A closer look at Lowrance’s HDS Gen2 Touch

13 May

Written by Kees Verruijt on May 13, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub


Today is an excellent time to look in more depth at the Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch, a slightly awkward name for six products that form the “top end” of the Lowrance multifunction display range. The reason is the recent release of the 2.0 software version that brings GoFree functionality — as seen above — and much more to both the Lowrance Gen2 and Gen2 Touch range. Last year I upgraded my HDS Gen1 to a HDS2T and in this entry I will compare the HDS2T ...

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Get Off Your Boat

11 May

Puerto Ballandra, Baja California Sur, Mexico.

There are about ten boats here in the bay at the moment which has us scratching our heads because we never see anybody else go ashore. In the last two days we’ve seen one guy. We’re trying to remember if we sat around on the boat that much when it was just the two of us. We don’t think so, but who knows, maybe we did. Hmmmmm, I remember when we could lounge around and do nothing all day. I believe the last time was December 12, 2009.

Ali found this sand dollar today. ...

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And We’re Off!

11 May
The neighborhood blimp pays me a visit a couple days before the big send-off
I’m writing this from a beach house in Grayton Beach, Florida about 250 miles and nearly an entire BBA chartbook east of New Orleans. After close to three years of work the boat is finally… well, certainly not done, not even in the shape I was hoping to leave in, but good enough to go sailing. It was, predictably, a hectic start.
Actually, our plan (as I told it to my enormously patient crew) was to leave New Orleans on the 10thof April or ...
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DEATH BY SAILING: Andrew Simpson and Luke Stimson

10 May

Artemis AC72 crash

I was planning next to bore you with some details of Lunacy‘s recent passage from Puerto Rico to Bermuda, but the breaking news is far more compelling. And not just to sailors it seems. In my recent post on the America’s Cup I noted that the general public only seems to follow the Cup when there are intriguing characters involved, but now, unfortunately, we’ve found something else guaranteed to pique their interest. No one seemed terribly interested in AC72s when they were just sailing fast, but now that someone’s been killed on one, all the major media have perked ...

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Memo to All Crewmembers

10 May

To:      All residents of s/v Papillon
From:  Amy Schaefer
CC:     Any interested parties
Date:   May 10, 2013
Re:      Land-Visit Policies and Procedures
It has come to my attention that we are experiencing compliance issues with Boat SOP 57: Completing a Visit To Your Land-based Home.  It is essential that all crewmembers master this procedure.  This memo is intended to review the skills we need to make our land adventures as successful as our sea ones.

Section 2.3.1 states: “Crew may not be ill for any time exceeding 13% of their total visit length.”  In a month-long visit, this ...

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Marine fuel prices, why so hard?

9 May

Written by Ben Ellison on May 9, 2013 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub



I’m so close to home!  But good old Maine welcomed me with a full menu of fog, rain, and wind — topped off with a foul tide — so it seemed wise to take a break behind the Rockland breakwater, make some tea and discuss marine fuel prices. One of many things I learned on this trip to South Carolina and back is how much diesel prices can vary, even within the same harbor. So I was quite keen to give the new MarineFuel.com IOS app

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Proof of Concept: Surfing/crabbing adventure

8 May

paddling out
A few months ago I started asking myself how to justify dumping all my free time and money into a boat I can’t afford. April alone included six days in the boatyard, at about $2000, including an insurance survey, plus berthing fees, a robbery, and about ten days of my life. The answer was more boat adventures.

The plan would be to sail to Bolinas, just 15 miles from my marina, where we’d paddle in and surf. On the way we’d drop off a crab trap in hopes of catching some Dungeness crabs, the “Maine lobster of the West.”

In ...

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ARC Rally Announces 2nd Start Date, plus Cape Verde Stopover

7 May


Okay, busy day for Andy & Mia today on SAILfeed! We just got the official word from the main office in Cowes that the World Cruising Club is expanding the ARC Rally, something Mia and I have enjoyed working on for the past four years. Here's the official press release…


'Demand from sailors world-wide for spaces in the 2013 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC 2013) has been unprecedented. The thirty extra boat slips recently installed by the Las Palmas Port Authority has enabled the ARC to grow to a maximum of 245 yachts for 2013; despite this, the ...

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7 May

Dinghy stowed on deck

ATTENTION EARTH PEOPLE! As I write this I am approaching Bermuda, blasting along but 70 miles out on what seems a perpetual close reach, due for a landing sometime in the wee hours tomorrow, of which more later. What I really want to spout off about right now are inflatable tenders. I was thinking about this as we were preparing to leave Puerto Rico, while regarding our neighbors on a 45-foot Bristol next door, who were about to depart for Annapolis. They had just stowed their RIB tender for the passage, and it took up all of their foredeck. ...

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