Projects

I love working on projects – I usually have 10 or so in process at any given time both on the boat, and at home. Many of these projects turn into reviews of various products or technology, which I also enjoy. Almost all of the projects are driven to make our lives on the boat and elsewhere more comfortable or safe, and are cataloged here.

New cabin lights

My existing cabin lights were in need of being replaced.  They were a mixed match of various manufacturers, mostly halogen, and very good at sucking a lot of power.  A couple were older flourescent lights that didn’t work at all.  All of the halogen lights got too hot to touch in about 5 minutes, and while they provided a lot of light, they were mostly reading or spot lights, so the remainder of the cabin was relatively dark. I wanted to use both LED and flourescent lights in my new design for power saving purposes, and I wanted the majority of them to be able to switch from normal cabin lighting mode to night vision mode.  I ended up with three different types of lights based on needs: Adjustable LED light with both white and red color for reading/nav areaLED Reading light for reading areaFlourescent and LED light combo for…

Uniden UM625CBK VHF radio

Most people have a decent VHF radio on their boat – it’s pretty standard equipment for everyone.  My current radio was going bad, and really didn’t have the features I needed for saftey reasons.  I went out to investigate some of the newer features of the radios out there, specifically: DSC – digital selective callingGPS – interfaces with on-board GPS for location information and when distress calls are made/come inExternal mic/handheldsDistress calls I am a “no wires” kind of guy, and one of my initial criteria was that the external mic/handheld must not have a hardwire connection to the base unit.  That limited my choice to basically one major manufacturer – Uniden. I ended up reviewing solutions from Icom, Standard Horizon, and a few others, but kept coming back to the Uniden.  I ended up purchasing the Uniden UM625CBK with a WHAM x4 remote. Installation was straightforward and easy –…