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Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Circumnavigator shows value of antifouling on prop

Keeping the prop free of growth is more a concern for power voyagers, but long range sailors want a clean wheel too

System detects electrical failure before it happens

System detects electrical failure before it happens

Non intrusive system monitors electrical devices and can detect incipient failure

Celestial author interview

Celestial author interview

ON nav problem writer David Berson talks about his new celestial navigation book

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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.

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 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.

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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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.

A "Medicane"

A "Medicane"

The title of this newsletter sounds a bit like a medical device or a healthcare plan, but it actually refers to a weather system that can form in the Mediterranean Sea and cause strong winds, heavy rains and very rough seas.

Trans-Pacific hurricanes

Trans-Pacific hurricanes

As I write this in late August, the Northern Hemisphere hurricane seasons are well underway.

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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.

Protecting hand-held electronics

Protecting hand-held electronics

As much as we love the water, the very thing we fear most with our personal electronics is an unintended dive into the briny deep.

Legacy GPS: repair or replace?

Legacy GPS: repair or replace?

Many cruisers are seeing their legacy permanent-mount GPS units gradually fade, wither and succumb to an ignominious death.

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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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