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March 23rd

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 23, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Sonos_Play_1_test_cPanbo.jpgI knew little about Sonos wireless hifi a month ago. While the ads suggested an elegant Apple-like design, I had the impression it also came with Apple-like premium prices and was certainly not suitable for boats. But now that I’ve lived for a month with the relatively new Play:1 seen above, I may have been wrong on both counts!  Many reviewers have already praised the little speaker/amp’s hardware and audio quality compared to similar wireless speakers. I want to detail the superb Sonos audio access and control software that you can tap into with just one $199 Play:1(though adding more components will be a huge temptation) and also discuss how Sonos can make sense afloat.…

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March 21st

If It Looks Strange to You . . .

Posted by // March 21, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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By Kimball Livingston Posted March 21, 2014

If it looks strange to you, imagine how it looks to them.

Thanks to Lloyd Images for the pics.

A raft of AC players and would-be AC players, along with former AC player Alinghi, make up the Extreme Sailing Series, which is now in Muscat, Oman for the second installment of the series. AKA an Act.

Alinghi, the leader, is skippered by Morgan Larson, a California guy who has a number of good lines. My favorite would be: “I went to the University of Hawaii because the team travels a lot. I figured I’d study on the plane.” Yep, a good line.…

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March 21st

Freediver ‘Base Jumps’ at Dean’s Blue Hole

Posted by // March 21, 2014 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

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I’ve never quite understood the appeal of competitive freediving, in much the same way that I don’t get why people choose to run marathons through a desert in the middle of summer. My friend George Stoyle once told me about his fleeting obssession with freediving quarries in England and and for a moment I was three years old again, standing open-mouthed and asking ‘Why?, Why?, Why?’ while he described diving into pitch black, freezing cold water where you only know you’ve hit bottom when your hand sinks into icy black muck, you come up with a nosebleed as often as not, and every now and then people die.…

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March 20th

Women Sailors Complete Mumbai-Oman

Posted by // March 20, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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March 20, 2014, from Oman Sail

Although they crossed the finish line in Oman last night, the official welcome took place at The Wave, Muscat earlier today. A huge gathering turned out to honour the two girls who now hold records for the first ever severely paralysed woman and the first Arab female sailor to make a trans-oceanic crossing.

The 850-nautical mile journey across the Indian Ocean started from Mumbai, India on Tuesday 11 March and took nine days to complete. The course generally took them up wind with winds reaching no more than 10-15kts, and the average boat speed was 5-6kts.…

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March 19th

First Monos Finish PV, Others Park

Posted by // March 19, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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orionSan Diego Yacht Club’s 1000-mile race to Puerto Vallarta opened for the first time this year to official multihull entries, and the two that answered the call both found the conditions they needed to obliterate the existing course records held by monohulls.

Tom Siebel’s Mod 70, Orion, pictured at right, was first into PV at the blistering pace ot 2 days, 8 hours 33 minutes. And how does that compare to the monohull times? Well, son, the breeze on the course was cruelly slowing down for the monohull end of the fleet. In the early hours of Wednesday, March 19, Bob Pethick’s Rogers 45, Bretwalda, became the first monohull to finish.…

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March 19th

Sailors for the Sea: Pollution in Rio

Posted by // March 19, 2014 // COMMENT (0 Comments)

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Can one hundred years of pollution be cleaned in two?

By Tyson Bottenus, Clean Regatta and Marine Education Coordinator, Sailors for the Sea

“Talk not of Bahia de Todos los Santos – the Bay of all Saints; for though that be a glorious haven, yet Rio is the Bay of all Rivers – the Bay of all Delights – the Bay of all Beauties. From circumjacent hill-sides, untiring summer hangs perpetually in terraces of vivid verdure; and embossed with old mosses, convent and castle nestle in valley and glen.” Herman Melville, White Jacket (1850)

unnamedLast December Alan Norregaard, a Bronze medalist from the 2012 London Olympics, was just barely edging out Nico Delle Karth for first place as he approached the windward mark in the 2nd race of the 2013 Intergalactic Championships in Guanabara Bay, a rather large protected bay outside of Rio de Janeiro.…

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March 19th

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 19, 2014

With snowbirds counting the weeks until their migration north along the IntraCoastal Waterway—assuming this winter really does have an end—their transit of the ICW will include all the challenges of navigating shallow waters and shifting features. But with new sources of help from technology.

It’s very 2014, incorporating crowdsourced data generated by the users of Navionics electronic cartography products for chartplotters and mobile devices. The result: daily updates for near-real time news you can use. The benefits are obvious along a route notorious for its changeability. Or, as Navionics’ Shaun Ruge pegs it, a route fraught with “soon-to-be-suspect data, as in anything that was true yesterday along the ICW.”

NOAA’s traditional magenta line, marking the suggested channels, is becoming a lot less important.…

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March 19th

Staying in touch while cruising

Posted by // March 19, 2014 // COMMENT (3 Comments)

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What a gift it is to be so far away, but so readily in touch with people we love.

Just today, we were able to Skype several times, to see and hear familiar faces and voices. Early in the morning we connected with my parents back in the USA, while they got ready for dinner. The girls could show their grandparents our new pet hamster through the camera on the ipad- it was better than a phone call! The bandwidth wasn’t good enough to hold a connection with two-way video feed, so we took turns.

At midday, we Skyped with friends we love: two different boat families, formerly of MV Oso Blanco and SV Mulan.…

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March 18th

Gemini 3000 under sail

The Gemini, the first production cruising catamaran ever built in the United States, was born from the ashes of a terrible fire that in 1981 destroyed the molds for the successful Telstar 26 folding trimaran that multihull enthusiast Tony Smith had just brought over from Great Britain. Eager to save his new Maryland-based business, Performance Cruising, Smith immediately started building catamarans instead, using molds for an old British cruiser, the Aristocat, designed by Ken Shaw back in 1970.

The original Gemini 31, appropriately named the Phoenix, was rebranded with minor changes as the Gemini 3000 after the first 28 hulls were launched.…

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March 18th

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 18, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

Si-Tex_T-760_standalone_radar_w domes_aPanbo.jpgThere’s more to the new Si-Tex T-760 Series radar than you’ll currently find on that product page. Those multi-speed radomes are unlike anything Si-Tex has offered before and contain digital processing that will eventually put 16-level true color target imagery on that 800 x 480 pixel touch screen (with a software update). Plus, the case is carved from solid aluminum and can be easily flush mounted. At a suggested retail of about $2,100 with the 18-inch radome and an impressive set of radar features, the T-760 looks like an interesting alternative for boaters who don’t want all their electronic navigation tools on a multifunction display.…

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