State of sailing in the US: Declining

January 30, 2014

A worthwhile read over at Robert Salnick’s blog: State of sailing on the Salish Sea: close of the 2013 season We attended the Seattle Boat Show this last Sunday, which bills itself as the largest boat show on the west coast.  Sadly, each year the fraction of the dock space devoted to sail in the […]

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Seattle Boat Show coming soon…AND CLOSING EARLY!?

January 21, 2014

Hot off the presses… Seattle Boat Show Calls an Audible—Closes on Super Bowl Sunday to Honor Seahawks Bonus for showgoers – access to the field for photo opportunities Seattle – Seattle Boat Show organizers have decided to pay homage to the home team by closing the BIG Seattle Boat Show at CenturyLink Field and South […]

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Thermal imaging coming down in price

November 12, 2013

I’m still lusting after a little R2D2-style thermal-imaging camera for my boat, of course. But for casual/recreational users with “we are the 99%”-level budgets, $15k is a BIT much for a toy. Prices have come down, however, and as more competitors enter the market, this trend should continue. The time may be coming when we […]

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Battery thermal runaway: worth understanding!

November 7, 2013

Batteries are so misunderstood. They seem so simple; you shove electricity in at one point in time, and you pull it back out later. But as soon as you dig a little deeper, you start to learn stuff. In my case, I’ve learned JUST ENOUGH to conclude that the actual chemistry and physics of battery […]

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Apple’s new M7 processor: possible platform for dead reckoning GPS backup?

September 11, 2013

Captain Richard Rodriguez has an interesting idea over at his BitterEnd blog. I admit I’m not techni-cool enough to know whether this is workable or not. Any Navagear readers have any ideas about this? If so, head over to BitterEnd and comment on the story. Richard and I are both curious about this. Apple’s new […]

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Vesper Marine’s virtual AIS beacon defines course perimeter for America’s Cup

August 30, 2013

[This is a nice feather in Vesper Marine’s cap! —Tim] Auckland, New Zealand – Vesper Marine, a leading manufacturer of innovative marine safety products, announced today that its Virtual AIS Beacon for Aids to Navigation has been selected by the America’s Cup Event Authority to provide critical safety information at the Louis Vuitton challenger series […]

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New USCG type-codes for lifejackets

August 15, 2013

[This is good news, as far as I’m concerned. I’m a reasonably intelligent guy who writes a boating gear blog, and *I* can’t keep track of what the current type codes really mean! —Tim] WASHINGTON — The U.S. Coast Guard announced Wednesday publication of a notice of proposed rulemaking to remove references to type codes […]

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Tender Fender rant: I love it!

August 12, 2013

Syd Stapleton has an opinion, and he’s not afraid to share it: A professional mariner friend of mine hates Greek fisherman’s hats. But everyone has their own individual pet peeves, and the photo above shows one of mine. What annoys me about this is that anyone who invests money in a boat, who exposes themselves […]

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Nobeltec TimeZero promo video: cute!

July 2, 2013

Regular readers will know that I am a big fan of Rose Point Coastal Explorer, but that doesn’t mean I don’t keep an eye on the competition. Notably, Nobeltec keeps dialing up the innovation as well. Their latest thing is an iPad version of TimeZero. For those who want to catch up in a hurry, […]

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Vesper Marine WatchMate, still the leader in AIS collision avoidance?

June 11, 2013

Ben Ellison has this item over at Panbo, and I just want to add that I actually use my Vesper Marine WatchMate 850 virtually every time I’m operating Two Lucky Fish here in the Salish Sea. I don’t just mean that I have it on; of course I have it on! I mean that I […]

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