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    A Hammer on the Bridge?
    From: James N Wilson
    Date: 2011 Oct 13, 19:31 -0700
    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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