Sailing ... slightly cold but still nice

Sailing ... slightly cold but still nice

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In the last two weeks I’ve been out on the water twice, once only for a short sail (about 2 hours) and today for about 4.  Last week it never got above 40 degrees, and there was ice on the deck when I left.  Today it was a little warmer, but still only got up to 50 degrees.  As I always do when I’m sailing, I used my SPOT Satellite Tracker to send notes to my crew on shore to let them know I was OK.

My Tacktick wind instrument isn’t working, and I’m working to get it repaired, so I ended up having to spend a lot more time paying attention to the wind and steering more manually, which is fine with me, at least every once in a while.  At one point there were some sustained winds of at least 25kts for about 45 minutes – very fun!

The new Nauticast AIS transponder is working great – I removed my SR 162 AIS receiver and took it home (more on this later) and directly wired the Nauticast into my chartplotter and multiplexer a few days ago.  I’m hoping others are seeing me too – the whole reason for broadcasting it in the first place.

Hopefully I’ll get some more chances to sail even in these cold months!


Steve Mitchell

Piano playing technology nerd who can be found on the water geeking out most days. Love the Puget Sound and Salish Sea and cruise as often as possible.

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