Juicy tidbits and blogbits about boats
Our boating enthusiasts will be excited about this new app that is soon to be released on Google Play Market. Zapp IR Smart Remote turns your Samsung S4 smartphone which has a built in infrared blaster into a universal remote.
Zapp ir Smart Remote app comes pre-programmed with over 300,000 sets of infrared remote codes for devices such as TV, DVD Player, PVR, Blue Ray, Set top box and even lighting, airconditioner, screen projector, DSLR cameras or anything that can be controlled with infrared remotes.
Just imagine how powerful your Samsung S4 has just become, it can control not only your home theater entertainment devices, but also your home automation products and much more. I own a DSLR camera and there are times when I wanted to have a self-portrait or just get a different perspective on my images, With this app, I shall now be able to control my camera remotely and expand myphotographic tool set without spending any additional money. Plus, there is no need to carry so many accessories.
Celebrities like Martha Stewart have all the money in the world to indulge themselves, so it is always interesting to find out what they like. Martha Steward is the proud owner of a Hinckley Picnic Boat, however for puttering around the lake, she has a different boat.
In fact, Martha Stewart owns a cedar strip adirondack guideboat. She is a true romantic drawn to classic boats.
In one of Martha Stewart’s shows, she talked about the making of an adirondack guideboat and here is a youtube video featuring the owners.
Data released by Saild.com the mobile app and online sailing log book, suggests that sailors are less likely to stay in contact via Facebook than more traditional channels such as email or SMS to keep in touch and organise cruising and race trips.
Saild survey data shows that up to 52.5% of Saild users never use Facebook to keep in touch with friends who sail and 40.7% use it sometimes. The preferred method by far was email with 62.7% of users stating they used it often.
The contrast is quite extreme it would seem that as sailors we are around three times more likely to use email and twice as likely to use phone or SMS to keep in touch with their sailing friends and crew.
Sailing is a very under represented population on Facebook itself. Data shows that as a sailor you’re three times less likely to have registered an interest vs skiing or snowboarding on the social network when comparing against annual participation in each sport*.
“To a degree the sailing industry is still catching up with social media” says Saild.com founder Duncan Malcolm, “But I think that’s also balanced by the passion for sailing amongst sailors and sailing companies which means that the people who are really active prefer to spend more time actually on the water doing it rather than sitting at home talking about it.”
Saild is a web and iPhone app which allows sailors to keep a log of where they’ve been sailing. Tracks and photos are stored online at saild.com along with mileage and other stats and can be shared with crew and friends.
*Approximately 92,200 Facebook users have shown an interest in Sailing. This is according to Facebooks own data in the UK vs approximately 733,100 who participated in small or big boat sailing in the UK according to the Marine Leisure Associations 2011 Annual survey. Skiing & Snowboarding are shown as having 462,520 interested users vs approximately 910,000 people taking part in the two sports from the UK last year.
Croatia has thousands of islands and crystal clean blue sea, hidden bays for dinghy exploring. On top of it all, a rich cultural heritage. It is not surprising Croatia is a premier European yachting destination, and has also begun to attract the interests of many North Americans.
Visit national parks like Kornati and Mljet. If you are a party type of person, you will enjoy famous cocktail bars in Hvar. Young at heart boaters will have a great time in Zrce, which has the most famous Croatian beach with clubs where world famous DJ’s perform.
Those looking for luxury vacation can charter motor yacht from Starac, boat owner and yacht charter agency that will take care of all your needs. Starac Yacht Charter is based in the center of the Croatian coast, near Split airport, ideally situated as a starting point.
The star of the fleet is the Sunseeker 75 Yacht, with four cabins, crew of two, and a speed ranging from 22 to 32 knots, providing charter guests with the experience of luxury, comfort, speed and fulfillment.
The crew consists of young skillful people, who also serve as tour guide. Born locally, they have local knowledge, know the ins and outs of these magical islands and enhances your cruising experience.
While in Europe, Croatia is must visit country. With internet access and all the modern world conveniences, you are never far away from home. And! Safety is not an issue as crime rate is way below European average.
Come to Croatia, rent a boat, enjoy the sunshine, the privacy and intimacy of cozy bays, and experience rich cultural and gastronomic delights that the country has to offer.