May/June 2014

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Ocean Navigator

Clever survival suit breakthrough

Tests of a new immersion suit developed by safety gear manufacturer Stearns have shown the suit to dramatically increase a wearer’s survival time. The key to the suit is capturing the warm breath of the wearer and recirculating it.

Square sail handling

In this issue we have a special section on sail technology, including a piece on how to keep your roller furling gear, both jib and main, in good working order.

Nordhavn introduces new design

Pacific Asian Enterprises, builders of Nordhavn power voyaging yachts, has introduced a new design that is aimed at a wider market of power voyagers.

North Sails sold

Oakley Capital Investments, an equity fund founded by British entrepreneur and yachtsman Peter Dubens, has purchased North Technology Group for an undisclosed sum.

John Rousmaniere receives award

Yachtsman, historian, and author John Rousmaniere was presented the William P. Stephens Award by the Mystic Seaport Museum, of Mystic, Conn.

Hashtag, you’re it!

Caribbean 1500 rally founder dies

Steve Black, founder of the Caribbean 1500 rally, died March 17. He was 71.

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

The Navigators - Pathfinders of the Pacific

Pressing on with Loran

In 2010 the U.S. government decided to pull the plug on the Loran radionavigation system for budgetary reasons. As a result, here in the U.S., Loran has joined the fate of radar viewing hoods and radio direction finders.

Anticipating anchoring

The freedom to explore remote cruising grounds and to anchor out overnight or for days at a time is one of the great attractions of the trawler lifestyle.

Strategies for navigating around coral

It probably goes without saying that navigating around coral in areas without perfect charts and without good sunlight is a risky proposition.

Twenty-five years of wind vane steering

Many sailors who make short-handed, offshore passages — we have a two-person crew — love the notion of electric-energy-free wind vane self-steering.

Jungle river tactics

A visit to Panama’s Darién province and a trip up the Rio Sambu

High tech between the layers

Cruising sailors are looking for more performance from their boats and sails and over the last few years there has been a trend toward high-tech disguised, in some cases, as low-tech. Take carbon fiber masts, for example.

Roller furling maintenance

There have been many innovations for cruising sailboats over the last 50 years, but one of the most useful has been roller furling. Manufacturers have fine-tuned these simple yet effective systems into reliable pieces of gear now found on almost all cruising boats. The ease of use along with the added safety of not having to go forward on a pitching deck have made roller furling required gear for both coastal and offshore sailing vessels.

Curing chainplate leaks

If your vessel has chainplates (and what sailboat doesn’t?) then you probably also have chainplate leaks.

May/June 2014 Issue 218: Wreck of the brig Jezebel

Editor’s note: This fictionalized account is an amalgam of several true incidents, most notably the wreck of the brig Commerce off west Africa in the 19th century.

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