The Official Magazine of the Bluewater Cruising Association

Vancouver Fleet Report: May 2018

Cameron and Marianne McLean, Vancouver Fleet Coordinators

Seabird 37
June 14th, 2018

The May meeting of the Vancouver Fleet was held on May 29 at the Scottish Cultural Centre.

Show and Tell included a GPS dongle that would work with OpenCPN. After a considerable amount of difficulty Cameron managed to get the BU 353 S4 to work with Windows 10. Janet McKeown showed us the surgical glue that can replace stitches. Also shown was a hookah from SeaBreathe that provides air on a dive down to 25 feet.

Norm Cooper spoke to us on passage planning and communications at sea. He showed us essential planning books and routing software. One can replace a bundle of pilot charts with pilot charting software. He explained how to use it on an actual cruise.

He suggested using web based email and described the different methods of communication – SSB, Iridium Sat phone, Iridium Go, inReach SE, with an emphasis on SailMail. This included downloading Grib files and how to use them in Nav Software.

The next meeting of the Fleet is the Fleet and Watchkeepers’s barbecue at Spruce Harbour Marina on June 26. All BCA Watchkeepers and members of all Fleets are invited. Details will be sent out to the chapters closer to the date.


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