Projects

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.
Jan
23
Set up Signal K and Grafana on Raspberry Pi with PICAN-M NMEA 2000 board

Set up Signal K and Grafana on Raspberry Pi with PICAN-M NMEA 2000 board

With the advent of streamlined Raspberry Pi + NMEA 2000 hardware, building a dedicated Signal K server has never been easier. This article walks you through the steps.
30 min read
Jan
15
Fresh water system improvements

Fresh water system improvements

In the last couple of months, I've made some improvements to my fresh water system in a number of areas. It started with the toilet, and progressed into filtering, pumping, and the shower itself.
18 min read
Aug
23
Rendezvous Internet Setup for 2020

Rendezvous Internet Setup for 2020

This is my Peplink and Poynting based internet system for 2020 aboard Rendezvous using LTE and WiFi sources, and marine grade components
22 min read
Aug
14
Engine and power dashboards

Engine and power dashboards

I have discussed my weather dashboard before in Real-time weather from the boat, but I have always wanted more visibility into other areas. I have a couple of new dashboards for engine performance and the electrical system.
9 min read
Aug
09
Isolating AC power

Isolating AC power

You may notice that this article is quite short. After a few comments (scroll down) and a number of email discussions on the side, I decided to remove the content of this article and replace it with this info.
5 min read
Mar
28
Real-time weather from the boat

Real-time weather from the boat

Getting real-time weather data from the boat is now possible using SignalK and some plugins, plus beautiful dashboards in Grafana, with the data stored in Influx
9 min read
Feb
15
Docking and engine room cameras

Docking and engine room cameras

Docking my boat is much easier with a camera looking at the dock, and visible from all driving locations. Finding one proved to be easier than I thought.
16 min read
Jan
20
Wakespeed WS-500 regulator review

Wakespeed WS-500 regulator review

The Wakespeed WS-500 regulator is super programmable, has a ton of features, and can be used for dual engine, LiFePO4 banks, and smaller engines very effectively.
21 min read
Jan
12
Upgrading VHF and AIS antennas

Upgrading VHF and AIS antennas

I have wanted to update my VHF antennas for a while, specifically to get a dedicated AIS antenna for my Class B transponder.
8 min read
Dec
04
What's on your boat server?

What's on your boat server?

Servers are more common on boats today than ever before. Having some sort of system to run SignalK, a dedicated alerting system, or some other service has become just as integral as having a chart plotter or VHF radio.
12 min read