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Diesel fuel systems webinar

Diesel fuel systems webinar

Internet meetings allow boat owners to keep learning via their computer screens

Voyagers in need

Voyagers in need

Live-aboard sailors and regular ON contributors battle COVID-19 in Cape Town

Sailing on the South African Coast

Sailing on the South African Coast

In this video Patrick and Rebecca Childress on the Valiant 40 Brick House head south from Richards Bay

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Sleep deprivation

Sleep deprivation

You are headed into rough weather and thinking to yourself that you’re not going to get much sleep in the next few days.

All wave energy must pass

All wave energy must pass

The weather is approaching, and you are checking the lines on your boat.

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.

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Geographic range of a light

Geographic range of a light

Lighthouse visibility is available on charts, both paper and digital, and is stated in terms of nominal range.

Celestial navigation series, part 12

Celestial navigation series, part 12

In this installment, we’ll discover moon sights and how they add a useful celestial body to your arsenal. We will also look at how to use celestial navigation techniques to determine your vessel’s compass deviation.

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.

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Weathering the pandemic

Weathering the pandemic

The global coronavirus pandemic has affected all of our lives in countless ways, and ocean voyagers are no exception.

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.

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Graphic depth sounders for cruisers

Graphic depth sounders for cruisers

An important function of a chartplotter aboard today’s cruising yacht is its sonar bottom-scanning system.

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.

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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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