Today’s Links – July 23, 2014

  • Simrad RS35 VHF & HS35 wireless handset, testing pretty well
    Written for Panbo by Ben Ellison

    Simrad_RS35_testing_GPS_source_cPanb_o.jpgIt’s taken a while but I am becoming quite fond of the Simrad RS35 VHF radio and HS35 wireless handset accessory. Panbo first covered the RS35′s nice combination of full Class D VHF DSC capabilities, NMEA 2000 interface and built-in AIS receiver in late 2012. But when I received a test unit last summer, it was quickly apparent that the radio had trouble interfacing with many N2K GPS sources (as you can read about in the comments to that 2012 entry). I was slow to return the radio for the software fix but now it’s installed at Gizmo’s lower helm and has no problem with the three GPS sources shown above and a lot more I threw at it. I’ve also seen it output AIS info over NMEA 2000 to every MFD currently on Gizmo (though there is a glitch if you also have a transponder, explained below). And while some intertesting radios have come to market in the last year, the RS35 at about $300 to $350 seems the VHF/AIS/N2K value leader (except for its sibling Lowrance Link-8 if you don’t care about the wireless handset option)…

Today’s Links – July 22, 2014

  • High Praise for Dataw Island Marina, AICW Statute Mile 521.5
    Just a short distance south off the Waterway via Parrot Creek, then Morgan River, Dataw Island Marina lies west of marker #6, along the southern banks. Dataw Island Marina is a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR! and this review mirrors the many words of praise we receive regularly. Dataw Marina is a wonderful full service […]
  • Dredging at Lockwoods Folly Inlet, AICW Statute Mile 321
    Holden Beach is just west of Lockwoods Folly Inlet. The dredging that Skipper Richard reports appears to be in the inlet itself and NOT the perennially shoaling intersection with the Waterway. Let’s hope the dredging will continue into the intersection. Was at Holden Beach 7/12/14-7/19/14 and saw the inlet dredged. Richard Click Here To Open […]
  • Clothing To Be Seen In
    Bright clothing = less chance of being hit while having fun!

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Today’s Links – July 20, 2014

  • WakeBoarding Tour, August 2-3, at Bucksport Marina, AICW Statute Mile 377
    Bucksport Plantation Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, will be hosting the All American Summer Wakeboarding Tour. the event should NOT cause any closures of the Waterway, but  PLEASE, NO WAKE! in the immediate vicinity of Bucksport Marina on the beautiful Waccamaw River. Bucksport Plantation Marina & RV Resort in conjunction with presents […]
  • Fort Pierce City Marina Happenings, AICW Statute Mile 966.5, July 19, 2014
    The entrance channel leading to Fort Pierce City Marina, a SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, runs to the west, just south of the Fort Pierce high-rise bridge, and well north of unlighted daybeacon #188. Anne Maurer Fort Pierce City Marina 772-464-1245 Click Here To View the Cruisers’ Net’s Eastern Florida Marina Directory Listing For […]

Today’s Links – July 19, 2014

  • Beaufort Water Festival Begins Today! Beaufort, SC, AICW Statute Mile 537
    Posted on Beaufort Gazette.Com, this article by Erin Moody outlines the activities in the 10-day festival that begins today, July 18, at 6PM. Cruisers can visit the festival by docking at the Downtown Marina, A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR!, or anchoring in Beaufort’s new mooring field just west of the Downtown Marina. After a […]
  • More on Calabash Creek Anchorage, AICW Statute Mile 342
    Calabash Creek lies to the north of the Waterway, just south of the SC/NC state line. This anchorage can get very crowded during the busy season, but if you can find a spot, there are two fine seafood restaurants accessible just upstream by dinghy. For an opinion on the anchorage and an interesting Passage Maker […]
  • Which Senior Pass for the Okeechobee Waterway?
    Readers have mentioned the use of a “senior pass” when docking in the Okeechobee Waterway: Skipper Will asks for clarification as to which senior passes are accepted in the Waterway. My guess would be the National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass (62 and older, $10/life.) If you have a better or different […]
  • Galley Design Issues on a Catamaran
    There are lots of options for the galley when you buy a catamaran — this guest post by Estelle Cockcroft of Catamaran Guru tells what she likes and why.

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