MARINE ELECTRONICS: Communications at Sea, Navigation, and Sailing Apps (Iridium Go? Sextant?) #35

MARINE ELECTRONICS: Communications at Sea, Navigation, and Sailing Apps (Iridium Go? Sextant?) #35

sailboat navigation and communications
some dusty old equipment and some amazing modern marine technology so
we’ll start with the oldest navigation equipment on this boat and then work
into the more modern electronics but one thing that we don’t have for navigation
on this boat is a sextant maybe one day I’ll certainly regret that
decision if the satellites ever fall out of the sky or they turn them off or
whatever but I can tell you if we did ever have a sextant on this boat it
would not be a plastic one I sailed around the world using a plastics
excellent so can certainly be done but they’re terribly inaccurate there’s a
lot of problems inherent problems with plastics excellents they expand and
contract a lot with temperature changes upsetting all of the accuracy and the
alignment of the mirrors or they have very low grade optics like for the Sun
shades so it doesn’t give you a crisp outline of the Sun to reduce down to the
horizon it’s always a little fuzzy so you’re much better off to get a metal
sextant the only other metal sextant that I have used is the Astra 3b and
that’s a tremendous difference upgrade in accuracy over any plastic sextant
it’s a difference between a plastic violin and the nice wood quality violin
decades ago I did a comparison between a plastic sextant and a metal Astra 3 B
sextant and the best I could do at the plastic sextant is to get within four
point four miles of my known position with the metal Astra three B the
accuracy was one point five miles the other antiquated piece of equipment we
don’t have as a radio direction finder I used to
use a range F direction finder like this one on top is a fair right antenna which
rotates and you rotate that to get the null from the station which you’re
homing in on so rather than having a real direction finder on this boat in
these days what we have is this Grundig shortwave receiver he receives all the
bands but inside of here is a ferrite antenna and I’ll tune this to the am
band and pick up the station and I can rotate this to pick up a station very
clearly and you want to rotate this ferrite antenna in here to where we get
the know the least amount of reception so we know that the station then is
either that way or 180 degrees in the opposite direction so that’s where
navigation comes in the art and science you have to figure out all right which
way to turn but this will do the same as that rage F radio direction finder and
we’ve set up a compass of course you have to figure out variation and
deviation and all that but you figure out the null you figure out your compass
heading to that station so you plot that compass heading actually away from the
known radio station and you’ll have a line of position you’ll be somewhere on
that line do that with two more radio stations and you’ll get a nice fix to
find out just where you are or of course you can just home in on that station and
keep sailing for it until you finally knock on the door the problem is these
days there are no more that I know of RDF stations in the old days radio
direction-finding stations were everywhere along every coast they had a
three-letter Morse code identifier and you had a whole book they cover the
whole world to figure out what station that is that you’re picking up now
you’re going to have to pick up AM broadcast stations and just hope that
it’s in a language that you Enders and when they make their announcement
their identifiers that you’ll know what city that they’re coming from
there are also RDF stations at airports but that’s a whole different subject for
another video so we keep charts on board large charts and we do have some smaller
scale charts this one we use just for Oh looking ahead where we want to go and
doing some basic research for navigation purposes this one covers a hundred and
seventy-five degrees of the earth so it goes all the way from the Marshall
Islands way on the Pacific all the way over to the west coast of Africa we also
have another chart that covers just the Indian Ocean area and we do have some
smaller charts that’ll cover more specific areas but nothing like in the
old days where every cruising boat would have stacks of charts they would make
big lumps underneath the cushions in the main saloon but then of course the old
days everybody was trading charts trying to get charts that are farther ahead
where you’re going and you trade off the ones that you won’t be needing any more
but for charting we still keep our instruments for plotting we have the
parallel rules for walking across the chart and laying out course lines one
thing I can never understand is why the Coast Guard Auxiliary would instruct
using parallel rules to walk across a chart most yachts just don’t have a big
area to open up a chart in walk across down to a compass rose to figure out the
heading that you need or the other compass information that’s required far
better aviators even from way back were far ahead of the nautical navigators
they had a course platter this one is an apt application for nautical use the
aviation plotter is a little smaller much more streamlined so an aviator can
plot out on his lap and into the cockpit of an aircraft this one is a little
bigger a little flatter but what it does you just lay it out this
has a green arrow say like you want to go from here to here you put this in the
direction that we want to go figure out we want to go from here to there and
then we turn this dial on top and line it up with a longitudinal line and now
we can read the course to where we want to go off the dial
they have East and West variation laid out here too so you can read that off
and you get your magnetic variation of course off of the compass rose so it’s
fast it’s easy and much more practical than trying to walk this thing across
the chart especially when you’re bouncing around you know in 45 50 knots
of wind alpha wave tops so the next piece of old equipment that we don’t use
anymore but it still works there’s this old GPS receiver and it
gives us latitude and longitude it’s an old fool runo and it’s still working
perfectly fine and we can also key in a latitude longitude where we want to go
and it’ll give us a track to head for or and Waypoint to head for and like a
little highway to stay on they keep on that heading if everything else fails we
can always take the latitude longitude off of that and plot it out on a chart
my favorite depth sounder is right here this is getting into the more modern
equipment now this is a lawrence fish finder it’s a LMS five to five this will
go down to 4,000 feet it’s my Toya who needs to know when you’re in 4,000 feet
