• Marine

    Christmas Ships

    by  • November 24, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    ChristmasShip

    Continuing on this weekend’s theme of getting odd jobs done, today we decided to take advantage of the exceptionally good weather in the Seattle area. We have had many dry and somewhat warm days in a row. As such, it was a perfect day to put the Christmas lights on the boat. We decorate...

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    Seasonal Boat Maintenance

    by  • May 20, 2013 • Marine • 0 Comments

    Every spring, the boat gets a once-over with routine engine maintenance performed. I took advantage of the fact that I was traveling last week to get this work completed. Unfortunately, this year I also have a bigger project in the mix, so the work is taking longer than just last week. Satisfaction has an...

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    2013 Opening Day

    by  • May 3, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    2013 Opening Day

    Tomorrow is the opening day of boating season in Seattle hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club. Opening day held on the first Saturday in May. The first Opening Day occurred a hundred years ago in 1913. Typically opening day falls on a cold and rainy day, but that hasn’t proved to dampen the festivities....

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    Making an Autopilot

    by  • April 23, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    Last week I wrote how I was heading to southern California to test some software I wrote for iPhones/iPads which controls an electric boat. Unfortunately on that trip we had to focus on a bit lower level efforts to finalize the Bluetooth v4.0 protocol and ensure data and commands were being transferred properly between...

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    First Wash of the Season

    by  • April 6, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    This afternoon, between the rain downpours, I was able to get a window of about an hour and a half to wash the boat. It was the first wash of the season. We’ve had far nicer days this spring, but the marina doesn’t turn on the water at the docks until mid April. Even...

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    Bell Harbor Marina

    by  • April 2, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    Bell Harbor Tower

    After our first outing of the year, we just arrived back into our home mooring at Yarrow Bay Marina. We spent the past few days in Seattle at Bell Harbor Marina. Since it is only about a 10 mile drive, it may seem odd to some people to cruise to Seattle from Kirkland. However,...

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    Not Time Lapse Photography

    by  • April 2, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    I tried a couple of time lapse photography apps while in Seattle. The results were less than appealing. In fact, watching them were enough to make me queasy. This was because in my tests the camera was moving between shots resulting in a very unstable video. After spending a bit of time reviewing what...

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    Time Lapse Photography

    by  • March 30, 2013 • Cruising, Marine • 0 Comments

    I’ve been toying with the idea of using time lapse photography to capture some of our boating adventures this summer. My first instinct was to write an app that did what I wanted. However, a quick check revealed many apps that do time lapse photography for free, or for a few dollars. I’m going...

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    NMEA Protocols for Data Exchange

    by  • March 29, 2013 • Electronics, Marine • 0 Comments

    There are two popular formats for marine sensors to provide data to other devices: NMEA 0183 and NMEA 2000. Both these formats are maintained by NMEA. The NMEA 2000 format is far newer then the NMEA 0183 format. New equipment has migrated to NMEA 2000, but most new sensors have outputs for both formats...

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