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Here’s the rationale:

Posting from my mobile devise to WordPress is a very involved process, and is better suited to a computer, which is not always available, which means there can be delays in posting important info.  Both facebook and Twitter allow for almost instant posting.

You are aware that BitterEnd is NOT revenue generated and posts to facebook and Twitter are cost free.

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Thanks for continuing to follow Bitter End.

And this from Ross Flemming.

You might update your post about transitioning away from the blog format to suggest that people without twitter or facebook accounts can also use to keep getting your posts in their RSS reader.  It works fairly well for the few twitter accounts I follow without a twitter account, I assume it works on public facebook pages to


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AFP is reporting:

…Everyone has a story of spotting newcomers struggling with engine failure, steering ineptly along a crowded canal or developing regrets once facing a damp, cold winter on boats often heated by stove and just 2.1 metres wide.

Maintenance costs can mount quickly and boaters dryly refer to their vessels as “black holes” for cash, constantly in need of repair.

The complete AFP post by Naomi O’Leary is here.


Surviving Aboard a Life Raft

On July 11, 2015, in Safety, by CaptRR


In 1944, the US War Department published FM 21-22, a manual on military watermanship. The manual covers everything a man needs to know to survive at sea, from how to properly abandon a sinking ship to how to stay alive in a lifeboat. This week we’ll be highlighting several of the manual’s sections; the information is both fascinating from a historical standpoint and useful for worst case scenarios. 


The complete Art of Manliness post is here.


Underwater drone; it’s yours for $500

On July 9, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR

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via Fathom Drone


For too long underwater exploration has been limited to those with extensive funding and years of training. We want to change this. With the Fathom drone, anyone can explore their closest body of water with ease – simply plug it in, launch the app, and go explore.


At the end of the day, we understand that you need something that functions flawlessly. That’s why the Fathom drone was built around one guiding principal – ensuring it would always deliver the functionality you need, when you need it most.


Just because you may get your hands dirty doesn’t mean you have to look bad doing it. Special consideration was given to the Fathom drone’s design to ensure that it would look just as much at home on land as it does in the water.


10 Tales of Legendary Ghost Ships

On July 8, 2015, in Interesting, by CaptRR

MentalFloss has the post, HERE.


King5 News is reporting:

“There was an eyewitness who clearly described the vehicle on the right crossing over the vehicle on the left. Now most people know what right of way means,” said defense attorney Michael Austin Stewart.

Dude, you need a different lawyer: Rules 2,5,6,7,8,15 & 17


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One of two icebreakers that will support Shell’s arctic drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer is now stuck in Dutch Harbor after an underwater gash was discovered in its hull.

The gCaptain post is HERE.

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