AIS installation and the $200 splash.

We were supposed to leave for the long week-end, but life decided otherwise. And in order to compensate, I did a run to Letitgo, while *V* finished a sewing project. A few maintenance items needed to be done for the winter. For the record : winterization of the outboard engine (the holding vice was seized after just one summer lesson learned) and changing the oil in the generator is done, no trace of gasoline is left on board. The carburator should be nice and clean coming spring.

And now for the “pièce de resistance” the AIS installation. While my memory was still vivid and fresh from the last hard time, when I linked the chart plotter to the VHF for DSC purposes…. For that exact reason, I was not in a hurry to tackle this one. But sometimes the wall is here right in front of you. And a few hundred dollar of equipment is beaming at you from the table.

From lesson previously learned, I went step by step. Energizing the device first then moving in with the kill. The new Raymarine has incorporated a multiplex in their design, so the info flows from the Chartplotter to the ASI to the VHF. Easy to say in a book, connect the purple with the green and the yellow the brown ect….. Of course the VHF is not standard color due to my home solder outfit.

This time around I decided to go with quick disconnect, which prevented me to stand 2 meters in the air over the navigation table trying to crimp connection and having to redo it multiple time in case of error. I even drew a little table to make sense of the in and out the + and – of the VHF. It all looked beautiful (yes you will get a picture next time). All is connected, all is switched on, it’s getting dark.

Nothing no data is flowing, no more position on the VHF. Damm!! two hours of work for nothing.

Trying not to be a “man” I even read the Raymarine manual, and found out that you have an AIS on and off. Set on, walk around nothing still. Now I am starting to get nervous, 12 cable that 144 way to connect them and the color from pale green to green and orange to pink are getting less and less obvious at this point. But in a Eureka moment, I remember reading that you need to setup the Baud for the out port. Manual out 30 seconds AIS 38400 set, and the display come alive. This time it’s not a walk around but a sprint and the VHF is working.

2 Pacifico’s in hand, I jumped on my friend *R*’s boat, twist his arm and we toasted to success. A few minute later I decided to leave the mess behind, needing to do the GPS antenna and securing the boxes on the next trip.

With my energy level up I took my notebook, camera and cell phone. Jumped off the stern, and at that is when the Cellphone jumped over on to the dock and slowly ever so slowly into the water….. I saw its light going down, flicker then die. Sorry *B* your cell didn’t feel a thing, it is now resting in peace…… My first $%#@# word of the day were expressed, lesson learnt never have anything in your hand when moving in and out of the boat. It bet that’s a $200 splash, thanks Murphy.

Let’s move on to something more positive, Island 271th The Phoenix Islands are a group of eight atolls and two submerged coral reefs, lying in the central Pacific Ocean east of the Gilbert Islands and west of the Line Islands. They are a part of the Republic of Kiribati. During the late 1930s they became the site of the last attempted colonial expansion of the British Empire (the Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme). The islands and surrounding areas are home to some 120 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish. On January 28, 2008, the government of Kiribati formally declared the entire Phoenix group and surrounding waters a protected area, making its 410,500 square kilometres the world’s largest marine protected area.

The group is uninhabited except for a few families on Kanton. The United States unincorporated territories of Baker Island and Howland Island are often considered northerly outliers of the group, in the geographical sense. Howland and Baker are statistically grouped with the United States Minor Outlying Islands, however. The United States previously claimed all the Phoenix Islands under the Guano Islands Act. The Treaty of Tarawa released all American claims to Kiribati, excluding Baker and Howland.

At various times, the islands were considered part of the Gilbert group (once also known as “Kingsmill”). The name “Phoenix” for this group of islands seems to have been settled on in the 1840s, after an island of that name within the group. Phoenix Island was probably named after one of the many whaleships of that name plying these waters in the early 19th century.

Most of the Phoenix Islands were annexed by Great Britain in the late 19th century, although the United States claimed Howland and Baker islands in 1935, and in 1937 Britain included the Phoenix group in the Gilbert and Ellice Islands colony. In 1938 the United States claimed sovereignty over Kanton and Enderbury, and in 1939 Britain and the United States agreed to exercise joint control over the two islands for 50 years as the Canton and Enderbury Islands condominium. This would continue until Kiribati independence in 1979. Kanton was extensively developed first as a seaplane landing site, then later as a refueling station for trans-Pacific civilian and military aircraft which remained in use until 1958.

Although shelled and bombed a few times during World War II, neither Kanton nor any of the Phoenix Islands was ever occupied by Japanese forces.

Between 1938 and 1940, in an effort to reduce overcrowding on the Gilbert Islands, the Phoenix Islands Settlement Scheme colonised the previously uninhabited Orona (Hull), Manra (Sydney), and Nikumaroro (Gardner) islands. By 1963, however, the three settlements had failed and the entire population was moved to the Solomon Islands. Kanton was used by the U.S. during the 1960s and early 1970s as a missile-tracking station, before being abandoned altogether in 1976 and then ultimately resettled by I-Kiribati, who continue to reside there today. In 2008, the government of Kiribati declared the islands to be the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, the world’s largest marine protected area. Collaborations between Kiribati, the New England Aquarium, and Conservation International have allowed scientific expeditions to the Phoenix Islands to quantify the ocean’s flora and fauna in a place without much human impact.

In May 2010 it was reported that a British sailor had saved a group of “desperate and starving” islanders after chancing upon them on his way to Australia. When Alex Bond, from Penryn, Cornwall, docked at Kanton Island — the only habitable island in the Phoenix Islands chain, northeast of Australia — he found that its 24 residents were destitute after a supply ship failed to bring them food four months ago. He contacted the Falmouth, England, coast guard using his satellite phone, and they arranged for the US coast guard to send supplies from Honolulu, Hawaii. The 10 children and 14 adults were surviving on fish and coconuts when he pulled into a lagoon near the small island. Bond reportedly works for UK-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox, which provides emergency aid to people in need.

Not the resting place of your phone B, or I would have jumped in.






2 Comment

  1. Maybe the phone will mate with mine; I dropped my cell phone off H float in 2007 when Sequitur lived there.

  2. And will have a lots of little baby and be happy ever after. LOL

    Why are we surrounded by water, doesn’t make life easy.

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