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New Hurricane App

The Red Cross hurricane app allows you to see the hurricane history of your favorite cruising grounds.

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The American Red Cross has released a useful free app for your iToy and Android device that allows you to track hurricanes. Developed to help people find shelters and resources in hard-hit hurricane holes, the app can also help cruisers keep track of systems coming their way. You can enable it to alert you when hurricanes are coming near your location (using the device’s GPS signal) or you can add places you’d like to receive alerts about, such as Mazatlan or Cabo. One nifty feature is seeing the history of hurricanes of a particular place. While it may not be an app you use every day, it’s certainly worth adding to your weather suite.

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Sometimes boat names are funny, even if they weren’t meant to be. For example, a few days ago we were tied up at the Cal YC in Marina del Rey, and noticed a pretty good sized powerboat across the fairway.