Setting up your helm requires some thought as to how best to utilize what is often limited space. Whether you are refitting an older boat or buying a new one, make sure the instrumentation works for you, and critical instruments are where you can see and operate them with a casual glance.
Weems & Plath introduced a new safety device at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis. I think it is pretty creative as it uses Bluetooth connectivity to link a smartphone to a wearable transponder. If the signal is lost, or the unit is immersed in water, the smartphone sounds the alarm with sound, strobe, and vibration.
It is a new application of Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity.
Carrying an Air Band VHF radio on your next passage might be of value if you need to call for help. Even at high altitude, it is possible to communicate with a passing aircraft to get the word out that you have an emergency and need help.
It’s an exciting time of year, to begin planning for the fall trip south. So many choices, so many new things to see, it is a wonderful experience.
But let’s get squared away with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence first, which disrupted a lot of territory in both North and Sount Carolina. Thankfully, we don’t need to rely on social media, as the team at Cruisers’ Net has stepped up to the task.