September 2014

Ocean Navigator

2014 Atlantic hurricane outlook

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a near-normal or below-normal season for Atlantic hurricanes.

Beyou wins 2014 Solitaire du Figaro

Jérémie Beyou, 38, has won the 2014 Solitaire du Figaro ocean race, finishing in Cherbourg, France, on July 2.

Brokerage venue for Annapolis show

This year’s United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., (Oct. 9-13), is expanding to feature a selection of previously-owned sailboats in a floating marina in St. Mary’s Cove.

Ocean rower hopes for vessel return

Solo ocean rower Daryl Farmer was forced to abandon his attempt to row from California to Hawaii while competing in the Great Pacific Race.

Long-distance Laser sailor abandons trip

Chesapeake Laser sailor Robert Suhay, 51, was forced to give up his attempt at sailing a 14-foot Laser non-stop and unassisted from Norfolk, Va., to Pooles Island near Chestertown, Md., a distance of approximately 320 nautical miles.

Some voyagers avoid Croatia

Some European voyaging sailors are leaving or avoiding Croatia in response to European Union (EU) fees for vessel documentation.

USCG report finds fault with Bounty captain

A U.S. Coast Guard report released on June 12 stated that both the captain and the company that owned the 52-year-old HMS Bounty, the HMS Bounty Organization LLC, “committed acts of negligence” that caused the tragedy that killed the captain and another crewmember.

Sextant: A Young Man’s Daring Sea Voyage and the Men Who Mapped the World’s Oceans

Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea

Satellite hotspot

Most smartphones can be configured to act as a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing devices like laptops to connect to the Internet via the cellular phone connection.

Nonstandard behavior

When you’re in the business of making new technological standards, you want to promote your standard so equipment manufacturers will adopt it for their gear.

Wanderer’s water

The freshwater system on your power voyager probably ranks in importance right behind your fuel and electrical systems.

Doing the customs two step

Recently, I left my Catalina 34 in the Bahamas and flew back to the U.S. for some long-delayed errands and to purchase equipment for the boat.

Refuge in an Antarctic volcano

Taking refuge at the spectacular collapsed caldera of volcanic Deception Island in Antarctica was one of the highlights of our trip to the southernmost continent.

Headstay side movement

I wanted to make an observation on the recent article on roller furling (“Roller furling maintenance,” Issue #218, May/June 2014). Wayne Canning’s article was very thorough. But there is one thing that should be noted that could cause a headstay failure.

Turned away

When I departed Long Island, N.Y., on July 5, 2013, I was making my fourth attempt to cruise Antarctica aboard Fiona, my well-traveled Westsail 42. My plan was ambitious: a westward-bound circumnavigation of the Antarctic continent.

Follow the sun

“But tomorrow may rain, so I’ll follow the sun...” Paul McCartney sang in the 1964 Beatles song. That’s also what we hoped to do aboard Namani, our 1981 Dufour 35: to follow the sun by leaving temperate latitudes for the tropics in the fall, dropping out of the tropics with the onset of hurricane/cyclone season, and repeating the pattern the next season.

Lower power and longer life

Saving power has always been a challenge aboard any cruising vessel. Lighting for both interior and navigational lights has been a major factor in that power use.

Installing an exhaust temperature alarm

Before we left on our six-year circumnavigation, we spent a year commissioning the boat and never once thought about the benefits of an exhaust temperature alarm.

Preventing exhaust system damage

During our six-year circumnavigation we had two raw water impeller failures and, when we had the engine overhauled recently in Mazatlán, we found three partially torn blades on the impeller that we had installed two years ago in Australia.

September 2014 Issue 220: Diary of a rum-runner

If you had a boat, a bit of larceny in your heart, then the period of Prohibition in the United States (1921-33) must have seemed a dream come true.

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