Voyaging Under Power

Title Issue
Sizing a crane for dinghy handling

Sizing a crane for dinghy handling

Their dinghy exploration of the coral reefs over, it was time to get the dinghy back on board. The cable was hooked up to the lifting harness and the dinghy began to rise out of the water.

May/June 2013
Balancing speed with fuel consumption

Balancing speed with fuel consumption

Aboard Del Viento, our 1978 Fuji 40 sloop, fuel consumption had long been a bit of a mystery. I knew that we improved fuel economy when we throttled back, but by how much? What was the tradeoff for a longer passage? By how much could we increase our range? Where was the sweet spot?

March/April 2013
Anchoring issues

Anchoring issues

There are three kinds of boaters: those who have gone aground, those who will go aground, and those who have gone aground but lie about it.

January/February 2013
The ultimate navigation platform?

The ultimate navigation platform?

Recently, while power voyaging on the Maine coast, with my wife at the helm of our 40-year-old Grand Banks 32 single-screw trawler, I was out in the cockpit doing a couple of late-morning sun sights.

November/December 2012
Staying dry in a Mexican gale

Staying dry in a Mexican gale

The Gulf of Tehuantepec, on the Pacific side of the Isthmus of Tehuantepec, can have gale-force winds. These winds produce steep waves that grow as they head offshore. To avoid the awful square waves, a vessel must transit within a half mile of shore.

July/August 2012
More efficient power voyaging?

More efficient power voyaging?

Nearly a century ago, powerboat design, to paraphrase Yogi Berra, “came to a fork in the road and took it.” We may have chosen the “wrong fork.” In light of today’s ever-rising fuel costs, this appears to be no idle concern.

May/June 2012
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