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Experienced voyagers make re-power choice

Experienced voyagers make re-power choice

The Neals voyage and teach thousands of miles a year, what did they choose for a new engine?

Massey Leonard wins CCA Literary Prize

Massey Leonard wins CCA Literary Prize

Frequent ON contributor wins the Cruising Club of America's 2015 Charles Vilas prize

Group targets myths around boat fire extinguishers

Group targets myths around boat fire extinguishers

Boat U.S. with some tips on marine fire extinguishers

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Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Roller Furling

Voyaging tips videos - Inspecting Roller Furling

A video primer on how to check your roller furling gear before a passage

Voyaging tips videos - Fender Boards

Voyaging tips videos - Fender Boards

A look how to set up and use fender boards for better protecting your hull in an unfamiliar port

New ON video series

New ON video series

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

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The first point of Aries

The first point of Aries

Ah, spring! The peepers peep. The woodpeckers peck. The daffodils dazzle and the redwings are back in town, while on the celestial sphere — the region that we celestial navigators think about — the sun has moved from south of the celestial equator to the north on a day referred to as the vernal equinox.

Using the Rude Star Finder

Using the Rude Star Finder

Everything is easy once you practice. This is certainly true of what seems to be the complicated subject of precalculating available stars for a morning or evening twilight star sight.

A maritime mystery

A maritime mystery

Any discussions concerning the mysteries of the sea and sailing ships will usually include, at least amongst knowledgeable mariners, passing mention of the disappearance of Mary Celeste.

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An update: Useful public weather websites

An update: Useful public weather websites

When I first began writing these newsletters in 2007, in one of the first issues I wrote about the availability of weather data for mariners on the Internet.

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

Uncertainty in tropical cyclone forecasts

In the last newsletter, I wrote about the possibility of the Atlantic hurricane season having below-normal activity due to El Nino. Now that we are approaching the end of the season, we can look back and see that while the season will likely end up below normal by several measures, it has been a bit more active than was anticipated a couple of months ago.

Freezing spray

Freezing spray

For those who live in the northeastern U.S. or southeastern Canada, an unusually active stretch of severe winter weather began in late January 2015 and is ongoing in the middle of February at this writing.

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Emergency VHF hand-held radios

Emergency VHF hand-held radios

Losing your floating castle is the worst fear you can face as an offshore sailor.

AIS versus radar

AIS versus radar

The current overlap of radar and automatic identification system (AIS) technology leaves sailors on small oceangoing craft in a quandary: Which is the more sensible system in terms of initial cash outlay, amperage use and overall service in ensuring safety and security?

Man-overboard devices with AIS gaining in popularity

Man-overboard devices with AIS gaining in popularity

As the automatic identification system continues to work its way into the recreational boating world, more safety and rescue devices are being equipped with the technology.

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Charting electrics

Electronics are wonderful as long as the electrons keep flowing, but they are useless once the power ends — and it always does eventually!

Cool stuff for a cool season

Cool stuff for a cool season

OK — I just dated myself with that title, but "cool" is the only appropriate word, in my opinion, for this potpourri of charting goodness.

Hurricane chart work

During and before hurricane season you will read and hear lots of information on what to do when a storm approaches, and how to escape and remain safe.

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