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What is the ITCZ and why does it matter?

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.

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Plugging bottom holes

Our very well-preserved 1972 Tartan 34.5 had two paddle wheel-type knot meters and two 2-inch thru-hull depth sounder transducers.

Easy-to-make fender covers

Fenders, as most sailors know, act as bumpers to keep your boat off the dock and prevent its hull from being scratched or chafed by whatever protrudes from the dock, like cement or wood pilings.

Homemade burglar alarm

The problem with all the battery-powered burglar alarms we have found at hardware stores is that the alarms were neither louder nor more frightening than a chirping canary.

Checking hoses

As a surveyor, it is my job to inspect hoses for problems as I go about my inspections.

Stuffing box inspection and replacement

The stuffing box is a critical part of the boat. It allows a driveshaft to spin through the hull without allowing water to pour into the vessel. These units are often deep down in the boat, behind the engine and with limited access.

Navigation by Google Maps

We all use charts for navigation, either paper or electronic, but undoubtedly have found that charts come in varying degrees of accuracy.

Are you over-propped?

Before heading out on a long multi-year trip, you might want to consider taking a good look at your propeller.

Get set for splicing

One of the handiest little skills that I’ve picked up along the way has been splicing: three-strand, rope/chain and braided.

Getting out of sticky situations: 15 tapes to have on board

Boats, whether power or sail, are constructed using fiberglass, metals, woods, composites, wire, hoses, fabrics and many more materials. And, because they are boats, there is one steadfast rule: things break.

New ON video series

The Voyaging Tips video series kicks off with a look at propane and how to use it safely