The adventures of Yacht Flirtie

27 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
27 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
26 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
26 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
22 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
20 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
16 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
09 July 2017 | Civitavecchia (position: 42 03.892’N 11 48.684’E)
07 July 2017 | Cala Canelle (position: 42 21.159'N 10 55.348'E)
05 July 2017 | Porto Azzurro (position: 42 45.646'N 10 23.553'E)
04 July 2017 | Portoferraio, Elba (position: 42 48.339'N 10 19.334'E)
03 July 2017 | Portoferraio, Elba (position: 42 48.339'N 10 19.334'E)
02 July 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
29 June 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
27 June 2017 | Port Toga marina (position: 42 42.480'N 09 27.299'E)
26 June 2017 | Macinaggio marina (position: 42 57.506'N 09 27.294'E)
25 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
22 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
21 June 2017 | Calvi (position: 42 33.755'N 08 45.702'E)
20 June 2017 | Girolata (position: 42 20.926'N 08 36.879'E)

boy's toys 9 - staying connected

14 February 2015 | boat yard (position 37 08.015'N 08 31.837'W)
Caroline
Trying to get a Wi-Fi signal from the boatyard has been a real challenge - you would have thought that we're miles away from civilisation!

Using our Wi-Fi booster we are able to pick up both secure and unsecure signals across the river but sadly the signal strength just isn't quite strong enough to actually make a connection.

Sitting in cafes and bars offering free Wi-Fi allows us to check on emails and catch up on the news however when we've ordered just two coffees and sit there for a couple of hours we sometimes feel that we're taking advantage. No one seems to mind but it does play on our conscience.

We decided therefore to try out a 1GB Vodafone data SIM card, valid for 30 days or 1GB whichever comes first. An initial payment of €5 was necessary to purchase the SIM card (that can be used anywhere in Portugal) followed by €12.50 for the data top-up.

Rather than popping the SIM card into our dongle for single use on the laptop we purchased an unlocked Huawei E5330 MIFI box. This clever box of tricks enables us to create our own secure WiFi 'hotspot' and connect up to ten devices concurrently. Not surprisingly, we've given ourselves a daily allowance and are monitoring usage as we have no idea how much data we download when browsing however we've had to turn off all 'automatic updates' as within the first two hours we used almost a quarter of our monthly allowance!

We won't be using it to Skype family but for emailing, WhatsApp Messaging, blogging and occasional browsing we feel that it'll do the job.

boy's toys 8 - drag alarm

01 August 2014 | Marina Parque das Nacoes (position: 38 45.340'N 09 05.605'W)
Bruce
Whilst anchored our GPS is configured to alarm if Flirtie moves outside a set radius - great whilst were aboard but ideally we wanted something to warn us whilst ashore.

There are a number of proprietary solutions on the market but all pretty expensive - we wanted something much simpler & cheaper.

Following a little internet research we believe we have found the answer.

A trip to the local "Jumbo" (supermarket) and we walked away with the cheapest Smartphone we could get running android 4.2.2, Jellybean with inbuilt GPS and an 8Gb micro SD card. The phone, a Vodafone Smart 4 mini and card set us back about €70 but I think you can get it for around £50 in the UK on the high street or from Amazon: Vodafone Smart 4 mini.

A little bit more research and we identified a company (unlocksolution.com) who could unlock the phone for €3.85 - a straightforward process once you provide your phone IMEI and provider (Vodafone in our case). The company provide an unlock code which you input when you swap your sim card. We already had a GeoSim card in our emergency phone so we used that.

A quick look at Google's "Play Store" listed a number of anchor drag apps so we chose one that had good reviews (5*) and happened to be free...."Anchor watch / SMS / Alarm by WebMajstr"

The app is really easy to configure - you can set various alarms but the most important point is to provide the phone number where SMS alerts should be sent in the event that the boat drifts. After that it's really only a matter of switching the app on and setting the radius.

We haven't tried using it in earnest yet but we walked it around the marina simulating a dragging anchor and it appears to work a treat.



One thing we did discover and have now rectified is that the GPS hits the phone battery pretty hard so another quick trip to Jumbo and we walked away with a USB car charger for €5 so we can keep the phone on charge whilst using this app.

That's it... we'll keep you posted on its effectiveness as we continue with our cruise.

boy's toys 7 - winter entertainment

10 November 2012 | Les Minimes Marina (position 46 08.555'N 01 10.098'W)
Bruce
As the nights begin to draw in and evening socialising becomes less frequent, it's apparent that we're starting to miss British TV and radio.....can you believe it?

Reading Tarians blog, Steve doesn't appear to be having the same problems with plenty of bedroom entertainment (point 11 - 10 things I have learnt in six weeks)....but I'm not quite so lucky here on Drummer ;-(

So here's what we believe is the answer following an evening's entertainment of "Strictly" aboard Festina with Barry and Steff - Satellite TV.

A trip to the local DIY store (Leroy Merlin - much, much bigger and better than B&Q) where we purchased a satellite dish for less than £25 including all the cables and an amazon order for the PC Satellite receiver "Hauppauge! WinTV-Nova-S-USB2" (£50) has given us 150+ free channels including all the BBC and ITV broadcasts.

We went for a 60cm satellite dish (rather than the smaller 45cm) because it should give us the same coverage in the western Med or Algarve next year where we hopefully plan to winter.

The installation proved to be simple with the satellite dish just clamped to an off cut of 40mm plastic drain pipe that we had onboard, wedged into our fishing rod holder together with the satellite receiver mounted in a plastic sandwich box alongside our switch panel close to where we position the Pc.





As for the picture quality, well it can't really be faulted and the sound is delivered by our stereo system so it's like sitting in a room with surround sound - Fantastic.....and of course its light (HT Cruisers - You'll really appreciate this) because we haven't had to invest in a TV.
Vessel Name: Yacht Flirtie
Vessel Make/Model: Trident Voyager 40
Hailing Port: Dartmouth, UK
Crew: Bruce and Caroline Trott
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Yacht Flirtie

Who: Bruce and Caroline Trott
Port: Dartmouth, UK

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