of water but it goes down to that depth on a grade scale that’s and also using
50 kilohertz much shallower water you want finer detail and you use a much
higher kilohertz which would be too gives you much nicer detail on the
bottom we rally here in 13 feet of water in the marina so a nice flat surface but
I have seen volcano is at 1,800 feet deep but perfect shape of a volcano with
even the smoke coming out of it as we’re moving south along the Mexican coast in
the Caribbean it’s fun to watch it’s like looking out of an airplane window
and seeing what’s down there but then again you don’t need to know if
you’re in 1,800 feet unless you’re approaching shore and the depths are
getting shallower and shallower so it has been very helpful especially sailing
along some of these coasts that do rise up quickly say like long Mexico and out
of the Pacific water temperature here in the marina is eighty six point eight
degrees Fahrenheit that is some of the warmest water we’ve seen anywhere and of
course it does give speed through the water as well and we get a lot of the
same information on the Raymarine the depth Sounders we have two fish finders
that’ll give us the same color information at the bottom which will
give a hardness whether it’s yeah you can then triple-eight whether it’s mud
or rocks on the Raymarine that’ll give us very similar but actually better
defined information they use a sweep of frequencies each finder uses a different
set of frequencies so some are higher for a much finer detail but in the
shallower water and the other fish finder will go down deeper and but still
using a sweep of frequencies not just this single 50 or 200 kilohertz it’ll
give a much better definition of the bottom I mean you can see the fish down
there it won’t tell you the species of the fish but pretty close to it I think
but I’ll let Rebekah take care of that and she’ll show you the multifunction
display which is an incredible piece of equipment of the Vesper AIS which is a
standalone item I like to to DIF a ISS with a single side band which is
antiquated we really don’t use that much anymore and along with the pack two or
three modem and of course this VHF radio back here which is
and the iridium go satellite communications a lot of fun toys to keep
us safe we don’t have insurance on this boat but we do invest in electronics so
as long as we don’t become complacent all the electronics will help to keep us
safer I still use the laptop for navigation
not so much when we’re under way more like when we’re planning and as a backup
primarily I use open CP n and I have for a long long time thing that I still use
it for is its ability to make cap charts k AP dot k 8p charts and those come from
google earth and zoom in on Google Earth when I have good internet zoom in on an
area and take a snapshot of it and then overlay it into open CP n so that I can
then look at it on a open CPM look at how it changes things so two satellite
image you can now see that we’re in a marina or in a slip in the corner here
and it’s shallow going out here with light blue water and then it gets deeper
out here a lot of cruisers use it it’s just worth its weight in gold so that’s
something that I use a lot I still make cap charts for everywhere that we go you
can but when we left to go full-time cruising we decided that it would be
good to have not a laptop that would fall
now the handheld GPS that would fall on the floor neither one that would run out
of battery something that was hardwired and bolted down and that’s when we got a
chartplotter now this is the second chartplotter that we’ve had same same
place that we are we’re here now but there’s no big boat icon because we’re
standing still but we’re in this marina here or in this marina here let me talk
about these these two screens I can either go a full screen like that and I
have Navionics voting mojo mojo has a yes okay so what is this right here
Raymarine and specifically Navionics has a very cool feature on this on this
chart plotter where it will record our depths as we go in and we can see and
then it compensates for low tide so we can see that on the way out if we go out
at low tide we’ll see nine flat seven feet 8 feet 9 feet 10 feet 12 feet 13 as
we get out into deeper water and you can turn that on and off so you don’t always
have to look at it but it’s nice you make your own charts as you go so if you
go back in that area you know for sure what you’re def sounder was recording
when I connect this up wirelessly to the Internet it will upload all of my tracks
to the boating community to community edits which is a
next thing and I’ll be able to download all of the tracks from other people and
pretty soon the whole chart the whole world will be charted by other cruisers
that have gone in this area and now in Navionics is so smart they know when
somebody’s chart when some of these deaf Sounders not working correctly and they
take that out of the mix they know when there’s a dolphin under your boat they
seem to know everything cuz they know just the right charts to reject in just
the right charts to accept but back to the to the two charts that had up and
you notice that I’m doing everything touchscreen cuz I’m used to using an
iPad now everything is touchscreen but they’re on this ring Marine sharp ladder
it’s kind of cool because there’s all the buttons too but anyway back to these
two screens I have over here the Navionics and I have over here the
jeppeson see maps can’t tell you that one charts better than the other it’s
it’s different every place you go usually they’re the same both are really
excellent but you do get to areas that wants better than the other anything
there’s a 48 mile color radar on this machine and so many other features it
would take way too long right now to tell you all about them but also one
thing that we don’t do is integrate our autopilot into this machine I don’t want
to have everything funneled into one failure point I really do like the idea
of keeping stand-alone equipment and that’s one reason why we have another
standalone AIS and the standalone fishfinder depth sounder and just all
kinds of other backup machines the best for AIS is just an amazing machine it’s
a small box with only four buttons but it gives so much information to the
navigator it lets us know when ships are out there way over the horizon and this
screen goes out 248 miles it lets us know what type of the ship it is it’s
heading it’s time to close this point of approach and if it’s going to be a
danger to us and then we can also set up guard zones so if the ship does come
within a certain rage that we predetermine that will set
off an alarm and that alarm we also have set up to eilat very loud piezo alarm
it’s a free-standing alarm that even I can hear it out in the cockpit so
nothing is going to go unnoticed who breaks through that barrier large
