Ocean Voyaging

It's the breakdowns, stupid!

Here in Cartagena we all hang out on the dock/bar of Club Nautico in the evenings. The other night, after a few cold Costenas, the talk turned to why some cruisers stop cruising. You know, the ones who seemingly have…

Consulting Time II en route

From Doug Diehl Greetings All: It is 1430 Med time, Saturday, 30 Sept 2006. Consulting Time II and crew are just off the southeast corner of Mallorca enroute to Palma from Porto Colom, Mallorca. We arrived in Porto Colom about…

Sailboat and bulker collision on Long Island Sound

The next issue of Professional Mariner will include coverage of the fatal collision in late September involving a 600-foot-long bulk carrier and a 92-foot sailboat on Long Island Sound. Visibility was good at the time. A New York pilot was…

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,…

ON readers learn celestial nav from A to Z

  Over the last year or so I’ve made two eastbound Atlantic crossings with Ocean Navigator readers as the instructor for the Ocean Navigator School of Seamanship’s Celestial Navigation Seminar at Sea. We sail aboard the largest sailing vessel in…

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…

To integrate or not to integrate?

No I don't mean schools - I mean navigation instruments. In particular, whether we should let our GPS units talk to (and direct) our auto-pilots. Used to be that the "third rail" of boating conversation (touch it and you die!)…

More from Jarlath Cunnane

                            In our next issue we interview Jarlath Cunnane, the 2005 recipient of the Cruising Club of America's Blue Water Medal.For more of the interview see our…

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,…

Electronics blunt navigation skills

I think one of the biggest problems people have with navigation these days is inherent in what we all use today, namely electronics. We are taught and learn to not trust intuition and instead follow the instructions. In other words,…

The tropics are hot!

I was sitting in a circus tent last night, which felt like a steam bath. Hundreds of sweaty bodies were jammed in, along with the tigers, monkeys, elephants, clowns, and cotton-candy vendors. It was a Mexican circus here in Cartagena,…

Cruising without insurance

I've never had boat insurance, and never needed it, in more than 30 years of cruising between Canada and the Caribbean. I'm now in Cartagena, Colombia, which is off limits to many cruisers with insurance. Frankly, I don't know why…

Can't blame the sun

According to a new study by scientists in the U.S., Switzerland and Germany, variations in the brightness of the sun are not sufficient to explain global warming. In an article to be published in the September 14th issue of Nature,…

Voyaging and breakdowns

I never thought I’d be anchoring in 40 feet of water routinely, but that is what happens in the San Blas Islands. With all chain rode and a 45-lb. Bulwagga anchor that’s a vertical lift of around 90 pounds. No…

Trading in the San Blas Islands

Trading with the natives isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, at least not here in the San Blas. The lure of the mighty dollar has replaced almost all interest in trade goods, though sometimes hunger makes our offerings of…

No foul currents

On a recent 14-hour delivery trip along the Maine coast, Ocean Navigator advertising manager Charlie Humphries and I had a wonderful and somewhat baffling experience. We were taking a boat from Hancock Point in Frenchman’s Bay to Christmas Cove via…

Balloons boost hurricane knowledge

  The Mongolfier brothers of France are credited with the first lighter than air craft, a hot air bag of sack cloth and paper that drifted above the town of Annonay in December 1782, so it makes sense French balloon…