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…
There’s an almost limitless number of things to consider when planning an extended world cruise in a sailboat. Some considerations have more, or larger, ramifications than others. Perhaps top of the list is the choice of sailboat. Followed closely by the size of the sailboat.
The addition of the Monitor self-steering vane necessitated removing the ladder at the transom. As a result, it was time to consider another option for a boarding ladder.
Finally, after long last, got a Monitor self-steering vane installed! Bought it unused from a bloke who used to work for Scanmar and has installed literally hundreds of these over the years. He’s commensurately knowledgeable about the steering vanes, and had these genius tips to share.
I’ve been excited about the possibilities for the Vesper Cortex ever since first hearing about it. It just makes so much sense to combine VHF and AIS in one unit. In a nod to this other vendors are now scrambling to catch up. It was also the simplest way for me to get VHF capability…
At this time I do not recommend painting BilgeKote over 3M 4200–they appear to be incompatible. Preparation was as follows:
A step-by-step how-to guide complete with photos.