Category Archives: Sailing

Wind 5, Anchor 0

20130712-152559.jpgCan you see the entrance to the bay? We couldn’t either.

A little wind

After a very nice night at the marina in Friday Harbor, we planned on staying in the area so that we could get a little work done on Shannon.

The local marine service center was going to take a couple days to get a part we needed, but we didn’t want to hang out in the marina waiting on a part.

Being the intrepid cruisers that we are, we decided to find a spot outside the marina to drop anchor and happily wait for our part to come.

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How Low Can You Go?

Depth gage showing 0

Well, we’re not aground yet.

Forgive me while I geek out a little here.

You see, at heart I’m kind of a gadget guy. I love technology and all the wonderful things it provides.

Take for instance the SONAR (SOund Navigation And Ranging) technology that almost every boat uses to determine how deep the water is beneath it.

Used by many marine mammals and developed for use with vessels in the early 20th century, SONAR sends sound waves through the water and times how long it takes to get echos back from other objects in the water. The longer the time, the more distant the object.

The downside of technology is that because it generally makes our lives easier, it is easy to become dependent upon it. Continue reading