March/April 2020

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Ocean Navigator

HUGO BOSS race boat undergoes repairs

The IMOCA monohull HUGO BOSS is currently undergoing repairs at Hythe Marine Park in Southampton, U.K., after sustaining that most baffling and bizarre damage of hitting something in the water while mid-ocean.

2019 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award winner

Every year, Ocean Navigator gives an award to one marine product that improves marine technology to aid voyagers.

MIT research buttresses sailors’ knot lore

A team of mathematicians and engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have researched knots and discovered what sailors already knew: Some knots are stronger and more resistant to untying.

Sea Eagle II

As spring approaches and northern-based boaters start thinking about getting their boats out of the barn for launching, it’s likely that few owners will face the issue shown here.

A voyaging couple’s favorite gear

We often love to read what other folks find to make cruising safer or easier.

Alternatives to ethanol

Most voyagers use diesel engines for their vessel’s auxiliary propulsion. To drive their dinghies and tenders, however, most use gasoline outboards.

Of course, a compass

For centuries, mariners have depended on a compass to provide direction.

SSCA HF radio service teams with Caribbean Safety and Security Net, Boatwatch.org

When I was asked to join the board of directors of the SSCA in 2015, I thought to myself, “How could I combine my passions, cruising and radio communications, and serve SSCA?”

Shipshape and Bristol fashion

I have never been a “neat freak,” nor was I very messy in my landlubber life. However, living on board a boat does teach you the advantages to being that bit tidier.

The art of becoming fishermen

Fishermen boat and boaters fish, that seems to be a given worldwide.

Multisource charging

If there is one thing we all seek when we slip the dock lines and set out for an offshore cruise, it is independence.

Grabbing a mooring ball

Watching someone pick up a mooring ball has always been a source of amusement while sitting at anchor with an afternoon cocktail in hand.

Evaluating modern catamarans

Catamarans have been around, especially in the Pacific, for several thousand years.

Celestial navigation series, part 11

In this installment, we’ll cover how to reduce a noon sight and also how to get latitude by shooting Polaris, the pole star.

Noon sight problem

You are heading south to Puerto Rico and you want to check your latitude as you approach the coast.

March/April Issue 260: Schooner Adix

Residents of Greenport, N.Y., a small maritime village on the northeast end of Long Island, have been watching all sorts of sailing ships come and go over the past couple hundred years.

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