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    Re: A Hammer on the Bridge?
    From: Robert Eno
    Date: 2011 Oct 13, 23:08 -0400
    This is too funny.
    The throttle on my 28 foot boat is also somewhat sticky and to achieve the desired RPMs, I have to gently punch it with the palm of my hand but this doesn't always do the trick.  I think I will try the small hammer idea. Like a rubber mallet. Seriously.
    Thanks for this one James.
    ----- Original Message ----- 
    Sent: Thursday, October 13, 2011 10:31 PM
    Subject: [NavList] A Hammer on the Bridge?

    On a recent trip circumnavigating the Black Sea on the Clipper Odyssey, I did my mandatory bridge tour, and I was surprised to see a hammer laying on the console, (Photo 1). The captain explained that it was for fine tuning the throttles to achieve the desired RPM, (Photo 2). The throttles were apparently a bit sticky, and this was their solution. A little tap could achieve what they needed. Human ingenuity at work.
    Other displays included a graphic forward-looking sonar, (Photo 3), and a most comprehensive radar, (Photo 4).
    I noted that they kept their course and position drawn on a chart, as is appropriate in coastal waters. GPS is  fine, but you do need to know where land is, and how close it is. I remember piloting a charter boat in the San Juans, where the GPS gave my accurate  position, but I had to relate that to a chart be useful.
    Jim Wilson

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