Some interesting Titanic facts:
  • Titanic carried 900 tons of baggage and freight
  • Used 14,000 gallons of drinking water every 24 hours
  • 825 tons of Coal consumed per day
  • Two dogs were among the Titanic survivors
  • Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the Titanic tragedy, died in Massachusetts on May 6, 2006, at age 99.

Or about the Queen Mary model ship – I went and saw her in L.A. Harbor;

WW II Service was manditory for all passenger ships able to cross the oceans. On 2 October 1942, Queen Mary accidentally sank one of her escorts, slicing through the light cruiser HMS Curacoa (D41), a 450 foot light cruieser, with the loss of 338 lives. Due to the constant danger of being attacked by U-Boats, the Queen Mary could not stop, or even slow down, to rescue survivors.

Or the rugged Earnslaw Vintage Passenger Steamship model ship, in New Zealand;

After near 100 year of service she is still doing several 90 minute runs a day.

One of my favorite sailing vessels is the majestic Bluenose II;

Like a ghost ship, in 1963 Bluenose returned. A replica schooner endorsed by Angus Walters and William Roué, Bluenose II was built in Lunenburg by Smith & Rhuland in yet another marketing venture. This time it was financed by Oland Brewery, built specifically to advertise their productswhile at the same time promoting Nova Scotia’s maritime heritage, tourist appeal and business potential. In 1971 the schooner was gifted to the Government of Nova Scotia. In the years since then its role as floating ambassador for the province has been consistent. Looking back, not much has really changed in the eighty-plus years since Bluenose was launched in 1921. Both vessels have always represented a fixed time, place and way of lifespecifically, the great Age of Sail in Nova Scotia and the traditional seafaring existence of a maritime people.

I wrote the text for all of them. If you are intersted in Sailing and Power Vessels like I am, have a look!


Ocens WeatherNet Service, GRIB Explorer Software and MetMapper Software

Grib explorerHeading offshore with sail or power? Do coastal cruising year ‘round? Fish in stormy Alaska or the hurricane wracked Gulf? 

Ocens carries some truly spectacular weather software and services. What was once information available exclusively to International shipping firms, around the world sailboat record setters and large scale commercial fishing is now available to the average person in an easy to use format.

You will need some way to communicate, be it Satellite phone, Cell phone, SSB (Single Side Band), WiFi or landline. Ocens WeatherNet service allows you access to a colossal amount of weather, sea and environmental information. Ocens GRIB Explorer software provides you to access to WeatherNet’s GRIB information. Ocens MetMapper software combines all WeatherNet data into a viewable GRIB style display.

For a reasonable annual fee and a prepaid services amount ($75-1000), you get to access to WeatherNet, designed to optimize the download of weather and ocean data products via wireless connections. The service offers highly compressed text, images, charts, buoy data, radar, GRIB files, and many more formats. With over 20,000 continuously updated weather products, WeatherNet is the largest most comprehensive source of weather data in the world.

Where to start? Ocens products at Go2marine!

Trailerable boat covers often come with a tighter fit and straps to keep the cover snug while trailering. However, if you are just looking for a cover to your boat dry and aren’t planning on trailering it any time soon, Taylor Made Products makes a line of economy covers that may fit with your budget.

Westland, TaylorMade Products, and ShoreMaster all make trailerable boat covers.  These covers are either custom made to your boat’s make and model or come in a less-snug, semi-custom boat cover version that is less expensive.

Westland’s custom boat covers come with 1/4″ draw rope in the hem for a snug fit as well as 12 straps with buckles for securing the cover.  Taylor Made Products custom boat covers are secured with tie down straps made from 1″ wide heavy duty webbing, plus a nylon rope in the boat cover hem with patented rope lock for cinching the cover tight.

You can find semi-custom or custom boat covers at Go2marine. For a limited time, all boat covers ship free by UPS ground.

How do you choose from the wide array of windlasses on the market?

Important criteria to be considered in selecting the correct anchor windlass include the vessel size, displacement, windage, anchor size and rode selection. Practicalities such as locker space and depth of fall for the rode also play a part in deciding which windlass is ideal for you. Your windlass choice will likely be based on the following questions;

What size windlass will suit my boat?
What is your power source for the windlass?
Choosing the windlass design
I want to use chain and rope rode for anchoring, what do I need to consider?
What else do I have to consider?

The world of windlasses is changing. Electric windlasses have made manual windlasses nearly obsolete. The reliability of electric windlasses is now so high as to be considered for long distance cruising and nightly anchoring. Go2marine has the answers to the above questions to help you select the windlass that is right for you and your vessel.

Go2marine in the Press

December 11, 2007

Check out what’s new this season at Go2marine. Visit our Press Release: Navigate into the Holidays with Go2marine.


December 11, 2007

Welcome to Go2marine’s Blog.

The crew at Go2marine would like to welcome all boaters to check out future articles and posts on our blog pertaining to the world of boating.  We are an on-line boating supply company with a crew that consists of well-traveled sail-boaters, boat builders, boat restoration experts, boat mechanics, power-boaters as well as folks from the commercial boating industry. Our goal is to provide pertinent information on boat maintenance and repair as well as provide information about boating products.