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NMEA 2000 & 0183 Interop Testing

Posted on Fri 01 October 2010 in Maretron, NMEA 2000, Systems - Electronics

The timing of this post is triggered by the fact that all the NMEA big wigs are here in Seattle so I thought I’d take a second and tell you my experience thus far.

Ben over at Panbo has been plugging together a stack of NMEA 2000 gear. I …

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Liferaft Acquired: Revere Offshore Elite

Posted on Fri 01 October 2010 in Systems - Safety



You may recall my liferaft feature comparison spreadsheet I posted a few days ago. That little research project helped narrow my focus on a really open ended problem which makes it much more manageable for me to deal with.

After that I setup an EBay search and an RSS subscription …

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Chain Locker and updates

Posted on Sat 25 September 2010 in Projects, Systems - Ground Tackle


I spent a few hours grinding out the chain locker to remove the old loose gelcoat (maybe it’s paint?) and to get to clean fiberglass where the floor of the locker will be installed. It was a messy job. Most of it done while kneeling in the v-berth and …

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Windvane Comparison

Posted on Fri 24 September 2010 in Systems - Rigging

Here’s a brief comparison of different windvanes I did including prices

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Windlass Project is ramping up

Posted on Fri 24 September 2010 in Fiberglass, Projects, Systems - Ground Tackle, Systems - Hull

Preparing to make a huge

DSC_8889This week I got a quote on the work to create a proper chain locker. That estimate was higher than I thought it was going to be so I’ve started to do some of the prep and demolition work myself.

Pictured on the left you can see that I …

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Liferaft Comparison

Posted on Fri 17 September 2010 in Review, Systems - Safety

I’m starting to do some long-term research on liferafts and part one of that process for me is to survey what’s out there and what the features are. My basic criteria to even make it into my list are:

  • 4 Person
  • Offshore
  • Valise packed

My checkmark of features …

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BoatTech Articles on BoatUS

Posted on Thu 16 September 2010 in Review

Just wanted to take a second and share this link to the BoatTech articles on BoatUS. There are a lot of handy articles on topics like picking docklines, proper bilge pump installation and VHF basics to point out a few. Many but not all of the articles are written by …

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French Polynesian Cruising Association

Posted on Tue 07 September 2010 in Destinations - French Polynesia

I don’t’ know a ton about this group. I’ve been following their blog which is updated infrequently. But, I wanted to share the link, because for those of you planning to head to French Polynesia, I think it could be a good resource!


Association des Voiliers en Polynésie …

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Starboard! The Movie

Posted on Fri 27 August 2010 in Geek, Photography

From the creative genius of Tawn and CB of s/v Palarran.

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DeepPC Update–Investigating Shuttle PC X50 V2 All-In-One suitability

Posted on Fri 20 August 2010 in Geek, Systems - Electronics

imageI read A LOT of news sites a lot of them technology related and via that I stumbled on the Shuttle PC X50 V2 All-In-One which recently came out. This is an Intel D510 Dual Core which is the next generation ATOM processors used in all those low power netbooks …

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