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Power voyaging guru

Power voyaging guru

Trawler expert Jeff Merrill's regular contributions to ON's power voyaging column have a second home

Fundraiser for former Ocean Star captain

Fundraiser for former Ocean Star captain

Virginia Wagner, who captained the ON schooner Ocean Star and numerous other vessels, battles illness

2014 Chuck Husick Award winner

2014 Chuck Husick Award winner

The winner of the Chuck Husick award was from marine communications mainstay Icom

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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?

The right stuff

The right stuff

With a little imagination, voyagers can find jury rig supplies just about anywhere

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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.

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.

Getting the message

Getting the message

Voyagers venturing beyond the reach of cellular transmissions used to have only two communications tools at their disposal: HF SSB radio and satellite phones.

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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.

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

Seeing global winds

Seeing global winds

You’ve heard of working for peanuts, but how about for pickled herring? Software developer Cameron Beccario, who devised a fascinating and informative global weather visualization website called “earth”, has been offered pickled herring and salmon from an Alaskan commercial fisherman, a confessed big fan of “earth.”

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Hands-on with Garmin electronics

Hands-on with Garmin electronics

I recently had the opportunity for a great voyaging adventure and thought I could mix a little business with pleasure by reporting on my experience with some new Garmin electronics.

Proper storage and disposal of batteries

Proper storage and disposal of batteries

As sailors we realize that one important issue in today's world of portable electronics is the proper storage and disposal of batteries.

Smartphone VHF

Smartphone VHF

More and more sailors are relying on smartphone and tablet applications to do everything from getting weather, plotting courses, and even inventorying their gear.

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Events & Seminars

NARC 2014 Rally

2014.10.31

  Saturday Nov 1st is the target starting date. Plan to be in Newport at the Newport Yachting Center no...

SSCA Melbourne Gam

2014.11.14

  Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. and is open to all members, both...

SSCA Pohnpei Gam

2014.12.26

More info coming soon.