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.
Announcing the start of the highly anticipated Daily Navigation and Weather Briefs at the Dock, conducted each day at Southport Marina, in Southport, North Carolina. This is the fifth year of this well-received briefing about current and forecasted weather, ICW issues and concerns, from experienced professionals specifically for transient cruisers headed south this fall.
The BVI Tourist Board hosted a Friends of the BVI Brunch on Saturday, to lure back the vibrant charter and tourism business the islands lost after the storms of September, 2017. Whether you charter a catamaran or stay at a lovely resort, they want you to come visit the islands.
Their message is clear. Come on back! We are open and welcome you to our lovely BVIs.
When it comes to an engine failure, where is the line with respect to insurance coverage? If an engine suffers from more than a simple breakdown, and needs an expensive rebuild or replacement, who pays for this?
Preparing your boat for the trip south on the ICW is much the same for preparing for the Great Loop or other extended coastal cruising. The time spent before you leave will pay for itself in less trouble and preventable issues once you leave home waters.