July/August 2019

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Ocean Navigator

Final Golden Globe competitor sails on

While most of the sailors participating in the 2018 Golden Globe around-the-world solo race long ago either retired from the competition or crossed the finish line, there is a single racer still on the North Atlantic and headed toward the finish at Les Sables d’Olonne in France.

Recycling fiberglass boats

For the boat owner, one of the best features of fiberglass is that it doesn’t rot.

Drifting across the pond

Riding a barrel over Niagara Falls may not be your idea of fun, but at least it’s over quickly.

Prediction says fewer hurricanes

Andrea, Barry and Chantal are just three of the names to be given to Atlantic hurricanes this year by NOAA, which in April released the full list of names that will be used in 2019.

SailGP boats show a turn of speed

In an exercise that couldn’t be further from the world of the heavily laden voyaging boat, a fleet of cats sailed recently in San Francisco Bay as part of SailGP’s multiday racing series with professional teams representing six nations.

Crushed sunglasses spur a sailor’s invention

Necessity is said to be the mother of invention, but putting an end to wasted money must be at least an uncle.

Murder Aboard: The Herbert Fuller Tragedy and the Ordeal of Thomas Bram

Murder Aboard jumps right into the action: An 11-person crew of the barquentine Herbert Fuller departs Boston with a load of timber in July 1896, bound for Buenos Aires.

Study notes GPS interference

A recent study released by a nonprofit think tank called C4ADS details Russian spoofing and jamming of GPS signals that resulted in erroneous position fixes, sometimes by many miles.

Using a sextant to check GPS accuracy

One of the more pervasive technologies we use every day, whether we’re voyaging or not, is GPS.

Ship’s papers

Most of the more experienced power voyagers I work with have a system and a plan to look after just about every aspect involved in the management of their boats.

Suggested ship’s papers

To collect and assemble the necessary paperwork, we provide to our clients an alphabetical list comprised of the most common documents they are likely to have or will need to have aboard.

Finding Curacao with a bad sextant

If you had business in the deep Caribbean Sea in 1960, you needed at least a rudimentary knowledge of celestial navigation.

Lost in translation

I have a Dutch sailing friend who I’ve overheard making phone calls in her native tongue to her family back home.

Beginner’s luck

In 1974, I got the sailing bug and purchased a 25-foot Ericson sailboat.

The digital age: barometers vs. barographs

When I crossed the Pacific Ocean on my Peterson 44, Oddly Enough, I wrote about local weather, the kind experienced in our exclusive part of the ocean where available forecasts covered too wide an area to be useful, and there’s no one else to observe and interpret changes.

Customized weather

Employing the services of an expert meteorologist is not just the preserve of the record-chasing ocean sailor or professional crew.

Big winds and bigger seas

The Southern Ocean has always been challenging for sailors.

Celestial navigation series, part seven

In this installment, we’ll cover the HO 249 sight reduction tables and how to plot a line of position (LOP).

Step-by-step sight reduction

Here is the entire sight reduction sequence broken down into steps. You can use this as a guide should you get stuck on a step and need to know what to do next.

July/August Issue 256: On the hunt for 80 years

Charles W. Morgan is the last remaining American whaling ship of a fleet that once numbered over 2,000 vessels.

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