Category: Safety

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 […]

I-Toys err… Tools

What can you do with an iPad? EVERYTHING!

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 […]

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 […]

We never talk!

We are so lucky to be cruising at a time when technology is so advanced. There are so many ways to keep in touch with the world now. In recent years… WiFi was the best option to get web access while […]

Free Power

Q came equipped with 2 x 50watt solar panels. Good start… but definitely nowhere near enough for all the power-hungry toys… err… tools we have added. We love our freezer, fridge, computers, i-devices, etc… but together these devices consume a considerable amount of power each […]


Q has 2 alternators on our 55HP Volvo engine. One is 110 amps and one is 60 amps. We try to generate almost all our power needs with solar and wind. Given enough sun and wind we are self-sufficient in our […]

Bouquet of Light

OK… I have been (justifiably) accused of being obsessed with LED flashlights. They just keep getting better… more powerful… and cheaper. So why not have a good selection. We have: work lights head lights – MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE spot lights underwater […]