Posted: 30th August 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
In the cramped quarters shared by yacht crew, it’s especially important to use space wisely. Everything must have its proper place and everything must go back in its place when not in use. In many ways it’s a necessity; but even more than that, it often turns out to be easier that way. A smartphone or tablet, on the other hand, doesn’t have these spatial restrictions. But it does get cluttered with every new app that populates the screen. It is with both of these points in mind that the Captain’s Tool Box app has grown in popularity within the boating world.
Posted: 26th July 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
One of the perks of the job is the variety of places you get to visit but, finding your way around is not always easy, especially when you have limited time. New places offer loads of exciting possibilities, but they also present challenges to the unacquainted. Something as simple as finding a cash machine can often turn into a ramble through a maze of back alleys filled with troubling figures and outstretched hands; instead of getting cash, you’re giving it away.
Posted: 30th June 2013 | Written by: OnboardOnline
The primary cause of boat fires is DC shortages and faulty wiring. Even the odd megayacht can suffer these costly and dangerous malfunctions with highly qualified engineers manning the mechanical and electrical systems. Now there’s a new app developed by Dirty Dog Software that takes care of the most mind-numbing aspect of maintaining marine electrical systems so that you can focus on the more complicated aspects of what’s happening on your boat.
Posted: 20th May 2013 | Written by: 2K Yachting
“Logbook” is the first digital logbook for Mac users. It is also very interesting for Windows users, because the user interface differs from other digital logbooks and it is orientated by the traditional, printed logbook. The software automatically makes calculations and analyses all notes. An overview shows all relevant data and totals as well as average values—of every day, of a whole trip and also of all entries.
Posted: 3rd May 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
If you’re constantly on the go, moving between regions of the world, it’s nice to be able to track it in some way. This can be especially important for those of us that spend our lives adrift. Whatever the motivation – logistical, professional or simply to keep friends and family informed on our whereabouts – having that information easily and readily available is nice for any sea-going individual.
Posted: 4th April 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
The biggest problem with the Maritime Labour Convention of 2006 (MLC) – as is the biggest problem with bureaucratic regulation in general – is that it’s so long and boring. If only there were a way for you to skip through all the boring stuff and just run through a condensed, easy-to-use checklist produced by a reputable source.
Posted: 11th March 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
Its breadth is modest enough at the moment, but that doesn’t mean Charter Digest couldn’t flip the charter industry on its head. Just look at what’s happened to travel agents: they’re nearly extinct thanks to sites like Expedia and Kayak. They’ve automated what used to be a very labour-intensive process (or at least streamlined a process that the majority of folks had decided wasn’t worth the hassle).
Posted: 9th March 2013 | Written by: Dick Durham, Yachting Monthly
A yacht delivery skipper caught in fog with a failed AIS system, used a £5.99 smartphone app to avoid collision with a container ship.
Posted: 15th February 2013 | Written by: Daniel Shea
Under the wrong circumstances, WindGURU can be irritatingly accurate. The reason I say “irritatingly” accurate is because, as is the case with things like weather, being right isn’t always good for the user. I specifically recall sitting on our sailboat in Bahía de Sardinas off Culebra with a printout of wind predictions in my hand and a frown on my face because I knew they were right.