Author: Bill Morris

Portable solar power

Long jaunts ashore drain personal electronics of battery power, potentially leaving us without the use of a cellphone, portable GPS, hand-held VHF radio and other personal electronics.

Hand-held chartplotting GPS

The navigation station in today’s offshore sailing vessel is bound to be equipped with a chartplotter linked to GPS, AIS, a radar, a depth sounder and other inputs.

Cruiser ham radio options

Ham radio continues to be the choice of many offshore voyagers who prefer the independence and adaptability offered by this traditional mode of communication.

Installing a boat security system

Installing a security system on your floating palace can involve something as simple as placing a couple of sensors for the main and forward hatches, or it can expand to a CPU-controlled network of a dozen or more touch screens and over a hundred wireless sensors distributed throughout your vessel.

Security systems for cruising vessels

Ensuring the security of a cruising boat in your home marina usually involves nothing more than clamping a padlock on the companionway, checking the dock lines and leaving the rest to marina security.

Ham radio installation for voyagers

Many sailors transitioning into offshore cruising still opt for the versatility of ham radio to communicate with other vessels and to take advantage of SailMail or Winlink with a Pactor modem.

Cruising with ham radio

Serious cruisers have depended on amateur ham single sideband radio (SSB) since the early 1960s.

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

The days of cutting holes in bulkheads and running stereo speaker wires behind and around a maze of built-in furniture and appliances throughout the cabin are gradually coming to an end — at least at the humbler end of the cruiser spectrum.

Collision avoidance close at hand

If you have been waiting to find a hand-held automatic identification system (AIS) device rather than a remote hand-held VHF-AIS unit operating from a base station, the answer to your plea has emerged in a different form: AIS apps downloadable to your smartphone.

Battery charge monitoring

Battery charge is one critically important function that appears to have been left out of the race to integrate monitoring on today’s pleasure craft.

Broadband satellite communication

Worldwide access to full-service broadband phone and Internet communications is gradually coming down in price as it grows in dependability and popularity.

Staying on course with Wi-Fi

Enjoying fingertip wireless access to the Internet while sailing in coastal waters has become a way of life for many sailors.

Hand-held satellite communications

Satellite technology in telephone communications has evolved into an option that is virtually de rigueur on the contemporary cruising yacht.

Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

Maintaining access to an AIS receiver while moving about on a large yacht has become a lot easier with the latest wave of wireless remote AIS receivers.

Practical, affordable radar

Common sense tells us we need to be peripherally aware of what is occurring on the water around us, whether we are hugging the shore or undertaking a major offshore passage.

AIS versus radar

The current overlap of radar and automatic identification system (AIS) technology leaves sailors on small oceangoing craft in a quandary: Which is the more sensible system in terms of initial cash outlay, amperage use and overall service in ensuring safety and security?

Wind vanes refined

If you think wind vane self-steering rigs are on their way out, think again.

Voyager’s toolbox

The launch date for your first bluewater passage is less than a month away, and still you find troublesome holes in your inventory of tools and replacement parts. Is it necessary to carry one or two brand-new spare raw water pumps, or just extra shaft seals to rebuild the unit while underway?