Damn condensation, good gig
Testing that Standard Horizon CPV550 wasn’t the only reason I was on the water yesterday. I was exploring some unfamiliar waters around Cundys Harbor, and it was damn inconvenient to have the big plotter and the Raymarine sounder both suddenly fog up. I’ve had this issue with the DS500X before; Raymarine’s solution was to have me stuff some desiccant bags into the back of the unit, which seemed a little half baked but did in fact work for over a year. Yesterday may have been particularly tough, what with big temperature and humidity swings. I’ll ask Standard about the fogging, but I’ll also write more about the CPV, which I have been quite impressed with.
So what was I doing “up west” in Gizmo? Well, I haven’t mentioned it here, but I have a nifty side gig creating a column about exploring the coast for Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors. Five times a year I profile a spot worth boating to for a hike or a meal or something, complete with photos, customized chartlet, etc. And I’m delighted that Gunkholing with Gizmo is now going online. In fact the magazine’s Winter 2008 issue just came out simultaneously in print and on Web. Winter 2008!?! Enough with the electronics already; come enjoy a July offshore birding trip—same bouncy 14’ boat, different gear—during which I got what may be my favorite picture of the year: