Perversions of Spring
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Posted: May 29, 2008





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Tom’s Tips About Spring Cleaning
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Posted: May 29, 2008
1. If you must do it, (spring cleaning your boat) start in the winter. That way you’ll be able to get out on the water much earlier.
2. It feels good to mess around on the boat when you get a warmer weekend in the winter. It’s great therapy for winter blues.
3. Remember that, if you need help in fixing up your boat for the season, it’s a buyer’s market during winter and a seller’s market in the spring.
4. There are many cleaning products that are green. They are formulated to not be harmful to the environment and various companies are marketing them. For examp...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Boat Computers
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Posted: May 15, 2008
1. Don’t rule out a desktop if you’re going to keep it on the boat. They’re much cheaper and, in many boats, will fit better because you can hide the CPU and have only the monitor and keyboard on your small desk.
2. If you get a desktop, be sure to give it a secure power source, such as what I described above.
3. Temperature extremes can harm computers. If your boat is closed up during the week in the summertime it can become a steaming humid oven inside. This isn’t good for a computer. In this case you might want a laptop which you can take home, or you may need to k...... Read More

Homing In
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Posted: May 15, 2008
0700. Day 29. 440 miles to go. Our destination: Atuona, Hiva Oa, Marquesas Islands, 3,850 miles from our last port in Panama. We’re screaming along downwind right now, jib poled out, mainsail lashed down with the preventer. The boys are still sleeping in their cabins and I’m on my bed, the salon settee, with the sun preparing to rise above a bank of clouds and shine through the companionway. It’s been getting hotter with every passing day from the long-sleeves, trousers, and blankets we needed over two weeks ago just west of the Galapagos. Back then, we stayed below most of th...... Read More

Winter Cruising in Turkey
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Posted: May 15, 2008
By Liz Tosoni
Manastir Koyu (Ruin Bay),
Turkey's Southwest Coast
36 38.5N 28 51.3E
It’s only a 40-mile run from our marina in Marmaris along the southwest “Turquoise Coast” of Turkey to one of the prime cruising destinations of Turkey, Fethiye Bay. Unlike Marmaris Bay where Liz and I, along with hundreds of other international cruisers, have chosen to winter, Fethiye Bay contains myriad small islands and bays. Stories of cruisers spending entire winters there without holing up in any of the half dozen marinas in the area enticed us to forego our secure marina slip with its...... Read More

Computers and Boaters: Survival of the Fittest
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Posted: May 15, 2008





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Staying Alive, Running Blind
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Posted: May 01, 2008




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A Perfect Day At Sea
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Posted: May 01, 2008

Ever since the afternoon we left Panama, at 1500, I’ve been marking our position every day on the overall chart at 1500. We’ve covered 1,380 miles so far. Looking back over it, the daily distances we’ve traveled vary wildly. Some are really long, and those were the days my dividers flew across the chart calculating how fast the trip would go. Then, there are some days where I didn’t even plot the position and ignored the chart altogether. Yesterday was one of those days -- our first flat calm.
Before yesterday, we’d had a couple of days of less-than-stellar pr...... Read More

Tom’s Tips About Class B AIS
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Posted: May 01, 2008
1. A Class B AIS unit can give you valuable information about other vessels equipped with Class B or Class A and this information can be displayed to you on a compatible chart plotter or other hardware with compatible software. The ACR unit comes with a simple program that can give basic information on a computer screen, if you don’t have other compatible hardware and software. Class B AIS can also give other boats equipped with Class A or B AIS valuable information about you.
2. Even with AIS, all other means of prudent navigation should be utilized.
3. Class B units are now being suc...... Read More

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