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Best solution for navigating at sea?

I am looking for the best way to electronically navigate at sea in a recreational ~30 ft sailboat with GPS. I've considered a few options but I have no expertise at all: 1. App for iPhone (con: too small screen, difficult to find good app) 2. USB-GPS and laptop (con: have to bring laptop on boat, battery life is short, no 3G/Wifi on boat) 3. Dedicated unit, like a Garmin eTrex (con: expensive, seems outdated) 4. iPad (con: need to get the expensive cellular model for GPS) 5. ??? Any suggestions? The best iOS app would also be appreciated! Thank you!
posted by nagoya on Dec 19, 2016 - 8 answers

Navigating by the Sun

I was messing about while building a floor on my boat and got distracted by a sunbeam (because I am very easily distracted) and started wondering how much information could be determined by this pattern of sunlight. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Sep 12, 2016 - 10 answers

How best to sell a boat?

My family is trying to sell a $10,000 boat online and would like to know the safest way to do so. [more inside]
posted by pombe on Jul 5, 2016 - 9 answers

Experiences Living or Working on a Cargo Ship/ Freighter

Need recommendations on experiences working or living on a cargo ship/ freighter (within the last century). Fiction or essay or article or non-fiction acceptable. Research for a book.
posted by moiraine on Jul 5, 2016 - 27 answers

Preventing a kid and his grandfather alone on a boat, without insult

My 75 year old dad is not as sharp as he used to be (recent example inside). However, he still has a motor boat that he takes out on the water (Long Island Sound) when he's up north for the summer. The problem: he continues to want to take my seven year old son out on the boat with him -- just the two of them. How can I make sure that I or my husband always accompany my son on the boat, without insulting dad's competence? [more inside]
posted by misoramen on Jun 24, 2016 - 29 answers

A Boat has no Name

I bought a new-to-me Bayliner 175 identical to the one featured in this old promo pic. It's my first boat and I'm thrilled. But what's its name? [more inside]
posted by carmicha on May 27, 2016 - 33 answers

Tell me everything you know about boat loans.

Partner is studying for charter boat captain's license. You gotta log 1,000 hours and you gotta have a good boat. Looking to spend 5k -15K on a USED dive/fishing power boat. I don't know the first thing about boat loans but would prefer to work with a place that specializes in this sort of customer. Willing to join whatever credit unions, organizations, associations to make this work. Looking for advice, mistakes not to make and rules of the road (or sea). Thanks.
posted by caveatz on Apr 1, 2016 - 7 answers

Tiny Boats

I want a tiny boat that fits 2 people, that easily would fit in or on my sedan. Super easy transport, cheap, NOT inflatable*, not motorized, not needing a trailer, the whole deal for under $600 or so (roof rack, etc.). [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Mar 29, 2016 - 17 answers

Cruise or sightseeing in Fort Lauderdale area or key west

My husband and I will fly down to Florida for 1 week. I am looking for some activities in south Florida that you went to and you loved. We don't have kids :) Thanks
posted by barexamfreak on Mar 2, 2016 - 12 answers

Images of steering wheels

I'm working on a presentation, and am trying to find a specific kind of imagery, involving a ship's wheel. I'm thinking of a scene in which one person is trying to change a ship's direction, and is straining against the wheel to desperately try to turn the ship. Steering wheels might also be okay. I'm hoping for a clear, single image that presents the person as struggling against turning the wheel. Think: 'Oh my god! We're about to crash into the iceberg/road/etc! Pull up! Turn left, turn left! etc." Thanks AskMe!
posted by suedehead on Aug 25, 2015 - 14 answers

Any information on Snake River Jet Boat Tours?

I'm planning a very special getaway and would like to go up the Snake River on one of the jet boat tours that are available out of Lewiston, ID. However, there are multiple vendors out there and I'm at a loss as to which tour would be the best. I'm looking for your experiences and suggestions. Hotels, restaurants, and golf course recommendations would also be appreciated.
posted by OkTwigs on Apr 12, 2015 - 2 answers

NYC boat rental recommendations for private birthday party?

My partner is turning 40, and since our plans for a European vacation aren't panning out we're hoping to spend a similar chunk of change on a boat rental for a booze cruise, sailing around New York harbor for several hours. I'm looking for tips and recommendations. [more inside]
posted by whir on Mar 20, 2015 - 3 answers

help! looking for boat ride from America to west central Africa

Hello guys I am looking for any information on freightliner cruises or any other boats that I can take from anywhere on the east coast of the usa to west central Africa. Also, if anyone has any general info on traveling on freightliners than that would be greatly appreciated as well!
posted by MD_yeahright on Mar 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Non-Khaki-Scouts Seek Aquatic Outdoor Adventure

This summer, my nine year-old son and I want to journey down a local creek on some form of inflatable vessel. Help us have a watery adventure! Difficulty level: we are nerds, NOT grizzled outdoorspersons. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Feb 26, 2015 - 13 answers

What are some fun, short-term purchases that don't depreciate?

