All posts by jameschantal

The Sailing Blues

I am not proud of this… but I once lost our boat at night in a busy anchorage. Our solution was these great lights from Lumitec which we found at WestMarine. They are an easy install and dual colour… can be […]

That Sinking Feeling

Q is thankfully a very dry boat. Rarely do we find any water in the bilge. In fact Alubat was so confident that they did not provide an automatic bilge pump (you have to turn on a switch and choose port or stbd)… so […]

Water Water Everywhere…

We did not have a Watermaker for our Caribbean sabbatical. We learned to take showers with little more than a litre of water. We had little issue surviving for weeks at a time on our tank of 450 litres. So we […]

I-Toys err… Tools

What can you do with an iPad? EVERYTHING!

Addicted

OK… You may lose all respect for us now (if you had any before)… But we are fizzy water-aholics. San Pelegrino is our drug of choice… But we would sink the boat if we tried to stock up for a 6 […]

To SSB… or Not

SSB was a decision that we had trouble with initially. I dutifully studied for my ham license (thank goodness they do not require morse code any longer). When it came to choosing a radio and installing it… I did my best to […]

Backup to Go Forward

There are many important systems on a boat… but there are few more important that an autopilot… especially on a short-handed cruising sailboat. Because of that… thanks to eBay… we have been able to purchase a duplicate of each component of […]

The Best Storage Solution EVER

We never throw out anything that could be useful. Hardware and marine stores are few and very far between while cruising… and everything on a boat breaks eventually. We used to spend inordinate amounts of time looking for stuff… until we […]

Always On

OK… we know we are spoiled. We were able to justify the purchase and installation of an Iridium Pilot… because we still have a business to run. There is ALMOST always one of the 66 Iridium LEO (low Earth Orbit) satellites within range […]

Stick Around

Rescue tape has definitely come to our rescue countless times. It is available from many different resellers… packaged in many different sizes/ways… with different names… in many different colours. PROVIDED THE SURFACE IS NOT WET… stretch it… touch tape to tape… and the […]