Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 16-02-2014, 22:22   #871
Registered User
 
Tx J's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: South Texas
Boat: Newport 28 & Robalo 20
Posts: 321
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailorchic34 View Post
NoodHD was the barns and noble high def. color tablet. They stopped making them last year as there were so easy hackable. Throw 4.3 or 4.4 android on it and its pretty sweet. For $130 I've a nice tablet with high res. duel core, etc. Its not perfect, but for me it does all i need it too. Great for skype, video, general surfing etc. I've the kindle app on it along with other ereaders. Kendle has more free books. Plus it offers expandable memory, which is a biggy. Unrooted its pretty hobbled. Throw a nice android build on it and its sweet.

On the hook, laptops use lots O battery power. The nookHD takes about 4-6 amps at 5V-6V ish to charge, which is about a 1/3 of a cheap netbook. Laptop batteries take a fair amount of solar to charge and have limited battery life (in the cheaper units) Having enough power is always an issue on the hook. ...rAmen to that... Smart phones need charging all the time. The Hot spot thingy has a dinky battery so I leave it plugged into the usb port on the inverter all the time.

Tmobile is a bit confusing as they have the month to month plans which add in taxes, fees etc. But they offer many of the same phones on prepaid which is fixed price with no added taxes or fees. Not sure why someone would buy a non-prepaid tmobile phone as it just costs more for just about the same service.. The prepaid phones and hotspots match the price points as Cricket. Its not quite one to one, but pretty darn close. For internet only its better. least wise, out this way. ...oh well, why I wuzn't much in 'sales', heh...

Interesting tablets, looks like B&N are continuing to make/sell them: "On August 20, 2013 CNET reports B&N reversing the decision to eliminate the Color Nook devices:[14]".

New AOS just out on the first Feb.
Nook HD - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


"Smart phones need charging all the time.", that is a drawback, my LG when doing wifi (95%/time) drains its' battery like a vampire, so I keep it on a charger; and the Li-ion battery is starting to bulge, so I'm looking for a new one to replace it before it pulls a Boeing...
__________________

__________________
Tx J is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 02:07   #872
Armchair Bucketeer
 
David_Old_Jersey's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,013
Images: 4
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by fjwiley1 View Post
Looking at Google Earth..would my assumption be wrong that "Jersey" is east of London on the River ??
South

__________________

David_Old_Jersey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 05:05   #873
Registered User
 
Cormorant's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Catskill Mountains (too far from the sea)
Boat: 31' homebuilt Michalak-designed Cormorant "Sea Fever"
Posts: 1,842
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

For a good old-timey story about the Channel Islands (mostly about Guernsey, but plenty of references to Jersey), check out Victor Hugo's "Toilers of the Sea." I keep a free e-book copy on my phone and read it whenever I'm stuck waiting somewhere. . . .

http://http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32338
__________________
Cormorant is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 05:31   #874
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: Westsail 28
Posts: 684
Images: 12
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by SaucySailoress View Post
Yes.

Two more guesses....
Hahahaa! Thanks for the chuckle!
__________________
virginia boy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 06:52   #875
Senior Cruiser
 
fjwiley1's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Boat: Lindsey Center Cockpit 39' Ketch
Posts: 450
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Thanks DOJ.......found it.........
__________________
enjoy the winds for they are free

S/V Water Wings
fjwiley1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 13:32   #876
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Boat: Ericson 27
Posts: 75
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Thanks to all for a sleepless night! What a great thread - I know I'll be back to re-read parts. Thought this quote by Chatwin would apply...

"Luxury hampers mobility. The nomad leaders knew that overindulgence threatened their system. Civilized ways were insidious. Attila drank from a wooden cup and Chingis Khan lived in a yurt to the end of his days."

__________________
Tomi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 13:58   #877
Registered User

Join Date: May 2008
Location: daytona beach florida
Boat: csy 37
Posts: 2,844
Images: 1
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

nice thread about hotspot vendors.

i looked for cricket but discovered today that they do not offer service in central florida, so that's out.

i have virgin mobile and, since i already own the hotspot device, i guess i'll continue along at $20 for 1 gig. if i can find a cheap t-mobile hotspot i'm switching to them, but only if they promise to bring back that ad with the cute girl on the motorcycle....
__________________
onestepcsy37 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 17-02-2014, 23:07   #878
Armchair Bucketeer
 
David_Old_Jersey's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 10,013
Images: 4
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike OReilly View Post
I dunno DoJ. I'm not sure that access to more information necessarily translates into saving more money. Certainly in some instances, but there is a real cost to all this connectivity. Besides, most of our transactions are done at a local level. There are other ways to get that kind of information than going online. Perhaps on big purchases like sails, etc., but these kinds of transactions don't come along that often.

Given the costs of staying connected to the Internet, I think it's debatable regarding the economic value. There are be other reasons, but I have a hard time seeing cost-savings as one.
You have a point - and key will be cost of internet connection, and that might also mean no 24/7 access at 100 squillion gigabits a second (or whatever these things are measured in ) ...........plus how the internet is used. My thinking is that apart from hunting down specific deals when needed and being able to buy beyond walking or bus distance that can be used to plan ahead, both on the sailing / boat stuff and ashore. Whilst time might not be so directly measured in cash nonetheless your time still has a value (ie instead of spending time with boots on the ground hunting down the cheapest source of beans and rice can use the time on preventative maintanence). Plus gives access to a wider pool of folk ashore than are in reach simply from the dock, especially if connections made long before arriving (ie swap a bit of transport ashore / access to some power tools / a few beers for some sailing).

