Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Ocean Voyaging Blog

Nigel Calder explains grounding

Nigel Calder explains grounding

More on why Calder's boat Nada was high, but not completely dry, on an Irish river

ON writers meet up in Mexico

ON writers meet up in Mexico

Fellow magazine writers have an impromptu get together south of the border

2017 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

2017 Chuck Husick Award Winner!

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

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Voyaging Tips

Must-have boat gadgets

Must-have boat gadgets

You can go crazy adding all sorts of tools and gadgets to your boat, many of which you might never use.

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.

Sailing downwind

Sailing downwind

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

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Navigation & Communication

More than zoom levels

More than zoom levels

Aboard our Dufour ketch Terrapin, we use Navionics on our Raymarine chartplotter and also have two Android tablets with the Navionics app as well as OpenCPN with Google Earth charts.

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.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Marine Weather

Changes in marine weather information

Changes in marine weather information

For those who rely on NOAA’s Ocean Prediction Center products for their ocean voyaging pursuits — whether through their website, via FTPmail, via HF weatherfax or from other means — you have likely noticed several changes in the past year or so.

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.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Marine Electronics

Security systems for cruising vessels

Security systems for cruising vessels

Ensuring the security of a cruising boat in your home marina usually involves nothing more than clamping a padlock on the companionway, checking the dock lines and leaving the rest to marina security.

Ham radio installation for voyagers

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.

Cruising with ham radio

Cruising with ham radio

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

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Electronic charting

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.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

MORE »Nav Problem

Edit Module
Advertisement

Check Our Voyaging Tips Videos

In this video we look at how to properly use shore power adapters.
 

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module
Advertisement
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags

Events & Seminars

St. Maarten Heineken Regatta

2018.03.01

Serious Fun Racing Set in the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean, powered by the cooling northeast trade winds and run by an experienced,...

Bacardi Cup Invitational Regatta

2018.03.04

Top-tier one-design boats from around the world will have the pleasure of competing with and against the sport top pros through the thrilling tight...

Miami Sailing Week

2018.03.05

Welcome to the 2018 Miami Sailing Week International regatta. For the 9th year, competitors from as far as Australia and as close as our own...

TrawlerFest 2018 Stuart, FL

2018.03.06

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