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How to Mark Your Anchor Chain

Jeff and Karen Siegel Work on Their Anchor Chain - Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey and Karen Siegel

Jeff and Karen Siegel Work on Their Anchor Chain - Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey and Karen Siegel

This post is the result of an item on Jeffrey Siegel’s personal blog, Taking Paws, on which he and his wife Karen document their travels aboard aCappella, a 53′ RPH DeFever trawler.  The subject of marking your anchor chain is a popular one on forums and discussion boards around the boating world, and one of the reasons it’s such a perennial topic, I suspect, is that it’s a problem without a perfect solution. 

Here’s Jeff’s view, “Every boater has their own technique for marking chain. None of them work. We’ve tried them all.”  Blunt.  Succinct.  And accurate, as far as I’m concerned. Having said that, we all still do it; in fact, need to do it, so. . . what to do?

Jeff and Karen recently pulled all the chain out of the locker and did some good maintenance work on it and Jeff blogged about the best method he’s found to mark the chain — “best” out of a lot of ultimately imperfect solutions, that is.  Anyway, have a look at Taking Paws, it’s a blog you should follow anyway if you’re interested in following a half-year liveaboard lifestyle (who isn’t?). For those of you who don’t know, Jeff and Karen are also the inventors and principals of ActiveCaptain, the “Mother of All Local Boating Knowledge” websites (my term, not theirs).

And let me know in the comments how you mark your chain. I think Jeff’s got it right, but maybe you’ve figured out a better way?

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Posted by Tom in Cruising Under Power, Cruising Under Sail, Gear & Apparel, Maintenance & DIY, People & Profiles, Powerboats, seamanship
ActiveCaptain on the iPad – Wicked Cool

ActiveCaptain on the iPad – Wicked Cool

ActiveCaptain on the iPad - Screenshot Courtesy of Jeffrey Siegel, ActiveCaptain

ActiveCaptain on the iPad - Screenshot Courtesy of Jeffrey Siegel, ActiveCaptain

I’ve been looking for a reason to have to get an iPad and I think now I’ve found it. In his latest on-the-road blog entry, Jeff Siegel of ActiveCaptain demonstrates how well the software works on the new tablet platform from Apple. Regular readers know I’m a big fan of ActiveCaptain — I use it on my Palm Centro with a Bluetooth GPS — but on the iPad it arrives at a whole new level.

As Siegel explains, ActiveCaptain will be included in an upcoming update for the Navimatics Charts and Tides software, and the app itself will work on both iPhone and iPad. He also notes that while offline, the iPad shows all of the ActiveCaptain data, and then, when Internet is available, can be re-synchronized with the live database so that you have the latest possible local information. Perfect.

He notes, as well, in a response to a reader comment, that Coastal Explorer, which ActiveCaptain now sells for a good price in its online store, will also do the synchronization. All we have to do now is get a PC maker to build a real-world tablet for us, maybe with an OLED screen and splash-proof case so we can use it on the flybridge.  And no, I cannot afford a Panasonic Toughbook. If there was some real competition for that one, maybe Panasonic would lower those prices from the stratosphere.

No, I don’t get paid by ActiveCaptain. I’m just a Believer. Go get it.

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Posted by Tom in Destinations, Electronics, Industry News, Technology