Older, longer, and self powered

On April 23, 2014, in Interesting, by CaptRR


TheAdventureBlog is reporting:

Polish kayaker Aleksander “Olek” Doba completed an epic paddling expedition this weekend when he reached the coastline of Florida. The 67-year old Doba wrapped up a 6000-mile (9656 km) long journey that carried him solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a specially modified sea kayak.

TheAdventureBlog post is here.


Virtual AIS shows up on local chart

On April 22, 2014, in Coast Guard, Navigation, by CaptRR

Virtual AIS buoy “SB”

17 days after being published in the LNTM and being broadcast Virtual Buoy “SB” has shown up on the NOAA chart.  I’ve just checked the Navionics database, and it is not there you.

….stand by for news.


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PocketGrib Update

On April 21, 2014, in Uncategorized, by CaptRR

New 500mb display

PocketGrib (website and video) is my goto app for off shore weather info.  It’s great for understanding trends.  iOS and android versions are available.

via Wikipedia:

GRIB (GRIdded Binary or General Regularly-distributed Information in Binary form[1]) is a concise data format commonly used in meteorology to store historical and forecast weather data. It is standardized by the World Meteorological Organization‘s Commission for Basic Systems, known under number GRIB FM 92-IX, described in WMO Manual on Codes No.306. Currently there are three versions of GRIB. Version 0 was used to a limited extent by projects such as TOGA, and is no longer in operational use. The first edition (current sub-version is 2) is used operationally worldwide by most meteorological centers, forNumerical Weather Prediction output (NWP). A newer generation has been introduced, known as GRIB second edition, and data is slowly changing over to this format. Some of the second-generation GRIB are used for derived product distributed inEumetcast of Meteosat Second Generation. Another example is the NAM (North American Mesoscale) model.


Another iSailor Update

On April 20, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

It just keeps getting better.


May Delivery:  San Diego CA – Blaine WA

On April 19, 2014, in Deliveries, by CaptRR

1260 nm

75′ Burger

More info as it becomes available. Of course you’ll be able to follow us on my Delorme inReach. 


Just a little fun

On April 18, 2014, in Just for Fun, by CaptRR

Thanks to Monkey Fist of Blackgang for this design.

Yes, it’s the same MF that brought you gCaptain’s Maritime Monday.


Big iSailor Update

On April 16, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

It is no secret the iSailor is my go to Nav App.

What’s New in iSailor 1.6.1

Shaped by your feedback, the new version of iSailor delivers dozens of new features and detailed updates:

Multi-language support: English, Spanish, German, Russian, Korean (others coming soon)

New In-App options:
‘NMEA GPS’ sensor and its support via Wi-Fi connection
‘NMEA Compass & ROT’ sensors and their support via Wi-Fi connection
‘AIS Ship Contours’ at large chart scales. 

Direct access to the iSailor page on Facebook
Cursor Positioning and User Object sharing via: Facebook, Twitter, iMessenger, E-Mail
Photo can be attached to any User Object
User Object with picture can be exported to Google Earth via KMZ format

• Adjusted ‘Anchor Watch’ radius is presented on the chart layer
• Multi Units: Statute Miles and Cables for short distances
• ‘Dangerous Depth’ setting and their presentation in bold font
• ‘Visible Lighthouses’ by BRG & RNG from the own position
• ‘GoTo’ route via advanced cursor function
• AIS Target Labels (MMSI, NAME, CALL) can be presented on the chart layer
• ‘CPA / TCPA’ alarm and settings for AIS targets
• Head Up chart orientation is available based on NMEA or AIS Compass data
• Calculated Rate-Of-Turn is available based on NMEA or AIS Compass data
• Bridge Elevation is shown on chart
• ‘Default Fuel consumption’ setting
• ‘Boat Length’ value is increased up to 150 meters
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