Category Archives: Cool Gear

Something Shiny and New

Several somethings, really. For several years we’ve had a couple of items that have been vexing us. We’ve finally addressed them. Dinghy Engine Our main dinghy engine is a work horse. A two stroke Yahama 15 HP, it’s the de facto engine for cruising boats outside the U.S. It’s reliable, Read On..

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To Gadget or Not To Gadget?

…that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,Without the latest electronic or electro-mechanical doo-dad at my ready  hand… Apologies to the Bard… In the past few weeks we’ve gone to a couple of Boat Read On..

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The List – 2011 Edition

Every spring it is time to break out “the list” – the lengthy description of the chores, repairs, upgrades and projects to get the “Ship” into “Shape” for the season.  The list is generally extensive and expensive…this year is no exception.  It may be your humble author’s privilege to omit Read On..

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Field Report #1 – the New Electronics!

So the Memorial Day trip to Block Island gave us a chance to check out the new electronics and see how it all works.  It was a clear beautiful weekend and a gorgeous trip out and back, perfect conditions to test and play.  Being able to see with the MkI Read On..

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Autopilot Madness – a bit of a Rant

So yesterday I FINALLY figured out what exactly Furuno meant in their manuals for installing the PG500R “Rate Compensated Heading Sensor” which ships as part of the Navpilot 511 Autopilot system. I thought it was me, I thought I just wasn’t getting it.  After all how could these new, state-of-the-art Read On..

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Progress Report Part 1…Electronics

So there is a LOT going on with Evenstar.  The two largest projects are the electronics upgrade and the bottom refinishing.  I’ll address the latter with a later post. And I promise pictures of the new equipment installs as soon as I’ve vacuumed up all the little bits of snipped Read On..

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Pneumatic Babes & Teak Caulk

“Every one says I’m awfully pneumatic,” said Lenina reflectively, patting her own legs. I have to admit that the first time I ever read Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World I was a bit puzzled by the use of the word pneumatic. In his context it is used to refer with Read On..

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Best. Teak. Tool. EVER!

Drumroll please…the best tool for working on your teak decks is now…. The Amazon Kindle 2! How does this little wonder help you refinish your teak, one might ask? Well, technically it doesn’t. What it DOES do is read to you, which goes a LONG way towards alleviating some of Read On..

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The Teak Blade

In case anyone was curious, it’s really quite simple. It has a U shape at the bottom of it which is roughly the width of the teak groove. The circular portion is where it attaches to the Fein Multmaster, which vibrates the whole thing to give it it’s cutting action. Read On..

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Cool Gear

Maybe this isn’t the most exciting piece of kit out there. It’s not as shiny and sexy as a sprit but it sure solves a problem in a way that is just…nifty. We’ve a propane grill we use on the back of the boat. I don’t like the idea of Read On..

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