Time Bandit

Gone to the "Dark Side" with an Outremer 51.

31 May 2020
28 May 2020
25 May 2020
14 May 2020
04 May 2020
28 April 2020 | Virtual Sailing
22 April 2020 | Virtual Sailing
18 April 2020
13 April 2020
06 April 2020
31 March 2020
28 March 2020
24 March 2020
20 March 2020
15 March 2020
26 February 2020
24 February 2020
22 February 2020

Brand Ambassadors

22 February 2020
Stuart Letton
Spending as much time as I do on the Time Bandit blog, conceiving, drafting and crafting my works of creative genius, I sometimes think I should jump on New Meedya bandwagon and set myself up as what I understand the yoof call, "Brand Ambassadors" or, " Influencers”.

It seems there's folk out there on the Interweb touting everything from cosmetics to booze. Fashion to holidays. Even cruising. Who'd have thought! In the yachting world, there's the good ship SV Delos and the "Internet sensations", in their Outremer La Vagabond. (As long as they don't turn it upside down resale values should hold). These high profile guys even have "Patreons"...... people who actually send them money! (There really must be NUTHIN' on the tele).

I've tinkered with it, I think we've got the content, or at least the potential. We even have our own YouTube channel, SV Time Bandit, albeit about six months behind right now (blame Outlander). The biggest problem is, we're not quite the right demographic. Or shape.

I've also absolutely no idea how many people read this rubbish however, as I've got your attention right now, let me A) get something off my chest and B) try some "influencing".

In a month or four we will turn west heading for South Africa and whatever islandy bits there are en route. It would therefore be handy to have some mappy bits. Now, since the launch of the original Beige Bandit, when we inherited Navionics charts, that's what we've used and been very happy with. I mean, compared to setting up a system like TomTom for worldwide roads, how difficult can it be to map an ocean with a few islandy bits and a couple of continents? For Navionics, not that difficult. For MaxSea Time Zero, apparently somewhat taxing.

From Tasmania to here, in clear ocean MaxSea has been fine. But then, so would a Readers Digest Concise World Map and an old Boy Scout compass have been. It's near the rocky, pointy bits that it counts and with MaxSea, all I could be sure of was that it was time to switch on Navionics.

Nonetheless, as we've paid for a world charts package, I thought I'd download them for the next years faffing around. I spent nearly five hours and a lot of cash on drinks and data over the last two days trying fruitlessly to download navigation charts from Maxsea Time Zero......take my word, in my capacity as self appointed "influencer"......be influenced. Only my opinion, but.....,,

I spent the last ten years or so of my working life designing web sites (among other things) so I know a bit about the subject. In my opinion Time Zero is about the most useless, most complex, least intuitive piece of web architecture I've ever had the misfortune to work on. And if or when you finally get a chart, you find yourself sailing across islands and anchored half way up a hill anyway. Buy Navionics. Trust me!

I'm sailing south to Penang from Langkawi on Saturday to spend most of next week with my legs in the air at Smile Dental Clinic. One root canal, one crown and one cap.

I'm expecting this to be less painful than Time Zero.

OK. You can go now.
Vessel Name: Time Bandit
Vessel Make/Model: Outremer 51
Hailing Port: Largs, Scotland
Crew: Anne and Stuart Letton
About: ex dinghy and keelboat racers now tooled up with a super sleek cat and still cruising around aimlessly, destination Nirvana...
Extra: 2020 Malaysia, Thailand then.... we’ll, it’s pick an ocean time. Pacific, Indian or stay put. No idea right now. Tune in and find out. Thanks for reading
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/timebandit/profile
Time Bandit's Photos - Main
21 Photos
Created 2 October 2019
18 Photos
Created 6 September 2019
16 Photos
Created 1 September 2019
Some pics from Debut and the Kei Islands
24 Photos
Created 30 July 2019
From the north of Australia to Debut Indonesia
8 Photos
Created 23 July 2019
No Photos
Created 19 October 2018
1 Photo
Created 20 October 2017
7 Photos
Created 23 June 2017
An interesting perspective on evolution in the Galapagos.
23 Photos
Created 7 March 2016
18 Photos
Created 30 September 2014
Mediterranean Spain to the Arctic Circle
67 Photos
Created 12 August 2013
Scraping and sanding hull back to gel coat for epoxy and Coppercoat treatments.
6 Photos
Created 3 February 2013