Ocean Voyaging

Yachts and cruisers

When you hear the word, yacht, doesn’t it conjure up size? Glamour? Megayachts or the royal yacht Britannia? Personally I don’t attribute the term to my Peterson 44, preferring sailing vessel or cruising boat. The Aussies, however, have it mixed…

Solo racers battered

The sailors in the Velux 5 Oceans Race have been battling high winds and big seas for the past day or so. The singlehanded, two-stop around the world race started on Sunday, Oct. 22. Mike Golding, a British around the…

Dangerous encounters

The casualties section of the next issue of Professional Mariner (the sister publication of Ocean Navigator) will include two stories about conflicts between commercial vessels and recreational boats. By far the most serious of the two involved the collision on…

Running Fix

Welcome to the Ocean Navigator blog. We welcome your comments and submissions (to blogeditor@oceannavigator.com) and hope to have a lot of fun with this. We are calling it Running Fix and hope you will update its position on a daily…

Show samples

  As usual, a variety of interesting products and services on display at this year’s Annapolis Boat Show. A small sample: Card reader PC charts: Fugawi electronic charts (www.fugawi.com) was showing off its new ability to read Navionics Gold+ electronic…

Killer ferry?

In August I had a confrontation with a Casco Bay Lines ferry here in Portland, Maine. At the time, we had been under sail when we discovered that our dinghy’s centerboard cover had come off, filling it with seawater. So,…

Consulting Time II

Consulting Time II is a Morris 48 owned and skippered by Doug Diehl. CTII reached Croatia in late May 06 and is homeward bound via the Canaries and the Carribbean. Doug's post follows: Greetings all: I am happy to report…

Bermuda Race

  As reported on various websites, Ocean Navigator Publisher Alex Agnew and his crack crew completed the Bermuda Race this year finishing second . . . to last. No excuses, the crew of the Swan 40 Chase had a ball,…