SAFECAST / セーフキャスト

Dream Weaver carried a Safecast bGeigie Nano, a mobile, GPS enabled, logging, radiation sensor on its voyage across the Pacific. The sensor is designed for mounting on the outside of a car window but can be used on bicycles, trains, planes, and other modes of transportation, including a sailboat! The monitor can be easily assembled … Continue reading SAFECAST / セーフキャスト

Electricity / 電力

Next to fresh water, electricity is the most important thing as it powers all of our instruments- navigation, satellite, radio, lights…. We have three source of electricity: diesel generator , hydro and wind generator and solar.   The diesel is very reliable, but needs fuel to run which we want to save to use the engine.  The … Continue reading Electricity / 電力

Furuno Tracking System/ 古野電気のトラッキングシステム

Furuno has kindly agreed to allow us to use their vessel tracking system.  This system will allow friends and family to track our progress and for our support team onshore to monitor the boat for unusual movements, e.g. stopped, moving backwards, etc., that might indicate there is a problem.  This system is quite advanced so … Continue reading Furuno Tracking System/ 古野電気のトラッキングシステム

Checking The Compass

Before GPS became ubiquitous, swinging a compass (checking it for accuracy and adjusting)  was a yearly ritual for most boat owners.  The compass was the most important navigational tool onboard as even a small error could have a major effect on an Estimated Position calculation. These days, we are not as dependent on compasses, but … Continue reading Checking The Compass

Rigging

We took Dream Weaver to the boat yard at the end of April to have the rigger entirely replace the standing rigging (the wires that hold the mast in place) and the running rigging (the “rope”/line by which the sails are controlled).  While still in relatively good condition, these would eventually need to be replaced … Continue reading Rigging