November/December 2011

Ocean Navigator

An emergency diesel day tank

I battled an air leak in our engine’s fuel line for the duration of a 4,000-nm passage from Ecuador to Puerto Montt, Chile, on our Liberty 458 Nine of Cups.

NOAA conducts seafloor surveys along Long Island coast

NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson is conducting a three-month survey of the seafloor off the coast of New York, Connecticut and Rhode Island, as part of a multi-year effort to update nautical charts for Block Island Sound.

Basins and seas

It’s a long, intricate passage to sail non-stop through Indonesia from Darwin, Australia, to northern Borneo

Bad judgment and accidents at sea

The skipper’s dream ketch arrived from Taiwan, 40 feet of fresh and sparkling beauty.

Fresh electric shock danger

On Aug. 15, an 18-year-old boy died in a marina in Traverse City, Mich.

Voyaging communications report: Cormorant

Communications convergence

Chartplotters have morphed into multifunction displays (MFDs) and become veritable command centers for the whole boat in a process called “convergence”

Delivering cookies

We arrived at Tahanea Atoll in French Polynesia’s Tuamotu island group with the thought that maybe we would accomplish some boat chores for a few days.

Inadvertently green, the budget cruising dividend

When my husband Seth and I started cruising aboard our Westphal 38 Heretic, being “green” wasn’t on our radar.

Voyaging communications report: Big Sky

Nov/Dec 2011 Issue 198: Hurrah for the Black Ball Line

Up to around 1817 there existed two types of maritime trade — the tramp sailing ships and the traders.

Voyaging communications report: Carina

Efficient communications have been essential for the management of our cruise and to maintain our safety

Transmission overhaul

We had just anchored our power voyaging boat Passagemaker in a perfect bay on Isle a Vache off the southwest corner of Haiti.

Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award

One thing every reader of this magazine knew about our late contributing editor Chuck Husick: he loved marine technology.

First annual Penobscot Bay Rendezvous

The first Penobscot Bay Rendezvous, held August 18 to 21 and presented by Wayfarer Marine and Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding, was just what the organizers, participants and sponsors hoped for: great weather, a fantastic mix of boats, some challenging sailing and three nights of great parties.

Matt Rutherfords solo voyage around the Americas

It has been four months since Annapolis, Md., sailor Matt Rutherford set out from Chesapeake Bay aboard a 27-foot Albin Vega sloop.

10th annual Sail for Pride regatta

In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Pennsylvania in 2001, a few Newport, R.I., sailing enthusiasts organized a regatta to honor and support those affected by the tragedy.

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