freighters tugboats large fishing boats oftentimes in these foreign countries in
far out at sea do not show a is International Maritime Organization laws
just are not enforced in many of these foreign countries so a is is a not a
replacement for radar and besides radar is so helpful in bad weather and finding
land when you just can’t see it visually but a is is a great in navigational
safety aid you do one a transmitter so other people can see you and you
certainly want to be able to pick up their signals but it’s not a cure-all
for my primary over the last few years I’ve probably tested and I don’t know
about a hundred different navigation programs on the iPad and my three
favorite ones by far Navionics boating is my primary it’s very similar to the
chartplotter lose the marine chart plotter very easy to switch right over
to Navionics boating on the iPad and just pick up right where we left off my
second program that I use in conjunction with Navionics boating is over idle map
and while Navionics boating has Bing satellites be ing satellites a vital map
has Bing satellites but also has Google Maps satellites and probably two or
three others so if one is cloudy you know has big cloud over it
I can easily switch over to the other one in this application so I have this
running as well whenever specifically more importantly when we’re going into a
Anchorage I have it in very fine detail i download point A to point B and any
detours that I might make in between and what my third most favorite is time zero
I vote TZ I vote that’s the old noble tech program if you’re familiar with
those very feature-rich I don’t utilize it at all to its full
potential but I do have it running as well because some things are a little
easier to find in this then in the other applications so I like to have all three
going so that if Patrick asks me a question I know which one I can get at
the quickest in go to that application and get him the answer so those are the
three that I’ve liked the most over the years one thing that does remain the
same from the old days to the new days is a barometer I still have the
barometer over here but we also have the barometer on the iPad just like the
old-fashioned one but what’s real nice is it’ll also give me a trend I haven’t
run this for at least 30 days but it would give me a trend of it going up and
down so I wouldn’t even have to keep track of it barometer built right into
the iPad so I don’t need internet I don’t need anything at all it’s just one
of the little known features of an eye so the SSB for voice communications we
just really don’t use it much anymore and the packet or modem for email and
for whether we just don’t use it too much anymore I don’t like racing home
from barbecues at the end of the day to get just the right timing to get this to
work now we have a better system way better day or night anytime we want at
any place we wanted I just simply switch on satellite communications and then for
my email I go to my ex Kate inbox I just ask for my email get mail and it gets my
mail nice and easy any time there for my weather I can just go to offshore
whether my predict wind click on it go to grip offshore go to download sign up
for what I want continue to my download download them all and the iridium go as
long as they’re not bigger than about a hundred kilobytes of piece 150 kilobytes
apiece just downloads the mod I like the precision of this the ease of this the
convenience of it I don’t think I could go back so with predict wind we have
four different forecasts with the SSB and pact or modem I used to get one
forecast model I get four forecast models with predict wind and on top of
that I get three models of ocean currents almost anywhere in the world
anytime where else can you get that it just doesn’t get better so Patrick and I really enjoy responding
to your questions so if you have any questions at all just leave them down
below and we’ll personally respond Patrick does have a question for you but
wait one second I have included many links down below
for more information on the things that you’ve seen in today’s video and also
there’s a very good link down there for a free yes for you no strings attached
Marine electronics course so very fitting ok Patrick I know your questions
are burning so go ahead rather than your question right away we’ve had some
comments and some offers by some very generous people very nice people
offering to donate to our cause which is certainly much appreciated we have some
very expensive computers cameras lenses plus all the time that it takes to put
one of these videos together it would be nice to offset those costs but I just
have a personal hesitation I can’t explain it for patreon I think it’s a
great program for a lot of people but not for us right now
but Rebecca has put links affiliate links in the video description and also
on our blog site where is Brickhouse com so if you need to buy any equipment any
marine equipment for your boat if you could go through those links it’ll be a
big help for all of us and also I think Rebecca edge you know Rebecca has put up
some links for brick house t-shirts and so that is on our blog site where is
brick house calm as well so if you can go that route that would certainly be a
nice help for us and we all come out ahead that way maybe in the future we’ll
do the patreon thing but I’d like to hold off for as long as we can the other
thing too is I mean all this equipment that we have here we didn’t put that on
yesterday we’ve been doing this for 12 years now so it’s gone through an
evolution this chartplotter as Rebecca said in the video is our second one the
first one was a much smaller screen which seemed very adequate at the time
but I wished shortly after we put it on or that we
had put on a larger one even though it cost more but with this large screen we
can see all the way out to the pinnacle it’s a nice piece of electronics but I
do wonder what are other people putting on their boats now we’ve been away for
12 years are you getting by with just a handheld GPS and plotting it out on a
chart a an iPad a tablet PC or do you have a built in chart plotter what’s
working for people that are just starting out now and getting you by for
navigation so if you leave that in the comments below what you used for
electronics and for shark body that’ll be interesting to find out also if you
have any trouble hearing us in any of our videos I hope you know that you can
go into your YouTube settings and just go to the CC signal and not only we have
closed captions in English but you can choose any language you want well hey
well thanks a lot for watching you certainly appreciate it the video was
worthwhile for you if you can give it a thumbs up that’ll be a big help and also
if they haven’t already a subscriber so thanks a lot for watching see you soon you

