NavPod to PowerPod – saving the helm station

My helm station has always been an area of continued improvement. When I first bought Grace in 2015, she had no chart plotter or other instruments – only older Raymarine ST series depth and wind instruments.

/ November 25, 2017

T-Mobile international change will affect boaters

T-Mobile changed the unlimited benefit while roaming - the monthly data allowance has shrunk, and the speeds have dropped from LTE to 3G once you hit that limit. Boaters will be affected who use T-Mobile, as I do, out on...

/ October 17, 2017

Replacing the head – the crew’s favorite upgrade

One of the most hated bits of the boat is the head. Every boat I have owned has had a unique set of steps required to make sure things “work out” for everyone involved. I replaced the head with a...

/ October 12, 2017

Haul out, chart plotters, and a sail cover

Time to haul and paint and complete some other projects. Chart plotter installed along with a new Doyle sail cover.

/ August 10, 2017

Grace’s updated network for 2017

My sailboat network is quite extensive, and I made a lot of changes in 2017 including a radar arch, new instruments, updates to connectors and more.

/ June 13, 2017

Seattle to Friday Harbor and back with Cattle Pass drama

First long trip of the year included testing out a lot of new gear, as well as a scary 12 knot passage through Cattle Pass. All turned out well, and a visit to the San Juans was just what we...

/ June 6, 2017

Proper VHF ends are easier than you think

After years of using crimp-on VHF terminals, I found an easy and much higher quality way of creating quality radio connections. Master soldering skills not required!

/ May 25, 2017

USB power solutions are simple to add to your boat

Crew members on the sailboat expect to use their USB devices no matter where. Adding USB power throughout the boat is easy to do, and useful for the captain too.

/ May 10, 2017

Blake Island – friends, animals, and hiking

Blake Island is the closest marine state park to Seattle and my marina, and we love visiting. Deer, geese, and tons of trails make for a great trip. Ours was a bit wet, but still enjoyable.

/ April 25, 2017