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Annapolis Sailboat Show sampler

Annapolis Sailboat Show sampler

A look at just some of the great gear on display at the Annapolis show.

Loyal to the last thread

Loyal to the last thread

Reader loves her ON cap, wears it everywhere and it shows!

Marion–Bermuda feeder race

Marion–Bermuda feeder race

Yacht club announces new race to feed Maine boats to the Marion Bermuda

NMEA show sampler

NMEA show sampler

A small venue for the discerning marine electronics fan

Furuno introduces world's first wireless radar

Furuno introduces world's first wireless radar

Zinging across the waves

Zinging across the waves

A different type of ocean going power boat

Ida Lewis Race video contest winner

Ida Lewis Race video contest winner

Effort by young sailors in Ida Lewis distance Race is captured in short video

Perry gets its mast(s)

Perry gets its mast(s)

Rhode Island's official sail training vessel has its mainmast and mizzenmast stepped in Portsmouth

Steel schooner sparkles

Steel schooner sparkles

Eastern Shipbuilding's reproduction of the schooner Columbia on its inaugural sail

Disappearing battens

Disappearing battens

Primrose Fry Technologies Ltd has a batten product called Flattens that can be easily rolled up

Older GPS satellites still plugging away

Older GPS satellites still plugging away

If only all products lasted as long as navigational satellites

2014 Chuck Husick Award nominees

2014 Chuck Husick Award nominees

Products nominated by our expert panel for Ocean Navigator's 2014 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award

Genoa self-steering

Genoa self-steering

A British self-steering unit is cockpit based and uses wind pressure on the jib for steering force

Nav satellites go astray

Nav satellites go astray

Recent launch of European Galileo satellites sends two spacecraft into wrong orbit

Cementing a repair

Cementing a repair

A 48-foot Dutch-built sloop is saved from sinking with 60 pounds of cement

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MORE »Offshore Sailing

Breaking through

A Northwest Passage trip is a near-run thing until fate lends a hand

Oliver Hazard Perry gets haulout

Full-rigged ship receives final prep work below the waterline

Coast Guard assumes ice reporting duties

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.

Building by the book

To Capt. Richard Bailey, it looked like a scene from the movie “Brazil” — partially assembled bulkheads bursting with tubes, wires, ducts and hydraulic hoses, “things just hanging randomly from walls.” But it’s all part of the plan for the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry, rising from a Rhode Island shipyard and scheduled to set sail this summer as the largest civilian training vessel in North America.

Archive »Ocean Racing News

Clipper Race fleet in the Thames

Clipper Race fleet in the Thames

After 40,000 miles on the ocean, The Clipper Race fleet has returned home in London

Pacific Cup - Cruising Division starts

Pacific Cup - Cruising Division starts

Clipper Race update - SF to Panama

Clipper Race update - SF to Panama

MORE »Marine Weather

Changing seasons

Columbus Day weekend has now passed in the U.S. at the time of this writing, and there are certainly signs on the weather maps of the North Atlantic and North Pacific of the more active weather patterns characteristic of the colder season beginning to show up.

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

Seeing global winds

Seeing global winds

You’ve heard of working for peanuts, but how about for pickled herring? Software developer Cameron Beccario, who devised a fascinating and informative global weather visualization website called “earth”, has been offered pickled herring and salmon from an Alaskan commercial fisherman, a confessed big fan of “earth.”

MORE »Navigation & Communication

Strategies for navigating around coral

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.

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.

Getting the message

Getting the message

Voyagers venturing beyond the reach of cellular transmissions used to have only two communications tools at their disposal: HF SSB radio and satellite phones.