Mosquitos on the Boat

I live with someone who does not get bitten by mosquitos nearly as much as I do.  I have been told that I have “sweet blood” and that is why they are more attracted to me than other people.  While I am never one to turn down a compliment, I had to get to the bottom of this.

This is a bit Cliff Clavin but bear with me.  My research taught me that only female mosquitos bite as they are looking for protein to lay eggs.  There is no nutritional value in blood, their main diet consists of sugar from plants.  This is where the misconception of “sweet blood” originated.  The basic fact is, mosquitos like people who smell.  They are attracted to a combination of body odour, skin bacteria, genes and especially your breath as it reflects your blood-sugar level.  Another thing that attracts mosquitos is beer.  Evidently, beer changes your body odour and these pesky bugs can’t get enough of it.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.” Continue reading