Author: Tim Queeney

Yes, you can still get Dacron

Our new Ocean Voyager 2021 annual issue has an informative article by Jayme Okma Lee for which she interviewed sailors on three voyaging boats about the decisions they made in replacing their cruising sails. One of the sailors interviewed was the cruising…

Logbook 2021

2020 Husick Award Winner After consideration by our panel of judges (see below) the 2020 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to…

USS Constitution rebuild yields VP desk

Wooden boat owners know that wood is a beautiful material, but unlike fiberglass or carbon fiber, wood can fall prey to rot. And so wooden vessels can require rebuilding at times. A famous example of this is the USN's wooden…

A snazzier name for MFDs?

Is there a piece of marine electronics that does so much yet has such a non-descript name? The multifunction display, usually dryly shortened to simply "MFD," is a powerhouse that can combine electronic charts, AIS, radar, GPS, voyage planning, tide…

Research says Bermuda hurricanes getting stronger

For East Coast voyagers, Bermuda is an attractive option for an offshore passage. Either as a destination or a stopping point before proceeding south to the Bahamas and the Caribbean or east to the Azores and the Med. There's also…

2020 Chuck Husick Award Winner

After consideration by our panel of judges (see below), the 2020 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to Raymarine for its Axiom+ multifunction…

Sailor to attempt NY to San Francisco record in proa 

Starting in January 2021, New Orleans sailor Ryan Finn will attempt to break the New York to San Francisco sailing record sailing a 36-foot proa-style sailboat. The passage is expected to take roughly 60 days and cover 14,000 nautical…

Barograph app keeps track

Having access to marine forecasts and gridded binary (grib) files is great for voyagers. Equally useful, however, is having weather instruments on board so that you can monitor what’s happening with the weather right around your vessel. Real-time local data…

Notable New Titles

Wooden Boats for Blue Water Sailors Philosophy in Sailing, Design and Construction By Alfie Sanford Great Wave Books 214 pgs. The great legacy of wooden sailing yachts is clear. From Slocum’s Spray to the various well-known Herreshoff designs to Bermuda…

DYI electronic navigation

Navigation software for viewing electronic charts, voyage planning and in-voyage navigation has come a long way from the early days of raster images on a computer monitor. Navigation software packages are offered by an assortment of companies as either…

Digital tide tables online

In 2020 NOAA ceased publication of the printed Tide Tables in 2020. Another watershed in the move toward a totally digital world of navigational information. Working the Tide Tables was once an important part of any coastal navigation course (even…

CCA names Randall Reeves 2020 medal winner

Never count out creative thinking for devising new ways to explore the planet and establish a record. Sailor Randall Reeves conceived of a new way to sail around the world.…

2020 Husick Award Winner

After consideration by our panel of judges (see below) the 2020 Ocean Navigator Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to Raymarine for its Axiom+ multifunction display. Raymarine describes its Axiom MFD units this way: "The performance-tuned Axiom+ is a new…

Lighthouse with LED beacon

Lighthouses have come a long way since they were burning wood pyres on a seaside cliff. Now the USCG has turned on the first LED-based rotating beacon in a U.S. lighthouse. Light-producing technology progressed from flames to candles to lanterns…

Coast Guard urges small watercraft labeling

While not all voyagers carry surfboards, paddle boards or kayaks with them, some voyagers do. And many others bring a dinghy along, even when they're in home waters. If you have any type of small watercraft and lose track of…

Rebecca Childress and the journey forward

Rebecca Childress, live aboard voyager on the Valiant 40 Brick House and frequent contributor to ON, lost her husband Patrick to COVID 19 this past summer in Cape Town. She has posted a new video to the Brick House Youtube channel…