Selecting an iPad for navigation is not as complicated as some say. Any iPad will work. The major difference is whether or not an external GPS receiver is required. All iPads with cellular data functionality have a built-in GPS receiver. Apple denotes these iPads as WiFi+Cellular, WiFi+3G, (update: WiFi+4G). No additional hardware is required to... Continue Reading →
Manual and automatic bilge pumps, whether submersible centrifugal pumps or remotely mounted diaphragm pumps, cannot completely clear a bilge of water. Typically 1-3" of water remains. In a shallow bilge boat like the Catalina 25 used for this prototype system, this can lead to a substantial volume of water remaining in the bilge. Water in the bilge can cause serious problems on many boats, including causing wood stringers to rot... Continue Reading →
A Columbia 8.7 under sail...
This is a repost from http://www.nacra-na.com/about-us.html in case the original page goes dead like so many others. - (California) 1968, Geoff Prindle decides to get into catamarans. That year he founded Surfglas with his partner, Sterling Santley. He really got into the catamaran scene heavily and placed second at the USA nationals. 1971, Prindle 16 goes into... Continue Reading →
Poli Glow is available on Amazon here.
Sperrys (and other boat shoe soles) dry and harden, become slick, and eventually crack because of two reasons: You wear them while cleaning your boat's deck with bleach or a similar chemical. Bleach "dries out" many rubber polymers. In years past, celebrating race car drivers and burnout enthusiasts applied bleach to their tires to quickly "dry" and harden... Continue Reading →
At the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis this past October, Catalina Yachts staffers mentioned a new project, the Catalina 425, which would return Catalina to the three stateroom sailboat market. On November 2, Catalina issued a press release announcing the Catalina 425 will be available in the spring of 2016. The boat's interior arrangement comes with three staterooms. The... Continue Reading →