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Good News. I just downloaded (4.77GB) the new MacOSX Sierra and the cruising and travel guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu work fine on the newest Mac OS. The download and installation went without a single problem and my little Mac works perfectly.
But - don't do this while cruising. Wait till you get home.
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Windows 10 and other programs upload and download data in the background without notifying the user - this can create serious problems for cruisers using a satellite phone or a mobile phone to connect to the Internet. Here is how to stop the data parasites from munching your mobile data use. http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/how-to-stop-background-downoads-while-cruising.html
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Easier is to use a non Windows 10 device or an android smartphone and block background data (in android settings, battery, turn battery saver which block all background download data) + set you app updates to manual only. That should do the trick. . 
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"When you don't know what you're doing, you spend a lot of time doing it." Quote from Admiral Freddy.
When you get our cruising guide, please save yourself a lot of time by clicking on the ? icon and read the file on how to use the guide.
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We have just updated the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia and the Cruising Guide to Vanuatu for Mac and Windows 10. The March 2016 version includes the latest version of the Flash Player, new images, and updated information on Internet, mobile phone and various services. We added local tide offset information to many anchorages. The new guides work well on Windows 10 tablets.
Find out more about updating your guide on http://www.cruising-newcaledonia.com/upgrades.html



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Check out this brand new site with hundreds of images of the wonders of New Caledonia. Please use the links on the top of the pages to share the site with your friends.
Photos of New Caledonia lagoon, wilderness, islands, coral reefs, sights, waterfalls, rivers, flowers, orchids, culture and more.
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Whale watchers are having a great season in New Caledonia. The humpback whales have come close to Noumea and last week were cavorting just off the Meridian Hotel! The weather is splendid too.
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Mac OSX and various Mac Apps constantly upload and download data in the background, which is fine when you are home with a good Internet connection. But when you are cruising, using a satellite phone or mobile phone data plan all that uploading and downloading will gobble up gigabytes of expensive data usage. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to stop Mac from wiping out your mobile online data budget:
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https://www.windyty.com has just added a new global forecasting system to it's magical weather display. Just above the Overlay selection is a button to change between the well known GFS forecasts to the new ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts) which claims to be be more accurate than GFS. We'll see if it is, but meantime it serves a super beneficial purpose for sailors. If you click on GFS then ECMWF and the wind or rain patterns more or less agree then the weather is predictable. You can sail or not depending on if the winds are favorable. If the two supercomputers disagree substantially the weather is NOT predictable (don't set sail).
Wind map and weather forecast
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Come do a virtual tour of the New Caledonia Lagoon with full screen sphere images from underwater to aerials.
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Many sailors heading for New Caledonia need to know if their mobile phone or tablet will work here - and for that they need to know the 4G and 3G bands used in New Caledonia AND the frequencies available on their own phone or tablet.
New Caledonia uses these frequencies with 3G covering almost all of the coastline and lagoon of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands and Isle of Pines. (The Cruising Guide to New Caledonia gives you the actual signal strength in each anchorage).
4G Lte Bands 3 (1800MHz), 7 (2600MHz), 20 (800MHz)
3G WCDMA Bands 1 (2100MHz H-IMT), 8 (900 MHz E-GSM) (Normal for Australia, New Zealand and Europe - not for US or Japanese phones).
GSM works with almost all phones.
Of course you MUST have an UNLOCKED phone to use a local pay-in-advance sim card (roaming is idiotically expensive but the local pay-in-advance sim card data is wonderfully inexpensive). So after making sure your phone or tablet is unlocked you need to find out what frequencies it has by visiting:
http://www.gsmarena.com/

GSMArena.com - The ultimate resource for GSM handset information
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The world's best weather site just got better with an improved user interface, pro-level weather predictions and details for any location in the world, and an astounding 14-day animated weather preview.
 
https://www.windyty.com/?-21.500,165.500,5
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SeaMercy.org has been helping islanders in the South Pacific for years and doing a great job. This year they are planning a major expedition to Va nuatu with several volunteer yachts. You can join the fleet or make a donation to the effort to help the villagers of Vanuatu rebuild after the devastating Cyclone.
http://www.seamercy.org/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=20
Donations: Sea Mercy is a US based 501(c)3 organization (Since 2012) and all donations are tax deductable. We use the secure PayPal processing for credit card and PayPal donations. Cyclone Pam Devastates the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu ...
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Sailing in New Caledonia and Vanuatu
Introduction
Here is the latest information about sailing, cruising, and yachting in New Caledonia an Vanuatu. We'll keep you posted on what's new and invite all those with a maritime interest in Vanuatu and New Caledonia to share their nautical experiences, photos, and information about cruising in these fascinating South Pacific island countries. We appreciate feedback on our cruising guides to New Caledonia and Vanuatu.