I am ignoring the entertainment value of the internet, especially for the singlehanded sailor .
David_Old_Jersey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-02-2014, 07:23   #879
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 262
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by sailorchic34 View Post
NoodHD was the barns and noble high def. color tablet. They stopped making them last year as there were so easy hackable. Throw 4.3 or 4.4 android on it and its pretty sweet. For $130 I've a nice tablet with high res. duel core, etc. Its not perfect, but for me it does all i need it too. Great for skype, video, general surfing etc. I've the kindle app on it along with other ereaders. Kendle has more free books. Plus it offers expandable memory, which is a biggy. Unrooted its pretty hobbled. Throw a nice android build on it and its sweet.

On the hook, laptops use lots O battery power. The nookHD takes about 4-6 amps at 5V-6V ish to charge, which is about a 1/3 of a cheap netbook. Laptop batteries take a fair amount of solar to charge and have limited battery life (in the cheaper units) Having enough power is always an issue on the hook. Smart phones need charging all the time. The Hot spot thingy has a dinky battery so I leave it plugged into the usb port on the inverter all the time.
You are obviously pretty knowledgeable on this subject. Have you (or anybody else) compared the power consumption of the NookHD to an Apple Ipad II with wifi & cell service?
Thanks in advance.
__________________

Ballenxj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-02-2014, 08:38   #880
Moderator
 
sailorchic34's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: SF Bay Area
Boat: Islander 34
Posts: 4,555
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Looks like the Ipad II uses about the same power as the nook. About 2.5 watts an hour and a 25wh battery. Bit more with 3g. Still way better then even a netbook with a 49wh battery. A full laptop would be twice the netbook with half the run time.
__________________
sailorchic34 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 18-02-2014, 20:59   #881
Registered User

Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 262
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Thanks Sailorchic34, That's what I was hoping to hear. And, that's the reason I picked it up in the first place.
__________________

Ballenxj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 19-02-2014, 16:31   #882
Marine Service Provider
 
Cacique's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: UK
Boat: Vancouver 27
Posts: 234
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Quote:
Originally Posted by Cormorant View Post
For a good old-timey story about the Channel Islands (mostly about Guernsey, but plenty of references to Jersey), check out Victor Hugo's "Toilers of the Sea." I keep a free e-book copy on my phone and read it whenever I'm stuck waiting somewhere. . . .

http://http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/32338
Thanks so much for this, I knew I could get books on my phone but didn't realise so many are free. WOW I downloaded your suggestion in a few seconds with wifi (it was in French , but I quickly found the English version and downloaded that as well), I bought a 64 gig micro sd card (for 12 pounds UK sterling) recently so have room for a whole library, so I am now looking forward to downloading a selection of books that I can access when I don't have internet access to distract me.
Does anyone have some suggestions for free to download sailing books, please post your suggestions.
__________________
Cheers Jamie
http://www.sailingcacique.com/
Cacique is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2014, 05:45   #883
Registered User
 
Cormorant's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Catskill Mountains (too far from the sea)
Boat: 31' homebuilt Michalak-designed Cormorant "Sea Fever"
Posts: 1,842
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Yes, it's crazy how you can now hold an entire library in your hand. There have been a few threads here on CF about e-books. This one mentions some good free ones, plus it has two links to much larger lists:

Free Public Domain Sailing Books

Here are the two links mentioned:

Nautical

Nearly 600 brilliant sea yarns

Also, if you go to Gutenberg.org and plug in various search terms like "sea or "nautical or "boat," you'll get all sorts of good stuff.
__________________
Cormorant is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2014, 05:53   #884
Registered User
 
Cormorant's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Catskill Mountains (too far from the sea)
Boat: 31' homebuilt Michalak-designed Cormorant "Sea Fever"
Posts: 1,842
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

Oh yeah . . . you should keep a copy of "The Riddle of the Sands" with you at all times . . .

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2360
__________________
Cormorant is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 20-02-2014, 06:39   #885
Registered User
 
Cormorant's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Catskill Mountains (too far from the sea)
Boat: 31' homebuilt Michalak-designed Cormorant "Sea Fever"
Posts: 1,842
Re: Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II)

One more thought . . . in addition to text e-books, check out the free audiobooks at https://librivox.org/

I have a great audiobook app on my Android phone, called Smart AudioBook Player. That allows me to access my library of book audio files separately from my music audio files.

Great for driving or again, when just waiting around somewhere.
__________________

__________________
Cormorant is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
budget

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Thoughts on a 1962 Columbia 29 Ripples Monohull Sailboats 245 21-03-2017 15:50
Shoestring Sailors (Cruising on $500 per month - part II) David_Old_Jersey General Sailing Forum 1352 01-01-2017 12:23
Pulled the Trigger on an Islander 34 Spadonky Monohull Sailboats 28 24-07-2015 02:15
Two Bilge Pumps on the Same Hose amarf Plumbing Systems and Fixtures 36 27-03-2012 10:23
OpenCPN Build on Windows - Please Help! kenchan OpenCPN 2 25-03-2012 18:55


Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 12:03.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.