How Much Battery Power Is Enough?

Pacific Yachting Magazine – June, 2018 by Melissa Gervais

Growing up in my house, it was quite common to hear, “Turn the lights off when you leave the room” or “Who left the lights on? Do you think we are made of money?”  Now that I have my own house, I get it.  But what about on the boat?  Many marinas have replaced the flat cost per day or cost per month with metered power so it makes sense to know how much your boat draws when you are not there.   Are you using an efficient fan or a heater with a thermostat that turns off when the weather warms up?  These are easy things to do and don’t affect the way you use your boat, however what about when you are at anchor or tied up at an outstation without power?  How much power is enough?

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Equipment Dust Covers

DigitalDeckCovers fabric dust covers act as a filter to trap dust, dirt, lint, pet hair, ocean salt and spills before they can ever reach your gear, providing system protection that will likely prolong its life since these contaminants are one of the biggest causes of equipment failure.  Each dust cover is custom cut, designed, and sewn to exactly fit the dimensions of your equipment. With a massive database of over 4,700 items, we make it easy to find your custom dust cover and order online.

This is one I ordered for my smaller, wall-mount TV.  I also purchased a custom cover for my older Standard Horizon chartplotter.

Plastic Soap Dispenser made from Ocean Debris

Method introduced a new dish and hand soap packaged in a plastic bottle made from ocean debris.  Company employees actually collected the plastic debris in Hawaii from the so-called Great Pacific garbage patch.

Mr. Lowry, who has the title of the company’s chief greens keeper, said that the process was not cost Continue reading

Women and the Realities of Voyaging – Seminar

This one day course, offered by BlueWater Cruising, is designed for women who are planning an offshore adventure or extended cruising.  Both speakers were featured at the 2018 VIBS Women’s Day and received amazing feedback for their depth of knowledge.  The event is being held in Nanoose Bay on Vancouver Island, for more information or to purchase tickets, click here. Continue reading

The first Women’s Day at the Vancouver Boat Show was a success!

The day started with an inspiring presentation from our keynote speaker, Pamela Bendall. Her travels, with her 14 metre sailboat Precious Metal, took her from Alaska to Mexico, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Ecuador, Cocos Islands, Central America and Panama.  First of all, to leave the trappings of a successful corporate career to go sailing seems difficult for some of us to fathom.  But then to hear her stories of travelling offshore, to unknown parts of the world as a solo female sailor really make you stop and think. In the afternoon, Pamela gave a presentation Continue reading