Sailing in Croatia – Week 1

Let’s think back, how many things did we do until today? How many places did we visit? How many persons did we meet?
Again amazing! I will not go over every single one, but just the most important events.

We celebrated at “La Cambusa di Bacco” in Marina di Ravenna (I definitely recommend it – www.lacambusadibacco.it) the night before our departure. Usually boats leave for the passage to Croatia in the evening or at night, but we planned to leave in the early morning instead and so we did. We crossed the Adriatic Sea for 80 miles with light winds and we arrived in Losinj around 8PM. We were not sure about the opening time of the Harbour Master and the Customs.

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E-Mail at sea with SSB, Pactor and your Mac

Even in the era of high-speed internet and satellite phones, a Single Side Band (SSB) radio with a Pactor modem is still one of the most affordable ways to exchange emails while at sea. If you have an HAM radio license and can therefore use the WinLink network, after the initial investment for the equipment the running costs are really close to zero.

On the flip side, you have to acquire some familiarity with the world of radios and its jargon. Plus, if you use a Mac as your on-board computer, you will have to face the fact that most of the softwares (like AirMail or RMS Express) are Windows based. Luckily enough there is way to make everything work on a Mac without too much hacking. Here is Kismet Adventures’ step-by-step guide to  do e-mails at sea with your Mac, a Pactor modem and an SSB radio.

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Kismet sails to Venice

Friday April 18, 2014. It’s 4:45 PM and as I am writing this I am sitting at Kismet’s charting table, the boat heeled by 15 degrees. We are motor-sailing back to Marina di Ravenna. The Adriatic sea is flat and there is a light breeze. Kismet makes the best out of both and turns every small gust into a little more speed toward our destination, Marinara, also known as Touristic Harbour of Marina di Ravenna.

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The joys of GMDSS

It has been some time since the last update. You may wonder what we are up to these days. Beside waiting for the long German winter to turn into a blossoming spring (hopefully any time soon!), we are busy working and studying for the GMDSS Long Range Certificate (see this post). With the day of the exam in Rome, set to April 8th, quickly approaching, we are studying all the regulations and practicing with the online simulators at egmdss.com.

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Sailing movies: How we do it – Part 1

From time to time I get questions about how we make our YouTube sailing movies, like which camera and software we use, which editing workflow we go through, and so on. I thought to share it all here, with one disclaimer. We do not pretend to be professional film makers and we definitely still have a lot to learn and improve, so take the following just for what it is, a summary of our own experience up this point and some mistakes we have learned to avoid along the way.

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Knee Deep

Wrote a note said be back in a minute.
Bought a boat and sailed off in it.

 Knee Deep – Zac Brown Band feat. Jimmy Buffett