Research notes – Ancient Electronics

Sorry to just throw this up here, but I wanted to save some links I came across.  I’ve been researching how to get my radar, depth sounder/GPS, AIS/Radio and autopilot to talk to each other.  The radar and auto pilot are Raymarine, which uses a proprietary bus called SeaTalk.  The GPS is a Garmin, and…

Help me Build a Christmas List

So, what’s on your Christmas list?  I have a few things, including: New boat shoes – most of the ones I have don’t fit me right any more (not sure why!) Oar Locks for our dinghy Oars (naturally) A hand-held tachometer Replacement drive motor for the Autohelm 3000 that I found online 4 or 5…

Finding a winter den

Well, it had to happen eventually.  Winter is basically right around the corner and it is time for Dragon Wing to find a winter den.  As I mentioned once or twice before (okay, okay, probably a few more times than that), I was very reluctant to keep Dragon Wing at Laurel Harbor Marina this winter. …

Pusser’s Painkiller

The Painkiller® is a blend of Pusser’s Rum with 4 parts pineapple juice, 1 part cream of coconut and 1 part orange juice served over the rocks with a generous amount of fresh nutmeg on top. You have a choice of numbers 2, 3 or 4, which designate the amount of Pusser’s Rum! Cheers! Painkiller…

A boat-iful weekend!

Saturday Spotless Stainless was kind enough to send me a free show pass to the Annapolis Boat Show, and my family and I went there yesterday.  Yesterday, October 11, 2014, was a dreary day.  It rained all morning, for the entire drive there.  The weather forecast was for clearing at 11:00 AM.  We got there…

Power!

I had the chance to go to Dragon Wing today to work on the engine.  When I arrived, I had a plan.  Then, as I opened the engine, I started thinking maybe I’d work on things in a different order, but I quickly remembered why I wanted to tackle things in a particular order. The…

Just curious…

I’ve been maintaining this blog for a while, though I’ve been a bit remiss this season.  Mostly because I don’t have much to report due to the shoaling issue.  But I’m curious.  I see that the blog gets a bit of traffic – not much, maybe a visitor or two every day – but quite…

Visiting Different Ports

I’ve been frustrated this season because we really haven’t been able to use Dragon Wing due to the water depth issue. So, we decided rather than taking a few day sailing trip, we would take a road trip instead. We drove through New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont. In four…

What a day

We haven’t been to Dragon Wing since I learned that the canal was silted over.  It wasn’t worth a 2 hour drive (each way) just to go for a 10 minute ride down the canal.  I decided to give the bigger boats a chance to drive through the channel for a few weekends, hopefully making…