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Troubleshooting a load cell

Alas, the plight of the ignoble load cell: doomed to ride for eternity at the point of a knife, dunked in salt water ever and anon, but expected to work flawlessly. Load cells are a tremendous help when tuning the rig for different conditions. They are especially

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Happiness is a dry bum

For those of you who have raised children, you know how much a wet diaper can irritate a baby’s bottom. Changing the diaper is one of the “baby care triumvirate” when trying to soothe a little one (aside from feeding and nap time). Think of all those

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The cost of environmental responsibility

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Sqeaky electronics get the grease

On most mechanical systems, you can tell when something absolutely needs more grease. It starts to squeak and things don’t work as well. You add grease, and everything gets better (most of the time). Do you need grease on electronics? You bet, especially on marine electronics! Now

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Tweaking AutoCal

Did you ever notice how some boats seem to have strange instrument readings only in certain conditions? Like having boatspeed be off by a half knot only when going between 4 and 6 knots, or the wind readings being off only at certain apparent wind angles? A

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Connecting new computers to your instruments

As many of you may have noticed, most laptops (and even desktops!) don’t come with a DB9 connector for RS-232 serial anymore. That’s a problem, since so many pieces of electronic equipment use RS-232 as means of communicating with a computer. USB has pretty much supplanted RS-232

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Ockam mobile web page

Every been stuck out at the boat trying to figure out what what’s gone wrong with your instrument system? Or looking for the phone number for your local dealer? Or forget what the command was to set the mast height in your instrument system? We have a

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KWRW 2008

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Broken Glass

Every once and a while, I get a Matryx display with a broken lens. It usually happens when someone puts a knee into the glass to brace themselves while pulling on a winch. I’ve even done it. The way I figure, each crew member will only do

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Internet Access from the Rail

This is an early paper by Dan about onboard ethernet. I’ve taken the liberty of including it in his blog. Dick McCurdy Introduction Knowledge and planning have always been key factors in all forms of sailing, from the Polynesian catamarans to Nelson’s victory at the Battle of

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