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The IT Sailor.

An Honest offer of help to those struggling

with Electronic boat stuff

Who am I; I’m trying to be retired but have been a technical developer of some sort or another for over 30 years for some of the worlds biggest IT companies.

I do not put myself forward as a Marine expert;   But I do understand how these things work and have personally built my own Marine MFD’s, NMEA integrations, Marine Ethernet and WIFI implementations, Lithium battery bank, BMS system, Charging systems, Solar, AIS etc. etc. 

The problem seems to be where do you go for help?; Well I’ve decided, time to give back and if I can help, I’ll help.

Why?; I’m fairly new to this cruising/sailing lifestyle and have received huge amounts of help with never an ask for payment.  So I guess giving back to that community and/or paying it forward.

Do you want to make money?; We all need money, but I figure if I give freely then perhaps I’ll create something of value.  Maybe that will be a huge ring of friends? that’d do.

So if you need help, give me a yell, Open honest help will follow within the limits of my own knowledge.

I can be contacted via email (preferred to start) or +447495739753 on WhatsApp.

IT Sailor Posts

Whitepapers and resources

Downloadable resources from Sailing Waiata

Waiata's Guests Manual can be downloaded here.

A simple PDF that explains what's what on Waiata and hopefully will make your stay with us easy and more enjoyable. Covers everything from how to charge your phone, how a shower works, how we don't flush anything down the toilet that hasn't been through our bodies (yep no toilet paper on Waiata.. you should read that section) to how to launch the dinghy and our stereo system.

Manual for Lagoon 450S - Waiata's type of boat

This is Lagoon's manual for the Lagoon 450S, which is what Waiata is. It's a handy read for us owners, but might be of interest to you if you're one of our friends coming as a guest. She's a great boat.

B&G Zeus 3 manual

Instruction manual for B&G Zeus 3 Chart Plotter.

SeaWaterPro Water Maker Manual

Instructions for running of Water Maker onboard Waiata

B&G V50 VHF Radio

Manual for VHF Radio onboard Waiata

Whitepaper - The Marine Industry Proprietary Business Practices

Proprietary Business Practices in the Marine industry.  Not all bad, but perhaps some should be discouraged.

Whitepaper - Marine Electronics - Battery Banks for Household loads-Lithlium

What you need to know to get started. How hard it is it. How to chose a battery. How Dangerous it it is or not.

Whitepaper - NMEA Networks simplified

Simplifying the boat network conversation. NMEA Sailing networks for dummies. A simple howto or 101 to explain how NMEA works on your boat and how you can integrate into it.

Whitepaper - Marine Electronics - How to build your own Boat network and WIFI

Simplifying the boat network conversation. High speed networks for boats (NOT NMEA) are becoming essential. Learn how to build one. NMEA, WIFI, Ethernet, Sailing networks for Dummies. Opensource alternatives. HOWTO build a network including WIFI, 4G Mobile and even a NAS.

Whitepaper - Marine Electronics - How to make use of Mobile Apps onboard

How to use Mobile apps onboard. The dummies guide to NMEA, WIFI and getting access to the rich and ever expanding world of mobile apps for navigation and all other marine uses.

Howto connect Victron Cerbo GX to MFD

HOWTO connect your Victron GX device to your MFD to show battery, charger, inverter, tank levels etc.

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