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February 25th

Furuno TZtouch2 and FI-70, back in the game!

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Written by Ben Ellison on Feb 25, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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Sorry for the blown out screens, but the point of this photo is Furuno USA marketing manager Dean Kurutz, who co-delivered the NavNet TZtouch2 introduction with senior product manager Eric Kunz just like they did with the original NavNet in 2001 — when I was just getting into electronics writing — and every NavNet update since. The dynamic duo have been coming to Miami with the company since well into the last century and a lot of their colleagues have similar histories. If you go Furuno you get remarkable management consistency and institutional memory, but that doesn’t mean they’re old school…

Well, in some ways Furuno is old school: they distribute mainly through traditional dealer/installers; their famous customer service apparently stocks spares for decades-old equipment; and they’ve earned high esteem in tough niches like offshore commercial fishing and the US Coast Guard.…

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February 25th

Giving back: the best birthday gift ever

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dogs trinco

We’re just over one week in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. It is an explosion of new experiences: it’s so different, full of new sights and sounds and tastes and smells, which are taking time to process! But we are so happy to be here, relaxing into a familiar rhythm and learning about a new place…like walking past the gauntlet of marine police, above,to what must be the best-guarded dinghy dock we’ve EVER tied up to.

trinco beach

They named her Lucy. Dutch Beach, Tricomalee, Sri Lanka

One of the things you can’t miss in Trinco is the number of stray dogs. They’re not a problem, they’re just omnipresent.…

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February 24th

STEVE JOBS SUPERYACHT VENUS: Barely Escapes From Simpson Bay Lagoon

Posted by // February 24, 2015 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

Venus aerial

And now for something completely different. Steve Jobs’ 256-foot superyacht Venus, built by Feadship and completed in 2012, a year after his death, has been out and about this season and was most recently drone-videoed as it squeezed through the Simpson Bay drawbridge in St. Maarten. According to the Insider’s St. Maarten Island Guide, the yacht had been in SXM for two weeks and on Saturday headed out on a private charter.

In superyacht lingo, I guess Venus is what you’d call a “Simpson-Max” vessel, as in there is no possible way it could be any bigger and still fit through this bridge:

Got hand it to the skipper: he (or she?) has got some cojones for sure.…

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February 24th

Another fast day at sea…

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It was another fast day for Serenity on their way from Grenada back to the BVI. So fast that the crew has decided to stop in St. Croix on the way to Tortola..

Serenity in Grenada

Serenity in Grenada

Position February 24, 2015 8am
16°41’N 63°49’W

When i spoke to Andy, they were about 80nm from, St. Croix and since it the island is almost on the way to the BVI, and since the trip has been way faster than expected, they have decided to stop there for a day. They expect to arrive sometime tonight, and leave for Tortola on Thursday.

On the way out of Grenada they saw a big sea turtle, and there has been plenty of sea birds hanging around the boat.…

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February 24th

Offshore to the Bahamas

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This week’s episode features another LIVE lecture from the Toronto International Boat Show about sailing offshore to the Bahamas! The tried and true route is down the ICW from the Chesapeake. But that takes weeks! Which ic great if you have the time to meander and enjoy the nice towns along the way.

But if you’re really keen to get to the islands and enjoy that time there, there’s a much faster way, and it’s in the ocean. In five days from Norfolk or Beaufort, you can be sipping rum and laying back in the Abacos! The focus of today’s episode is getting over the fear and trepidation of going offshore in general, and then planning specifically for a Bahamas-bound passage.…

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February 23rd

CRUISING SAILBOAT EVOLUTION: Multihulls and Other Alternatives

Posted by // February 23, 2015 // COMMENT (1 Comment)

Jim Wharram

Our most recent ruminations on this topic focused on some of the popular dedicated cruising-sailboat designs that dominated mass-production boatbuilding as the industry started growing and maturing through the 1970s. It is important to remember, however, that even as fiberglass production techniques were thrusting sailboats into the heart of the 20th-century consumer economy, some cruising enthusiasts, as always, were determined to stay outside the mainstream. Many of these modern alternative cruisers favored unusual offbeat boats. One of these was James Wharram (see photo up top), who in 1954 designed and built for himself an extremely crude 24-foot plywood catamaran he called Tangaroa.…

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February 23rd

Fast sailing on Serenity

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Serenity had a great first 24hr run from Grenada. When i spoke to Andy at 9am this morning, they still had 1 hr to go until they had been at sea for 24hr. And they had already covered 160nm! Very impressive! 

Position at 9 am, 2013.02.23
14°30’N 62°52’W
Wind: 15-20 kt

Last evening and night was a bit squally, with gusts above 30kt. During Tom & Jake’s watch, they got the speed record for the trip of 10.7kt! When i spoke to Andy, they were having a lovely sail under full genoa and 15kt of wind on the beam!

The crew really enjoyed to read the comments when they arrived to Grenada, so if you read the blog, please remember to add a quick (or long) comment.

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February 23rd

MIBS 2015: Raymarine, Icom, Lowrance, B&G, FLIR, Blue Sea and drones

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Written by Ben Ellison on Feb 23, 2015 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub

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“Black is the new gray,” say the folks at Raymarine, and so it is with the three new CPx70 sonar modules which were introduced in Miami. They’ll replace the existing blackbox fishfinders but not the CP100 and 200 CHIRP Down-or-Side-Vision and sonar combos designed for shallower depths and structure imaging. So by contrast the 600-foot-max-depth CP100 also installed on the demo boat above highlights the beefiness of the new base CP370 model, which is actually the bottom of the line with its traditional dual 50KHz and 200 KHz fixed frequencies, 1,000W of power and purported depth range of 5,000 feet.…

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February 22nd

Serenity update 2015.02.22

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Captain Andy on the beach in Grenada

Captain Andy on the beach in Grenada

After a few days in Grenada Serenity is now back at sea again. They departed St. Georges, Grenada at 10 am this morning (Sunday February 22), a beautiful beam reach and sunny sky! Next stop will be BVI, where the trip first started about a week ago.

Grenada was a nice break for the crew, they stayed in St. Louis Marina in St. Georges, enjoyed some hiking, the beaches, good food and the pool that belonged to the marina. Jake managed to send me a few photos through the very unreliable wifi.

In Grenada they also changed up the crew a bit.…

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February 20th

BLACK SAILS: Pirates on TV

Posted by // February 20, 2015 // COMMENT (2 Comments)

Black Sails combat

One thing I particularly like about the age in which we live is that there are lots of great TV shows to watch. An astounding number, really, with gritty adult themes such as we never dreamed of back in the days of straight broadcast TV, well-written scripts with subtle, involved plots, and fantastic performances from actors and actresses who can now develop truly multi-dimensional characters over the course of protracted detailed story lines. It really is putting the film industry to shame, as cable TV shows (some of them, anyway) are now far superior to most of the pablum you see in cinemas.…

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