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Announcing the New
Simrad® GO12 XSE and GO7 XSR

An early start to the tropical season

In a few months when the Atlantic tropical season gets underway, many folks might wonder why the first named storm at that time begins with “B” instead of “A.”

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2017 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

Scanstrut's waterproof USB socket wins the Husick Marine Technology Award

Ten times around

After ten circumnavigations, voyager Jon Sanders has garnered legendary status

Finding a South Pacific weather window

We're stuck. Stuck in the eddy between New Zealand and the islands of Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

Life at sea

From a head wound that required stitches to the camaraderie of shipmates, an account of a passage

2017 Husick Award nominees

This year's Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award product nominees range from innovative software to hardware solutions

Ham radio installation for voyagers

Many sailors transitioning into offshore cruising still opt for the versatility of ham radio to communicate with other vessels and to take advantage of SailMail or Winlink with a Pactor modem.

63,000 boats damaged or destroyed

Boat US says Hurricanes Harvey and Irma damaged or wrecked roughly $655 million worth of watercraft

Shorten the lives of GPS satellites?

The Air Force is reportedly investigating the prospect of making GPS satellites less robust

An active hurricane season

In late October, we are currently in the waning weeks of the 2017 hurricane season in the northern hemisphere, and in many ways it has been one for the ages.

Oliver Hazard Perry harbor mishap

A loss of engine power and a stiff breeze combine for a brief but exciting incident

An electronic chart wrinkle

Nav expert David Burch describes how electronic chart programs sometimes deviate on small details

Cruising with ham radio

Serious cruisers have depended on amateur ham single sideband radio (SSB) since the early 1960s.

Voyagers could encounter unmanned work boats soon

A Boston-based company is offering the first autonomous vessel control system

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.

Clipper Race skipper injured

Greenings captain severely injures thumb during sailhandling

The return of working sail?

German firm acquires partner to build sail-assisted commercial vessel

Tides in the atmosphere

Mariners are quite familiar with tides in most parts of the world, and most probably have a tide table posted on the refrigerator door, in the truck or on board at the nav station.

A sailing book of many parts

Charlie Doane's new work is a satisfying compendium for the offshore sailor

Sailboat crew saves capsize victims

Skipper Marty Van Breems and crew pull nine victims from water near Cape Cod Canal

Waterproof wireless stereo speakers

The days of cutting holes in bulkheads and running stereo speaker wires behind and around a maze of built-in furniture and appliances throughout the cabin are gradually coming to an end — at least at the humbler end of the cruiser spectrum.

Saildrones are redefining the collection of ocean data

New record for Marblehead - Halifax race

Prospector beats record by two hours

Sailing Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Inductees honored for lifetime contributions to watersports

Synoptic scale, mesoscale and the Marion Bermuda Race

The Marion Bermuda sailboat race took place a week earlier than normal this year due to the America’s Cup races going on in Bermuda, thus allowing the racers to become spectators for that event once they reached the island.

World's first remotely operated commercial vessel

Svitzer and Rolls-Royce successfully demonstrate the world's first remote controlled tugboat

Mura wins OSTAR

Italian skipper Andrea Mura stays on track through a major storm to finish first

Garmin wins appeal in patent dispute with Navico

U.S. Court of Appeals overturns ITC ruling, Garmin relieved of $37 million fine

Marion Bermuda skipper talks celestial navigation

Ron Wisner on the value of sextant work and sight reduction when going offshore

America's Cup catamaran flips out

Dramatic video shows Team New Zealand's catamaran airborne and upended during "mind blowing" conditions

Azores versus Caribbean

One cruising couple's look at the the pro's and con's of the Azores compared to the Caribbean

Norwegian summer power voyaging

Steve D'Antonio explores Scandinavia on a Fleming 78

Paper charts in jeopardy?

NOAA's National Charting Plan suggests that phasing out paper and raster digital charts is likely to happen

Account of a mid-ocean rescue

A race boat in the Antigua Bermuda comes to the aid of a competitor and rescues its crew

Battery charge monitoring

Battery charge is one critically important function that appears to have been left out of the race to integrate monitoring on today’s pleasure craft.

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.

More Atlantic Ice Islands

The International Ice Patrol has spotted more icebergs than normal for April

A great passage and seminars too

Learning marine weather and celestial navigation while sailing to Bermuda on the Oliver Hazard Perry

Young and Salty launches

A new website aims to convince younger people to go ocean voyaging

Lunitidal interval

In the small village where I live, I have spread my reputation as someone who knows a thing or two about celestial navigation.

Vendee Globe racer finishes with jury rig

Conrad Colman is dismasted but rebuilds a rig at sea and finishes in 16th place

Cold molding a hull

This video from Lyman Morse shows some of the coordinated work involved

Hurricane-force lows

Low-pressure systems are the weather systems that produce most of the “bad” weather over the world’s oceans, meaning strongest winds and roughest seas.

Broadband satellite communication

Worldwide access to full-service broadband phone and Internet communications is gradually coming down in price as it grows in dependability and popularity.

Weather satellites go high def

The latest GOES spacecraft has four times the resolution of previous weather birds

Armel Le Cleac’h wins Vendee Globe

The French sailor finishes in record time Alex Thomson of Great Britain notches second

Offshore celestial navigation adventure!

Learn celestial and marine weather while sailing to Bermuda on the tall ship Oliver Hazard Perry

Press release

Svendsen’s Boat Works Relocates to Richmond, Calif.

Weems & Plath Announces New Cash Back Rebate Program on SOS Distress Light

CDI Electronics and Balmar Select William F. Miller & Associates for Expanded Representation

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