Archive | Seamanship

Even in a pool, getting into a life raft is a bit of a challenge

‘There’s no elegant way to enter a life raft,’ and other lessons from a Safety At Sea Seminar

Want to learn how to board a life raft, how to use all the onboard safety gear that you have and don’t have, about what seamanship skills you need to safely sail offshore, and much more? Sign up for a Safety At Sea seminar and get ready to be humbled. A recent Safety At Sea seminar was held on […]

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Aft cabin re-model: Making patterns

We’re making progress on that aft cabin.  I spent a great deal of time making a template out of heavy cardboard and playing with all the different combinations that would make the sleeping space larger without using up too much floor space. We finally settled on expanding the port side and the middle, and leaving […]

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Naming and boundary conventions on ENC eCharts

In a recent article (The Strange World of Electronic Chart Boundaries)  I pointed out the unusual nature of the shapes and names of electronic navigation charts (ENC), which are the digitized vector versions of the raster navigation charts (RNC). The latter are echarts made from exact graphic copies of the paper charts, and in that […]

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Wrangling distant WiFi signals

Several years ago I wrote about creating a WiFi extender for our previous boat, the MV LAIKA. For that project, which you can review here, I utilized a Ubiquiti Bullet high-powered WiFi radio to bring distant marina WiFi signals into our boat where they were re-broadcast through a private network. Things worked fairly well back then. […]

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