Category Archives: Boats and boating

Anchor alarm for iPhone

I found this very useful anchor alarm app for iPhone and iPad, made by the Active Captain crew. It’s called DragQueen, and it works using the GPS function to lock in a position while at anchor. When the anchor drags … Continue reading

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Marine Navigation App for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad

A great tool to view marine charts on iPad or iPhone. I used it while sailing in Thailand, and it works like a charm. Check it out: iNavX

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17 million RMB yacht sinks immediately after christening

Found on chinaSMACK, no comment: http://www.chinasmack.com/2011/stories/17-million-rmb-luxury-boat-sinks-immediately-after-christening.html

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Mainlanders join the yachting set

From SCMP: Caprice Lam took 90 minutes to close his first luxury-yacht sale – from the time the customer stepped aboard the 62-foot (19-metre) vessel on Hainan Island to the moment the bank wired the 35 per cent deposit. “I … Continue reading

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Shanghai Boat Show 2011

Just a heads-up for the coming weekend, packed with sailing and sailing related events. First of all from today till Sunday April 17, the Shanghai International Boat Show is being held in the exhibition center on 1333 Nanjing Xi Lu … Continue reading

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A flag for Waratah

Now it’s official. Last week I received the registration and flag certificate from the authorities in Germany. Waratah will sail under German flag, and her home port is Hamburg, the place where I was born.

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Congratulations, Jessica!

And YES, she did it! Congratulations to Jessica Watson for this major achievement, and her safe return!

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In the water!

We had a few very busy weeks making everything ready for launch. Lots of electrical equipment and the batteries had to be installed, lots of rework had to be done, stainless steel work, painting of the deck etc. etc. The … Continue reading

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A good week

We made a lot of progress this week. All the hatches and leaking dorade vents are done, the main sliding hatch is watertight now. The rudder gland packing is in, the anodes are on, and the hull has the first … Continue reading

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Fighting the leaks

Around all the hatches the rust in the gaps between the hatch frames and the deck has been converted, and primer applied. Today the fairing can start. The weather is still dry, so we will continue over the weekend. Found … Continue reading

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Getting started

Had a productive day yesterday. First I took all of the old exhaust hose and ductings out. Then refitted my water heater, which was installed and connected the wrong way. Placed all stanchion posts, and prepared everything to commission my … Continue reading

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Durban again

I am in Durban again since Sunday to finish Waratah. Got started by going through the list of works with my local contractor. The list is quite big, with most of it rework. Sloppy paint jobs, wrong welds on the … Continue reading

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Year of the Tiger

I just came back home from a relaxing week, camping out at Dianshan Lake. Away from the fireworks and noise of the city, that marked the coming of the new year of the Tiger. I did a bit of sailing … Continue reading

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Windfinder iPhone app

I posted earlier on this blog about the Windfinder web site, useful for wind and weather reports. As an iPhone user I am happy that there is now also an app for Windfinder. There are two versions, that both can … Continue reading

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How to track ships with an iPhone

Check out this very cool app for iPhone. It’s called gTrax, and it lets you track ships through their AIS-B transmitter (an automatic identification system for ships, similar to what is being used in aviation). Now it covers the important … Continue reading

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