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Voyagers discuss whale strikes

Voyagers discuss whale strikes

What to do after an encounter with a whale

Figure Eight voyage complete

Figure Eight voyage complete

Sailor Randall Reeves has traced a huge figure eight in the world's oceans in a single year

Apologies to Attainable Adventure Cruising and John Harries

Apologies to Attainable Adventure Cruising and John Harries

Setting straight a photo misuse and correcting a false implication

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Anchor chain swivels

Anchor chain swivels

Recently, there has been a good deal of interest in swivels placed between one’s anchor and chain.

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 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.

Celestial navigation series, part eight

Celestial navigation series, part eight

In this installment, we’ll cover running fixes and the hierarchy of positions from dead reckoning position to multiple simultaneous lines of position fixes.

Celestial navigation series, part seven

Celestial navigation series, part seven

In this installment, we’ll cover the HO 249 sight reduction tables and how to plot a line of position (LOP).

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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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AIS/GPS VHF with target display

AIS/GPS VHF with target display

AIS, GPS and a VHF radio with DSC are all must-haves on the modern cruising yacht. Now imagine having all of these features in one device.

Traditional depth sounders

Traditional depth sounders

Traditional depth sounders seem to get short shrift in dockside conversation these days, owing of course to the proliferation of multifunction chartplotters and the array of information they offer to cruisers with fingertip ease.

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.

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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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