Originally Posted by K1W1
Tirekickrr, up to now you have seemed reasonably competent, your current post call that into doubt.
If you are going somewhere from around Singaporebattention by your watch keepers is paramount.
Don't take on idiots or in experienced people for kegs around there. Big ships don't see small boats very well and do not often respond to radio calls from small boats that ain't on AIS.
KiWi, it's a brand new boat with only VHF installed.
I bring and install my Echomax active radar transponder, AIS on my laptop, soft and paper charts, Epirb etc.
I wish I could have the AIS transponder but this will have to be programmed with boat's MMSI everytime I deliver a new boat, so not feasable unfortunately.
Crew is experienced and qualified but new to me. We'll have a 2 on- 1 off watch schedule.
Just read the MAIB publication on the grounding of FV Golden Promise that made me start considering bringing a clock.
It's a Taiwan Straits passage, so lots of traffic and poor viz with choppy following seas.