100 thoughts on “MARINE ELECTRONICS: Communications at Sea, Navigation, and Sailing Apps (Iridium Go? Sextant?) #35

  • March 10, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Very nice video. Congratulations you guys have some very very good electronics. As a side joke I would suggest not a Sextant but rather a hand-crank manual electricity generator 🙂

  • March 10, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Lovely video thanks. Big fan of navionics. Just looking at open cpn now.

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  • March 10, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Excellent video guys. Very educational. All the best.

  • March 10, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Wow! very informative and well presented video. Thank you for posting this type of info. It's really good to hear from seasoned sailors about what gear works.
    I'm new to sailing and am planning my first offshore trip (starting small w/ the Dry Tortugas). My current setup is a 10" Ipad pro running Navionics boat app and I was very happy to see Rebecca's favorite app is the Navionics. I put her other suggestions on my download list. I'm supplementing the internal GPS with a Bad Elf BT unit. For depth and supplemental chart plotting I'm adding a Garmin echomap plus74Cv. It's a 7" depth finder running chirp sonar and Navionics blue chart maps. All this goes on board a Rhodes 22.

  • March 10, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    Great info, thanks. It looks like you have confirmed what I've said for a while , if buying an old boat you don't have to worry about the electronic equipment and an iPad will do most of what you need.
    Cheers Warren

  • March 10, 2019 at 7:18 pm

    Sometimes it is not about what you have on-board, it is about taking the time to remove the old equipment and properly installing the remaining equipment. I have watched several of your videos and enjoyed them all, thank you for taking us on your journey.

  • March 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm

    Thank you for posting this. A few quick questions.
    1. Where do you get your charts for OpenCPN? I've been having trouble finding charts outside of the US.
    2. Do you have an external antenna installed on your iridium go or do you just use it below decks without one? If w/out antenna how has the reception been?

  • March 10, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    Rather disappointed that you didn't talk about Loran and VLF Omega….

  • March 10, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    No insurance? Why?

  • March 11, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Patrick, I'm going to be refurbishing a 32' Grand Banks trawler over the next year. It has an old VHF radio and a compass. Obviously, I do not plan on crossing oceans. Mostly, I plan on navigating the east coast of the US down to the Caribbean. I'm wondering what brand or brands you prefer. I was a big B&G fans when I was a sailor but unfortunately I became disabled before I could learn how to use it. Now I'm finally about ready to try again, although I'm not able to do it on a sailboat. I'm a big fan of the broadband radar I'm thinking Simrad what's your opinion? I'd also like to see you do a more indepth review of your iPad and how to use and set it up. I'm not a big computer guy but that looks interesting and very useful if I could learn how to use it. I must admit I'm a bit intimidated when it comes to electronics. I'm thinking I want to have a radar, MDF, AIS and of course a good mounted and handheld VHF.  Looking forward to your opinions as experienced users! Thanks

  • March 11, 2019 at 2:47 am

    I was so glad that you talked about the plastic sextants. Thanks for your informative videos.

  • March 11, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Nice video guys. Umujo was a friend of mine (Norwegian) lagoon 45 that used to be here in Maputo. He sailed it up there last May and sold the boat In Zanzibar and flew home. It was a spur of the moment sale. I enjoy my Raymarine equipment myself. I have 2 a series 7 inches next to each other.

  • March 11, 2019 at 6:46 am

    Other than my 2 Raymarine Mdf’s but I have a samsung 7 inch tablet with navionics and my iPad with garmin maps. With Garmin now having bought navionics one will have to see what happens over the next year in electronic charts…

  • March 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Hey y'all! I can understand not wanting to solicit money for your channel, but for those that wish to give back as a way to say thanks for the info you give, you might reconsider. S/V Delos has a "buy us a beer" link. You take time (a Sh!t ton, from what I understand) to make informative videos for us wanna-bees, and I appreciate that. Thanks, and I hope to some day meet up cruising! Cheers!

