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Old 01-09-2003, 07:32 AM
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Jeff,

I won't disagree with you on number 3, however being a helmsman on a 1730 ton lethagric whale, I can tell you that nobody every gave me that order. It sounds like it should be a response from a lookout as opposed to a helmsman. Pray tell would you be so kind as to explain the scenario in which that order applies?

Also have you figured out where two points abaft the starboard beam is?

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Bill, you know that I'm one of those Coasties who spent a lot of time on small boats but none on sea duty. Instead of trying to BS my way through it, here's the response:

"Nothing to the right (left)" is an order to the steersman not to let the vessel go to the right (left) of the designated course."

It sounds like it would be used when a vessel is in a narrow channel, or when any deviation to the specified course would endanger the vessel or something else.

Regarding "two points abaft the starboard beam," I've been involved with another project and haven't had time to learn what I couldn't learn in boot camp!
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Old 01-09-2003, 08:13 AM
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if you give up, i'll tell you. once you know you will kick yourself.

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Old 01-09-2003, 08:20 AM
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I'd never kick myself for not answering a question for which I know no answer!

Besides, I couldn't kick myself now. My left ankle's sprained, and my right ankle and foot is black-and-blue-and-green-and-red from when I slipped and cranged it into the clutch pedal on my truck. This was AFTER I had taken my coordination meds! I have trouble even turning around, much less kicking anything!

Since you're our resident Coast Guard historian, I'm disappointed that you're having problems with question #4.
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I'm the historian for the Tamaroa Maritime Foundation, not the CG. The answer to the two points abaft the beam is simple. Gott a run will answer later.

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Jeff, go back to your boxing the compass. There are 32 points of the compass. Divided into 360 degrees that is 11.25 degrees per point. Two points equals 22.5 degrees. The relative bearing off the starboard beam is 090 degrees. 90 plus 22.5=112.5 degrees. Therefore, if an object is 2 points abaft the starboard beam you look slightly aft of midships on the starboard side to find it. . I should add that THIS is an ESOTERIC question since that kind of reference to a target is no longer used. But it was fun to mess with your mind anyway.

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Mess with my mind? :cd:

How the hell did you ever find it? :cd: :cd: :cd:
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Old 01-13-2003, 12:46 PM
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Awright, awright...... :cl:

The correct answers to #4 and #5:

4. The significance of the order, ?PLAN ONE ACKNOWLEDGE:? On April 6, 1917, the United States declared war on the German Empire, and Coast Guard units received this message, which signified their transfer to the US Navy for the duration of the war.

5. A flaw is a sudden gust of wind.

Esoteric? :cd: :cd: :cd:
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