September/October 2016

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Ocean Navigator

No drilling for now in the Atlantic

After a long and contentious debate that pitted boaters, coastal communities and the fishing industry against Big Oil, the Obama administration has reversed its original stance and directed the Interior Department to remove 104 million acres of the mid- and southeast Atlantic areas of the U.S. outer continental shelf from its 2017 oil and gas leasing program.

Ship hits unsuspecting sailboats

When we hear about sailboat/ship collisions, we probably think of an accident offshore with both vessels underway.

Newport-Bermuda Race results

On Saturday, June 25, more than 50 boats were presented with prizes during the Newport-Bermuda Race awards ceremony.

Orca visits Cape Cod

When an unusual type of bird is spotted out of range, bird watchers call it an accidental.

CAPSTONE Expedition at Maug Island

Often you can explore the ocean by yourself but not at the 2,000-meter depths where strange and wonderful creatures live — like bacteria that feed on sulfur at deep ocean vents and are eaten by other animals.

Volvo Ocean Race route announced

The Volvo Ocean Race route has been announced for 2017-18.

Quickstart Circumnavigation Guide

I’ve never circumnavigated, so asking me to review a book on that topic is a bit humbling, as I hold people who have accomplished that goal in such high esteem.

Report on ethanol fuel issues

Over the last seven years, Jim Petersen, director of service for Port Harbor Marine in South Portland, Maine, has seen his share of ethanol-related problems.

Two suppliers of email via satellite

In coastal waters, email and Internet are often available via Wi-Fi or cellphone coverage; offshore, or in remote areas, voyagers are reliant on satellite connections, often via satellite phones

Shaking down the Nordhavn 59 Coastal Pilot

Like most boat manufacturers, Nordhavn looks to adjust its product line to meet the needs of its customers.

Managing seasickness

The joke about seasickness is that it has three stages: feeling terrible, worried you might die and worried you won’t die.

Seasickness prevention and alleviation

Everyone is different, so everyone has his or her own best ways to prevent and alleviate seasickness.

Where’s your AIS?

Aboard our Moody 422, Astarte, we love reading books about sailors of old.

Catastrophe at sea

There are few things a sailor fears more than a collision at sea.

Mainsail mastery

As wind speeds increase and the rail begins to dip, it’s time to think about reducing sail.

Sailcloth diversity

Years ago, when Dick and Ginger Stevenson bought Alchemy, their Valiant 42, the vessel came equipped with a full line of Dacron sails.

Harvesting the wind

The Tasman Sea has a deserved reputation for nastiness.

Striking the fore topgallant

This is the second squaresail from the top on the foremast.

September/October Issue 236: San Francisco full-rigged ship Balcultha

Like Wavertree (which we wrote about last month), Balcultha is one of the great square-rigged ships from the 19th century that was saved for posterity — this time by the San Francisco Maritime Museum in 1954.

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