April 20th

Digital Yacht Sonar Server, keeping it simple!

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Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 20, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


I’m really impressed with the Digital Yacht Sonar Server introduced last week, though it has almost nothing to do with the technology involved. In fact, I think the DY developers could have engineered this product in their sleep, as could several other companies that specialize in NMEA 0183 utility hardware. What’s brilliant here is a simple, reasonably priced, and fast-to-market solution for certain boaters who are understandably hot to use the Navionics SonarCharts Live app feature on their phone or tablet. And Digital Yacht has backed up their marketing smarts with deep info on how to install the Sonar Server…


It’s no wonder that many boaters are confused about SonarCharts, as they’ve evolved in many directions.…

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April 20th

Selling Arcturus

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Arcturus under full sail in the Baltic, 2012. Scroll down for more photos at the end of the post.

Arcturus under full sail in the Baltic, 2012. Scroll down for more photos at the end of the post.

1966 Allied Seabreeze Sloop/Yawl, Hull #56

Mia and I never really thought this day would come. But just yesterday, we delivered Isbjorn to Annapolis from Connecticut, and our sailing careers officially evolved. Alas, like a good woman, my heart can’t be with two boats. I only hope I can find the perfect owner for Arcturus so she can continue the adventures we started on her.

So here’s the deal – whoever buys Arcturus is getting the deal of the century. You never recoup the money you put into a boat, I understand that, so she’s very under-valued if you look at the dollars that went into her (about $35,000 under our watch, and another $35k under the previous owner). Arcturus is a true classic, and is as turn-key as you’ll ever find in a used boat – you could sail her around the world tomorrow if you wanted to, in perfect safety and comfort. 

Arcturus is also VAT-paid in Europe, yet remains American-flagged and USCG documented.…

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April 19th

Rightsiding the Wrongsided

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Posted April 19 by Kimball Livingston

“What this will do is scare away the people who didn’t belong in the boat in the first place.”
Peter Johnstone

Boat was upright and back on its mooring in about 90 minutes. There was damage to the mainsail, which may need a new headboard. It’s sailing to St. Maartin tomorrow and later to Antigua for the race week. …

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April 17th

True Solitude

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Isla Navarino, on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel

The expedition yacht Seal lies at anchor in a shallow bay on Isla Navarino, on the Chilean side of the Beagle Channel, while its crew of charter guests explores an isolated homestead. In the background, on the other side of the narrow channel named after HMS Beagle, loom the mountains of Argentina. Captained by Robert Fitzroy, the Beagle charted this remote part of Patagonia in the 1830s before heading up the South American coast to the Galápagos Islands. It was on this voyage that the ship’s naturalist, Charles Darwin, developed his theory of evolution.

Fitzroy too made a singular contribution to science, as a pioneering navigator and meteorologist who came up with the term “weather forecasting.” His charts of the South American coastline were so accurate that they were still in use well into the later years of the 20th century.…

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April 17th

Free range cruising kids

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At the moment, we’re with four other kid boats including thirteen kids between our little fleet. All five of us are sharing an anchorage in the Maldives, bound for South Africa by the end of the year. They’re on Totem, Utopia, Ceilydh, Morning Glory, and Evita. The kids range from 9 to 16, and about half of the junior fleet is comprised of teenage cruisers. This is really tremendous!

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Of course, this is fantastic for the kids, who love having a group of compatriots. And while cruising kids are accustomed to making friends across a range of ages and regardless of gender, it’s nice to be able to have friends around who are a little more like you.…

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April 16th

Life Is Too Short to Use Cheap Paint

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A wise man once told me this, and I took it to heart.

While traditional enamels are still around, most modern boat paint is linear polyurethane (LP). Among LPs there are one-part products and two-part products. Two-part products cost a little more, but last longer. When you consider that 80-90% of any painting job is prepping, sanding, fairing, and masking, and this is all fairly onerous work, why use paint that won’t last as long?
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Probably the best known two-part products are Awlgrip and Interlux’s Perfection. If you paint the topsides of your boat with one of these products it will look good for about ten years, give or take, depending on environmental conditions and crashing into things.…

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April 16th

Sperm whale close

Time for a little wildlife admiration. Evidently this sort of thing doesn’t happen very often. As in a submersible ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle) gets closely inspected by a live-action sperm whale at considerable depth. For the whale, though, it’s not really that deep, as they can dive down to over 7,000 feet when actively searching for snacks.

The video, captured aboard Dr. Robert Ballard’s expedition vessel Nautilus, was shot the day before yesterday and was streamed live to a worldwide InterWeb audience. A big treat for all the viewers at home. You can check the incessant Nautilus Live video stream anytime you want to follow the action (or more normally inaction) onboard the ship.…

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April 15th

Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 15, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


Last week Navico introduced a Wireless Pilot Controller that can be added to B&G, Simrad, and Lowrance autopilots that connect to their control heads (and/or MFD controls) via NMEA 2000. It can do more than the keys indicate — like tack a sailboat that’s being steered in wind mode — and it will retail at $349 with a BT-1 Bluetooth Base Station. The WR10 remote will also be available by itself for $150 as four can work with one BT-1 at once, and eventually the remote may be able to work directly with the Bluetooth built into displays like the recently introduced Lowrance HDS Gen3 or the new Simrad Go7 / B&G Vulcan V7 twins


This diagram shows how the full kit works.…

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