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Coast Guard rescues voyagers off New Jersey

Coast Guard rescues voyagers off New Jersey

USCG Dolphin helo hoisted sailors to safety from capsized boat 65 miles east of Atlantic City

Haul out in South Africa video

Haul out in South Africa video

Another informative video from voyagers Patrick and Rebecca Childress on preparations for hauling a boat

Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Keeping the prop free of growth is more a concern for power voyagers, but long range sailors want a clean wheel too

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Reincarnation for retired flip-flops

Reincarnation for retired flip-flops

Retired flip-flops have proven to be incredibly useful on board our Tayana 37, Active Transport.

Satellite hot spot offshore

Satellite hot spot offshore

In a recent issue, we spoke about our selection of software for our upcoming passages across the Indian Ocean (“Voyaging electronics,” July/August 2018).

Plugging bottom holes

Our very well-preserved 1972 Tartan 34.5 had two paddle wheel-type knot meters and two 2-inch thru-hull depth sounder transducers.

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The wandering magnetic pole

The wandering magnetic pole

The Earth’s Magnetic North Pole, where the lines of magnetic force enter the Earth perpendicular to the globe’s surface, is actually a wandering location.

Celestial navigation series, part six

Celestial navigation series, part six

In this installment, we’ll cover time, time zones and the Nautical Almanac.

Celestial navigation series, part 5

Celestial navigation series, part 5

In this installment, we’ll cover sextants and sight taking, and the corrections you’ll need to apply to your sight.

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Southern Indian Ocean hurricanes

Southern Indian Ocean hurricanes

At this time of year, tropical storms and hurricanes are not high in the consciousness of those of us in the Northern Hemisphere as the hurricane season has not yet begun.

Odds and ends

Odds and ends

As we finish up 2018, I thought I would use this newsletter to talk briefly about a couple of topics rather than go into more detail about one topic.

A "Medicane"

A "Medicane"

The title of this newsletter sounds a bit like a medical device or a healthcare plan, but it actually refers to a weather system that can form in the Mediterranean Sea and cause strong winds, heavy rains and very rough seas.

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Dependable multimeters

Dependable multimeters

The proliferation of electronic navigation, communication, power and security systems on modern yachts demands a dependable means of diagnosing these systems when they fail or fall short in performance.

Analog instrument displays

Analog instrument displays

Most cruising sailors demand state-of-the-art electronic navigation systems for their vessels, but many skippers also like to preserve a traditional look in the displays they install in the cockpit.

Protecting hand-held electronics

Protecting hand-held electronics

As much as we love the water, the very thing we fear most with our personal electronics is an unintended dive into the briny deep.

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Time to update your charts?

Time to update your charts?

Of course chart printers and digital charting companies want you to keep purchasing new charts. Who wouldn’t want the latest charts?

Charting electrics

Electronics are wonderful as long as the electrons keep flowing, but they are useless once the power ends — and it always does eventually!

Cool stuff for a cool season

Cool stuff for a cool season

OK — I just dated myself with that title, but "cool" is the only appropriate word, in my opinion, for this potpourri of charting goodness.

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