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Good primer on sailing to Bermuda

Good primer on sailing to Bermuda

A filmmaker and voyager produces an informative video on a classic offshore passage

Record fleet for World Cruising Club's Spring rallies

Record fleet for World Cruising Club's Spring rallies

Two fleets of sailors ready to depart for the USA and Europe

The masts return every every spring

The masts return every every spring

A masthead view of the early season task of re-rigging the boat

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The Achilles’ heel of hydraulic steering systems

The Achilles’ heel of hydraulic steering systems

Any steering system is just that — a system. Each part has to work with all the others for the whole system to work.

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

In a recent issue of Ocean Navigator we ran an article by Michelle Elvy and Behan Gifford on the challenges faced by voyagers in getting their life rafts properly inspected and repacked when they are outside of North America.

Dockside safety

Dockside safety

Most of the time when we get back to the dock we feel pretty safe. We are safely tied up and shore is within just a few feet so how could there be any danger?

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Assumed position

Every now and then I receive a call from some soul who wants to learn celestial navigation. I don't usually teach the practice, but the theory is essential to understanding how it all works. Once we begin a course of instruction, I expect they will stay the course until they “get it.” This could be an arduous process both for teacher and student for any number of reasons.

The foundations of good seamanship

The foundations of good seamanship

In the 18th and 19th centuries, sailors who lived long, unscathed lives were thought to be blessed with luck.

Strategies for navigating around coral

Strategies for navigating around coral

It probably goes without saying that navigating around coral in areas without perfect charts and without good sunlight is a risky proposition.

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Sticks and stones ... but words can never hurt me?

Sticks and stones ... but words can never hurt me?

Everyone has heard the old saying, but in fact words can — if not properly understood — lead to unfortunate consequences on the water.

Freezing spray

Freezing spray

For those who live in the northeastern U.S. or southeastern Canada, an unusually active stretch of severe winter weather began in late January 2015 and is ongoing in the middle of February at this writing.

Changing seasons

Columbus Day weekend has now passed in the U.S. at the time of this writing, and there are certainly signs on the weather maps of the North Atlantic and North Pacific of the more active weather patterns characteristic of the colder season beginning to show up.

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Marine high-frequency single sideband radio, Part II

In my last Web Exclusive, we talked in general about the many uses of Marine HF-SSB radio and we will now get specific about one of the premiere transceivers available to the yachtsman and recreational boaters, the ICOM IC-M802.

Marine high-frequency single sideband uses, Part 1

Bluewater sailors need to consider HF-SSB as a serious option for their long-range communications.

Maritime technology vs. safety

The modern yacht has more in common with the fictitious Starship Enterprise then it has with seagoing vessels of just a decade ago. This is due to the rapid and complete proliferation of computerized electronics and their networking together to provide unparalleled monitoring, control, and informational display systems.

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Events & Seminars

Beneteau Rendezvous

Beneteau Rendezvous

2015.06.05

We are excited to host our 2015 Beneteau Rendezvous at Baltimore Marine Center’s Lighthouse Point Marina, June 5 – 7, 2015....

Take the Helm: 14th Woman's Sailing Conference

2015.06.06

WHO: Women sailors of all abilities WHAT: An all day conference on recreational sailing and cruising for women. Learn some basics or...

SSCA Summer Solstice Gam

2015.06.19

The 3rd Annual SSCA Summer Solstice Gam in Essex, CT will once again be held in June. Be sure to include a five-mile trip up the Connecticut River...

Marion to Bermuda Race

Marion to Bermuda Race

2015.06.19

Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race will start in Buzzards Bay off Marion, Massachusetts, and finish off St. David’s Head, Bermuda....