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 Aids to Navigation work continues

Aids to Navigation work continues

Even amid the COVID crisis, buoys and lights are still maintained to keep shipping lanes navigable

A harbor to ride it out

A harbor to ride it out

A voyager looks at the value of a home port in times of crisis

Dealing with hull blisters

Dealing with hull blisters

In his latest video, voyager Patrick Childress repairs a fleet of hull blisters

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Grabbing a mooring ball

Grabbing a mooring ball

Watching someone pick up a mooring ball has always been a source of amusement while sitting at anchor with an afternoon cocktail in hand.

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).

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Celestial navigation series, part 11

Celestial navigation series, part 11

In this installment, we’ll cover how to reduce a noon sight and also how to get latitude by shooting Polaris, the pole star.

Celestial navigation series, part 10

Celestial navigation series, part 10

In this installment, we’ll cover how to reduce a planet sight; we’ll include a step-by-step breakdown of how to reduce star and planet sights, and we will also include a star sight problem to solve as a way to review what you learned in the last installment.

Celestial navigation series, part nine

Celestial navigation series, part nine

In this installment, we’ll cover how to reduce a star sight and how to use HO 249 Vol. 1 to precalcuate what stars will be available.

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Hurricane Humberto

Hurricane Humberto

The 2019 Atlantic hurricane season has been rather active so far, and the historic peak of the season, which is Sept. 10, is two weeks in the rear-view mirror at the time of this newsletter.

Heading north or south

Heading north or south

As we have passed the summer solstice, many U.S. ocean voyagers may be heading north or south of the border.

Prediction says fewer hurricanes

Prediction says fewer hurricanes

Andrea, Barry and Chantal are just three of the names to be given to Atlantic hurricanes this year by NOAA, which in April released the full list of names that will be used in 2019.

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Selecting the right VHF antenna

Selecting the right VHF antenna

A flash of white light broke the darkness as Saltaire motor-bashed into a light gale late one night in the Bay of Panama.

The cutting edge in EPIRBs

The cutting edge in EPIRBs

Since emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) made their debut as an aid for tracking crashed U.S. military aircraft in the 1950s, this technology has steadily evolved into more compact, highly accurate, life-saving devices priced well within the budget of any serious cruising sailor.

GPS smartwatches

GPS smartwatches

The race to combine a wide assortment of technology in small, hand-held wearable devices has recently yielded a new animal: the GPS-capable smartwatch.

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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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