I've recently been doing some GeekZone videos that cover how various pieces of equipment, electronics, software, applications, etc. perform in real life under real sailing conditions. I'll keep that up and will post links to such videos, blog posts, etc. here when I do them and think they are applicable.
I'd like to encourage others to do the same so we can have a centralized thread of what REALLY works and what doesn't - IRL - when it comes to different kinds of gear. When newb sailors are researching this stuff, it's always great to separate theory from reality. So, let's do this.
A quick example I can start with is a comparison of a crappy Jabsco water regulator purchased at West Marine for $54 which failed after 6-8 months, and a WAY better Shurflo chrome regulator purchased from Amazon for $37 (it's $65 at West Marine). The new Jabsco was replacing an older Jabsco which had also failed.
The Shurflow is still going strong 2 years later. So which would you rather have - IRL?
I'll also be covering other things like LED bulbs, for example. As I posted here a couple of years ago, I purchased some of the cheap LED bulbs off Amazon to replace the incandescents in the fixtures on DAWN TREADER. They've been great.
As a test, I powered a couple of the bulbs NON-STOP
for a year - 24 hours a day. No problems at all. Still going strong. I'm impressed.
So, lots more to come. Stay tuned.