Network connections to navigation software

In anticipation of our new Starpath eNav Trainer (an integrated, multi-vessel GPS, AIS, VHF, and heading sensor simulator), we have here a few notes on how to make a network connection to your navigation software. The process is very similar for all software, with differences only on how you access the needed input screens. Then […]

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Believe in beavers

Sticks and branches are a common sight where I boat on the Columbia River near Portland or off Anderson Island in the Salish Sea. To the untrained eye, they may all look the same. But a closer look reveals that some have been denuded of bark, and their yellowish hue and rough texture differ distinctly […]

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Jarrell Cove State Park’s south dock (bottom right) now has electricity. (Photo by kpslater)

Jarrell Cove’s south dock now has power

Boaters who can’t live without a microwave oven (or other things AC) will be happy that popular Jarrell Cove State Park now has power to one of its docks. Crews have installed 30-amp power sockets on the south dock. A $6/night charge is in addition to the $0.70/ft ($15 minimum) fee for overnighting on the […]

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Thanks for the memories

Leaving Bishop Bay* and sailing down Princess Royal Channel, the stretch of water that separates the island of the same name from the mainland, we struggled to find help from the current despite the fact that it was supposed to be in our favour. Our destination, Bottleneck Inlet off Finlayson Channel, laid 55 miles away […]

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7 Seas Brewing is also conveniently located across the street from West Marine.

5 Favorites: Cruise-in Breweries

This is the third in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, marina showers, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests” or to rank things, but rather to provide […]

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Charging away from the dock

One of the biggest challenges with my old DC power system was apparent when away from the dock. Grace has a Yanmar engine with a factory alternator, which on a good day output 30 amps into the battery bank. Not only was this not enough for the new bank, but the regulator was not programmable and would damage […]

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