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.

FixClip – the last clips you will ever need

By Steve Mitchell | August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Attaching things to random places on the boat seems like a common occurrence, and sometimes hard to do. I stumbled across Fix Clips and I don’t need anything else.

Haul out, chart plotters, and a sail cover

By Steve Mitchell | August 10, 2017 | 2 Comments

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

Raymarine Axiom and Lighthouse 3 first impressions

By Steve Mitchell | June 14, 2017 | 16 Comments

Raymarine Axiom and Lighthouse 3 review and first impressions. A fantastic upgrade to Raymarine’s software, with excellent hardware supporting it. Still some work to do with the software.

Grace’s updated network for 2017

By Steve Mitchell | June 13, 2017 | 3 Comments

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.

Seattle to Friday Harbor and back with Cattle Pass drama

By Steve Mitchell | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

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 needed.

Proper VHF ends are easier than you think

By Steve Mitchell | May 25, 2017 | 4 Comments

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!

USB power solutions are simple to add to your boat

By Steve Mitchell | May 10, 2017 | 6 Comments

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.

Raymarine LightHouse II v19.03

By Steve Mitchell | April 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Updates to Lighthouse 2 show that Raymarine is still innovating even while working on Lighthouse 3

Blake Island – friends, animals, and hiking

By Steve Mitchell | April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

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.

Surface Pro 4 is a great boat computer

By Steve Mitchell | April 19, 2017 | 13 Comments

I’m always on the look out for a compact, well performing, easy to use computer for the sailboat. Over the years, I’ve used some rugged tablets, laptops, and other creations, but none have been able to run the software I need while still being easy enough to use. Is the Surface Pro that computer?