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Former Figaro boats will provide offshore opportunity

Former Figaro boats will provide offshore opportunity

Newly formed Collegiate Offshore Sailing Circuit offers Figaro 2 boats to college sailing teams

Teenage climate activist will sail to New York

Teenage climate activist will sail to New York

To avoid flying Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg will take race boat across Atlantic

Uncertain fate awaits last sail tanker

Uncertain fate awaits last sail tanker

Challenges face effort to return Falls of Clyde to Glasgow, Scotland

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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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