Author Archive | Steve Mitchell

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Major mast work

In the last year I have had a number of issues with items in or on Grace’s mast. During a recent trip to Blake Island, the anchor light stopped working, and that was the last straw. It was time to dig deeper into fixing all of the issues. By this time, I had the following problems: VHF quality […]

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A tale of two sails

This last week I took Grace out on the water twice after a ton of winter projects. The first time was a beautiful, warm day with wind and real sailing. The second time was the rainiest April day on record in 22 years in Seattle, and turned out quite a bit different. I have been working on a bunch […]

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Nemo gateway – easy NMEA networking for your boat

Connecting marine electronics together is an important goal for modern boaters. Many different ways exist to do this, but most require gateways or direct connections to larger equipment. Once you have them connected, configuration and being able to use all the data effectively from as many devices as possible is usually the next challenge. The Nemo […]

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Portable lithium jump starter for the sailboat

I made a conscious decision during power system upgrade to have a single battery bank of 3x Firefly 100 amp hour batteries for both my house and starting needs on Grace. Space on any sailboat, including mine, is always limited. Adding a third battery, and upsizing them all on top of that, left little room for a dedicated […]

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