While we were anchored in Port Ludlow nursing our wounds after the headsail fail we met a fella that owns a new-to-him big old boat and is dreaming of his own cruising future. He was interested in our story, we were interested in his, and we ended up visiting for a long time and getting […]
This is the new control console for my toilet aboard Datawake, which has just had a major upgrade. Although most of my attention in the last year and a half has been on the übergeeky systems in the lab, there is much to be gained from improving tools that affect quality of life every day. Waterworks, sewage, power, […]
Boom preventer. Boom brake. Whatever you do, whatever you call it, having a way to prevent or dampen the force of the boom to prevent accidents while sailing deep downwind is important. A lot of cruising IS downwind, so thinking through a smart setup is critical! I’ll never forget learning about a boat some miles […]
Most of my posts about the starship Datawake focus on the geeky components… console systems, the holodeck, exotic digital radio, studio-grade audio processing, and so on. But this boat is home as well as lab, and many of my projects are unglamorous, non-blinking tools for simply improving the quality of life aboard. This post covers a few […]
Garmin Ltd (www.Garmin.com) announced that is has acquired Active Corporation, the developer of ActiveCaptain (www.activecaptain.com), a recreational boating database and community which was co-founded by Jefferey and Karen Siegel. The Siegels are full-time cruisers whose crowd-sourced content comes from their 1.5 million cruising subscribers around the world. At the time of the acquisition, ActiveCaptain reported […]
I’m always on the look out for a compact, well performing, easy to use computer for the sailboat. Over the years, I’ve used some rugged tablets, laptops, and other creations, but none have been able to run the software I need while still being easy enough to use. I have been a hardcore Mac user for […]
Want to fly a drone from your boat? Our friends at Slowboat.com share their tips from many hours of flying drones up and down the Inside Passage from Olympia, Washington to Sitka, Alaska.