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PLEASE NOTE:   To download, right click on the link and select "Save .. as" from your browser.   Some are large files (3 MB +) and may take a long time to download depending on your Internet connection speed, so please be patient.  IF YOU ARE USING THE FIREFOX BROWSER YOU CAN CLICK ON THE RED LINK AND THE FILE WILL BE DOWNLOADED TO YOUR DESKTOP!   


Below are some programs either no longer available or difficult to find on the Internet for download.  I find them very useful and provide them here for your use.    Puts a clock in the upper right hand corner of active windows. Can be set to 12/24 hrs, GMT, or computer time. Has alarms and shut-down features.  (.zip; 141KB)

WXTide32   This program has been updated and is now available from the Links page.  Valhalla's guide (.zip 1.659Kb, unzips to .doc 1.946Kb) to program installation and initialization is available here.


Here are some articles from our files.

Repair your own sails  Jim Grant, of Sailrite, published this article about 20 years ago in Sail magazine.  It is great for tuning up your sewing machine to work properly.  (.zip; 161KB, unzips to .pdf; 175KB)

The Long Oars of Pete Culler Rick Cahoon published this article in Wooden Boat and a copy was given to me when I wanted to build the 'Pete Culler' oars for the nesting dinghy "Gecko".  (.zip; 278KB, unzips to .pdf; 302KB)

Marine Grounding Systems  An article from West Marine with information on this subject. (.zip 111KB, unzips to .pdf 125KB).  Might be a bit controversial!

RF Interference  An article by Jim Corenman from the Pactor Primer.  (.zip 31KB, unzips to .pdf 50KB)


Scanned images from the manufacturer's information are available here.

MAXSEA GUIDES            

VALHALLA's guides to the MaxSea navigation program have been written as an alternative to the cumbersome Help files in that program.

Guides for two versions are available.

MaxSea ... go here.

MaxSea  Three guides are available:  MaxSea Installation Guide, MaxSea Tutorial, and Using AIS with MaxSea.

The guides are in .zip format and require a suitable extraction program, such as WinZip available from

After downloading, unzip the file (using WinZip or any other suitable program) into a folder for use by the MaxSea program version you have. (Normally in the 'My Documents' folder)

If you find any changes to suggest or if you have trouble downloading these guides, please contact me at the 'land based email' address shown here.

MAXSEA ROUTES            

A collection of routes for use with the MaxSea electronic charting program (Ver and later))

The routes are in a .zip format and require a suitable extraction program (such as WinZip available from ).

Check out the collection by clicking 'routedescriptions.txt'  which lists the routes, a description, the beginning and ending waypoints, and the route distance.  This description file is also included in the collection.

Download the collection of routes here.

After downloading, unzip the file (using WinZip or any other suitable program) into a folder for use by the MaxSea program.  (Normally in the 'My Documents' folder)


If you find any changes to suggest to any route, please let me know.  If you have any routes to contribute to the collection please send them to me at our 'land based email' address shown here.

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Hank's Routes  Hank on the SV Maya II has been collecting routes in the Philippines for several years.  He has kindly donated them for download with the usual disclaimer that  HE WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGE WHATSOEVER THAT MAY BE CAUSED BY USING THESE ROUTES.  This collection of routes can be downloaded here.


The Meteorological Service Division, National Environment Agency, Singapore has a Shipping Home Page with a wealth of weather information.  The Regional Weather Charts give a daily synopsis of the weather, in chart form, for southeast Asia.  Over the past several years Terry has saved these images (missing some days, of course) and they are compiled below in .zip format for the months shown.  The files range in size from 3 to 4 MB.  You may find these useful for planning passages in Southeast Asia.

September 2005 October 2005November 2005December 2005January 2006February 2006March 2006April 2006May 2006June 2006July 2006,  August 2006September 2006October 2006November 2006December 2006, January 2007, February 2007, March 2007, April 2007, May 2007, June 2007, July 2007, August 2007, September 2007, October 2007, November 2007, December 2007, January 2008, February 2008, March 2008, April 2008, May 2008, June 2008, July 2008, August 2008, September 2008, October 2008, November 2008, December 2008, January 2009, February 2009, March 2009, April 2009, May 2009, Jun 2009, Jul 2009, Aug 2009


Terry gave a presentation on this subject at the Sebana Cove Marina on 25 November 07.  The talk is in PowerPoint format and a zipped file can be downloaded here.  Beware ... it's a rather large file, about 7.7MB.  You will need to have Microsoft Power Point (part of the Microsoft Office suite) installed to view this presentation.   Unzip all of the files into one folder then start the presentation by double-clicking on the file 'Automatic Identification System.pps'.

MaxSea and Vista/Windows 7  (updated 16 Mar 2011)

The MaxSea version 10 programs have issues with the Vista and Windows 7 operating systems on 64-bit platforms.  The 32-bit machines can successfully run the programs.  For Windows 7 Pro and Ultimate O/S on 64-bit machines a workaround is to download the Windows Virtual PC module from Microsoft and run it in the Windows XP mode.

Another factor to be considered is the driver for the GPS input.  Here are the ones I've found that work.

Globalsat BU-353 USB GPS:  Download the driver from the Globalsat website.

Hollux GR-213 USB GPS.  Download the driver from the Hollux website.

Prolific USB to Serial (RS-232) Adapter:  Download the driver from the website.


An excellent program for showing the battery information on a laptop can be downloaded from the website.