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After a very polarizing General Election to choose a new President and others throughout the United States of America it seems commenting has reached the depths of rudeness.  Many commenters in their rush to publish do not read and understand the post then think about the wording of their comment.  It is clear that many deliberately ignore the post and the previous comments content to spout forth their own political opinion.  They do not seem to realize that by doing so makes their comment largely valueless and portrays them as uneducated persons worth little or no attention.  This of course is the common trend of most if not all of the so called "liberal" population which by their continued display of ignorance of the subject matter become more and more ignored and indeed laughed at.  The current Green Party U.S. candidate is a typical example making a fuss after obtaining barely 1% of the vote.  Asking for recount nay rather demanding recounts is not just pointless but an unjustified expense and waste of public servants time adding to the burden on the Governments of various States and Counties.

This attitude has now seeped into the maritime blogs with a very popular maritime blog continually getting rude replies and putdowns to comments on its posts.  Since all are published without clarification it would seem that the blog itself approves of this type of comments but more likely is considerate of "free speech" rights.  This is a pity because once the New Administration is in place from January 2017 changes will take place and there will be a change of perspective by the Citizenship of our Nation.  A study of the changes now slowly taking place in the European Union may show you what can happen.  That change will in turn create a different viewpoint and various blogs will become less followed which in the case of some maritime blogs would be a loss of good posts but rude comments.

Good Watch.


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Several times during the year NAUTICAL LOG has had visitors searching for lifejacket instructions. With two just over Christmas we decided to publish something for everybody to see and read.
Choose a Coast Guard approved life-jacket and make sure it is undamaged. Make sure life-jackets are readily accessible, never locked away. Check the fit, there are adult, child and infant sizes, the correct one MUST be used. Choose bright colour life-jackets so as to be seen easily by Search and Rescue (SAR).Put your life-jacket ON BEFORE you leave the berth. Make sure you have a light and whistle attached AND they BOTH WORK.
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It sometimes happens that one is going to write a Post on a subject when lo and behold there is already an excellent one.  Such is the case today; so rather than repeat everything let me refer you to the source of that Post

At present we are experiencing Perigean Spring Tides which occur when the Moon is at perigee on its oval path that is the closest point to Earth.  One of the principal results are higher than usual Spring Tides as against the Neap Tides.

Should you be interested in the full explanation of this phenomenon then you might like to reference "Old Salt Blog" which has an excellent explanation of this event and uses all the correct terms - quite unlike our Media here in South Florida.

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This month saw the commissioning into the Irish Naval Service of a new Class of Irish Naval vessel more of the Frigate size than the previously Corvette size.  However they are all classed as Patrol vessels, the new vessel is LÉ Samuel Beckett P61.NAUTICAL LOG wishes her well and a successful service.

The older vessels saw unbelievable service and value for money the first being commissioned in 1979 and continued through the '80's and 90's into the 21st. Century.  During those years in addition to patrolling the stormy seas around the rugged Irish coast they made passages across the Western Ocean to the United States and Canada, south to South America as far as Argentina, and east to Asia as far as Korea.  Such passages are really remarkable for such small vessels and show the competence of Irish seafarers who as Naval Officers and Merchant Marine Officers train together.

Good Watch.