Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Last Day of Work

Today is my last day of work at PYD. It has been a very enjoyable almost 7 years including my senior year internship in 2002. Special thanks to David for creating such an enjoyable work environment; Jacob & Roland for showing me the ropes and becoming great friends; Dave, John, Jon, Bobby, and Adam for helping out so much in your short times here; and Geoff for taking over and making me feel alot better about leaving.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

iPhone Grib Viewing

Word is iNavX v1.2.0 has been submitted to Apple over the weekend and includes the ability to download (via xTraverse account) GFS grib data and view it on the charts. The data is only available at a 1/2 degree grid and only the GFS model is available at this time, but you can see the forecast out to 60 hours at 12hr increments.

My suggestion to make this FAR more valuable would be to have a way to download the latest QuickSCAT satellite wind measurements as well. Dealing with multiple models is probably way to complicated for the small screen, but the ability to download and view the actual wind around you in the last hour would be extremely valuable for the mobile navigator.

There's a Hole in my Cockpit, Dear Liza

Earl got a great start in my absence at the end of the week, cutting the "soft patch" hole in the cockpit cutting back the foam core and filling with thickened epoxy. It makes getting into and out of the boat a little difficult, right now, but he hopes to have the G-10 spigot in place tomorrow and then we can lay the patch back in place and wait until the teak comes to cover all this up.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

CSYS Presentation

. Phew! Just fisished our Presentation on the Mk II Navy 44s. Fly back to Newport tomorrow am and hope to have time to write up an update on iPhone navigation.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Ski Trip

This week finds me with my three college buddies (Nick, Corey, & Anthony) skiing in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Today we headed over the pass to Grand Targee and had a truly epic day. They got 7" last night and at least another 5" over the course of the day. Corey & I found a very cool run after passing the gate with warnings about a cliff or something. The first time was a little hairy, but we found a nice chute the second time and had an amazing run except that I ran my leg into a stump, so it is a little sore this evening. I plan a lay day tomorrow to catch up on some work, biggest being a presentation to the Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Seminar on the New Navy 44.