All posts by jameschantal

Blue Water Rafting

Q came with a Plastimo Life Raft stored in a special compartment on the stern. In some sea conditions it got very wet there. We felt that the wet compartment was a better place for supplementary fuel and water tanks. When […]

It’s a Reach

We lost 2 reaching poles overboard before we found a good place to store them. We also found some velcro straps  to secure the poles in place. Not sure why it took us so long to figure out something so simple.

Give Me a Brake

We found The Richard Gyb Easy a few years ago and installed it on Q. It is a great and simple Boom Brake that has functioned very well for us. Wouldn’t leave home without one.

Black Adder

EVERYTHING on Q is aluminum… including the water tank. We prefer to not drink from an aluminum tank. Instead we found an otherwise useless space to install a Plastimo PVC bladder with a separate hand pump. This tank can be filled directly from […]

… gets in your eyes

A smoke detector on board is AT LEAST as important as one at home. We have always had one… but the old one used to be very annoying. It would go off every time we made toast. Not a fun thing […]

12v 2 go

This is a very useful device. We use it often as a portable 12v supply and have used it to help start a friends boat when he ran down his start battery (scary predicament!). These are inexpensive and provide: portable 12v 110v […]

Switch Hit

We have added quite a few devices to Q. This Blue Sea Panel looked like the perfect way to feed power to all of them… with a fuse on each. Since we are an aluminum boat… we also like to be capable […]

The Blues

Bluetooth is a great way to send data over short distances. If your radio has a bluetooth receiver… it means that you can send music, podcasts and movie sound from your portable devices. If your audio devices have a bluetooth output… […]

The Closer You Get

AIS is a significant innovation in navigation safety. If everyone used it… it would be even more useful. We decided to get a transceiver and were looking for 2 key features: we wanted to be able to turn off the transmitter […]


Q came with a very rudimentary bimini and dodger. It provided almost no protection from weather and seas. We often got soaked on passage… and it was ugly. We were able to reuse the stainless steel frame and had a new […]