug

August 9, 2019

Days at Sea: 257
Days Since Departure: 313

Noon Position: 72 46N  77 26W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): W 6.6
Wind(t/tws): S 7
Sea(t/ft): —
Sky/10ths Cover: Fog and clear sky 4 
Bar(mb): 1022
On-deck Temp(f): 58
Cabin Temp(f): 64
Water Temp(f): 45
Relative Humidity(%): 53
Magnetic Variation: -35.1

Sail: Under power.  

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 155
Miles since departure: 33,633

Miles to Pond Inlet: 10

Near midnight the fog dropped its guard, allowing a view of the ranges of Baffin and Bylot Islands on a distant, sun-drenched horizon. Soon we were on the verge of sailing into the ...

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Crossing Baffin Bay, Fogs and Calm

10 Aug

August 8, 2019

Days at Sea: 256
Days Since Departure: 312

Noon Position: 72 38N  68 48W 
Course(t)/Speed(kts): W 6
Wind(t/tws): SW 3
Sea(t/ft): –
Sky/10ths Cover: Overcast/10. Fog to <1/2 mile viz all afternoon 
Bar(mb): 1024, steady
On-deck Temp(f): 53
Cabin Temp(f): 68
Water Temp(f): 45
Relative Humidity(%): 41
Magnetic Variation: -37.6

Sail: Under power. 

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 141
Miles since departure: 33,478

Miles to Pond Inlet: 151

Second full day of our crossing to Pond Inlet, and we proceed steadily, if without much excitement, westward. 

Of Davis Strait, H. W. Tillman says “light airs and fogs ...

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Crossing Baffin Bay

9 Aug

August 7, 2019

Days at Sea: 255
Days Since Departure: 311

Noon Position: 72 18N  61 03W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): W 6
Wind(t/tws): NW 5
Sea(t/ft): NW 1
Sky/10ths Cover: Fog, viz 3m. Last 12 hours: Fog, viz 200ft 
Bar(mb): 1021, steady
On-deck Temp(f): 55
Cabin Temp(f): 68
Water Temp(f): 46
Relative Humidity(%): 45
Magnetic Variation: -31.6

Sail: Under Power. Main one reef.  

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 103 since departing Sondre Upernavik
Miles since departure: 33,337

Miles to Pond Inlet: 390

In the day, I completed a full oil and filter change on Mo with the intention of relaxing in the ...

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Using your PLB/EPIRB better & testing ACR’s ResQLink View

9 Aug


In this dangerous world, most types of boating are quite safe activities. But when things do go wrong afloat, getting the needed help can be a lot harder than it is ashore because of poor communications. So I was pleased to learn about an easy way to make the excellent safety communication tools known as PLBs and EPIRBs a little more effective.

The situation captured on the screen above was ACR’s Mikele D’Arcangelo briefing Ben Stein and I after their ResQLink View PLB was announced last spring. It’s a superb PLB, I think, and I’ll detail that opinion below. ...

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A Fill-Up in Sondre Upernavik

8 Aug

August 5, 2019
Anchored Sondre Upernavik
72 09N  55 31W

Past the Vaigat, the concentration of icebergs thinned. Most were hidden behind a merciless fog, but the radar warned of a steady five to ten within its range. What it could not see were the growlers that swung off from behind the larger bergs like comet tails. For these, I had to remain on watch.  

By 3AM, the predicted N wind began to fill over what had been a flat calm sea. We were due another 50 miles of climbing before reaching Upernavik, miles that would soon become a slog. ...

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Monte Registers a Protest and the Bergs of Vaigat

7 Aug

August 4, 2019

Days Since Departure: 308

Noon Position: 70 11N 55 19W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NNW 6.5

Miles since departure: 33,116

Monte: I now know how felt your botanist, Sir Joseph Banks, when Cook refused his requests to stop and explore the land.

Randall: Oh? Do you not recall our recent visit to Fortune Bay, where we hiked the hills, smelled the flowers, and ate the berries?

Monte: Yes, yes, the berries were just fine, but two nights in one anchorage! Along this whole coast! It’s simply unsupportable that we have come all this way so as to do nothing but ...

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Stopped by Headwinds

6 Aug

August 3, 2019

Departed Fortune Bay at 1200 today. Aiming for Upernavik. Heavy fog right down to the water. Wind N at 5 knots. Temperature 50 degrees. Bergs are visible at less than half a mile, and from what I can tell, they are the size of city blocks. We pass four or more an hour, but they are ghosts in the mist.

By 1800 fog has lifted, but we are pushing into a stiff NNW wind, and Mo is plunge diving. When our average speed falls to two knots, I turn to the E for an anchorage, Kuanit, just ...

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GFCI and ELCI breakers can be confounding, but heed their warning

6 Aug

I recently met cruisers who have been having trouble connecting their mid-80s boat to shore power pedestals equipped with GFCI (ground fault current interrupters) or ELCI (electric leakage current interrupters). Many months of working with electricians allowed them to plug into GFCI breakers without tripping them but still not ELCIs. So, what’s the problem, why did it take months to get it fixed, and what serious safety issues were uncovered? Read on…

In 2011 the National Fire Protection Association changed the national electric code (NEC) to require marina shore power systems be equipped with ground fault protection (GFP). These code ...

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