Adding more ambient light in the main salon and master stateroom has been a priority since replacing the halogen lights with CREE LEDs a few months ago. Having had extensive experience at home and work with LED strip lighting, I knew that I could find an elegant solution that would not break the bank. I started the research at my favorite LED site, SuperBrightLEDs, and settled on a simple configuration that I'm very happy with.


Jarrell Cove

The original plan for our fifth day of our South Puget Sound trip was to head back to Eagle Island or Oro Bay, but we decided head to Jarrell Cove for a night and extend our trip. I was very excited to see Jarrell Cove again - one of my favorite places in all of Puget Sound. After the last few days of light wind, we were rewarded with 5-15 knots in the latter half of the day, allowing us to put in 5 or so hours of sailing. The weather continued to be perfect, with light clouds in the morning, and near 80 degree temps during the day with blue skies.

iKommunicate unboxing and install

Back in January 2015, I stumbled across a fantastic open source project called SignalK that promised to help boating nerds like myself gain access to the data from all of the instruments on the boat. In October 2015, Digital Yacht announced a Kickstarter campaign for a product called iKommunicate Gateway, a hardware product with NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 connectivity, a web interface, and leveraging SignalK. Mine just arrived, and having spent so much time using SignalK on my Raspberry Pi, I was very excited to get it unboxed and running and see the differences.

Olympia and Swantown Marina

The third and fourth days of our South Puget Sound trip were spent getting to and enjoying Olympia and Swantown Marina. We left our mooring at Eagle Island mid-morning, and headed along the north end of Anderson Island under motor, passing through tons of crab pots. The weather was beautiful - clear skies and an expected high of 75. Wind was very light, so we motored until the Devils Head area.