I hate heaters

How many heaters have you gone through? I use a West Marine 1500W cabin heater, the ones you can buy for around $70 that sit on the floor, to keep the boat heated in winter.  I leave a door open...

/ April 27, 2008

Boatsense unit failed again

A few evenings ago I went to the boat to check on some things, and decided to test the new Boatsense unit by tripping the bilge sensor. After 5 minutes of waiting, nothing happened. Then, I got a call from the guys...

/ March 11, 2008

Second Boatsense unit installed

Got a replacement Boatsense unit from the manufacturer, and installed it last week. No problems on the swap – took about 10 minutes, and everything tested out correctly. Set up my custom alert messsages and tested each alert by tripping...

/ February 28, 2008

Knocking noise partially solved – PSS Shaft Seal

For a while I’ve had a knocking noise when at low idle after the engine repower.  After a lot of trips to the bilge trying to figure out what’s going on, I found that the PSS Dripless Shaft Seal was dripping.  This...

/ February 17, 2008

Harrowing sail

I took today off to sail around the bay and continue to test out some of the new systems on Jammy.  It was forecast to be pretty windy later in the day, and even a rare gale warning late in...

/ February 5, 2008

Remote vessel monitoring

For a long time I’ve dreamt of having a system that would send me an email or text message when there’s something wrong. There are a lot of very high priced systems out there that you can purchase and for...

/ January 30, 2008

Navigation system overhaul

I decided it was time to re-wire and re-tool my entire navigation system.  I’ve written articles on parts of each of these, and they’re linked below.  Here’s a general overview of what I had, and what I wanted to do. ...

/ December 1, 2007

New cabin lights

My existing cabin lights were in need of being replaced.  They were a mixed match of various manufacturers, mostly halogen, and very good at sucking a lot of power.  A couple were older flourescent lights that didn’t work at all. ...

/ March 15, 2007


I’ve started this site to catalog my experiences both in sailing, as well as in technology and sailing.  I hope you enjoy my ramblings.

/ January 30, 2007