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.

Tired of Your Throw Cushions?

For a really quick update, visit Fabricland on Marine Drive in Vancouver.  They have pre-made (with zippers) pillow covers in a number of different sizes and tons of different fabrics and colours.  Prices start at $4 and go up to $28 – there are lots to choose from, aisles and aisles.  I bought some blue ones for the boat and some fantastic floral ones for the back yard. 

The Best Ice for your Boating Beverages

In my quest to find the best ice cubes for my boating beverages, I set up a little experiment and used a time lapse camera to capture the whole thing on video. I chose 4 different types, restaurant cubes, home-made cubes from a tray, giant ice balls and, of course, diamond shaped cubes. Check out the video…

Posted by missygoesboating.com on Sunday, July 21, 2013

 

I set out to discover which ice cube would last the longest in my glass.  I chose 4 different types, restaurant cubes, home-made cubes from a tray, giant ice balls and, of course, diamond shaped cubes.  I tried this experiment last year but, in true Missy fashion, I got to talking and when I turned around all the cubes were melted.  Continue reading