July/August 2014

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Ocean Navigator

Solo sailor with too many radio friends?

On July 8, 2013, Jeanne Socrates, aboard her 38-foot Najad sloop Nereida, became the first woman to sail nonstop around the world from North America and the oldest woman to sail solo nonstop around the world.

SSV Oliver Hazard Perry news

Rhode Island’s Official Education Sailing Vessel Oliver Hazard Perry has run into production delays and will push back its sea trials to the fall of this year.

Paddle-out honors water sports legend

Hobart Laidlaw Alter died on March 29 at the age of 80 at his home in Palm Desert, Calif.

Smartphone VHF

More and more sailors are relying on smartphone and tablet applications to do everything from getting weather, plotting courses, and even inventorying their gear.

Squaring away sails for a ship

When most voyagers order a new set of sails, they usually have a new main and jib in mind, maybe a storm jib, with perhaps an asymmetrical spinnaker throw in.

Hank Keene retires from Edson

Hank Keene, co-owner and general manager of Edson International announced his retirement from the company in April.

Hawaii by Sextant

World Cruising Routes: 7th Edition

Satellite rescue to go large

Only a few decades ago your best chance for rescue at sea was an emergency broadcast on your HF SSB at 2182 kHz.

Steering straight

The hydraulic steering installed on your power voyaging boat is one of the most reliable systems aboard.

Rule of thumb

Commercial fishing operations abound with heavily-loaded lines.

The Nautical Almanac online

I recall periodically gaining computer access to the Nautical Almanac’s daily pages by simply typing “Nautical Almanac online” into Google’s search engine.

The art of letting go

Our passages up the Pacific coast of Mexico have been hard going as they were mostly into wind and against current.

Stewardship and dealing with trash

For six years, I spent a lot of time floating around on the surface of the ocean — something like 50,000 nautical miles worth.

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

Charging can be a handful

Meeting the challenge of recharging handheld devices afloat

Apps for voyaging

Tablet and smartphone tool suggestions from a liveaboard voyager

Galley countertop replacement

A live-aboard sailboat’s galley is the most-used area on the vessel. Having just completed a world circumnavigation with the previous owners, our Formica countertop and fittings were looking quite tired. Rather than replace the Formica — we considered it old school — we went with Corian.

July/August 2014 Issue 219: Stormy weather

When hearing the phrase “stormy weather,” you might think of Lena Horne crooning the ballad from 1933. For those familiar with the history of yachting, however, the phrase calls up the magnificent yawl, Stormy Weather, designed and built by the young Olin Stephens and his brother Rod.

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