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Return - And a Post on TacFit

Posted by Don Weiss on August 20, 2017 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Greeting, again, to my three followers (you know who you are :) ).

I have been posting mostly to my twitter account - @yachtsecurity - very easy to use format, although limited in size.

So, check out my twitter, let me know what you want to read about, learn about, etc.

Today - just wanted to post my thoughts on TacFit - an exercise routine created by Coach Scott Sonnon.

For me, it has been a 'go-to' exercise routine for a long time. Combines mobility, stretching and Calisthenics (using the Tabata Protocol) - all in one place. I supplement it with other activities (swimming, pullups, yoga, martial arts) - mostly because they are all complimentary to each other, working together.

Due to my travel schedule, it also fits in well. If I can lay out my yoga mat, I can do the exercises.

If you want to know more about TacFit, Yacht, Travel or Personal Security, or just want to introduce yourself - drop me a message on twitter or other social media.


Posted by Don Weiss on April 28, 2017 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/date-2016-10-27-2200-country-name-svg-location-detail-mayreau-salt-whistle-bay-event-theft/" target="_blank">Safety and Security Net - two articles. I haven't been re-posting most of their news - hoping that readers (all three of you 8)) will be checking/subscribing to the site. These two today I choose to highlight.

1) Mayreau Salt Whistle Bay, SVG - items stolen from an unlocked yacht that was boarded. Please lock your vessels when not onboard - it at least keeps the honest people honest.

2) Vieques Isabel Segunda, Puerto Rico - thieves stole a locked outboard motor off of a dinghy. From the site - CSSN NOTE: This is the sixth report of theft from Vieques in 2017, and the first this year from Isabel Segunda. The thieves operating in Vieques are well prepared and seem beyond the interest or reach of authorities there. If you choose to visit Vieques, best practices are called for, LIFT and LOCK (securely) dinghies when not in use.

And here is an article on basic Internet privacy - https://magenta.as/3-easy-steps-to-reclaim-your-internet-privacy-b4ed616affa2" target="_blank">3 Easy Steps to Reclaim Your Internet Privacy. On the Internet privacy theme, a couple of points - Opera Browser now has a version that comes with a built in VPN function - not (in my opinion) as good as a dedicated VPN, but pretty cool. Also, consider using an encrypted email service (such as protonmail) for your emails - nothing is 100% 'secure' - but some small steps are worth taking.

More later. Ideas for future posts? Send me an email at [email protected]

Not sure why - seems to not like linking today....

Keeping Your Vessel Safe

Posted by Don Weiss on March 30, 2017 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

From Cruising World - Keeping Your Boat Safe While You're Away.

Switching to a new browser - my old one doesn't seem to do what it used to anymore. :/

I have recommended boat monitoring services int he past, and will continue to do so. A small investment that can save you from a big outlay in replacement (costs, paperwork and time) that I deem well worth it.

https://www.gostglobal.com" target="_blank">GOST (mentioned in the article) has great people behind their products. Another company, Siren Marine, also has good customer service and products. I have not had any dealings with the other companies mentioned in the articles.

In the modern 'Internet of Things' world, there is very little reason not to use the technology to your advantage.

Comments, questions, discussion points - contact me at [email protected]

March 2017 Links

Posted by Don Weiss on March 5, 2017 at 11:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Some stories I came across recently -

1. How To Survive A Mass Shooting - from Gizmodo - a nice, down to earth article - emphasizing preventative measures, and being prepared in dress and actions.

2. Why Not? - from Raconteur Report - a list of actions that people should be prepared to do at a moments notice - or recognize a deficiency and correct it. This could be adapted to the cruisers' world - again, all about being prepared.

3. Thoughts on.. - from Modern Combatives System - a thoughtful article on why you shouldn't hit people with your fist, or with some of the 'punching' tools. One I recommend as 'safe' for the user is the Stinger - available from the good folks at ComTech.

