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Drones on sailboats

I’ve been flying quadcopters, more commonly now called drones, for about 5 years. Early on they were more of a fun hobby to try to learn, and less about quality pictures and video. In the last few years, that has completely changed, and you can now find drones in use for legit movies and photography […]

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Tour a cool floating DIY electronics lab (Video)

Northwest boater and engineer Steve Roberts turned his yacht into an ever-evolving electronics laboratory. Datawake was years in the making and is outfitted with endless gadgets including a ham radio, milling machine, 3D printer, Raspberry Pi and Arduino based systems for data collection, along with endless tools for tinkering. She even has a kitty litter box equipped […]

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Gifts that give a little more

Among the lessons cruising has taught me: that a frugal life brings returns in personal happiness, and that seeking simplicity results not in deprivation but in a feeling of abundance. Living in our floating Tiny Home, “stuff” is the enemy. Still… once the tryptophan effect wears off after Thanksgiving, there’s an undeniable pull for a lot […]

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Random propeller thoughts

I’ve been thinking about propellers lately.  A lot. No, I can’t explain that.  Perhaps it is a residue of our recent election.  Or something. Nevertheless… Now, I am not a trained Naval Architect.  But still, I have thoughts which seem coherent (to me at least, but then the judge may be biased), some brought on […]

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