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The equation of time

The equation of time

Mention the phrase “equation of time,” and most people will probably think you are speaking of some obscure economic formula that has to do with life expectancy versus retirement income. But we celestial navigators we know better. Or do we?

Web Exclusives 2014
Basic coastal nav with triangles and dividers

Basic coastal nav with triangles and dividers

Knowing some traditional navigation skills not only adds to voyaging safety, but gives a wonderful feeling of satisfaction and self-reliance in an era of powerful technology.

March/April 2014
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
A final star to Bermuda

A final star to Bermuda

It was 0430 and the question was: Do you know where your boat is?

September 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
Satphone roundup

Satphone roundup

The saga of the satellite phone is an intriguing story of ups and downs. Both Iridium and Globalstar, the two original satellite phone companies from the 1990s, went bankrupt, were sold and re-emerged in the 2000s as viable operations. In 2007, Inmarsat joined in with its own satellite phone. Now, Globalstar is selling a satphone via its Spot subsidiary called the Spot Global Phone. This new Spot-labeled phone is a good opportunity to review the satphone landscape of what you can expect from these devices.

July/August 2013
Sandy Isle and crowd sourcing

Sandy Isle and crowd sourcing

In late November 2012, many news outlets carried the story of Sandy Island. According to numerous charts and maps, the 15-mile-long island was located in the South Pacific between New Caledonia and Australia.

March/April 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
Still holding its own

Still holding its own

HF radio continues to enjoy a dominant position in offshore communications within the cruising community.

July/August 2012
Professional radar, poor visibility

Professional radar, poor visibility

Voyagers usually over estimate big ships’ ability to detect recreational boats on radar

January/February 2012
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