Category: iNavX

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) And more importantly, do you know how to use it? Even the simplest boat with no electrical system has things which can break and ruin your weekend. And a complex boat with refrigeration, air conditioning, and an engine? There are a fair number of things which can go wrong. Preparing […]

Part I, of iNavX’s Multi-Part Weather Series by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Barometer, n.: An ingenious instrument which indicates what kind of weather we are having. Ambrose Bierce If you just look at a barometer once, it’s pretty much as satirist Ambrose Bierce described. The needle on the front of that old school brass barometer […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) It’s that time of year again, when everyone in the temperate zones is scrambling to get their boats in the water. By April, the most hard core folks are already out there boating in their foulies, but for the rest of us aiming for Memorial Day, it’s commissioning season. And […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Years ago, when I was shopping for my first set of foul weather gear after we got our first boat, I asked my wife if she’d like to go try some on too. “Absolutely not,” she said. “If we need foulies, I don’t want to be out there sailing.” We […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) The Chesapeake Bay is the largest estuary in the U.S. and also has some of the nicest cruising and sailing waters on the east coast. It’s big – 200 miles from end to end, and thirty miles wide at its widest. Over 150 rivers and streams feed the Chesapeake watershed, […]

by B.J. Porter (contributing editor) Planning boat trips is a lot of fun, but there’s only so many chances to get time off and go – you really want to get it right! While organizing a boating vacation has the same basic considerations as a land vacation, the details are different for a week or […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) On a family vacation in Maine as a kid, we went down to the beach at our campground to check it out. It was a nice sand beach, but it was clear the tide was out. We were curious just how far it was out, so we stuck a good […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Looking at a chart can be a confusing thing for the first time, but it’s not necessarily as confusing as the bewildering array of marks, floats, buoys, cans, nuns, beacons, lights and other official aids to navigation you might encounter in your travels. But there is a system, and understanding […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) In the world of electronic charting, you may come across two types of charts – Vector and Raster. You may use both types with iNavX, and most chartplotters and navigation software can use either type. So…what’s the difference? Is one better than the other? Should you use one preferentially? Neither […]

by B.J. Porter (Contributing Editor) Who doesn’t love jumping off the boat for a quick cool off one hot sunny summer day? Swimming off the boat is such a good time, and an easy way to enhance your boating. Unfortunately, every year people get hurt swimming off boats. There are a lot of ways to […]