March 15th

Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 15, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


One of many features in Raymarine’s latest software update (besides the just-discussed LightHouse charts) is support for multiple sonar sources. While I didn’t have the hardware or even the working vessel to test this, it’s neat that the demo video I screenshot above is built right into the LightHouse II update (and actually more detailed than the one currently on YouTube). But who needs multiple sonar sources? I know that some readers may perceive it as feature glut, but not I, and I’m not even much of a fisherman…

Raymarine_LightHouse_II_demo_mov_sonar_select_cPanbo.jpgThe major manufacturers seem to be working hard to bring CHIRP improvements to even modest fishfinding hardware and also to the structure detail of high-frequency narrow-beam down and side scanning.

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March 14th

Facing fears about raising kids on a sailboat

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Kid crew at Admiral Marina

I was not programmed to be different. If anything, my life until we left to go cruising was a careful series of practical steps designed to fulfill the American Dream. Why would we choose such a different life for our growing family?

I know that the way our children spend their days, or the way that they learn, is wildly different from the norm. This is risky, right?

Will our children be socialized? Will they get into college? Will they be able to relate to their peers? WILL THEY HATE US LATER?

I’m honored to have a guest post on KludgyMom, talking straight from the heart and venting a little about the fears I’ve faced to become an unconventional family- click here to read more on Raising Kids Dangerously.…

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March 13th

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 13, 2014

Yeah, yeah, you’ve been to the other sip and puff, but if you’re a regular reader you know the pride I take in the way that sailing, as a sport, has embraced disabled sailing. It took a while, but we’re there.

Sailing, after all, is one of the few activities in which a person reduced to not much more than the ability to breathe can get out and breathe fresh, fresh, fresh air, take action, make things happen and even compete. You can’t get much more impaired than the need to rely on what disabled sailors call “sip and puff” control.…

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March 13th

Bolster and fish

You remember Jeff Bolster, right? He lives down the street from me here in Portsmouth, and I’ve crewed on his boat, and he’s crewed on my boat, and he doesn’t mind eating fish raw for breakfast. He teaches history at the University of New Hampshire and in a past life was a pro schooner jockey. I’ve heard from him the story of how his first scholarly tome, Black Jacks: African American Seamen in the Age of Sail (Harvard University Press, 1997), proved to be a major inspiration to a black prison inmate, Greg White, who consequently went on to forge a career as a merchant mariner after serving out a 22-year sentence for armed robbery.…

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March 12th

March 12, 2014 Posted by KL

Sacramento Bee writer Matt Weiser reports that California is planning to dam a number of Delta sloughs to prevent, or slow, salt water incursion if the drought of 2014 persists—and I think we know, the drought will persist. The scheme promises positive outcomes for many, negative outcomes for a few, and, as Weiser notes, it heats up the paranoia (or maybe it’s not paranoia?) of those who fear it positions the state one step closer to shipping more water south, when the drought eases.

Recreational users of the Delta will note that one slough on the list for a rock dam (to be removed by November, officials say) is the popular short cut/scenic side trip off the San Joaquin known as False River.…

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March 12th

CCA Annual Awards

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Miscellany, People,

The Cruising Club of America celebrated its outstanding sailors of 2013 during the Annual Awards Dinner on March 7, 2014 at the New York Yacht Club, where CCA Commodore Frederic T. Lhamon made presentations to the winners of the Blue Water Medal, Far Horizons Award, and Richard S. Nye Trophy.

Jeanne Socrates, left, below, accepted the 2013 Blue Water Medal from Commodore Lhamon for her completion of a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world on her third attempt. Did we mention, third attempt?

Photo CCA/Dan Nerney

Photo CCA/Dan Nerney

Tom and Dorothy Wadlow accepted the Far Horizons Award for an admirable 18 years and 75,000 miles of cruising .

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March 11th

Raymarine LightHouse II, the chart goodness

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Written by Ben Ellison on Mar 11, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


A demo look at the new LightHouse Charts got me excited last fall, and I feel more so now that I’ve cruised around with them. U.S. boaters who own Raymarine a-, c-, e-, or gS-Series multifunction displays will find that both types of reprocessed free NOAA charts install fairly easily, look good and zoom/pan quickly. And though no LightHouse charts for waters beyond the U.S. have been announced, Raymarine clearly has the ability to produce them or permit third party cartographers like NV-Charts to do it themselves.…

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March 11th

By Kimball Livingston Posted March 11, 2014

TBATM_cover_largeIn her just-released paperback update of The Billionaire and the Mechanic, Julian Guthrie set tongues to wagging, quoting Larry Ellison on Honolulu’s wonderful attractions for an America’s Cup.

Yep, Dennis and Malin wanted to take the Cup there, back in the day, when 12-Pounders would have made a brave sight pounding upwind in the Molokai Channel. AC60-65 catamarans on foils? I don’t think so. Elsewhere off Honolulu? I’ll believe it when I see it. But it gets stranger when you look beyond location, location, location.

Julian goes on to describe Ellison’s plan for two seasons of international racing in AC45s, 2015-2016, with a Pacific division and an Atlantic division qualifying four teams for sailoffs in “AC60s” in the spring of 2017.…

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March 10th

Grand Prix Monos Alive & Well

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Photo © Martinez Studios/52 Super Series

The 52 Super Series completed its second US event over the weekend in Florida and moves now to Capri for the first of four European events starting May 20. Entries in the two regattas in Florida were heavily US, joined by Italy’s Azzurra – which gave the 2014 leader, Quantum, its hardest push – and Sweden’s 2013 champion, Ran.

It’s a small “club” but special, and high-end monohull racing is still the nth degree for most people. Here is video of Jim Swartz’ Vesper wound up tight and on a roll.…

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