I am extremely saddened to report that Garmin has acquired Vesper. This marks the beginning of the end for the Vesper I love.
Here’s where I’m tracking my wish list for PredictWind Offshore.
Disassembly was straightforward. Some heat and scrapers were used to help coax the pieces apart. It appears the original sealant may have been a polysulfide.
As my departure date draws near, one thing I was thinking I’d miss without internet is NOAA/NDBC buoy data. Over the years, data from these buoys have been instrumental in my weather- and condition-related decision-making processes. They offer near-real-time information about actual wind and sea state. How useful is that?
Since the installation of the AirHead composting toilet, the holding tank and all its associated “sanitary” plumbing are no longer needed. What is always needed on a small sailboat, though, is…
Read this before buying or installing the DRS4D-NXT radar! There are two “gotchas” to installing the DRS4D-NXT that aren’t entirely obvious before you get started.
Some people ask: Isn’t sailing an ocean DANGEROUS? To which I respond: Is crossing the street safe? I am more afraid of NOT LIVING than I am of dying.
For some reason the knot-tying resources on the internet make the Ashley stopper more difficult than it needs to be. Here’s the simple three-step method I use to tie it.
The DRS4D-NXT is a fantastic radar. Unfortunately, it requires the use of a Furuno display. I encourage you to avoid the mistake I made and instead patronize a vendor that respects and supports international standards like S-57 charts (details below)—if such a vendor even exists today. I cannot in good conscience recommend an ecosystem built…