  • March 11, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    This is Rebecca. Thank you very much to whoever just got an IPad from the link below!! Thank you to everyone who clicks on any of the links below…it really does help!

  • March 11, 2019 at 5:59 pm

    Great video! Just getting started wuth cruising and I hesitate installing so many electronics when they become obsolete so quickly. Great to year from experienced cruisers what you like. Also need to check out a couple of apps you recommended that I have not heard of!

  • March 11, 2019 at 9:34 pm

    Great video, opened some doors into navigation.

  • March 12, 2019 at 12:32 am

    Have you ever found a depth sounder that looks forward so you can see the depth reduction in time to stop in shallow water?
    What do you think of sidescan sonar?

  • March 12, 2019 at 1:18 am

    Patrick nice trip down memory lane on the electronics. i consider myself a young man in this game having only 30 years sailing exp (im 50 years old. just got started late.) and the changes in the last 30 have been huge. when i was planing my circumnavigation i was shopping for sextants and SSB's and a full chart portfolio. but now on our boat we have none of that. like you we have two Raymarine MFD,s and Raymarine autopilot. it can be run from either MFD or independently operated from its own control head. like you i believe in redundancy and a piece of equipment being able to operate independently if we have an issue. so if i lost the auto pilot control head i can resort to driving the boat from a MFD or even the IPAD. we also went with Iridium Go and back up the nav with navionics on our phones and IPADS. at last count we had 8 separate chart plotters on board that used 3 separate satellite constellations for there fix. the French, Russian, and US GPS systems. this with 48 mile radar and sonar like yours and we find our self's doing very well.
    i will add. you need to have a MFD or plotter at the helm. too often we have seen our friends run aground because there plotter is not accessible to the helm. and a small error or lapse in communication has led to a bad situation that could have been avoided by having the plotter at the helm.
    cheers and happy sailing. SV ICE BEAR. Greece

  • March 12, 2019 at 1:55 am

    Excellent videos and a great source of information. So glad I found your channel

  • March 12, 2019 at 3:06 am

    Hi! Patrick. This is Bong from Korea. We met you guys in Fiji and Ponpei. After sailing me and my son Daniel live in Jeju Korea. I am really glad to see you in youtube. Good luck!
    P.s. Now I'm looking for a little yacht. Oh my email address is [email protected] Thanks!

  • March 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Hi Patrick and Rebecca. I have just found your channel and found it very informative and especially the Irdium go. Maybe you could tell us the best plan to be on and what it cost ? To answer your question, Patrick, on chart plotters; I have a Garmin 12" in the nav room and a Garmin 10" at the helm. Steve (Sailing S/Y Serenade)

  • March 12, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Wonderful to have access to such wisdom and what a useful packet of information you are sharing. Thank you!

  • March 12, 2019 at 10:19 pm

    Why prattle on about sextants when you don't have or use one

  • March 13, 2019 at 1:49 am

    how much does insurance on a boat like yours cost? regardless of your navigational skills, what about the threat of lightening strikes? how do you prepare for/address that risk?

  • March 13, 2019 at 10:39 am

    yes, up to your usual standard,, but how much does it cost to upkeep maridium , navionics etc ,and anything else needed for all your electronics.

  • March 13, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    (I'm late in watching this!). Everyone asking about insurance on your navigation video — sorry. But I will continue: Have you found it difficult to enter any country without insurance? I have seen some discussion about countries asking for both medical and boat insurance info upon entry into their country.

  • March 13, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    Very nice video. Thanks.

  • March 13, 2019 at 7:28 pm

    Enjoyed your video! Good info on what not to bother with and what you liked. I've downloaded on to my I phone NAVIONICS and just love it. Right now i'm playing with this program and am looking to add it to my eye pad. Great info which will take me from the Warrior River deep in Alabama to South Florida. Fair Winds guys and thank you. Mike Clark

  • March 14, 2019 at 6:47 am

    Love you two! Keep the videos coming! Thank you for all your great videos!

  • March 14, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the tip on KAP charts, had no idea such a thing existed! I gather you can see the OpenCPN boat icon moving over the google earth photo. Cool. Iridium GO sure looks better than listening in to NMN on SSB every six hours, although there's that $60/mo subscription fee …

  • March 14, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    Great video again, real info from real cruisers. Thanks guys.

  • March 14, 2019 at 10:08 pm

    You asked for our electronics we use, 2009/10 we made an atlantic circle on a 30 ft boat, we had 2 GPS 76, SSB+Pactor for weather forecast, radar warner, depth sounder, analog wind- and loginstruments, 200W solar, 3 Anchors and a windvane.
    Now we have a 30 ft catalac catamaran, with a small chart plotter, 300w Solar, 2 GPS 76, SSB+Pactor, digital log and depth sounder, an Aries windvane, it tookme months to get it work accurate, whenwe start cruising again, I will fit an AIS and use a tablet with Open CPN and Navionics

  • March 15, 2019 at 5:16 am

    The most significant aid to navigation is Rebecca. Patrick you are a very lucky man.

