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Signal K Version 1.0 released

Signal K Version 1.0 released

The standard for transferring marine data reaches an important milestone

A bit of luck puts solo racer over the top

A bit of luck puts solo racer over the top

Sailor and rower Mark Slats did all he could to participate in the 2018 Golden Globe Race

Shackleton's boat voyage remembered

Shackleton's boat voyage remembered

On April 24, 1916, 102 years ago, the 22-foot James Caird began its historic crossing of Drake Passage

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Fitting a new SSB antenna

Fitting a new SSB antenna

A couple of years ago, good friends from Islesboro, Maine, lost their rig overboard on their 40-foot sailboat off St. John’s, Newfoundland.

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.

Sailing downwind

Sailing downwind

Under the right confluence of conditions, sailing dead downwind can be as bad as catching it on the nose.

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Celestial navigation series, part one

Celestial navigation series, part one

We’re revisiting this series on navigating by the sun, moon, stars and planets in the age of GPS because celestial nav is not only a viable backup to satellite navigation, but it is also a skill that ocean voyagers should have in their toolkit.

Using the Rude Star Finder

Using the Rude Star Finder

Everything is easy once you practice. This is certainly true of what seems to be the complicated subject of precalculating available stars for a morning or evening twilight star sight.

A maritime mystery

A maritime mystery

Any discussions concerning the mysteries of the sea and sailing ships will usually include, at least amongst knowledgeable mariners, passing mention of the disappearance of Mary Celeste.

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Surface ridges

Surface ridges

I recently spent a few days in Newport, R.I., briefing clients on weather and strategy for the Newport to Bermuda sailboat race.

Lightning over the ocean

Lightning over the ocean

Thunder and lightning while underway at sea can be rather unnerving and can also present some significant risks.

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

As I write this in August of 2016, the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A couple of news stories from the first couple of days of the events noted that the weather was a factor in some events on the beach and on the water.

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Cruiser ham radio options

Cruiser ham radio options

Ham radio continues to be the choice of many offshore voyagers who prefer the independence and adaptability offered by this traditional mode of communication.

Installing a boat security system

Installing a boat security system

Installing a security system on your floating palace can involve something as simple as placing a couple of sensors for the main and forward hatches, or it can expand to a CPU-controlled network of a dozen or more touch screens and over a hundred wireless sensors distributed throughout your vessel.

Security systems for cruising vessels

Security systems for cruising vessels

Ensuring the security of a cruising boat in your home marina usually involves nothing more than clamping a padlock on the companionway, checking the dock lines and leaving the rest to marina security.

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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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