July/August 2016

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Ocean Navigator

Harris completes his solo dream

Joe Harris had rounded Cape Horn aboard his 40-foot monohull Gryphon Solo 2 when it happened.

Average Atlantic hurricane season predicted

Colorado State University researchers are predicting an “average” hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean with five hurricanes and 12 named storms.

Francois Gabart wins Transat bakerly

French sailor Francois Gabart has won the Transat bakerly, finishing the solo race from Plymouth, England, to New York City in eight days, eight hours, 54 minutes and 39 seconds.

Writer, editor and organizer Peter Stanford passes

Peter Stanford, a prolific writer and maritime historian who worked to preserve several important ships, died on March 24.

Tall Ships supporter Weschler passes

Retired Vice Admiral of the U.S. Navy Thomas R. Weschler, who survived the sinking of the aircraft carrier USS Wasp in 1942 and later was an aide to Admiral Arleigh Burke, died in April in Mystic, Conn.

Marina opens in shadow of Brooklyn Bridge

New York City’s boating community added a new berthing location in April with the opening of ONE°15 Brooklyn Marina.

Teaching Voyagers

John and Amanda Neal sail more than 10,000 miles every year aboard their Hallberg-Rassy 46, Mahina Tiare III, teaching sailors to become offshore sailors.

Captain writes his own apps

What do you do when you’re an experienced delivery skipper and you want to get the Local Notice to Mariners, the latest Light List and the Discrepancy List (an index of buoys off station, etc.) on an Android phone?

Plenty of salt, a lot less fresh

This breakdown of Earth’s water looks like a plus for voyagers — plenty of saltwater to explore.

Festina Lente: Charting the Mediterranean 1814-1824

It’s big news among voyagers when one of the electronic chart companies is found to have a chart with some inaccuracies.

Anchoring: A Ground Tackler’s Apprentice

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or long-distance power voyager, safe and effective anchoring is a critical skill. But it’s also an area some boaters tend to overlook.

Doppler radar

One of the latest features of marine radar is so-called “Doppler radar.”

Cleaning one harbor at a time

When it comes to ocean pollution, the Great Pacific garbage patch might be considered the poster child.

Super yacht Illiquid

For its captain and crew, life aboard a super yacht is filled with far less drama and romance than you might expect from watching a TV reality show such as the Bravo Network program “Below Decks.”

Finnish docking

Taking delivery of your dream boat is a great experience. It can also be a challenging day because you need to learn how to operate it effectively.

Strange sights in the Indian Ocean

I was solo on a passage aboard my Cal 30, Saltaire, one of the many legs of my circumnavigation.

A rough crossing of Biscay

The Bay of Biscay has a notorious reputation for bad weather.

Changing a starter motor at sea

Fiona’s engine is an 85-hp Perkins, far too big to start manually; an electric starter motor is essential.

Voyagers’ app favorites

Every voyager has different needs and tastes for the hardware on their boat.

An unusual high-latitude vessel

Most boats navigating above the Arctic Circle, or even for that matter above about 50° N, are purpose-built steel vessels with high freeboard, big engines and generators, and a bridge deck or pilothouse full of electronics.

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

If you’ve ever attempted to eat fish three meals a day, you can appreciate the importance of preservation methods.

Tips from those who survived against the odds

The Downs Family were fast asleep in their berth on the United Fruit Company freighter Heredia as it steamed 40 miles off Louisiana on its way to New Orleans.

July/August Issue 235: The last iron sailing ship

In May 2015, Wavertree, the last remaining and largest of the wrought-iron, full-rigged ships, was towed from her home at the South Street Seaport Museum across the bay to Staten Island.

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