  • March 15, 2019 at 5:18 am

    It's amazing to see how fast this channel has grown. I think I was about number 65 when I subscribed. Now, in a very short time, it's at 9,000 subscribers. Keep up the great work, the reason why it's growing is because it's great content.

  • March 15, 2019 at 9:03 pm

    OMG !!!

  • March 16, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you! Great real world experience and information both of you are sharing. I hope you two keep making videos. For me a tablet with Navionics is my primary tool with handheld gps, iphone, and of course some paper charts as back up. These have been fine here around vancouver island. This is a timely video though as I'm in the final stages of building a Cape George cutter for offshore voyaging and its time to make some hard decisions about what elections to invest in. I will be hitting up a bunch of those links of yours.

  • March 17, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Very informative video. This is one I’ll save and use for future reference. I’m at that stage where I’ll be looking to install my first set of new electronics. In terms of importance, what do you suggest I start with?Thank you

  • March 17, 2019 at 9:51 pm

    Great info! I use paper charts and 2 ipads, both with Isailor app, AIS transponder, sangean ATS 909 worldradio receiver 2 VHF marine radio's. On the pc at home I also use Sailplanner to set up a voyage together with the paper charts.

  • March 17, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    Partrick & Rebecca – I sure hope that Cyclone Idai hasn't caused you any problems. It looks pretty wild over there.

  • March 18, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    Some of us remember using LORAN too.

  • March 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    It's so refreshing to listen to somebody talk, when they KNOW what they are talking about and can relay that knowledge so precisely. Nicely spoken. Thank you. now I will have to go and watch some of your other videos

  • March 19, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    You should have at least a donation link if not patreon. It's not like you are doing this as beggars your content is meaningful and rich in knowledge. It is ok to be paid to continue doing these extremely informative videos, they take time and effort and waiting for 2 years for a payoff on youtube isn't easy. Think of youtube as bonus income, not a serious income. High quality educational videos like this should be able to get funding outside of youtube's aqueous values and paybacks(tending toward advertisers rather than content providers.) The less corporations take I think the more generous you will find people to be, we aren't stupid out here and would rather direct fund. Again wonderful video, with clear explanations, exceptional content, and please keep making videos!

  • March 20, 2019 at 6:47 pm

    hope to god you 2 are safe it looks like hell landed on the area

  • March 22, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Wonderful. I learned a lot. And, the best part is at the end – the way Rebecca holds your hand.

  • March 25, 2019 at 2:32 am

    Many boaters are going to B&G marine Navigation for there boats with AIS systems.

  • March 25, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Thanks for your videos, they are very well done and informative. BTW Rebecca, which barometer app do you use for the iPad?

  • March 26, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    Great stuff, we learn something new from each one of your videos. Keep having fun, see you out there. J&J

  • March 26, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Nice Video & very Informative too – something that happened to 'us' Sailing from Cape Town towards' Walvis Bay up the West Coast Atlantic' & Mid Atlantic' bound for Ascension' Island & Barbados' – 'we' received an Alert Precautionary that a Freighter had Mis'laid (Dropped' ) A 20' White' Shipping' Container' around 150 nm nnw' of CT' in a Severe Storm' & Also A Junk' Fishing boat had Overturned & also had A White Hull' around a hundred miles from The Container' – & as 'we' were Sailing in Semi-Storm Conditions' (20-35 Knots' gusting' ) & the Water was also very White' & fairly Flat' > 'we' did not have equipment to locate these' Large & dangerous Items' in the Water' & IT was very Stressful' sailing' for Many days & nights' on 'our' little 50' Mono-hull' Yacht' > Are There some Instruments' to-day That would be able to Locate' these' Accurately'- would 'we' have been able to get them on a 'Fish-finder' &/or some other' device' > as 'we' do intend to Spend much more time at sea perhaps in Atlantic' & North sea's' &' America' with 'our' Larger (64' mono-hull' & ALL' the best Equipment' & Auto-cruise' Gadgets' 'we' can Find that Are Useful' in Hard Sailing Conditions' > ? 'we' would Very much Appreciate your Ideas soonest' > Thanks & Fair-Winds' with Safety' & Plenty of FUN' & Enjoyment'  too' > Shalom >

  • March 28, 2019 at 8:30 am

    How much memory do you have on your iPad?

  • March 28, 2019 at 8:38 am

    A free boat listed on Cruisers forum lead me to your channel. I thought it was odd that there were no questions about what the boat needed, but there was a link to your video. After watching the video, all the questions are answered. If you saw a car damaged like that, you would think someone went after it with a pick ax. And that video brought me to this one.

