November/December 2017

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Ocean Navigator

Two new records set during 2017 Transpac

Both the multihull and monohull records were broken this summer during the 2017 running of the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, which started on July 3.

Mariners still seeking help via old frequency

The U.S. Coast Guard is urging mariners to make sure they understand — and can operate — communications equipment on their vessels, particularly during emergencies.

Venerable voyaging boat sinks at the start

The start of this year’s cruise was hardly auspicious; Fiona began at the bottom, or more literally, on the bottom.

The Last Voyage of the Hornet: The Story that Made Mark Twain Famous

In June of 1866, a young Samuel Clemens was hiding out in Honolulu after a dust-up in San Francisco.

Human magnetoreception

Like many offshore sailors on watch at night, I dwell on all kinds of things.

An Inexplicable Attraction

I consider myself a cruising sailor and enjoy reading excerpts in various publications about where other sailors have sailed and what they’ve found there.

Inflatable sails

While sails and wings are both airfoils designed to produce lift, the differences between them are obvious.

Safety minimums?

Elvis Costello’s song “Accidents Will Happen” is a catchy tune and, as it relates to boats, I like to focus on the “will” part.

Safety items checklist

A list of loose items to consider having on your trawler.

Super typhoons and Christmas at sea

Our passage from Papua New Guinea to Palau was a long, drawn-out affair.

River of fear

Somewhere in the wilds of central North Carolina on I-95, where trees grow tall and cell reception is spotty, I passed a green sign that said “Cape Fear River.”

Reader disagrees on boat insurance

I found the 2017 Ocean Voyager issue particularly wonderful and was reading it cover-to-cover, making mental and physical notes and deciding to preserve the entire thing on file for future reference — that’s how valuable and useful I think it is — until I got to the final article by Eric Sanford about boat insurance

Across the Skagerrak

After spending a few days in Copenhagen, I hopped a train for a four-hour ride north across Jutland, the peninsula that makes up much of Denmark and separates the North and Baltic Seas, to Holstebro.

The inspirational Pulpit Rock

Lysefjord, nearly 2,000 feet below, carved its way through the granite landscape; its smooth waters looked as if they’d been cast in obsidian.

Why wireless?

Electronic navigation was revolutionized by the introduction of the GPS signal, and today wireless technology helps it continue to evolve.

The future of networking?

Wireless networks and access to the Internet on board has increased dramatically in the past few years.

Move over, lead-acid

Managing a cruising boat’s DC electrical system can feel a bit like performing a juggling act.

What is the ITCZ and why does it matter?

We were warned about the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) well before we left on our Pacific crossing.

November/December Issue 244: A ferrocement schooner

Rachel and Ebenezer, possibly the first ferrocement coasting schooner working in the schooner travel business, began as an idea in the mind of an engineer at Bath Iron Works in Maine.

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