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    Doing my orals in a few weeks and thought it might be a good idea for people to share ways they have of remembering certain things.

    So the main ones I have heard are:

    For compass conversion:

    Cadburys (Compass)
    Dairy (Deviation)
    Milk (Magnetic
    Very (Variation)
    Tasty (True)

    True (True)
    Virgins (Variation)
    Make (Magnetic)
    Dull (Deviation)
    Company (Compass)

    For rule 6:

    V (Visibility)
    D (Density of traffic)
    Makes (Manouverability of Vessel)
    Little (Light backscatter)
    Willies (Wind, sea and current)
    Drip (Draught)

    There must be loads more out there for other stuff? Share away!

  • #2
    How about these for lights:

    Not under Command
    Red over Red
    The Captain is Dead

    Constrained by Draft
    Red Red Red
    Rudder Rubbing Rocks

    Restricted in Ability to Maneovre
    Red White Red
    Red When Restricted

    White White White
    Long tow in sight

    White over White
    Short tow in sight

    White over Red
    Pilot ahead

    Green over White
    Trawling tonight

    Red over White
    Fishing boat light

    If you get fishing and Trawling mixed up think of a trawler getting a bit of green seaweed in his nets off the sea bottom

    Red over Green
    Sailing machine

    And a continuation of your ones:
    Cadburys (Compass)
    Dairy (Deviation)
    Milk (Magnetic
    Very (Variation)
    Tasty (True)
    At (Add)
    Easter (Easterly)

    True (True)
    Virgins (Variation)
    Make (Magnetic)
    Dull (Deviation)
    Companions (Compass)
    At (Add)
    Weddings (Westerly)

    And my absolute favorite is the prayer we were taught before dinner:

    When all three lights I see ahead,
    I turn to Starboard and show my Red.
    Green to Green, Red to Red,
    Perfectly safe, go right ahead.

    But if to Starboard Red appear,
    It is my duty to keep clear,
    To act as caution says is proper,
    Ease Her, Turn Her, Back Her, Stop Her.

    And if upon my Port is seen
    A Steamer’s Starboard light of Green,
    I hold my course and watch to see,
    That Green to Port stays clear of me.

    Both in safety and in doubt
    Always keep a good look out.
    In danger, with no room to turn,
    Ease her, Stop her, Go Astern.

    "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
    "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

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    • #3
      Another one for turning into an article?


      • #4
        For turning short round.
        If you have a right hand propeller the turn has to be to the right
        If you have a left hand propeller the turn has to be to the left


        • #5
          For manoevring up to a wharf - only go as fast as you want to crash.

          (in all seriousness you cant go wrong approaching anchorages and wharves using the following - 9 cables to run - 9 knots, 8 Cables to run - 8 knots etc....)
          Pilotage - It's just a controlled allision


          • #6
            I've heard KISS & RTFQ thrown about in some of my lectures.



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