  • April 1, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    iPad & Navionics

  • April 1, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    Great channel!
    Patrick, what is the minimum lenghth, full keel, sailboat you would suggest for ocean going cruising?
    Which set up would you suggest? Clipper, sloop, ketch, etc.?

  • April 4, 2019 at 4:02 am

    Can you give us a bare bones list of must have electronics. Just starting out. Thanks.

  • April 4, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Very well done! Thank You
    Quote of the Day:
    " Beyond All Things Is The Sea"

  • April 5, 2019 at 1:50 am

    Great video. Thanks!

  • April 5, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Great job guys, very informative and straight forward.

  • April 5, 2019 at 11:54 pm

    thank you, love your videos but dude, get insurance!

  • April 8, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    On your iPad, what is the green icon App ?

  • April 9, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Excellent content.. much appreciated! As a note of interest, throughout most of the world you can tune into ndb’s non directional beacons. They are used in aviation and frequencies are available with coordinates on both IFR AND VFR charts. Might be a decent backup in event of gps failure. Keep the great content coming👍

  • April 12, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Very good demonstration. I use navionics on a tablet. I also use anchor alarm when anchored. I am no pro :). I also connected a garmin etrex (nmea) to my vhf.

  • April 17, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Great video. Question: I hear that Iridium Go seems faster since the new firmware takes advantage of the new NEXT satellites. Have you upgraded and noticed any speed improvement?

  • April 17, 2019 at 9:17 am

    PS: In response to your question we recently upgraded to the Raymarine Axiom Pro 9" which is the next model after you (we have ours hooked up to the AP – its just too easy). But we can also control the AP from the instrument cluster.

  • April 19, 2019 at 11:41 pm

    Being a current 747 pilot, ADF (Automatic Direction Finder) termed in aviation is the same as an RDF. However they too are becoming extinct with the inception of GPS. There are only a couple left in the US and many countries are doing the same. The cost of keeping up the NDB (Non-Directional Beacon), which is the ground based aid for the ADF to receive, is not needed anymore. The few that are still in service are only used in the instrument approach phase and only guarantees reception of 25nm.

  • May 1, 2019 at 5:44 am

    thanks, Rebecca and Patrick ..very informative!!

  • May 7, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    If you did a video showing how to do some of that stuff you talked about regarding CPN and google as well as navionics I would find that so useful. I use some CPN but it's a bit of a mystery to me if I'm being honest. 🙂

  • May 11, 2019 at 12:36 am

    New to channel……A LOT of info and done very well…..very impressive, I'm on board, from Newport, RI.

  • May 11, 2019 at 7:00 am

    Great video. Thanks

  • May 13, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    Intresting video and I just discovered your channel I like it.

  • May 17, 2019 at 2:44 am

    Great information guys, thanks!

  • June 17, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Open Plotter is pretty amazing. It's a raspberry pi ($30, very low power) computer running opencpn and a bunch of other plugins. They sell an add-on for $100(ish) that plugs onto it which has GPS, AIS receiver, barometer, temperature and a bunch of other sensors. It also has a program called pypilot that can be used instead of an autopilot controller – all of this is setup to be broadcast on your wifi or run a wifi hotspot. Plus you can add a ton of other things to it w/ a multiplexer or just nmea->usb devices. Pretty remarkable. For less than $150, you can have a huge amount of redundancy, or buy two and have it be your primary and have a full system as a backup if someone hasn't already invested in all the nice gear you have. As for patreon, I'd consider setting it up. If you mention that it is available, but don't compromise yourself and find a way to add value for people, then I see nothing wrong with it. The two issues with patreon I see are, a) people perceiving it as begging, and b) feeling obligated to post updates. I think the first is how you approach it, and if you don't beg, but simply state that it is there, I don't think people will perceive it that way, and for the latter… that could be more of an issue. If you do it, I would just set expectations very clearly.

  • June 28, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    I am refitting a 2007 boat for cruising, you asked about what others are using for electronics and I thought I would chime in as I am replacing all my current navigation equipment. I have been debating the need for an SSB, and as much as I think it would be fun to have, I have not been able to justify the expense of the radio, tuner and pactor modem. I agree that the Iridium go is a much better option, but may still end up with a lower cost HAM radio onboard just to have someway to have conversations while offshore. As far as new electronics I will list out my upgrades below.

    B&G Zeus 2 12" at chart table
    B&G Zeus 2 9" in cockpit replacing raymarine c80

    B&G Triton 2 displays (2 at each helm station) replacing old raymarine st60+ era
    B&G 4g radar
    Sitex SOTDMA AIS
    B&G NAC-3 autopilot replacing raymarine 6000
    B&G autopilot controller for main helm station
    B&G precision 9 compass for auto pilot and radar overlay
    Iridium Go
    Fusion black box marine NMEA 2000 audio system (crucial for sanity)
    All new wind, depth, speed instruments
    3 NMEA 2000 GPS sources

    Along with several tablets, laptops, rasberry pi and tiny Intel NUC PC for media and OpenCPN. All this is probably overkill, but I am a rather techy person, so I like my toys. Still need to sort out a replacement for my VHF, would prefer to have one with remote handset capability as a primary and a couple handhelds as backups.

