Thursday, July 31, 2008
Back from Off-line outback
I just got back from spending 10 days at sea without accessing the net fom the daily dose of neighbourhood watch and news consumption, it was refreshing. I did however use my phone for photography and video recording. I did enjoy tuning out of technology. One of the things I discovered, was that my fully charged iPod touch completely run out of battery, without being switched on even once.
One of the things I noticed was what I call the 'curse of comfort' is spreading fast. It is a mobile curse. People have become comfort spoled. They want their boats to be comfortable, they should have a front and rear cabin, this drives up length to 33-37ft, people want fridges, water by turning the tap, many want a TV, a good heater is a must and suddenly you realize that you consume lots of energy. This leads to overcowding in guestharbours where electricity is abundant. Suddenly sailing has become camping at sea. The good news, is that there is muh more room off the beaten track, where there is no electricity, no comfort, only lots of rocks.... People do not dare to adventure into the deeper archipelago. Next year I have to do even more power optimisation to ensure I can spend more time in 'white water' where others don't hang out. This ruggedness and wilderness is such a wonderful contrast to London. Imagine not to see any significant signs of civilisation is cool, but it requires a strict gadget diet, no battery hogging gizmos turned on...
You can run a 40ft boat off wind and solar quite comfortably, even if it's running desal and quite a wide range of other luxuries - ok so washing machines etc are difficult but self sufficiency isn't hard - with a good breeze you can do aircon as well, so it's not like it's such a terrible/difficult thing :)
Posted by: raddedas at Jul 31, 2008 3:48:21 AM
The iPod Touch is never really 'off' unless you press the top button for 3 sec then slide to power down.
Still surprised it didn't last 10 days in sleep mode though. Did you have wi-fi switched on and mail set up to auto-poll regularly?
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