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A definitive look at Japanese boatbuilding

A definitive look at Japanese boatbuilding

Boatbuilder and author Douglas Brooks examines small craft construction traditions in Japan

Tall Ships return to Portland, Maine

Tall Ships return to Portland, Maine

Sail training vessels return to Maine for first time in 15 years

Wireless monitoring of the boat frig

Wireless monitoring of the boat frig

New Bluetooth transducer and idevice app make keeping on eye on your frig easier

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Turning a boat in its own length

Turning a boat in its own length

One of the useful things we’ve learned while voyaging is a technique called torque turns.

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?

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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.

Assumed position

Every now and then I receive a call from some soul who wants to learn celestial navigation. I don't usually teach the practice, but the theory is essential to understanding how it all works. Once we begin a course of instruction, I expect they will stay the course until they “get it.” This could be an arduous process both for teacher and student for any number of reasons.

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.

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El Nino and the 2015 hurricane season

El Nino and the 2015 hurricane season

It’s June, and the hurricane seasons of the central and eastern Pacific and the Atlantic have officially begun.

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.

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Reducing radio interference

Reducing radio interference

It sounds like a crude form of Morse code on your single sideband transceiver. The interfering signal is strong enough to disrupt fax reception, render voice reception unintelligible and bring your onboard email to a halt.

Marine high-frequency single sideband uses, Part 1

Bluewater sailors need to consider HF-SSB as a serious option for their long-range communications.

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.

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Paper and plastic

Paper and plastic

I frequently see long and acrid online forum argument threads about the superiority of digital charting vs. paper charts.

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Events & Seminars

Around Long Island Regatta

Around Long Island Regatta

2015.07.30

The race takes place annually toward the end of July, beginning on Thursday afternoon off Rockaway Point. The ocean leg runs along Long...

Nantucket Race Week

Nantucket Race Week

2015.08.08

Nantucket Race Week is an nine-day experience that marshals the entire Nantucket community together in a fun-filled week of regattas, awards...

Opera House Cup

Opera House Cup

2015.08.16

A cherished tradition, the Opera House Cup Regatta, is held on the third Sunday of every August on Nantucket.  The Opera...

Bishop Rock Race

2015.08.29