Yearly Archive: 2019

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An update on internet options, strong cellular and variable WiFi results

My family and I have been back living and traveling aboard Have Another Day for about nine months now.  Our boat is a huge consumer of bandwidth so I’ve learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t.   Here’s an update and some tips on what we’re doing to maintain reliable connectivity.

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Testing Blue Guard’s BG-One oil detecting bilge pump switch

In the last six months Blue Guard Innovations’ BG-One Smart Bilge Pump Switch with Oil and Fuel Detector racked up new product awards, winning an IBEX Innovations Award, a Sail magazine Pittman Award, and a DAME design award Special Mention. So it’s great to have one now installed on Have Another Day, and so far I’m liking both its performance and the amount of information it provides.

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VIKING’s remarkable 800+ person LifeCraft system, Torqeedo powered

Viking Life-Saving Equipment has designed an almost frightening number of innovations into its LifeCraft system, so it’s good to see that it apparently tested fine in North Sea waves ranging from 12 to 15 feet with 33-foot peaks. The system may soon make big cruise ships safer, and perhaps some of the technology will work its way down to recreational vessels…

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Torqeedo: Mike Elsea wins $73,000 in Kayak Bass Fishing Championship

Mike Elsea of Mooresville, Indiana took home the $50,000 grand prize and $23,000 in additional prize money for winning the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National Championship held March 28 – 30 in Shreveport, Louisiana. Torqeedo renewed its longtime commitment to the sport and returned to the 2019 tournament as Presenting Sponsor…

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Top Kayak Anglers at 2019 KBF National Championship Credit HyperVision Sonar

This past weekend, March 28-30, marked Kayak Bass Fishing’s 2019 National Championship… In this elite field, competition was hot and heavy… Pro kayak angler Drew Gregory placed second at the event, his kayak rigged with the brand new Raymarine Element sonar/GPS display, which he maintains played a large part in his successful angling…

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Lowrance Delivers Complete Fishing System with Availability of LiveSight Sonar

Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today that its Lowrance LiveSight Sonar transducer will be available for consumer purchase in May 2019. Immediately compatible with Lowrance HDS LIVE displays* – America’s Number One Fishfinder – LiveSight Sonar gives users the ability to track lure and fish movements in real time with a wider coverage area and at greater distances…

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Dockmate wireless docking remote, life is easier with a remote control

Many times I’ve wished I could step away from Have Another Day’s helm but still control the engines from a better vantage point, or from where I want to handle a line. So it was great when Dockmate U.S. representatives came to Gulfport, FL to install their wireless remote system for me to review. In this entry, I’ll describe the system and my experiences with using it so far, which have been positive.

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Actisense NMEA 2000 cables & connectors, plus network design tips

If you need a small NMEA 2000 network, Actisense’s all-in-one 4 Way at upper left is an especially simple and rugged way to go… there’s lots more you can do with a short N2K backbone and drop cables than many people realize, and that’s a small portion of what I’ll detail below. I had fun mocking up various network designs, and they will hopefully illustrate what you can and can’t do within the NMEA 2000 standard, plus some techniques that are simply good practice…

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New Simrad Cruise is the Most Intuitive and Easy-to-Use Chartplotter Available

Simrad Yachting – a leader in the design and manufacture of world-class marine navigation, autopilot, radar, communications and fishfinding systems – announced today Simrad Cruise, the most intuitive chartplotter on the market. Designed for simple and straightforward navigation, Cruise features a simple, easy-to-use interface, sunlight-viewable display, preloaded U.S. coastal charts, mounting bracket and sonar transducer…

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SiriusXM InfoLink, new features and lower priced SiriusXM weather receivers

SiriusXM Marine Weather on your boat is getting cheaper and likely to get more capable in the near future.  Furuno and Raymarine have both recently released new SiriusXM weather and audio receivers at very attractive price points.  The two receivers look very similar and it turns out there’s a very good reason.