    Fair winds to you

  • July 1, 2019 at 4:43 am

    I’m using a Garmin now , and like the big screen on your seems at my age and fact I welded for 30 plus years .
    Recently purchased a shirt thank you much for all the info .
    Hallsberg Rassey / Ramus 1975 little slow but forgiving . Motor change out to a Yanmar 4 cyl 51 hp and. 18 in prop . Little over powered .
    Q: can I speak to you ASAP . I would greatly appreciate it .
    [email protected]

  • July 3, 2019 at 6:53 am

    Great video
    Just waiting on my Iridium Go to arrive
    Any tips or video for XGate and predict wind and which subscription is best
    Thanks great work

  • July 3, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    HERE'S A LIFESAVING TIP…..when you take on seawater, for whatever reason, it tends to find its way to the bilges. That's also where your batteries usually are. So, by the time you find you have a real problem, the power is out and you can't call for help (or see anything). Suggest you run your essential electronics, and some lights, to a separate, and smaller battery, located higher up on the boat and that can be easily isolated from the remainder of the electrical system. Failing that, a handheld VHF has saved my ass more than a few times.

  • July 4, 2019 at 12:23 am

    Well yeah I'm having a little trouble hearing you. Getting old sometimes suks. Lol. Is there anything you can do on your end?

  • July 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Please let us know: which plan and what are the costs for the Iridum Go system to be able to seemlessly get email and PredictWind when ever needed?

  • July 16, 2019 at 11:49 am

    Need a xx large tee shirt you sent me a small .
    Where your tip jar

  • July 16, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Hallsberg Rassy/ Ramus 34.6 bow to aft 38 ft . Just learning to sail , but very familiar with living on a boat . Need some info if Garmin and what radar I need to go with this ?

  • August 3, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks you guys! Really appreciate the information and the links! Practical experience trumps advertising!

  • August 5, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Thanks guys, that was a very helpful video, as I am just in the process of refitting my own electronics at the moment.

  • August 15, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    Edit this video and reduce the volume when the AIS alarm sounds !!!!!

  • August 18, 2019 at 11:34 pm

    Hey guys!!!! Thanks so much for all the information o. The videos they are so helpful for my next sailing adventure. I was wondering about the iridium go. What are plan for the SIM card do you guys use? I saw on the predictwind webpage said that for 50$usd you got 5min worth of data. How much can you get out of 5min?

  • August 20, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    Hi Patrick and Rebecca. I just made a 3900nm trip from Greece to Norway, and used a satellite Garmin Inreach explorer+ device. It has a SOS feature that they can monitor and respond to everywhere,- GPS,-tracker,- text messaging to any phone and other things as well. But the thing is the cost. It sells for around 430Euros with a lot of useful capabilities. Worth while to check it out I think

  • August 24, 2019 at 7:46 pm

    What a fantastic video! I really enjoyed the review of the old gear through the new gear you have on board. The depth sounder is pretty cool . Watching a submerged volcanic island appear on the video screen sound amazing. I am really digging the explanations of the equipment and love the redundancy you have built into your Nav/Com electronics. That Raymarine with Navionics charting package is so cool! Patrick and Rebecca the best old equipment you have on board is the two of you! The knowledge you both have with sailing is pretty darn impressive. I have watched a few of the videos you two have created and I am looking forward to watching many more. You two are amazing. Fair Winds PCS.

  • September 4, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Awesome information, appreciate your advise and experience!!!!….

    Thank you

  • September 9, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Thanx. I C U R close 2 Deo Garcia-island? A military island. U believe in back-up systems! (sextant..)

  • September 12, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Old Sea Captain and his beautiful Navigation and Administration Officer, meeting you here was a great find for me. All sea and boating lovers should watch all their videos. Thank you very much.

  • September 18, 2019 at 6:38 am

    You might want to look at a ko-fi account (, it's sorta like a tip jar… Thank for the Vid.

  • September 21, 2019 at 7:27 am

    Hi Patrick and Rebecca. Rebecca would you consider doing a video on overlaying Google Earth images onto your Potter and the processes/software involved

    Many thanks love the videos

  • September 21, 2019 at 7:28 am

    V good videos thank you for your hard work. Best luck. Saludos

  • September 23, 2019 at 1:06 am

    How much storage do you need on the iPad to download the Ovitalmap

  • September 25, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    Did not need to hear that alarm full volume !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • September 28, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Great job,

  • September 28, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    Loved it!,

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  • September 29, 2019 at 6:18 am

    When I hit the water next time I'm signing up for your classes. More info than I need but better safe than sorry.

  • October 6, 2019 at 8:33 am

    Why is marine ssb not used anymore?
    I hear so many people say that.
    I would think an ssb on a major Bluewater ceossing, it would be great!


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