Victron Venus GX MFD integration, nice Simrad & Garmin surprises so far

20 Apr

Behold the Victron “app” now running on the Simrad NSS7 evo2 that I’ve been long testing on Gizmo. Now I can see all sorts of power data on a bright MFDs at the helms, and I can even use the integration to control the boat’s Victron Multi charger/inverter or configure many of the power system components. And this valuable feature only required some software updates and an Ethernet adapter cable.

beta test Victron app running on Simrad NSS16 evo2

beta test Victron app running on Simrad NSS16 evo2

In fact, I’m running a beta version Victron Venus software, and I don’t usually write about beta testing, but ...

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Comparing “Aqua Map Master” and “Navionics Sonar Charts” while Navigating the ICW Between Charleston and McCellanville, SC

19 Apr

This section of the ICW is called the “South of McClellanville” section. It is one of the longest and shallowest trouble spots on the ICW. The following is an overview of this stretch of the ICW between Awendaw Creek and Jeremy Creek.  While there are some places with 8-10 feet of water, there are also stretches with less than 5 feet of water at MLLW. If you drift out of the “channel” you will find water less than 3 feet.  So, what defines the channel?  How do you find it?

We transited this section for the eleventh time on March ...

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Hansen’s Ex-Meridian Tables

19 Apr

April 18, 2019

Day 195

Noon Position: 11 33S  24 42W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): WNW 5

Wind(t/tws): E 10

Sea(t/ft): E 3

Sky: Hazy cirrus; some puffy cumulus.

10ths Cloud Cover: 9

Bar(mb): 1016+

Cabin Temp(f): 88

Water Temp(f): 85

Relative Humidity(%): 64

Sail: Working sail, reaching to starboard

Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 131

Miles since departure: 26,615

Avg. Miles/Day: 137

Leg North Days: 29

Leg North Miles: 3,665

Avg. Miles/Day: 126

Not sure if wind fell lighter overnight, causing us to slow down, or if we were slowed by taking the wind aft of the beam. In any case, we ...

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A Night Visitor and Your Comments

17 Apr

April 16, 2019/Day 193

Noon Position: 15 59S  23 17W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxE 6

Miles since departure: 26,335

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

 

Good sailing last two days. Even wind. Mo is consistent in head and speed. Have barely touched the tiller or sheets yesterday or today.

Woke to a visitor in the scuppers, a rather large flying fish that, in the night, had not managed to escaped the Monster Mo.

Interesting to examine the fish. Their bodies are shaped like inverted triangles with big eyes pointing down to see what must be their main foe, the Dorado, as it charges up ...

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South of Fernandina STM 718 March 24, 2019

17 Apr

 

For some reason the section between STM 717 and STM 719 is confusing to some. It needn’t be.

Northbound after exiting Kinglsey creek you are in the Amelia River.  Stay to the east side past R2. The charts show the deepest water on the lower east side. I have used the  upper west side  at the G2 bend of the river for about 5 years, as the water is deeper along the western shore  The eastern channel has at least 8 feet of water at MLLW. The western channel has 12+ at MLLW .  This is one place you ...

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Fusion ARX Remote: simple, effective and convenient

17 Apr

 

Sometimes you just want to turn down the volume or skip to the next track, and the Fusion ARX remote is the right tool for that job. The remote’s simplicity, size, and flexible placement allow it to be mounted in the perfect spot to control your stereo, or in several such spots.  I now have four of them installed on Have Another Day and this entry will detail why they’re making me happy.

The remote is available in white or black and comes with the mounting ring seen on the right

The $50 Fusion MS-ARX70 (Introduced in October ...

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Thoughts on the Approaching Doldrums

16 Apr

April 15, 2019/Day 192

Noon Position: 18 29S  22 50W

Course(t)/Speed(kts): NxW 6

Miles since departure: 26,191

Avg. Miles/Day: 136

 

Wind has stayed blessedly consistent the last 24 hours and the sky clear. On a 12 – 15 knot northeasterly we’ve made good time.

As I type, it’s approximately 1,000 miles to the line (the equator). Now the question of how we handle the approaching doldrums comes to the fore.

Conventional wisdom has it that a sailing vessel should stay to the west of that belt of calms, and a daily examination of weather at the ITCZ these last ...

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OCEAN SAILING MOVIES: The Mercy, Coyote, Following Seas

16 Apr

Decent films about ocean sailing are, alas, few and far between, so it’s worth noting there are at least three recent offerings I’ve screened that are truly worth watching. The first, unbelievably, is an A-list flick starring Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz, The Mercy, which recounts the well-worn tale of Donald Crowhurst’s tragic voyage during the 1968-69 Golden Globe Race.

I’d been looking forward to seeing this film for a long time, ever since Paul Gelder tipped me off a few years ago he’d been helping the folks making it understand what sort of boat Crowhurst had sailed ...

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#262: Pawel Motawa // Antarctic Sailor & Media Producer

15 Apr

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#262. Pawel Motawa is one of the first guests I ever interviewed WAY back in my ‘Two Inspired Guys’ days in 2012. Then, he had just completed the ARC rally in St. Lucia, and I was drawn to his bright yellow steel sloop MALAIKA, with it’s proud Polish flag flying, and thought there had to be a story here. When Mia & I sailed ISBJORN into Las Palmas in January, there was MALAIKA again, on the pontoon just a few slips down from us. Pawel immediately said hello and we reconnected for another chat in the saloon of his lovely ...

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Doane safety advice regarding Transderm patches & psychotic breaks

15 Apr

 

When the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Virgin Islands charged Rick Smith with “seaman’s manslaughter” last fall, it kicked off months of press coverage and a fire hose of sailor opinions about what exactly happened onboard Smith’s yawl Cimarron that led to the death of David Pontious, and whether Smith did a proper job as captain.

But the incident seemed fairly mysterious to me — and without any particular safety lessons — until I read THE TRAGEDY OF DAVID PONTIOUS: Did a Scopolamine Patch Drive Him to Suicide? by Charles Doane. I think it’s must-reading for all of us ...

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