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  1. Eight Bells: Bumps Eberwine

    It is with great sadness that I report "Bumps" Eberwine passed in his sleep this morning, at the age of 91. A true legend of the Southern Chesapeake, his presence at the tiller of "Seas Star" and "Spray" will be missed.
  2. AIS transponders - what to get?

    Late to the conversation, but I also am impressed with the Vesper XB8000.
  3. Down the Bay Race 2016

    Excellent race all around. Triage was second to finish, and took 3rd in A fleet. We spent the weekend making a few repairs, and she is heading out for the delivery to Newport this afternoon. Sitella looked amazing on the water, and is going to be a weapon. It will be interesting to see how she does this weekend at SBRW.
  4. Ocean Race North 2016

    We are hopeful as well, but the vibe we were getting is that next year is doubtful.
  5. Help me decide iridium go plan

    We do use an Iridium Go, and I would have to agree. The unlimited plan is the way to go. And if you are looking for grib downloads, the PredictWind solution is pretty good. The biggest headache with the Go is integration on the laptop. PredictWind is integrated, so it removes that headache.
  6. Ocean Race North 2016

    As of today, the Ocean Race North has been cancelled for this year. Following years look doubtful. Just an update for anyone who might have been interested. Final numbers were three boats: Privateer, Teasing Machine and Triage.
  7. Expedition food

    Some of the more popular items on Triage are mini meatloaves that are precooked and frozen, hot pockets, different casserole type dishes, and Dinty Moore over biscuits. Dinty Moore over biscuits on a cold night is fantastic.....
  8. Iridium Go and Expedtion

    Ive used PW Offshore App with an SSB and SailMail with some success. Does any know if using PredictWind through Iridium Go!, even just downloading Gribs using the PW Offshore App, is race legal? I've been assuming it's not because it requires a subscription. Depends on the race. Some identify that anything subscription based is not permitted. Others indicate that subs are permitted, so long as the data is not boat specific. Where there is a restriction, you can still use PW to pull GFS and CMC gribs, but you cannot use the PWG and PWC gribs.
  9. Email service for Sat Comm

    What didn't you like? Hard to pass up on the unlimited data vs. the phone handsets. Specifically, I would like the ability to connect natively to the Go, without having to use SailMail or OCENS as a go between. Being able to pull race schedules, gribs, etc into Expedition would be a big plus for me. It provides the functionality through a workaround, but I find unnecessary workarounds annoying.
  10. Newport -Bermuda 2016

    There are lots of sources, but if you are just diving in, I would strongly suggest starting here: http://bermudarace.com/resources/gulf-stream-and-weather/gulf-stream-tutorials/ Specifically, start with the primer: http://bermudarace.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/A-Gulf-Stream-Primer2_updated2012_.pdf
  11. Email service for Sat Comm

    We used the OCENS software last year, while connecting over an Iridium Go. I was quite happy with OCENS, but far less happy with the Iridium Go's limitations. As an FYI, OCENS uses the GMN gateway servers. I can't speak to the email servers themselves. Clearly, they are ocens domains, and they route through the xgate gateways, but I don't know the details behind the structure. I imagine Luis could answer that pretty quickly.
  12. Laptops at the nav station...

    The ribbon is one of those quirks I have gotten used to. At this point, I am so used to it, that I don't notice it. Good to hear it was addressed for your daughter. All in all, I have been pretty satisfied with Lenovo.
  13. Laptops at the nav station...

    A bigger screen would always be preferable, but it hasn't been a hindrance either.
  14. Laptops at the nav station...

    We discussed a number of approaches, but wanted to reduce the number of electronics drawing power (display), as well as maintaining the usability of the nav table for storing ship's log, compasses, dividers, parallel rules and all of the other bits and pieces that live there. We don't allow extraneous stuff, but we do use that space. We also store the keyboard and mouse there when not in use, allowing the nav station to also serve as a chart table, as we do not have a separate area for doing so.
  15. Laptops at the nav station...

    We went a different route. We currently use a pair of Lenovo Yoga Pro 2 ultrabooks. One is active, and the second is kept in a waterproof cushioned pouch, stored separately. We made a frame for the Yoga that allows it to be mounted vertically on the bulkhead above the (rear facing) nav station. For interaction, we use a wireless mouse primarily. We have experimented with wired and wireless keyboards, as well as using the vertical keyboard on the laptop itself. So far I prefer the wired keyboard with 3M Command strips to lock it in place on the nav station surface, but the jury is still out on keyboard. For better or for worse, we went the route of commodity level hardware that is easily replaced rather than going with a Toughbook or its equivalent. Our arrangement does not interfere with using the nav station as a chart table, nor does it interfere with opening the nav station for access. On port tack, the nav station does get wet during less than ideal conditions, but the vertical mount on the bulkhead has kept the laptop from getting even a drop over the last 18 months or so, in this configuration.