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Navionics at Center of ICW Magenta Line Renovation

Navionics at Center of ICW Magenta Line Renovation

Navionics is helping NOAA reestablish a useful “magenta line” in charts of the IntraCoastal Waterway.

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Torqeedo Launches Next Generation of Tiller-Control Electric Motors

Written by on February 8, 2012 in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Engines, Technology with 0 Comments
Torqeedo Launches Next Generation of Tiller-Control Electric Motors

Torqeedo, which I’ve talked about a lot here on OceanLines, has launched the next generation of its tiller-controlled electric outboard motors.  The company says the new Cruise 2.0T and 4.0T are “stronger, faster, more robust and more efficient. Torqeedo says the motors have a new, innovative display on the tiller, which shows information regarding battery […]

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Marinalife Expands Discount Program for Boaters

Written by on February 7, 2012 in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Passagemaking News with 0 Comments
Marinalife Expands Discount Program for Boaters

Marinalife announced an expansion of their card-holder Discount Program.  The expansion brings access to thousands of discounts, along with a streamlined way to search for them by keyword, city, state, body of water and category.  The company reports savings up to 50% on dockage, fuel, repairs, towing, service and maintenance, restaurants and more. Joy McPeters […]

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ActiveCaptain Expands Dramatically with Routes and More Reviews

ActiveCaptain Expands Dramatically with Routes and More Reviews

ActiveCaptain.com, the crowd-sourced database of local navigation and cruising knowledge, has been expanding its offerings over the last couple of months with some significant new capabilities.  The two most important, in my view, involve route-sharing and an allied site devoted to captain reviews of boating-related services.  Here’s a quick rundown on some of the new developments. […]

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Nobeltec Releases Admiral and VNS 11.1 Service Pack

Nobeltec Releases Admiral and VNS 11.1 Service Pack

Nobeltec said today it has released a free service pack update for users of the new (January 2011) version of Admiral and VNS.  The service pack offers integration with Furuno’s popular Digital Fish Finder (DFF1) Sounder, as well as a number of NMEA 2000 integration improvements.  While I don’t often simply reprint a press release, […]

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Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

Expedition Medical Kits — For Journeys Long and Short

The Expedition Medical Chest series is unlike the cheap kits you get from the typical marine supply house, these kits are stocked with professional-grade supplies and tools to help you deal with health emergencies while at sea.

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Sea Fare — Victoria Allman in the Galley

Sea Fare — Victoria Allman in the Galley

  Bimini Breakdown by Victoria Allman We were only going to be in Bimini for two days. There was no time to waste.  I wanted Bimini Bread. Trouble was, we were anchored two miles off the east coast of the island and the tender was broken.  Harry, our engineer was busy trying to fix it.  […]

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Mac User Looking for Better WiFi on the Boat?

Mac User Looking for Better WiFi on the Boat?

My fellow Write on The Water blogger, Christine Kling, has another fabulous tech piece on the blog today about a WiFi solution for her boat.  Christine is a successful published author (I LOVE her Seychelle Sullivan mystery series), and she did a great piece for us here on using your iPad onboard the boat. Christine […]

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Time for a Satphone – KVH Shipping TracPhone V3 Mini-VSAT

Time for a Satphone – KVH Shipping TracPhone V3 Mini-VSAT

One of the more significant news items from the recent Miami Show was the announcement from KVH of its new mini-VSAT package, the TracPhone V3, which is the smallest Ku-band maritime VSAT antenna in the world at just 14.5″ (37 cm) in diameter.  The company said today that it has shipped the first fully FCC-licensed units […]

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Simrad Yachting Launches Broadband 3G Radar

Simrad Yachting Launches Broadband 3G Radar

Simrad Yachting this week announced a significant upgrade to its “”broadband” radar capability with the “Broadband 3G Radar,” which increases the range of its not-so-old BR24 Broadband Radar.  I wrote about the BR24 when it was demonstrated at the Miami show last year and decided it was the real deal for short-range, high-definition radar detection.  […]

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Time to Check Your Insurance for Hurricane Coverage

Time to Check Your Insurance for Hurricane Coverage

An updated 2011 Atlantic basin hurricane forecast from Colorado State University yesterday should serve as a reminder to all East Coast and Gulf Coast boaters to check their insurance policies for hurricane coverage.  More importantly, now is the time to create your own “hurricane plan”  — whether it is to move the boat, haul it, secure […]

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Sea Fare: Victoria Allman in the Galley – Spring 2011

Sea Fare:  Victoria Allman in the Galley – Spring 2011

Tribal Bartering By Victoria Allman “Are they still there?” I asked Patrick as he walked through the galley. “They haven’t left.” Patrick grabbed a slice of pineapple from the platter in front of me. “We’re surrounded.” I swatted his hand as he reached for another slice. The fruit tray was for the guests on Pangaea, […]

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Maybe You Don’t Need 3G on Your iPad 2?

Maybe You Don’t Need 3G on Your iPad 2?

Brian Chen, at Wired, has a piece today that suggests a clever way to avoid having to pay the extra money for a 3G version of the iPad 2 just to get GPS and phone data network capability.  The solution basically involves using your current Smartphone as a wireless hotspot.  Here’s an excerpt of his […]

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Routes Function in ActiveCaptain Will Change the Game

Routes Function in ActiveCaptain Will Change the Game

I know that’s a bold statement, but when I can have access to a library that will eventually likely hold many thousands of already planned (by me AND other boaters) routes, and then someday soon use those routes with more ActiveCaptain technology to tell me what’s up ahead, I will be in a different place […]

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Passagemakers Aboard S/V Quest Killed by Pirates

Written by on February 22, 2011 in Cruising Under Sail, People, Sailboats with 0 Comments
Passagemakers Aboard S/V Quest Killed by Pirates

Conflicting news reports this morning have agreed on one sad fact, that the four passagemakers aboard the S/V Quest, hijacked late last week by Somali pirates, are dead.  The CBS report is HERE.  The pirates reportedly told Reuters that they killed the hostages after their two commanders were killed by U.S. military forces shadowing the […]

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