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bluewaterpirate posted 03-24-2012 09:49 AM ET (US)   Profile for bluewaterpirate   Send Email to bluewaterpirate  
Our day didn't go as planned orginally we were heading offshore to fish but got a late start because of a throttle linkage issue. We got it corrected so we decided to use the day as a shakedown cruise in as much as we had a new electronics install really just needed to run the boat.

The weather was spectacular clear and warm with calm seas. We departed the Beaufort Inlet at 11am and ran to AR305 and 240 Rock area 30 miles south the inlet. The water turned a deep blue at 7 miles and remained crystal clear throughout the day.

We trolled back toward the south side of Big/Little 10 where I conducted some radio checks using SeaTow's automated radio check system (channel 27) .... works great solid comms on both radios at 22 miles from the tower.

In the process I noticed four AIS contacts being displayed on my Garmin & Simrad chartplotters. The AIS data was being sent to my CP's by my SH GX2100 VHF. The two northern contacts in close proximity were in the anchorages just southeast of the inlet (17 miles from my location), another one moored at the port in Morehead City (20 miles from my location), and the other 9 miles eastnortheast of my me. That's real good range reception via AIS.

Here is a video and screenshots from my Garmin 740.


Pictures .....

Geographic Display

The four AIS contacts are numbered 1 - 4 along with my boat in the screenshot

Here's larger chart display of the AIS contact in MHC. This screenshot was taken as we returned to the marinia. The ship is just north and a little west of my location.

Enjoy .....


jimh posted 03-24-2012 10:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Tom--The new installation looks very nice in your video shot from the helm. Thanks for the demonstration of the Sea-Tow automated radio check service that is available in your area. That was interesting to hear.

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