Nav Problems

Drake circumnavigates

  January/February 2007   On November 14, 1577, Francis Drake departed London with 164 men and boys aboard five small ships. He was bound on a voyage around the world, but only Queen Elizabeth and a few highly-placed ministers knew…

Petrel heads south

All summer in 1980, we sailed the 70-foot double-headsail yawl Petrel in New York Harbor. Under the command of Nick van Nes, our all-volunteer crew learned how to handle the big yawl while carrying paying passengers. Van Nes had been…

No further explanation

The Track of the Typhoon was written by William Nutting, the editor of MotorBoat magazine in the 1920s, and a founding member of the Cruising Club of America. It is a charming, classic tale of adventure aboard a small sailing…

Aboard Eagle

  November/December 2006   In the early 1990s I was living in Manhattan and teaching celestial navigation classes at the old Hayden Planetarium. It was during this time that I got my chance to sail aboard the Coast Guard barque…

Oars across the Atlantic

  May/June 2005   In 1896 Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo, recent emigrants from Norway, were clam diggers off the New Jersey coast. The work was exhausting and paid little. Not satisfied with life on the clam flats, the friends…

Tide software and DST

 Jeppesen Marine has introduced a new version of its Tides & Currents tide and tidal current prediction software. What makes this particularly interesting is the need to update the program for a change in Daylight Savings Time (DST) introduced this…

Battery charger repair

If your boat has a shore-power connection, it likely has a 120-volt AC-powered battery charger. If the boat is more than about 15 years old, the odds are the charger is a ferroresonant unit, a Raritan Crown converter, a Cruisair…

Web Sitings

The delivery of a brand-new boat to home waters can be a thrilling adventure — the kick of the feather-light wheel in a fresh breeze, the smell and luxurious warmth of brand-new new joinery, the growl of the well-tuned diesel…

Rigs & Rigging

When it comes to the modern sailboat rig, there has been a definite design trend toward higher masts and shorter booms. This rigging choice is seen most clearly on racing machines, but it has also become a factor on the…