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Paper charts in jeopardy?

Paper charts in jeopardy?

NOAA's National Charting Plan suggests that phasing out paper and raster digital charts is likely to happen

Account of a mid-ocean rescue

Account of a mid-ocean rescue

A race boat in the Antigua Bermuda comes to the aid of a competitor and rescues its crew

More Atlantic Ice Islands

More Atlantic Ice Islands

The International Ice Patrol has spotted more icebergs than normal for April

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Stuffing box inspection and replacement

Stuffing box inspection and replacement

The stuffing box is a critical part of the boat. It allows a driveshaft to spin through the hull without allowing water to pour into the vessel. These units are often deep down in the boat, behind the engine and with limited access.

Sailing downwind

Sailing downwind

Under the right confluence of conditions, sailing dead downwind can be as bad as catching it on the nose.

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

If you’ve ever attempted to eat fish three meals a day, you can appreciate the importance of preservation methods.

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Lunitidal interval

Lunitidal interval

In the small village where I live, I have spread my reputation as someone who knows a thing or two about celestial navigation.

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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An early start to the tropical season

An early start to the tropical season

In a few months when the Atlantic tropical season gets underway, many folks might wonder why the first named storm at that time begins with “B” instead of “A.”

Lightning over the ocean

Lightning over the ocean

Thunder and lightning while underway at sea can be rather unnerving and can also present some significant risks.

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

As I write this in August of 2016, the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A couple of news stories from the first couple of days of the events noted that the weather was a factor in some events on the beach and on the water.

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Battery charge monitoring

Battery charge monitoring

Battery charge is one critically important function that appears to have been left out of the race to integrate monitoring on today’s pleasure craft.

Broadband satellite communication

Broadband satellite communication

Worldwide access to full-service broadband phone and Internet communications is gradually coming down in price as it grows in dependability and popularity.

Hand-held satellite communications

Hand-held satellite communications

Satellite technology in telephone communications has evolved into an option that is virtually de rigueur on the contemporary cruising yacht.

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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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Sponsored by Mantus Anchors

In this video Ellen and Seth Leonard talk about anchoring in the Arctic and show us some of the windswept locations where they stopped. They relied on their Mantus gear in challenging conditions and it came through for them. 

 

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