To see as much of the world as we can,
Using the smallest carbon footprint we can,
Spending the least amount of money we can,
Making as many friends we can.

Team Red Cruising

  • "Recommissioning"

    What's required to get Red Ranger ready?

    Cleaning. After over a year of sitting empty, Red Ranger is very dirty. So far, the galley is clean enough to cook in. The cockpit is now clean enough that we can start to look at the heads and berths.

    Water. The port …


  • Software Science Project

    Sailboat mysteries are bad. Knowing how everything works is sort of the point. And knowing how everything works may also be life-or-death.

    The electronics on Red Ranger can be split into two groups:

    • Portable. This includes phones, iPad, computers, watches. A hand-held VHF radio.

    • Fixed. This includes the two chart …


  • Yoga Teachers and Software Upgrades

    We took CA's Yoga Teachers cohort sailing on Saturday. Winds 10-ish (and dropping) from about 090°. Sunny and 25°C air temp, so it was — perhaps — one of the most perfect possible days for sailing. Can I say perfect without invoking Poseidon's wrath? It was essentially perfect.

    There was two …


  • Engine Maintenance

    There's a love-and-care gap exposed by visiting the Red Ranger only on weekends. This leads to weirdness.

    Once upon a time, we covered so many miles in one year (something like 2,000) that oil changes happened pretty often. It's about 200 hours, which (at 6 knots) is about 1 …


  • That Leaky Hatch & Chartplotter Issues

    CA with hatch lens
    CA with the hatch lens

    First, and most important, the main saloon hatch leaked. But, there's also this issue of preserving data from the old chart plotter. You know how some projects just spin out of control? Those are the projects that tend to dredge up historical artifacts.

    Here's the …


  • GPSNavX and Yosemite

    Upgraded the laptop to Mac OS 10.10, Yosemite.

    This leads to many software upgrades.

    It leads to GPSNavX not working at all.

    Sigh. The Involuntary Upgrade. Unpleasant, but necessary.

    I went to the App Store and plunked down my $59.99 for the latest and greatest version.

    I open …


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