Photo Competition

We’re starting to see some terrific photos on Skipr boat pages. So we thought we’d encourage even more of you to put your best foot forward by having a small competition.

At the end of this month (31 May 2012), we’ll have a look at the photos of all boats on the Currently Cruising page. The best picture wins a prize ( a copy of Marilyn Graham’s “Coastal Cruising Companion“) and will be featured on our front page during June.

The rules are simple:

  • The picture has to be uploaded to your page by 2000 hrs GMT on 31 May 2012.
  • The picture needs to include your boat or part thereof ( not another boat of the same model)

And as they say, the decision of the jury is final!

Email at Sea

Thunderbird emailIn recent years, it has become pretty easy to enjoy full fledged Internet access on boats. Much of the coastline is covered by mobile broadband and most of us have learnt to take advantage of that in coastal waters. Dedicated wireless broadband “dongles” are economical to use or we can take advantage of the data-plans which are included with modern smart phones.

Further offshore or on a cruise to the islands, the options narrow. While various companies offer dedicated internet access via Satellite Transceivers, their cost is a barrier to most of us, particularly for casual cruisers.

Thankfully, there have long been economical options for email at sea. Here, we’ll look at a two such solutions, using HF radio and Satellite telephones. And with the introduction of Skipr Plus, it is now possible to  report a position on the Skipr system with just email access. Continue reading “Email at Sea”