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Steering system roundup

Steering system roundup

Which type of steering system does your boat use?

Rescue from a different angle

Rescue from a different angle

Commercial vessel assistance is often a key element in offshore rescue operations

Northwest Passage race

Northwest Passage race

A new sailboat race is planned for Arctic waters in 2017

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Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

Demystifying your life raft — or, getting to know it step by step

In a recent issue of Ocean Navigator we ran an article by Michelle Elvy and Behan Gifford on the challenges faced by voyagers in getting their life rafts properly inspected and repacked when they are outside of North America.

Dockside safety

Dockside safety

Most of the time when we get back to the dock we feel pretty safe. We are safely tied up and shore is within just a few feet so how could there be any danger?

The right stuff

The right stuff

With a little imagination, voyagers can find jury rig supplies just about anywhere

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The foundations of good seamanship

The foundations of good seamanship

In the 18th and 19th centuries, sailors who lived long, unscathed lives were thought to be blessed with luck. With good historical accuracy, Patrick O’Brian in his Aubrey/Maturin series of books has his characters follow his hero — the lucky Jack Aubrey — from ship to ship, partly because Jack seems to be imbued with this quality. Sailors today are not so superstitious; they know that good seamanship is often the source of much good luck.

Strategies for navigating around coral

Strategies for navigating around coral

It probably goes without saying that navigating around coral in areas without perfect charts and without good sunlight is a risky proposition.

Internet access for voyagers

Internet access for voyagers

For better or worse, we live in a connected world. When we set off voyaging, our access to connectivity changes. How much it changes depends on where we’re going, what kind of access we want, and how much we’re willing to pay — measured both in cash and in energy consumption — to get it.

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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.

Changing seasons

Columbus Day weekend has now passed in the U.S. at the time of this writing, and there are certainly signs on the weather maps of the North Atlantic and North Pacific of the more active weather patterns characteristic of the colder season beginning to show up.

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Tropical storm and hurricane info

Where to find it and how to use it

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Maritime technology vs. safety

The modern yacht has more in common with the fictitious Starship Enterprise then it has with seagoing vessels of just a decade ago. This is due to the rapid and complete proliferation of computerized electronics and their networking together to provide unparalleled monitoring, control, and informational display systems.

Your iPad as a musical instrument

Your iPad as a musical instrument

Believe it or not, a transoceanic sailboat and an interplanetary manned spacecraft on its way to Mars share two important factors in common: limited space, and extreme isolation.

Hands-on with Garmin electronics

Hands-on with Garmin electronics

I recently had the opportunity for a great voyaging adventure and thought I could mix a little business with pleasure by reporting on my experience with some new Garmin electronics.

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Ocean Navigator Video Picks

Sponsored by Edson Marine

In this ON video sponsored by Edson Marine, contributing editor Wayne Canning shows how to do basic maintenance on your boat's steering pedestal.

Added: 2015-01-23

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Events & Seminars

Islands Race

2015.03.06

Welcome to the 2015 Islands Race! The 130 nm course challenge is to navigate offshore from Long Beach Harbor, transit the deep blue ocean swells...

North U Seminar

North U Seminar

2015.03.08

Racing Tactics with David Dellenbaugh

The Leukemia Cup Regatta-Punta Gorda, FL

The Leukemia Cup Regatta-Punta Gorda, FL

2015.03.14

The Leukemia Cup Regatta (LCR), hosted by the Isles Yacht Club (IYC) and supported by numerous businesses and individuals, is a month-long...

North U Seminar

North U Seminar

2015.03.14

Racing Tactics with Andrew Kerr