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More Atlantic Ice Islands

More Atlantic Ice Islands

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

A great passage and seminars too

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

Young and Salty launches

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

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Stuffing box inspection and replacement

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.

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.

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Lunitidal interval

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.

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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Hurricane-force lows

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.

Lightning over the ocean

Lightning over the ocean

Thunder and lightning while underway at sea can be rather unnerving and can also present some significant risks.

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.

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Broadband satellite communication

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.

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.

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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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Events & Seminars

CT Spring Boat Show

2017.05.05

The Boating Industry has come together to unveil some of the latest innovations in boating, offer purchase incentives and give consumers an ideal...

Safety at Sea Seminar

2017.05.06

Muskegon Yacht Club will be offering the U.S. Sailing Safety at Sea seminar on Saturday, May 6, 2017, with an optional, hands-on second day on...

RTCM Annual Assembly Meeting & Conference

2017.05.07

The meeting is open to both RTCM members and non-members, and is structured to provide attendees with an overall update on the changing world of...

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...