I'm lucky enough to have some spare capital and some time. What are some purchases that I can buy and safely sell without too much risk? [more inside]
posted by molloy on Sep 6, 2014 - 9 answers

Help me with motion sickness!

I always get motion sickness on boats, and if the weather is bad enough, on airplanes. I love to travel, so this is a real bummer. I've tried both Dramamene and the behind-the-ear patches, and neither really helps. What can I do to really deal with the motion sickness without being a sleep-addled zombie? [more inside]
posted by gchucky on Aug 16, 2014 - 19 answers

It's the small-space fitness challenge!

I need to develop a balanced daily workout for the next six months, specifically designed for limited and somewhat unusual spaces. Assume I have no access to traditional weights or fitness machines of any kind and that level ground and traditional cardio options will be at a premium. What 10 exercises can I do to approximate a whole-body workout? [more inside]
posted by AnOrigamiLife on May 13, 2014 - 13 answers

Looking for some food/water storage containers (Cheaper than a Nalgene)

I'm looking for containers to store food in the bilge (under the floor) part of my boat. Something like a Nalgene. But they are too expensive. [more inside]
posted by sully75 on May 6, 2014 - 23 answers

Name that children's picture book - a tailor traveled the world.

After reading a recommendation here for the utterly delightful Ms. Rumphius, I started thinking about kids books about travel that I used to enjoy. When I was a kid I loved a picture book about a kingdom where everyone had to wear black all the time because the prince or princess had died and the kingdom was in mourning, and an apprentice tailor traveled the world by boat and learned about clothing in different cultures and eventually came home and made beautiful colorful clothing for everyone in the kingdom and the sadness over the kingdom was lifted. I have searched and searched and can't remember anything more about it. Can anyone remember? It was a lovely book and I would like to share it with my daughter.
posted by n'muakolo on Mar 30, 2014 - 0 answers

Help me name my new boat.

Continuing the long tradition of getting AskMe to help name things, I have a boat that needs naming. [more inside]
posted by tylerkaraszewski on Jan 13, 2014 - 62 answers

Help me build a gangplank.

I need to get on and off my boat easily. More to the point my pregnant wife needs to be able to. (Because we both live in the boat). I have recently built a new wooden gangplank which is not too bad. (but heavy) But for reasons I will go into below I think I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Dec 18, 2013 - 13 answers

Where do ships get medicine for ships medicine chest?

I plan to sail around the world with several people and regulations state that I have to have a stocked medicine chest on the boat. I have a book by the world health organization called "International medical guide for ships" that has a list off the different medications I need to have and when to use them and the dose ect. but it does not say where to get these medications, many of which are normally prescription in the US. What do most small ships do?
posted by john123357 on Nov 8, 2013 - 21 answers

Model of Boat Needed

I'm looking to buy my friend a gift for his boat but don't know the model number. Here is a picture of the boat. It's a Super Natique and I think it's year is late 2000's. [more inside]
posted by shew on Oct 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Looking for a YA novel about boats

I'm looking for a YA novel that was: - published before 1989 - omniscient third-person narrator - is set sometime between the 17th and 19th centuries - is set on a large ship (a schooner, I believe) I read a book matching this description as required reading in my eighth grade English class. Can you help me figure out what it was?
posted by pxe2000 on Aug 15, 2013 - 5 answers

lightning blew up my power

There was a huge lightning storm this morning, in the middle of it my power went out. All the breakers on my boat are on, all e breakers on the power bollard are on. The odd thing is that the bollard has power to the meters and register 5v on the ac setting of my multimeter across live and earth. Also the RCD buttons trip out the breakers. This suggests that it has power. But nothings coming out. Any ideas for a) How come it has some power but no output b) Is there anything I can do. My electrical skills = I own a nice multimeter My fear of zappy death = relatively high [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Jul 22, 2013 - 11 answers

Row, row, row your...kayak

I was a (sort of) competitive rower in a former life. I now enjoy kayaking and other outdoorsy water excursions. I want a boat that combines the best of these. Is this a possible thing? [more inside]
posted by DeadliestQuack on Jul 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Trying to find name of independent film about solo boat trip in Canada

Somewhere between 1997 and 2001 in Seattle, I saw a 1 or 2 hour independent film on TV at a friend's place. The subject was a man who wanted to row a small boat across a series of lakes and rivers somewhere in northern Canada. He traveled alone and filmed himself. I don't remember enough nor know enough about Canadian geography to say much more about the location. [more inside]
posted by kiblinger on Jul 4, 2013 - 2 answers

That last 1/8"

How do you drill a 3/8" hole into a 1/2" hole having the same center without a drill press? [more inside]
posted by gauche on Apr 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Buying-a-Boat Filter:

A friend and I are looking into buying a boat and living on it whilst sailing around Europe next year, I understand that there are going to be a lot of challenges, but the first one: is it financially viable. [more inside]
posted by Ned G on Mar 25, 2013 - 16 answers

Mystery boat filter.

Can you identify my mystery sailboat and sail? [more inside]
posted by slateyness on Aug 26, 2012 - 11 answers

What do I need to know to be a proper support kayak to a long distance swimmer?

