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NMEA Data Sharing Across Applications and Platforms

Posted on Fri 23 September 2011 in Coastal Explorer, Geek, Maretron, Navigation, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

With a Maretron USB100 NMEA-0183 Gateway and an Actisense NGT-1 NMEA 2000 gateway I was struggling to get the NMEA data to all the applications on my PC, iPAD and iPhone. Many applications can not only connect to the an NMEA data source but also share the data on another …


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Battery and Alternator Upgrade

Posted on Tue 20 September 2011 in Systems - Electrical, Systems - Engine

We’ve hinted at bits and pieces of this along the way, but I wanted to write up a more formal review of the changes we made this week while we had the engine out to replace the fuel tank.

Our original battery system was 2 banks of 4 and …


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Trying to wrap things up

Posted on Mon 19 September 2011 in Fuel, Projects, Systems - Electrical, Systems - Engine

We're still in Charleston. Still trying to get all systems back online. The main part of the project removing the engine and putting in a new fuel tank are completed. Friday we along with Kyle from Tarheel Aluminum Fabrication lowered the engine back through the companion and set it on …


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In the Yard

Posted on Thu 08 September 2011 in Systems - Engine

This morning we motored over to the yard docks so we could start working on removing the engine so they can pull it tomorrow, pull the old tank, make us a new one and then we can put it all back together.

Dawn and I spent the day removing hoses …


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The Boat Graveyard

Posted on Tue 06 September 2011 in Living Aboard, s/v Deep Playa

Today Pea and I took a little walk through a boatyard (I will not note the name the boatyard in this post).  I love to walk through boatyards and look at the many different boats and appreciate the work being done by the owners.  I find each and every boat …


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Visiting Newport, Oregon

Posted on Fri 02 September 2011 in s/v Deep Playa

I have to say of all the destinations to be forced into a weather layover, Newport has definitely been very hospitable and then some!  Our original plan for heading down the coast to San Francisco was to head out around 100 NM and sail into San Francisco about 7 to …


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Dawn’s First Offshore Passage

Posted on Wed 31 August 2011 in Living Aboard

I decided to write a blog post about the things that people don’t really tell you about sailing offshore cruising. I am going to talk about the nitty gritty of my personal experience of my first offshore overnight sail aboard Deep Playa. In addition, I will discuss some interesting …


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55 Hours

Posted on Tue 30 August 2011 in Destinations

<Dawn and I both wrote this post>

After staying in Neah Bay for a few days we were itching to start heading south. Neah Bay isn’t the most hospitable of towns to stay for more than a few days. We were originally going to leave Neah Bay and head …


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Neah Bay, WA

Posted on Wed 24 August 2011 in Uncategorized

Everyone in Neah Bay's Makah Marina seems to be either a recreational or trade fisherman and as such the Marina and its facilities have that well worn trawler look and smell. ;-)

We're using the Marina for its shore power connection to fully charge, fill and equalize the batteries. Today we'll …


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Still not done

Posted on Fri 19 August 2011 in Projects, Systems - Electrical, Systems - Electronics

When we were still on the dock at Shilshole we'd get asked all the time "when you going to be done?" And I'd always say, "never!" Well, in that spirit you should know that we're not done yet!

Today I worked on adding six new switches to control some functions …


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