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Oliver Hazard Perry harbor mishap

Oliver Hazard Perry harbor mishap

A loss of engine power and a stiff breeze combine for a brief but exciting incident

An electronic chart wrinkle

An electronic chart wrinkle

Nav expert David Burch describes how electronic chart programs sometimes deviate on small details

Voyagers could encounter unmanned work boats soon

Voyagers could encounter unmanned work boats soon

A Boston-based company is offering the first autonomous vessel control system

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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.

Easy-to-make fender covers

Easy-to-make fender covers

Fenders, as most sailors know, act as bumpers to keep your boat off the dock and prevent its hull from being scratched or chafed by whatever protrudes from the dock, like cement or wood pilings.

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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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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Tides in the atmosphere

Tides in the atmosphere

Mariners are quite familiar with tides in most parts of the world, and most probably have a tide table posted on the refrigerator door, in the truck or on board at the nav station.

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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Cruising with ham radio

Cruising with ham radio

Serious cruisers have depended on amateur ham single sideband radio (SSB) since the early 1960s.

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

The days of cutting holes in bulkheads and running stereo speaker wires behind and around a maze of built-in furniture and appliances throughout the cabin are gradually coming to an end — at least at the humbler end of the cruiser spectrum.

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.

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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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Check Our Voyaging Tips Videos

In this video we look at how to properly use shore power adapters.
 

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10th Annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival

2017.11.04

Friends of Casco Bay is delighted to host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center for the 10th...

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SSCA Melbourne Gam

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