22 February 2020
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.