January/February 2014

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Kiteboat sailors aim for Hawaii

The catamaran-hydrofoil flies over the waves. The boat has a telescopic mast in the center, but no sails. It is pulled by a huge kite dancing in the wind 65 to 180 feet above the boat.

Solo row from Japan to Alaska

British adventurer, Sarah Outen, arrived in Adak in the Aleutian Islands on Sept. 23, 2013, becoming the first person to ever row solo, west to east, from Japan to Alaska — a voyage of 3,750 nautical miles.

The ultimate offshore seamanship experience

There are few better ways to learn seamanship and navigation than going offshore.

Satellite images give families a glimmer of hope

Families of the seven crewmembers who went missing when the schooner Nina went down in the Tasman Sea in June 2013 were encouraged when satellite images captured on Sept. 15 approximately 184 miles west of Norfolk Island offered fuzzy images of what may have been the schooner or one of its life rafts.

2013 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Awards

The year 2013 was another year of great marine technology products. Some of those products were nominated by our panel of judges for consideration for the Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, named for the late Ocean Navigator contributing editor who had a comprehensive grasp of and was a great advocate for marine technology.

Patton’s schooner restored

General George S. Patton had a dream. When, and if he returned from World War II, Patton planned to sail around the world in a schooner he had built for himself and his family.

Oracle to recycle USA-71

Oracle Team USA, winner of the 2013 America’s Cup, collaborating with the Boeing Co. to recycle 7,000 pounds of carbon fiber from the race boat USA-71, originally built for the 2003 America’s Cup.

The Sea and Civilization: A Maritime History of the World

Virtual AIS set to grow

Organizers of the recent America’s Cup races in San Francisco Bay had an important task: keeping spectator boats away from the race course. This need was heightened by the high speeds of the foiling multihulls in the race; the potential for a nasty high-speed collision was real. One tool used to address this problem was virtual AIS: a local AIS beacon station broadcasts race boundary lines that appear on spectators’ electronic charts.

Engine essentials

Familiarity with the heart of your power voyaging boat, your engine, is the best way to enjoy cruising with confidence. Spending thousands of offshore miles training with clients has helped me outline some key points to focus on so that each owner can “dial-in” the essentials of their engines.

First passage as captain

Satellite phone a necessity offshore?

A sailboat electric-energy system

The outside route

It was about mid-day when I asked the dockmaster in Jersey City what she had been hearing about weather for the next few days.

Braving the gap winds

We slipped out of Guaymas, Mexico, in the northern Sea of Cortez, in late October aboard our Tayana 37 sloop Anna. This was only the first part of a 2,500-nm passage from northern Mexico to the Perlas archipelago in the Gulf of Panama. A trip that would take us through the dreaded Gulfs of Tehuantepec and Papagayo with their possible gale-force winds and choppy seas.

Deficit reduction

For as long as I have been experimenting with boat electrical systems, the limiting factor in DC systems design (and, indirectly, much AC systems design) has been the low charge acceptance rate of traditional lead-acid batteries (whether wet cell, gel cell or AGM).

Voyaging gensets

A look at the steady improvement of marine generators

Preparing for storms at sea

If we have time to prepare and a lot of sea room, Nine of Cups, our Liberty 458 cutter, handles the rough weather pretty well

January/February 2014 Issue 215: The short-lived schooner Columbia

Puritan, Mayflower, Columbia; these were the names of some of the great Gloucester fishing schooners that elbowed their way into public consciousness during the early part of the 20th century.

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