Battery Charger Saves the Day!

A portable battery charger has saved our day over and over … and over. Don’t be without one!

ICom M802 Crumbly Mike Cords … UGH!

Do you have an ICom SSB radio with a crumbling cord? Ours has crumbled multiple times, ticking me off every time I have to replace it. Now I find out, ICom is replacing them for no charge! Here’s the info from ICom…

12v Charging Electronics on the Water or Road

Figuring out how to power my MacBook Air, our phones and other gadgets with 12 volt plugs we had added to the travel trailer (already in the boat), was a challenge! So far, so good!

Which Binoculars are Best for Cruising?

With the amazing array of binoculars available, how do you possibly choose which pair (or pairs) would be best for going cruising. Here’s the information you need to make the best decision for your boat.

13 Spares You Never Knew You Needed!

When we left to cruise the Western Caribbean for six years, we had the boat stock full of spare parts – engine parts including a spare mixing or exhaust elbow, rebuild parts for the head, an entire new wheel pilot autopilot, a spare regulator, tools for every conceivable use, and lots more.   By the […]

How to Read Sail Telltales

Just like their name, sail telltales are there to “tell tales” and will provide useful sailing information to improve your boat’s sailing performance provided you know the basics. Even if you consider yourself “just a cruiser” and don’t care about premium sailing performance, paying attention to your telltales will be worthwhile.

MaxProp Maintenance

A MaxProp is relatively maintenance free, but there are a few necessities to help keep it feathering easily getting the most out of the prop.

Are Your Old Autohelm TriData Electronics Extinct? Think Again!

Don’t discard your old Autohelm ST 50Plus Tridata system when it stops functioning!  First do the research and see if you can replace components that will bring it back to life!   For a mere $265, we’ve revitalized our system, but it took a bit of research and putting pieces of the puzzle together. When we […]

The Infamous Nav-Pod Tool

Have you ever tried to open the Nav-Pod at your helm station?    We had the boat for a few years before we needed to open the Nav-Pod.  When we finally needed to work inside the Nav-Pod, we realized that the innocent looking allen wrench was a specialty tool.  And somehow the prior owner of the […]

WiFi Aboard

In years past, we’ve never had wifi aboard.  Most places we were cruising didn’t have wifi available anyway … somehow it just wouldn’t have been the same hanging out at Lighthouse Reef Atoll in Belize surfing the internet …  sometimes you just want to get away! NOTE:  This post was originally written in 2012, and […]