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

Coastal Explorer

By Steve Mitchell | October 14, 2007 | 0 Comments

I was looking for PC based navigation software – there’s a lot of choices out there.  Eventually after reviewing over 50 of them, I found one that had all of the options I wanted, was very well written, and had lots of good reviews online – Costal Explorer by Rose Point Systems. The program itself is moderately priced, …

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New cabin lights

By Steve Mitchell | March 15, 2007 | 0 Comments

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.  All of the halogen lights got too hot to touch in about 5 minutes, and …

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Uniden UM625CBK VHF radio

By Steve Mitchell | February 28, 2007 | 0 Comments

Most people have a decent VHF radio on their boat – it’s pretty standard equipment for everyone.  My current radio was going bad, and really didn’t have the features I needed for saftey reasons.  I went out to investigate some of the newer features of the radios out there, specifically: DSC – digital selective calling …

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By Steve Mitchell | January 30, 2007 | 0 Comments

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