The WASPcam Action Camera

I recently purchased the WASPcam 9905 WiFi Action Camera.  My initial thought was to get some great action shots on the boat but now that I have it, I realized that the camera is great for looking under the boat.  I can check out the zincs on the v-drives without getting in the water.  Originally developed by the Canadian action-sports enthusiast Justin Moore, Cobra Marine purchased WASP in April of this year.  This compact sports camera is waterproof without a case down to 30 meters, records HD video up to 1080p/30fps, has a 3.8 cm LCD screen with up to 12MP photo quality.  The unique feature about this camera is that it ships with 6 mounts, a wrist remote and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.  Many cameras in this category require that you purchase the accessories separately.  It is also Wi-Fi equipped so you can connect to a smart phone for live viewing, recording and sharing content.  Retail $ 280.00  www.waspcam.com

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My Favourite New Light Bar from LunaSea

I recently purchased a LunaSea light bar for my boat and I love it.  The back stateroom on the boat has always been dark as it only has two small overhead lights.  This lightbar lights up the whole room and then some.  It comes with a metal pad that is screwed into the wall and the light bar has strong magnets on the bottom that hold it in place.  We encountered some heavy seas rounding Point Atkinson and the light bar did not budge.  It is really lightweight and is great for the engine room, a dark boat house, bbq’ing, or even walking the dog at night.

This rechargeable, hand held light is Ultra Bright at 600 lumen, yet compact at 8.5 inches and only 10 ounces.  It utilizes a 4000mAH Lithium Ion rechargeable battery and includes a USB 12VDC charger and cable. It can be mounted using multiple methods or simply set down where you require light. As an added bonus, the charged light can be used to power other USB devices such as cell phones.  However, you must purchase a separate mini-USB-to-device charger cable.  Retail $ 65.00  LLB-32PC-01-00

Blue Mind – A New Book for the New Year

My New Year’s Resolution is to read this book written by marine biologist Wallace J. Nichols on the remarkable effects of water on our health and well-being.  Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with compelling personal stories from top athletes, leading scientists, military veterans, and gifted artists, he shows how the proximity to water can improve performance, increase calm, diminish anxiety, and increase professional success.  ” Blue Mind” not only illustrates the crucial importance of our connection to water-it provides a paradigm shifting “blueprint” for a better life on this Blue Marble we call home.”

The forward was written by Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau.  I am a huge fan of both Céline and her brother, Fabien.

As an added bonus, there is an on-line book club.  Daily excerpts from Blue Mind will be broadcast on Radio Hatteras along with weekly interviews with the author featuring questions from readers and guest protagonists from the book. Read along with water-loving friends around the world: January 16th to March 25th, 2017, sign up for free at http://www.wallacejnichols.org/122/blue-mind-life.html

A Stylish Way to Charge Your iPhone

Introducing a phone charger that looks like a bangle. The QBracelet connects to your iPhone via a built-in Apple Lightning connector and provides up to an extra 50% charge, all while weighing less than most watches.  Never be without your charger again, the QBracelet retails for USD $149 and can be ordered at www.qdesigns.co