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.

Raymarine Lighthouse 3.1 – autopilot goodness

September 13, 2017 | 14 Comments
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Raymarine released LightHouse 3.1 with a number of new improvements and fixes. I installed it a few days after it was released, and tested it out. I found a number of really nice things that were added, specifically around the auto pilot integration, and some work left to do.

FixClip – the last clips you will ever need

August 30, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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

August 10, 2017 | 4 Comments
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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

June 14, 2017 | 44 Comments
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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

June 13, 2017 | 7 Comments
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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

June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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

May 25, 2017 | 8 Comments
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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

May 10, 2017 | 12 Comments
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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

April 26, 2017 | 2 Comments
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Updates to Lighthouse 2 show that Raymarine is still innovating even while working on Lighthouse 3

Blake Island – friends, animals, and hiking

April 25, 2017 | 0 Comments
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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

April 19, 2017 | 38 Comments
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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?

Weather on the boat via weeWX and Ambient

April 15, 2017 | 4 Comments
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Being a weather nerd for years, having one on the boat has always been a dream. I helped a friend install one on his boat, and had to hack some things together software-wise to make it work.