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2016 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

2016 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

Furuno's new Doppler radar wins the Husick Marine Technology Award

Improving NOAA's weather eye

Improving NOAA's weather eye

The latest GOES weather satellite carries the best sensor suite yet

Twenty feet of trouble

Twenty feet of trouble

A voyaging boat struggles to free itself of a major offshore propeller snag

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Sailing downwind

Sailing downwind

Under the right confluence of conditions, sailing dead downwind can be as bad as catching it on the nose.

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

Five ways to preserve fish without refrigeration

If you’ve ever attempted to eat fish three meals a day, you can appreciate the importance of preservation methods.

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

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Solstice

Solstice

According to my well-thumbed and trusty 2016 Nautical Almanac, the declination of the sun was at its northernmost point at 1400 hours on June 20 when it climbed to 23° 26.1’, and it stayed there — as if resting on a rock after a long climb, catching its breath admiring the view — until June 21, when between 0700 and 0800 it roused itself, shook off the cobwebs and moved south 0.1’.

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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Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

Olympic weather in Rio de Janeiro

As I write this in August of 2016, the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. A couple of news stories from the first couple of days of the events noted that the weather was a factor in some events on the beach and on the water.

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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Hand-held satellite communications

Hand-held satellite communications

Satellite technology in telephone communications has evolved into an option that is virtually de rigueur on the contemporary cruising yacht.

Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

Wireless remote VHF-AIS radios

Maintaining access to an AIS receiver while moving about on a large yacht has become a lot easier with the latest wave of wireless remote AIS receivers.

Practical, affordable radar

Practical, affordable radar

Common sense tells us we need to be peripherally aware of what is occurring on the water around us, whether we are hugging the shore or undertaking a major offshore passage.

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Time to update your charts?

Time to update your charts?

Of course chart printers and digital charting companies want you to keep purchasing new charts. Who wouldn’t want the latest charts?

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.

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Sponsored by Mantus Anchors

In this video Ellen and Seth Leonard talk about anchoring in the Arctic and show us some of the windswept locations where they stopped. They relied on their Mantus gear in challenging conditions and it came through for them. 

 

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TrawlerFest Stuart, FL 2017

TrawlerFest Stuart, FL 2017

2017.03.02

TrawlerFest is excited to announce our new venue, Hutchinson Island Marina! Join us for our first stop of the TrawlerFest 2017 tour....

TrawlerFest Bremerton, WA (In-Water Boat Show)

TrawlerFest Bremerton, WA (In-Water Boat Show)

2017.05.18

TrawlerFest is PassageMaker Magazine's stand-alone series of boat shows designed for cruising enthusiasts. Strategically located in key...