Wish the photo tool was working - oh, well. Have a great day, train smart. As always, any questions, drop me a line. Don

Now or Never

Posted by Don Weiss on March 3, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

From Prepare To Tack - http://preparetotack.com/now-or-never/.

The article just appealed to me - about how the time is never 'quite right', or we are never 'quite ready'.

Nothing directly related ot security - just an overall philosophy that resonates.

Carpe Diem - Seize the day should be our motto.

Note: Having issues importing photos - hope to be resolved soon.

Honduras News

Posted by Don Weiss on January 24, 2017 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

From https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/Cruisers_Network_Online" target="_blank">Cruisers Network Online - news of three pirate attacks/boardings of vessels in the past week. Also reported on https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/" target="_blank">Caribbean Safety and Security Net, and this article - Real Life Pirates Terrorize New Mexico Man.

The comments section contain links to a youtube channel that captured an encounter at sea with pirates - that ended well (no one harmed).

And the usual controversy of sailing armed or unarmed - all the Captain's choice, wighing the pros and cons.

Stay safe. Any comments - email me at [email protected]

Boat Theft (by swimmer) and Cuba

Posted by Don Weiss on December 24, 2016 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

From Caribbean Safety and Security (https://www.safetyandsecuritynet.com/date-2016-12-21-country-name-panama-location-detail-bocas-del-toro-event-theft/) - a video of a swimmer stealing a small boat. Video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrm1aZrWgwo) of the theft (from youtube).

Comment - from the looks of it, the thief knew the camera was there, kept low and in the shadows to avoid identification/detection.

From Cruisers Network Online (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Cruisers_Network_Online/) - For Cuba bound travelers - mention of a Facebook Group - Cuba Land and Sea - for up-to-date information and interaction with other members I haven't been to the page (or Cuba) - although I would like to go someday before it opens up wide for tourists (at least from the US). It has an aura of mystery, and is only 90 miles S of Key West :-)

Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year to all.

Note: Sorry for not linking the pages - seems my linker and my photo import is limited today.

Digital Nomad Survival Tips

Posted by Don Weiss on December 19, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

From Computerworld.com - Digital Nomad Survival Tips - Part One and Part Two.

Part One deals with selection of a backpack (and tips), protecting your laptop, Wi-Fi and mobile carriers, and power management.

Part Two, written three years later, overs ride sharing, mapping, AirBnB, and other tips.

I find that many of the areas covered in the article can be easily (and cheaply) adapted to the cruising/boating life.

Now, all I need is to get a boat..... :D

Stay safe during the Christmas and New Years holidays.

Boat crime is not limited to specific areas of the world

Posted by Don Weiss on October 25, 2016 at 7:55 PM Comments comments (0)

From Yachting & Boating World - http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/26-boats-targeted-at-grimsby-and-cleethorpes-yacht-club-43603

According to the article, two crminals were responsible for the thefts, from 26 vessels at the marina/club.

I am posting this as a reminder that theft and other crimes involving the vessel or crew do not happen just  'over there'.  It is a world wide phenomena - much like the weather.

Stay vigilant, aware. Seek out training to make yourself more aware/better prepared. The world continues to be a more 'interesting' place.

Situational Awareness - Video: WTF Is Situational Awareness?

Posted by Don Weiss on October 13, 2016 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

From The CP-Journal - http://www.cp-journal.com/video-wtf-is-situational-awareness/

A video, and the transcript is below it - one quote I like that stood out - "In his system, the colors don’t represent the amount of danger that’s around you, they represent the amount of attention you’re paying to what’s around you."

Also in the video is mention that Sa is a skill, and that we need to practice it, incorporate it into our daily lives.

In our Western (and Eastern, for that matter) society - too many people walk around with their heads down, looking at their smart phone. For the sailors out there - stop dwelling on the instruments.  Pay attention to your surroundings!! Look around you at all the wonderful things in life.