Understanding Waves

There is something extremely wild and rugged about big waves crashing up a windswept beach. The force and power of the swell as it silently rolls towards the land before curling its top and sending white water smashing and crashing, then fizzing like champagne as it rushes up the sand, greedily grabbing little shells with…

Marine Electronics – Making a power budget

How much power do you use? It is not normally something we would even usually think about in a house. You come home, turn on all the lights, the heat pump, start cooking in the oven, use hot water in the shower, blow dry your hair, put your dishes in the dishwasher, turn on the…

Marine Electronics – Batteries

Dear Batteries, I am sorry. Can you ever forgive me? I have neglected you all these years, I can’t believe you haven’t given up on me. I jump aboard every week and simply expect you to do your job, getting very little in any love or attention back from me, and yet you continue to…

Awesome Apps for Sailors

Ten years ago we didn’t have smart phones or iPads, and sailors managed to get by perfectly well without them. But there is no doubt that times and technology have changed, and there are some seriously cool apps out there that can make life on the water just that little bit easier. So what awesome…

Celestial Navigation – The Moon

Apparently I am not the only person to have been given a big fright by the moon sneaking up over the horizon at random times of the night, and my crew continue to debate whether or not the moon landings were real or a huge conspiracy. Whatever your opinion and whether it has ever frightened…