Raymarine Axiom & LH3, a little fishing & then the install

20 Jun

Written by Ben Ellison on Jun 20, 2017 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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There is understandable grumbling about how Raymarine’s new 7-, 9- and 12-inch Axiom multifunction displays shipped (somewhat late) without several significant features that Ray plans to deliver with a software update at a yet unspecified date. But I’m fairly confident that the longer term story is rosy. After two days of fishing with beta MFDs in Florida and installing a test Axiom 7 myself, I’m impressed with both the hardware and the new LightHouse 3 interface, and I’ll be surprised if the missing features and more...

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Home Team Advantage

20 Jun
Emirates Team New Zealand
I have been watching the America’s Cup with interest not only because I love the flying boats and the technology that is on display, but it’s also been interesting to look closely at the various teams and how they function as a unit. There is one component that is not visible and one that money cannot buy and it’s going to be the deciding factor in the Final Series. I have been predicting that Emirates Team New Zealand is going to win this thing and that’s because they have this secret potion in abundance. And the ...
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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Sail fast, to get to the pub!

18 Jun

June 17, 2017
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A grey evening 120 miles off the west coast of Ireland. Grey ocean, grey horizon. A very fine mist hangs in the air, and while the fog has come and gone over the past 24 hours, the visibility is good currently. A variety of seabirds circle the boat, gannets among them which is a sure sign of land drawing nearer. As are the fishing boats. We’ve had a dozen or so at any given time appear on AIS, meandering around haphazardly at 2-3 knots, only one coming close enough to get a visual on. It was ...

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196: Andy’s Dad! // Dennis Schell

17 Jun

Dennis Schell is affectionately & jokingly known to all my sailing friends as simply ‘Andy’s Dad’. I have him to thank for my sailing career, and for inspiring me to start my own business. Dad raised me as a sailor & taught me everything I know. We recorded this chat aboard Isbjorn in Trellis Bay, BVI, shortly before we both sailed – he on Sojourner, us on Isbjorn – north to Bermuda. We covered the gamut of my dad’s sailing career, from his days sailing sunfish on Blue Marsh Lake, to his working at a Ft. Lauderdale boatyard, building and ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Ireland Bound?

16 Jun

Friday, June 16. Day 7
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I woke at 0345 to Martha & Bruce rousting Mia, who in turn rousted me. I’m not taking an ‘official’ watch this passage, but promised to do Mia’s first half this morning. Getting up to see the sunrise sounded like a great idea last evening when I tucked into my warm bunk in sweatpants and a hoodie…

A clear horizon was already visible by 0400 in the grey dawn, and it’s light out now (it doesn’t get fully dark until 2300 in the evening). A waning but bright half moon peeks through low, scudding ...

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A Grand Adventure it was

15 Jun
Forty nine years ago yesterday marked the start of one of the greatest sailing adventures in modern history. A young British naval officer by the name of Robin Knox-Johnston set sail aboard his double-ended wooden ketch Suhaili on a quest to win the Golden Globe Race. The race, sponsored by the Sunday Times newspaper, was the first ever circumnavigation race and Knox-Johnston and eight other sailors left the shores of England and set off to sail around the world via the five great capes. There was no formal start; it was up to each competitor to leave when they felt
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Easy bread to feed a hungry crew

14 Jun

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A well-fed crew is a happy crew: this is no secret. Food is a love language for many, myself included. Feeding people, seeing their pleasure in something I’ve made, makes me so happy. I dug the minor challenge to create a yummy and totally gluten free dinner from our dwindling provisions for friends last week (who knew quinoa could make a tender chocolate cake?!). In the Chesapeake last fall, it was pull-apart bread (garlic herb deliciousness, dunked in soup) that made several nights with friends extra memorable: at Camp Quigley, soaking up the good vibes from Mary Marie, getting to ...

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ISBJORN OFFSHORE: Alone in an empty sea

14 Jun

14 June, 2017

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I’m a manly, manly man. Just took an ice cold shower in the cockpit outside. I sent the crew below so I could be comfortably naked. But man is that refreshing! The seawater temp is 62, and the tank water perhaps a degree or two warmer. Wakes you up!

It’s cleanup day on Isbjorn. We’ve been at sea now almost 4 days, have sailed 575 miles and been through some rough weather. The skies finally cleared around 0300 this morning and the wind & seas have abated slightly, so time for showers and a boat cleanup ...

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Dee Caffari to skipper mixed crew in the Volvo Ocean Race

14 Jun

I was thrilled to read that the British sailor Dee Caffari  had secured sponsorship for the upcoming Volvo Ocean Race. Thrilled on so many levels. Up until now there have only been five confirmed entries; not enough for a decent boat race in my opinion. Dee’s entry makes it six so we are getting closer. Two more entries would be great. Dee is without a doubt one of the most experienced sailors in the world and certainly the most experienced female sailor. Again that’s my opinion. There are two more reasons why this is such great news. No let’s make
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Informational overload?

13 Jun

I recently acquired a 30-year-old project boat whose systems are mostly original, except for the electronics, which had been updated in the early 1990s—the Jurassic era as far as modern electronics are concerned. In fact, I well recall installing that selfsame make of instrument on the boat I owned back then, and marveling at how wonderful it was to have a digital depth readout instead of a whirring dial and a couple of flashing lights to warn of impending collision with the sea bed.
This presented me with the rare opportunity to specify a new instrument and nav system from ...

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