Wi-Fi on the Water
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Posted: August 28, 2006




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Toms Tips About Wireless Internet Connection
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Posted: August 28, 2006
1. Wireless internet connection on a boat can present special issues. These include possible signal interference from electronics, cordless phones, battery chargers and inverters and rigging.
2. When you buy equipment, try to determine if there is free technical assistance in setting it up and if that assistance has any savvy whatsoever about boating issues.
3. We’ve had experience with cell phone technical assistance in which we were actually told that cell phone signals don’t work over water. This, and other misconceptions, can make technical assistance worthless to bo...... Read More

Catching Rain
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Posted: August 25, 2006
Catching Rain
"Recently you wrote about changes you made in your rain-catching system," wrote Alex B. of Charleston, North Carolina. "You said that you're using sink and drain parts? Can you describe it?"

From Douglas: We always have the Bimini up over the cockpit to keep the sun out, and formerly there were two five-inch diameter openings in the canvas, underneath which there were funnel-shaped canvas "udders" that made up a rain-catch...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Bringing Home Used Boats
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Posted: August 24, 2006
1. Many people buy their used boat with the idea that they’re going to run it home and then fix it up. This is usually a bad idea.
2. Fate makes no exception for the person who’s just bought a used boat away from home. “Running it home” doesn’t alleviate the requirements of prudent seamanship and having a sound, well equipped boat.
3. “Running it home” may cost much more than getting it fixed up where you buy it. If you have to get towed or repaired half way in between, you’re going to probably pay a higher price—especially when you consid...... Read More

Tips
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Posted: August 24, 2006
Tips
August 24, 2006
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Deliveries: Bringing Her Home Alive
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Posted: August 24, 2006
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Farewell To Dear Friends
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Posted: August 15, 2006
August 15, 2006
Off the coast of Kuna Yala, Panama
09º37.106 North
078º 57.291 West
Farewell To Dear Friends
By Bernadette Bernon
Despite a spectacular sunrise, what a miserable morning this is turning out to be. We’re leaving two of our best friends, not knowing when we’ll see them again. We’re leaving one of the most beautiful places we’ve ever lived, perhaps never to return. Yet we push forward. Ithaka and Sand Dollar raise our sails, hoist our anchors, ghost out at first light, and clear...... Read More

Preparing Conch
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Posted: August 11, 2006
Preparing Conch
"We've never had conch," said Laura T. of Moscow, Idaho, "but we've seen them when we've chartered in the Bahamas. Your repeated references make us want to try it next time we charter. Could you tell us a little more about how you catch them, clean, and cook them?"

From Douglas: Bernadette maintains that if I don't kill something pretty regularly I get grumpy, and while I consider this to be cruel hyperbole, I admit I've come to lov...... Read More

Differences
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Posted: August 10, 2006

Differences
August 10, 2006
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Have Ulu Will Travel: Part II "The Epilogue"
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Posted: August 01, 2006
Yansalidup, Kuna Yala, Panama
09º 34.376 North
078º 51.129 West
August 1, 2006
Have Ulu Will Travel: Part II—The Epilogue
By Douglas Bernon
Just over an hour ago a joyful family sailed around Ithaka in their wooden, dugout canoe, their precious ulu that is part school bus, part car-pool vehicle, part station wagon, SUV, go-kart, race car, fishing skiff, and long-distance cruiser. Mama sat in the bow, grinning from ear to ear and bailing water with a half a calabash gourd -- these are always wet sailing boats. Their kids, t...... Read More