Thursday, November 18, 2010

November 18, Longboat Key Marina

New Chartplotter in POD on right

Note Chart on Left Plotter and Marina Aerial Picture on right Chartplotter

M/V Island Hopper returned to her home port on Saturday November 13. The Captain and crew (That would be the First Maid, I mean First Mate) have been busy all week readying her for her next voyage. The plan is to head south to Boca Grande Marina to see our friends, John and Pam Payne who have a home there.
The Captain has been busy improving the vessel's navigational system by installing a second Raymarine E120 Chartplotter. The current system was installed when the vessel was new in 2006.  Wanted to add the second system and discovereing that a new chartplotter was not available, the Captain was resourceful and found one on Craig's List in Charleston, SC. After negotiations the chartplotter safely arrived in Cincinnati. After checking it out, updated software was installed. A new POD to hold the chartplotter was purchased and all of the equipment was transported to FL with the crew.
The Captain also wanted to upgrade the system with a Sirius Satellite Weather module. With this service updated weather info is delivered to the vessel in real time, this includes radar, storm tracks, wind and wave height. This info is especially useful when the vessel is off shore out of range of WiFi or in the Bahamas and Canada which are planned destinations.
Now, the second chartplotter is a backup unit as well as providing radar, weather, aerial pictures of marinas, and Sirius weather while the main chartplotter is dedicated to the chart while underway.

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