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Our Yachting Adventures
Below is a list of links to the main pages about our yacht, Catlypso and our Our Yachting Adventures:
  • Purchase of Catlypso
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    Michael and Kelly's 4WD Trips
    Click here for a list of our Four Wheel Drive and Camping Trips.
    Current Kareela Weather
    A summary of the current weather conditions at our house at Kareela, Sydney, is below. Click here for more Detailed Diving Weather and Conditions. Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station


    Conditions at
    23:49 on 23/1/17

     
    Temperature 25.6°C
    Humidity 65.0%
    Barometer 1003.4hPa
    Rate -0.3hPa/hr
    Wind Speed: 0 km/hr
    Wind Direction S
    Rainfall for Today 0.0mm
    Rainfall last hour 0.0 mm
    Rainfall last 24 hours 0.0 mm
    Rainfall at Start of Month 814.6 mm
    Rainfall this Year 827.0 mm
    Today's Extremes
    High Temperature 31.2°C at 15:48
    Low Temperature 20.9°C at 6:27
    Peak Wind Gust 0km/hr at 0:00
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Kirrawee Weather Station
    Yesterday's Extremes
    High Temperature 27.5°C at 17:11
    Low Temperature 19.8°C at 6:29
    Rainfall at Start of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Rainfall at End of Yesterday 827.0 mm
    Weather from Michael McFadyen's Tempe Weather Station
    Astronomical Data
    Sunrise 5:06
    Sunset 19:05
    Moonrise 1:09
    Moonset 15:04

    Home Brewing
    Click here for an article about Home Brewing.
    Sydney Dive Site Hints
    "Balmoral Baths has lots of White's sea horses on the net"
    Catlypso - Toys for Boys (and Girls)
    Michael McFadyen's Scuba Diving - Catlypso's Toys

    Catlypso

    Over the past few years we have purchased a few items, possibly considered toys by some, but things that we think have made our sailing easier and safer. Over the coming weeks we will add details about these items.

    Spot DeviceCatlypsoThis device enables us to let our family and friends know where we are at any time. It utilises GPS technology and the satellite phone network to transmit our location to Spot and then via email, SMS to people we nominate. We can also link it into our Facebook page and this web site.
    The device is relatively cheap (this one is a Spot 2 and no longer available) and costs about AU$200 per year for the service.
    Portable GPSCatlypsoThis simple GPS is used for navigating our dinghy in and out of shallow or reef areas, especially when it is darker. We also use it for locating dive sites.
    RangefinderCatlypsoThis is a golf rangefinder. We use it to check distances to other boats when anchoring and also to the shore to make certain we are not too close.
    CatlypsoThis is the screen you see, the distance is given above the cross-hairs, a bit hard to see in this photo. Very simple to use. Cost was about AU$130 from Ebay.
    Night VisionCatlypsoThis is a night vision device we purchased from Aldi. It not only intensifies the weak night time light, it has infrared for closer viewing. It shows up mooring buoys clearly as well as dimly lit boats. You can also take photographs and video to a micro SD card.

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