Friday, April 2, 2010

The Internet: The New Marine VHF

A major storm is bearing down on the Pacific Northwest right now. We are sitting here, in the marina, listening to the building wind in the rigging, and the rain pounding on the deck.

And via the internet, we have heard from two other boats who are doing the same thing - one at anchor (s/v Estrellita) and one at a tiny guest dock on Blake Island (s/v Ghost).

It's an interesting electronically-mediated camaraderie.


Mike said...

Hope everyone says safe!

SV Estrellita 5.10b said...

That was our first time at anchor (well, at a mooring this time) with the Wirie and it was so weird. We've had brief connections before with just the airport card in our Mac but never high-quality connection. We were *streaming* video for goodness sake!

I didn't like it at first because being at anchor with TV isn't what I like about sailing, but then I thought of being out *permanently*, especially this winter, and I started having warm and fuzzy feelings about having better connection at anchor.

- Livia

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