October 2013

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Dorade wins 2013 Transpac

Dorade, Olin Stephens’ iconic 83-year-old wooden yawl finished the 2,225-nm Transpac Race from Los Angeles to Hawaii in 12 days, five hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds — a day short of the yacht’s 1936 run.

South Bound II signs off

For the past 25 years, Canadian sailor and meteorologist Herb Hilgenberg has been providing sailors with weather forecasting and routing advice.

Restored Fife classic relaunched

Kentra, William Fife’s classic 84-footer was first launched on June 24, 1923, at Fife’s yard in Fairlie, Scotland.

Panerai Classic Regatta

For the fourth consecutive year, Italian watchmaker Officine Panerai kicked off the North American Circuit of the Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge in Marblehead, Mass.

Circumnavigator investigates subsea canyons

Ocean Navigator contributing editor Jeff Williams is a circumnavigator with tens of thousands of ocean miles under his belt.

Hashtag, you’re it!

Our “Instagram your way into Ocean Navigator” photo roundup has produced some great shots.

The Billionaire and the Mechanic

Suddenly Overboard – True Stories of Sailors in Fatal Trouble

'Dialing-in' your trawler

When I started working in the trawler business 14 years ago I didn’t realize how many of the basic concepts I learned growing up racing sailboats would transfer over from sail to power.

Technology catches up with voyagers’ weather man

After more than 25 years, the oscillator of Herb Hilgenberg’s Icom M710 radio is at rest, the antenna no longer pushing electrostatic waves across the sea.

Mainsail decisions

A sailmaker gave us some advice one time when asked how we should care for our mainsail: “Sail hard. Put it away wet. And come see me in a year.”

Voyager weighs in on tourist development for Yap

One lucky gringo

Gunboat 60

Anyone who thinks that 300-nm days are reserved for racing yachts will be pleasantly surprised to learn that the Gunboat 60 catamaran considers it routine.

Lyman-Morse 55

Designing and building a truly capable offshore cruising sailboat requires more than cutting-edge naval architecture, state-of-the-art construction techniques, and complicated systems engineering.

Nordhavn 120

Nordhavn’s newest launch, Aurora, is clearly the company’s most ambitious project to date. With four decks and at 120 feet overall, it dwarfs the rest of the Nordhavn fleet and opens new possibilities for those intent on long distance, global power cruising — in luxury.

Schooner Columbia

Replicas of classic sailing vessels are typically the work of specialty wooden boatbuilders employing traditional techniques and adhering as closely as possible to the original plans and the designer’s vision.

Boat coverage

One of the more confusing issues a sailor must face is that of marine insurance.

October 2013 Issue 213: The birth of a legend

Every legend has a beginning and this one begins simply enough.

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