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

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.  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