Archive of: Teaser

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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. With good historical accuracy, Patrick O’Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin series of books has his characters follow his hero — the lucky Jack Aubrey — from ship to ship, partly because Jack seems to be imbued with this quality. Sailors today are not so superstitious; they know that good seamanship is often the source of much good luck.

Web Exclusives 2014
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.

May/June 2014

21st Century Marine Network Standard NMEA 2000

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 2000 Marine Network Standard is a big enabling factor driving the ongoing trend toward onboard networking of electronic systems

Web Exclusives 2013

The myths of Orion

Web Exclusives 2013
Reducing radio noise and interference

Reducing radio noise and interference

How often have you heard a voyager complain that every time they try to use their SSB, it kills their autopilot?

Ocean Voyager 2013
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.

November/December 2013
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.

November/December 2013
Marine networking evolution

Marine networking evolution

It was a heady atmosphere during the 1957 New York Boat Show. The buzzwords were “automotive styling” for boats: prominent space age fins, curved windshields, and chrome. Meanwhile a Raytheon 1700 radar cost just $2,195. What proved the most important development of all, however, was that a group of marine electronics dealers desiring a unified voice formed the National Marine Electronics Association.

September 2013
Info and entertainment at sea

Info and entertainment at sea

Long bluewater passages can be daunting, for seasoned hands as well as for sailors venturing into their first major offshore adventure.

July/August 2013
Electronics standards: The old and the new

Electronics standards: The old and the new

This summer two announcements by the National Marine Electronics Association highlighted the ways that the marine electronics field is like many of the boaters it serves: it has a fondness for the latest technology yet with a deep conservatism in not wanting to change what works

November/December 2012
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