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- Apr 21, 2015
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- Mar 19, 2015
"I’d like to get a laptop computer for the boat so I can get Wifi at the dock, run electronic charts, and access web–based weather and radar when I’m underway. What specifications do you think are important when buying a laptop for use on a boat?"
Tim Bartlett replies:
In terms of headline specs you really
"Recently I contacted the National Ocean Survey (NOS) to ask whether the authorized clearances for overhead cables shown on their charts include the extra distance needed to avoid arcing. I received an email from firstname.lastname@example.org stating 'The ‘authorized clearance’ for an overhead power cable does not include the
"I am installing a lightning- ground system and plan to use a 5/8in rod extending at least 6in above my VHF antenna. Does it matter whether the pointed rod is solid copper or can it be copper-coated steel, as is often used for grounding rods on shore? If the steel rod will work equally well, is there a good way to keep the tip
"If I don’t bother to clean my radome when it gets covered with dried salt spray, dirt and dust, will that have any effect on the efficiency of my marine radar antenna?"
Gordon West replies:
It could be significant, which is why you should always keep your radome as clean as possible. Soot, dust,