Author: John Snyder

Care and maintenance of automatic inflatable PFDs

Inflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) have found their way aboard most vessels and have become a recognized alternative to traditional foam-filled life jackets thanks to their ease of use, comfort and effectiveness.

Lost whaling fleet discovered in Alaska

Marine archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered the hulls of two 1800s whaling ships and 31 others that sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska 144 years ago.

U.S. and Cuba to cooperate on sister sanctuaries

In late November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA).

British Yachtsman of the Year

Ian Walker was named boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists’ Association at an awards ceremony on Jan. 12, 2016.

Hall of Fame inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) held its fifth Induction Weekend on Oct. 4, 2015, and recognized members of the 2015 Class of Inductees.

Edson builds beastly quadrant

Edson International of New Bedford, Mass., has completed a quadrant to control yacht builder Royal Huisman’s latest project No. 398 — otherwise known as “The Beast” — the Dutch yard’s new 190-foot performance yacht.

In the wake of Thor Heyerdahl

On Nov. 7, 2015, Norwegian historian Torgeir Higraff and a crew of 13 people left the Peruvian port of Callao aboard two balsa rafts similar to those used by explorer Thor Heyerdahl in his legenday Kon-Tiki expedition to Easter Island.

Dorade completes historic campaign

The 1930-built wooden yawl Dorade has completed a four-year campaign to repeat all of the major ocean races the classic yacht won in the 1930s, finishing up on the podium at the 2015 Rolex Fastnet Race, where Dorade took second in IRC Class 4 and seventh overall out of 356 boats.

New design for Jimmy Buffett

The sailing singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffet has apparently ended his search for the perfect yacht — perfect for a man who has long embraced the adventure of the cruising lifestyle and needs a fast boat that is part sailboat, part powerboat.

Treasury Department updates Cuban rules

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations, 31 CFR Part 515 (the “CACR”), to implement additional revisions consistent with the policy changes announced by President Obama on Dec. 17, 2014.

Radar technology keeps moving

A few years ago, so-called broadband low-power radar was released and it was a boon to ocean sailors for its low power requirements.

Trashy Transpac

There was not one competitor in this year’s Transpac race who was not affected by trash and debris floating in the North Pacific gyre.

Second Race to Alaska set

Organizers of the popular Race to Alaska have decided to move forward with a second Race to Alaska next year.

Canine lifesavers

Newfoundland dogs, known for their gentle demeanor, strength and swimming ability, have a long history of rescuing sailors and fishermen from the sea.

NYYC celebrates 159th Annual Cruise

New York Yacht Club burgees and signal flags from a fleet of about 75 sail and power yachts graced the Belfast, Maine, waterfront on Aug. 12-13.