The goal of SailBits is to tell a story about how technology and boating work together, to share ideas about projects, and help others learn from the experience.

LunaSea navigation lights

October 19, 2018 | 3 Comments
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Navigation lights on older boats are a great target for an LED upgrade. Recently I found LunaSea festoon LED bulbs and replaced mine.

Pender Harbour back to Seattle

October 3, 2018 | 10 Comments
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After visiting Princess Louisa Inlet, one of the most picturesque places on the face of the earth, it was time to return home to Seattle. The journey from Pender Harbour back turned out to be much more difficult than getting there, but it also was just as memorable as the rest of the trip, and spawned ideas of future visits all through Canada.

Princess Louisa Inlet

September 28, 2018 | 8 Comments
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I have always wanted to visit Princess Louisa Inlet, but have never had the right timing, boat, schedule, and everything else align until this year. It was an amazing experience that I will never forget, and I consider it one of the top 5 places I have ever visited – boat or not!

Getting to Princess Louisa Inlet from Seattle

September 22, 2018 | 4 Comments
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This year I finally made it to a place I have always wanted to see – Princess Louisa Inlet. The trip was an epic one – over 450 NM in only 17 days, and all done solo!

Sailing towards power…

September 6, 2018 | 24 Comments
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I have decided to move to a power boat after years of sailing. The decision was a hard one, but also an exciting one as it will enable more projects and testing on a bigger platform.

MikroTik Groove step-by-step setup guide

August 30, 2018 | 12 Comments
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Setting up the MikroTik Groove to boost WiFi on your boat can be daunting. With a few quick steps you can get the Groove up and running quickly on your network.

Correcting the list – LiFePO4 power system design

August 15, 2018 | 31 Comments
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Due to weight and features, I decided to convert my sailboat power system to LiFePO4. This article covers the design which settled on Victron components.

Conquer seasickness with a ReliefBand

June 28, 2018 | 0 Comments
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Since as long as I can remember, I’ve gotten motion sick on airplanes, in cars, and on boats. I have tried many different solutions to help reduce how sick I get, and the one that has worked for 15+ years for me reliably and easily is the ReliefBand.

Improvements with a new propeller

June 8, 2018 | 8 Comments
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Grace came with a factory prop when I purchased her – it was OK, but after 3 years of using that prop, I felt that I could get better speed and potentially other benefits.

Major mast work

June 4, 2018 | 12 Comments
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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.

Modular, cheaper boat internet solution via Netgear and MikroTik

May 28, 2018 | 78 Comments
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I’ve written a lot about my boat network, and in particular, Peplink products that offer a ton of functionality and features. For the last 6 months, I have been playing with configurations and hardware that cost less, but still provide flexibility and features that more expensive solutions offer.

Using an Intel NUC as a powerful boat server

April 28, 2018 | 10 Comments
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For years I have had a dedicated linux machine on my sailboats centered around remote monitoring and stats gathering. I have a fairly well developed set of tools from SignalK, Zabbix, Grafana and others that help keep an eye on the boat while I am on board, and away. I have been using a Raspberry Pi computer to enable this, but in the last few months it has proven to be too underpowered to keep up. My search began for a better solution…

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