May/June 2018

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Ocean Navigator

Ocean Star dismasting

When Hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through the British Virgin Islands in September 2017, they damaged or destroyed a fleet of vessels.

Multiple containers fall from ship

At least 76 shipping containers fell from a Maersk cargo ship underway off the Outer Banks in early March, adding to the debris problem in the world’s oceans.

Group brings Google Maps to Florida waterways

Thanks to Google Maps’ “Street View” feature, anyone with a smartphone or computer can take a digital tour of the world.

Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the Ropes

I approached Nigel Calder’s latest book with the usual trepidation.

Sailor makes four distress calls before leaving boat

In an apparent first for the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) a yachtsman off the coast of Mexico called in four ship visits before finally abandoning his boat.

Tangling with ICW bridges

From West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale is, in my opinion, the worst part of the ICW.

Coast Pilot and COLREGS together at last

The collision regulations can be a useful tool when dealing with other vessel traffic, and the Coast Pilot publications contain plenty of useful info as well.

Antenna challenges

Whether it be VHF, HF SSB or satcom, radio communications is impossible without an antenna.

Exhaust system design

There are two approaches to marine exhaust setups.

Using the Iridium GO satphone

A few years ago we purchased an Iridium GO satphone unit.

Thoughts on bilge management

The recent article by Jeff Merrill on bilge maintenance was well written and provided some excellent details and suggestions.

Rolling down the fickle trades

On my way out of the door to join my two shipmates in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, for a trans-Atlantic passage, I ripped out the November page of the North Atlantic Pilot Chart.

Six steps to satcom

Satellite telephone airtime pricing has dropped considerably since Inmarsat launched the first communication satellites more than 30 years ago.

Atlantic HF radio net formed

Seven Seas Cruising Association and Marine Weather Center have announced the formation of a new high-frequency radio net specifically designed to assist trans-Atlantic cruisers.

All backed up?

Most voyagers depend on an array of digital assets, from the basics like email, the Internet and assorted important documents, to more nautical essentials like charts, weather information and cruising guides.

Fitting a new SSB antenna

A couple of years ago, good friends from Islesboro, Maine, lost their rig overboard on their 40-foot sailboat off St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Common-sense navigation

When I learned to sail in San Diego, the running joke was that every year someone coming home from the Catalina islands would set their autopilot for a waypoint inside the harbor, and then run into Point Loma while they slept.

A penchant for the primitive

My husband Seth and I seem to have a penchant for primitivism.

May/June Issue 248: La Amistad

La Amistad — ironically the Spanish word for friendship — was anything but that to the captured slaves forced onto the vessel in 1839.

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