A Very Cool New App for Whale Lovers

Whale appWhales have been avoiding me most of my life. As a kid, my parents would take my sisters and me out day-tripping from Cowichan Bay around Bold Bluff Point to Burgoyne Bay.  There were always whales about but as I got older and bought my own boat, they became more elusive.  I have been on excursions to Alert Bay, Telegraph Cove and even Zeballos.  Not to mention the 1,000 trips on BC Ferries where my friends “always” see killer whales.  Not me.  In fact, this summer I purposely cruised through Active Pass but was one day too early to see 50 members of J and L pods throwing a party.  I had just scored the prime stern tie ring in Connover Cove when I started getting the first of a series of texts, “hey did you hear?” Continue reading

Portable Depth Sounder/Fishfinder with built-in WiFi

SP100-TPodThis is a very cool idea. It looks like a tennis ball but it is a portable WiFi fish finder.  The Vexilar SonarPhone T-Pod Sonar/Transducer can be cast, thrown from shore or pulled behind your boat.  The SP100 has a single beam, 30 degree wide-angle beam signal using a 125 kHz transmit frequency.  It has a self-contained battery that turns off automatically to save power, is charged through a computer USB port or the included USB wall plug charging cube and lasts up to 4 hours on a single charge.  Continue reading

Cell Phone Booster

Quite often we boat up at the end of Indian Arm, behind Croker Island and across from Granite Falls.  The cell reception is spotty at best and it really depends on where you are standing on the dock or where you are in your dinghy out in the bay.  There are a number of cellular to WiFi modem solutions, such as the Rogers Rocket Hub or the Telus Smart Hub, but I didn’t want to sign up to a monthly service. I also didn’t want to spend a lot on the initial hardware purchase or have something hard-wired to the boat.wilson cell booster Continue reading

Boater’s Picks for Favourite iPad App – Part 3

The great app ideas just keep coming!  Thanks for your suggestions and recommendations.  As a reminder from Part 1 and 2, I originally gathered a bunch of my boating friends on the dock, and now on the web,  and we talked apps.  If an app was mentioned by three different boaters then it made the list, many of these apps provide a free version although I have included the price for the full version, here goes: Continue reading