Managing the Waterway

>>> Managing the Waterway


Mark and Diana Doyle of Managing the Waterway, are authors of several popular cruising guides and electronic charting books. All of the stuff of theirs that I have seen looks very nice.

Currently (expires Oct. 15, 2010) they have a buy-one, get-one free sale on their Managing the Waterway: Hampton Roads, VA to Biscayne Bay, FL (ICW) and Managing the Waterway: Biscayne Bay, FL to Dry Tortugas, FL (Florida Keys) bundle. Buy one and you get the other book free.

Jenny’s Journey

>>> Jenny’s Journey


Neat looking book about a great sounding cruise.

This is the author’s chronicle of exiting his familiar life, forsaking land and becoming a traveler on the sea. He shared your dreams, anxieties and questions. He had no ocean-going or large boat experience when he decided to make this change in his life. His adventure is testimony to the real possibility of living ‘The Dream’ and what you can expect along the way. It includes hundreds of stories about the challenges, magical moments in nature and wonderful people he embraced. It is also a cruising guide and unbiased account of his landfalls in the Pacific Northwest, California, west coast of Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Turks and Caicos and Bahamas. It includes a web site address that has Jenny’s routes and tracks in downloadable form that you can import into several electronic chart plotters. They show exactly where Jenny went and anchored and can relieve you of some of the tedious charting work and worry.

sugru | Hack Things Better

>>> sugru | Hack Things Better

I don’t know if you have been following any of the "hacking" or "Make" movements that have been picking up on the Internet of late, but the move of people more toward repairing and away from tossing and buying has been growing.

Boaters tend to be self-sufficient types, and usually have something that needs repaired.

This stuff is a silicone based "plastic" that you can mold at room temperature and then it hardens. The developer states that:

Yes sugru has very good UV resistance and we use UV resistant pigments as well; sugru has been used outdoors and even in and out of the sea for more than 2 years without any degradation signs except wear and tear.

so it should be good on a boat. Check out the site and their gallery for some ideas.