January/February 2017

Edit ModuleShow Tags

Ocean Navigator

Five boats in the path of Hurricane Matthew

By the morning of Saturday, Oct. 1, Dan Decker knew the long wait was over.

Sailor missing during trans-Pacific record attempt

Chinese sailor Guo Chuan went missing and likely perished last month while trying to break the nonstop trans-Pacific world record.

Captain’s actions, vessel condition factors in fatal accident

The sailor who died last year while the Coast Guard towed his vessel back to Hawaii had attached the towline to a “jury-rigged mast” that snapped while in transit, according to a Coast Guard accident report.

Schooner captain turned artist

Richard Perkins, formerly a squared-rigger sailor and schooner captain, is a watercolorist living in Concord, Mass.

The Inexplicable Attraction of Ocean Cruising

Contributing editor Eric Forsyth is an easygoing, humble fellow.

Steinbeck vessel undergoing restoration

The historic vessel used by author John Steinbeck during a voyage to Mexico is undergoing a major restoration at a Washington state boatyard.

National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts nine

Nine sailing legends were inducted into the National Sailing Hall of Fame in an Oct. 30 ceremony at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco.

Finding Pax

This is a love story. I’m not talking about romantic love. I’m talking about obsessive love; a woman’s love, indeed adoration, for an inanimate object — in this case a wooden boat.

2016 Chuck Husick Award winner

Every year via the Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, Ocean Navigator looks at the latest offerings in marine tech — new products, new online services, new ways of approaching the challenges of voyaging.

Drop-in for smart voltage regulation

When you think of advances in marine technology, it’s likely that most voyagers think of flashy items such as radar or multifunction displays or autopilots.

Trawler hand tools

One frequent question I hear from my trawler clients is, “What hand tools should I have on board?”

Thoughts about trawler tools

Finding the source

We had been anchoring on the southeast side of the Thailand tourist island of Koh Chang (Elephant Island), in the Gulf of Thailand.

The thrill of the fix

Technologies are invented and adopted because they make some aspect of human life easier or more efficient.

Novice sailors on the Aegean

A few years ago, the idea of sailing and rock climbing in the Mediterranean was a mere fantasy to our group of close friends, most of whom had never actually been on a real sailboat.

Under power in the frozen North

Migration’s stainless steel-clad stem came to rest gently against the polar ice pack, a mere 520 miles from the North Pole.

Staying on course with Wi-Fi

Enjoying fingertip wireless access to the Internet while sailing in coastal waters has become a way of life for many sailors.

Reliable Wi-Fi getting easier to find for a price

Starting in the mid-2000s, sailors and power voyagers could install a relatively simple Wi-Fi system on their vessels to capture free Internet up to a mile away.

Are you over-propped?

Before heading out on a long multi-year trip, you might want to consider taking a good look at your propeller.

January/February Issue 238: Rounding the Horn

From the time it was discovered in 1616 by the Dutchman Willem Schouten, and named for the town of his birth, Hoorn, Cape Horn has held the image of doom and redemption, heartache and tragedy in the minds of mariners.

Connect with us