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Life at sea

Life at sea

From a head wound that required stitches to the camaraderie of shipmates, an account of a passage

2017 Husick Award nominees

2017 Husick Award nominees

This year's Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award product nominees range from innovative software to hardware solutions

63,000 boats damaged or destroyed

63,000 boats damaged or destroyed

Boat US says Hurricanes Harvey and Irma damaged or wrecked roughly $655 million worth of watercraft

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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.

What is the ITCZ and why does it matter?

What is the ITCZ and why does it matter?

We were warned about the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) well before we left on our Pacific crossing.

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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Lunitidal interval

Lunitidal interval

In the small village where I live, I have spread my reputation as someone who knows a thing or two about celestial navigation.

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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An active hurricane season

An active hurricane season

In late October, we are currently in the waning weeks of the 2017 hurricane season in the northern hemisphere, and in many ways it has been one for the ages.

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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Ham radio installation for voyagers

Ham radio installation for voyagers

Many sailors transitioning into offshore cruising still opt for the versatility of ham radio to communicate with other vessels and to take advantage of SailMail or Winlink with a Pactor modem.

Cruising with ham radio

Cruising with ham radio

Serious cruisers have depended on amateur ham single sideband radio (SSB) since the early 1960s.

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

The days of cutting holes in bulkheads and running stereo speaker wires behind and around a maze of built-in furniture and appliances throughout the cabin are gradually coming to an end — at least at the humbler end of the cruiser spectrum.

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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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