What do I need to know to be a proper support boat to a long distance swimmer? [more inside]
posted by garlic on Jul 6, 2012 - 5 answers

Canoe! Canoe! Canoe! It's just fun to say.

Let's say that I'm looking to buy a serviceable used canoe on the cheap. How should I go about it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Apr 6, 2012 - 15 answers

Pet-friendly Boat Tour in/around NYC?

Travelling to NYC area this summer with 3 people and small, well-behaved dog. Looking for boat tours that are pet-friendly. Hopefully something that goes around Manhattan, but any waterway in the area would be nice. Any ideas?
posted by cows of industry on Apr 3, 2012 - 4 answers

How to build a plywood velomobile...

How would you build a plywood kayak without fiberglass? [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Mar 15, 2012 - 10 answers

Not a nautical themed pashmina afghan, please.

I'm looking for a gift for someone who just bought an ancient 35-foot yacht that she intends to spend the next couple of years renovating, and then live in. I want it to be kind of a house-warming gift, but, y'know, for a boat. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Dec 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Several model boats in the Brussels city museum have a rounded triangular structure attached to the side, as seen here and here, mouseover for highlighting. What is it called, and what is it for?

Several model boats in the Brussels city museum have a rounded triangular structure attached to the side, as seen here and here, mouseover for highlighting. What is it called, and what is it for?
posted by TheophileEscargot on Dec 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Girl in a boat in NYC. And then, um, something.

Would love some help tracking down a novel that intrigued me, but unfortunately I have only the tiniest bit of info to go on... I know there's a girl in a boat on the river in New York City, and that it's set in the past. [more inside]
posted by Mchelly on Aug 12, 2011 - 9 answers

Connecticut boat rental for bachelor party?

For a bachelor party in Connecticut, I would like to rent a motorboat big enough for 6 people, for a half-day, ideally near Foxwoods casino, ideally with a bbq grill, two weeks from now. Recommendations please?
posted by sninctown on Jul 24, 2011 - 1 answer

Suggest to me a place to rent a boat in the Minneapolis area

I live in Minneapolis and would like to rent a boat to take out on a lake for a day in July. Does MeFi have a preferred boat rental establishment in the Twin Cities area? [more inside]
posted by godisdad on Jun 20, 2011 - 2 answers

Float us across the ocean!

What's the best way to boat across the Pacific? What type of boat would be both effective and relatively easy to build? Human- or wind-power preferred, DIY and reuse encouraged. [more inside]
posted by sibilatorix on Jun 16, 2011 - 12 answers

Bunk boards or rollers?

Boat trailer advice needed! [more inside]
posted by fimbulvetr on Jun 6, 2011 - 6 answers

Young man river keeps dreaming along

I'm interested in doing a long trip in a small boat through the north american river system. How would I go about learning what laws and regulations apply and what rivers are navigable? I'm not sure where to even start my research. What I have in mind is something like a long cross-country bicycle trip, except on the water in a small boat such as a canoe or similar, doing the journey 18th century style.
posted by LastOfHisKind on Jun 4, 2011 - 13 answers

Don't boats like stop at Islands or something?

Does anyone have any recommendations on one-way ferry travel in early June from Naples to Spain, ideally Valencia? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges on May 5, 2011 - 1 answer

"If It Waited for a Full Term, It Would Tear Its Mother in Half"?

When I read Cory Doctorow's "I, Row-Boat", a character (Olivaw) says that human beings "have to be born half-gestated because its head would be so big if it waited for a full term, it would tear its mother in half." I had not heard of this viewpoint before, and am wondering where Doctorow heard of this idea. I tried sending him an e-mail, but received no response.
posted by WCityMike on May 1, 2011 - 10 answers

I want to sail around Australia. Help me!

I'd like to circumnavigate Australia in a sail boat one day. What's the best way to learn about sailing to prepare me for the trip? what do I need to know to survive? and more... [more inside]
posted by Bacillus on Apr 26, 2011 - 13 answers

Fishing in Puget Sound

When is really the best time to fish for salmon in the Puget Sound / Georgia Straight area? Is it exclusively a late fall/early winter sport? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Oct 22, 2010 - 6 answers

Building Boats in Civ V

Question about Civilization V; If one of my cities can build work boats and triremes, how come my other cities (that are near water) can not build/purchase them? They don't even show up in the build/buy list. [more inside]
posted by banshee on Sep 29, 2010 - 9 answers

Maine (near Augusta) camping on a lake/island?

Maine (near Augusta) camping on a lake/island? [more inside]
posted by Carialle on Sep 2, 2010 - 3 answers

Help me find an Bill Buckley ad for National Review where he is on a sailboat

I'm looking for a TV advertisement William F. Buckley, Jr. did in the late 80s or early 90s for his magazine, National Review, while sailing his boat. [more inside]
posted by jeffmshaw on Aug 27, 2010 - 4 answers

Where Can I Buzz Fiberglass Off My Boat?

Where is a good place in the San Francisco Bay Area to work on a fiberglass boat? [more inside]
posted by gum on Aug 24, 2010 - 6 answers

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