Offshore Sailing

Notable new books

The Shark Almanac by Thomas B. Allen This natural history guide should serve to entertain, with its many drawings, photographs and descriptions of shark behavior, and also to inform the reader of all that is known about these mysterious sea…

The svelte screen

A radar in the nav station gives the voyager many advantages. But if there is one drawback to mounting a radar screen in a small boat it is finding a place to put the radar screenandmdash;even small cathode ray tubes…

Powerful gust in Guam breaks record

Weather scientists at the Mount Washington Observatory were saddened but undoubtedly impressed by the 236-mph gust of wind that was reported on the Pacific island of Guam in December. The powerful gust was recorded at Andersen Air Force Base on…

Seamaster mission continues despite loss of Peter Blake

Seamaster appeared out of place during a visit to the newly reno-vated Newport Shipyard in Rhode Island this July. Secured alongside a tidy dock replete with planters and Adirondack chairs, the yacht's bare aluminum hull, domed house and submarine-like bow…

Silent and stealthy they float

From Ocean Navigator #62 July/August 1994 SILENT AND STEALTHY, DO THEY FLOAT just below the surface, waiting to punch a hole in the bottom of an unlucky vessel? Are there really containers drifting on the ocean? The answer is yes…

Dying of thirst? Try turtle blood

The health benefits of drinking raw turtle blood were put to the test recently by a group of fishermen adrift in the Pacific for a month. The seven Nicaraguans lost power on their 33-foot boat and drifted nearly 600 miles…

Life after SPAM

Heading to sea for extending periods requires careful planning, particularly in the food-preparation department. Several readers responded to the feature on Eric Forsyth in Ocean Voyager 2000 asking for more information on the canned-food company Forsyth described as a favorite…

Weather for hire

From Ocean Navigator #99 July/August 1999 One solution to the problem of dealing with weather when voyaging is to contract with a professional weather-routing service. Depending on the type of information package you purchase, you can get simple or detailed…

Notable new books for the holidays (Part II)

Nelson: The Arctiv Adventures of Tristan's Old Sea DogBy Anthony Dalton Tristan Jones sailed the world, accumulating fantastic adventures so that he could describe them in great detail in his books. He was often accused of fictionalizing his life and…

Global racing on the rise

Perhaps because it's affected less by 150 years of conservative yachting tradition, ocean racing is evolving faster than most other branches of competitive sailing. True, the America's Cup has, for the last two cycles, been contested in reasonably modern yachts,…

Alden's Malabar X reconstructed

From Ocean Navigator #119 January/February 2002 The call of the sea can reach far inland to unlikely places. Like to a boatyard on the shore of Cayuga Lake in upstate New York. That's where a $1.1 million wooden schooner is…

Coast Guard unit adopts fuel cell technology

Perhaps leading the technology curve for other maritime applications, the U.S. Coast Guard has adopted use of fuel cells for power at a station in Massachusetts. FuelCell Energy Inc., based in Danbury, Conn., will deliver a 250-kW direct FuelCell power…

The Hungry Ocean

The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey by Linda Greenlaw One of the many charms of Linda Greenlaw's first attempt at the writing life is her ability to transport the reader into her head and aboard her longlining swordboat Hannah…

Low bridge shears off schooner's topmasts

The 145-foot West Coast training schooner Californianwas sheared of its topmasts in May after a navigational error resulted in the vessel passing under a low bridge. Californian, which is operated by the Nautical Heritage Society in San Clemente, Calif., as…

Butcher Boy sails once more

One hundred years ago, this 30-foot gaff-rigged workhorse was a familiar sight on San Diego Bay as she hauled loads of provisions and mail to the windjammer fleet lying off Point Loma, Calif. Today, thanks to the efforts of the…

Building your own corrosion meter

Underwater metal on boats often corrodes. When two different types of metal are mechanically joined (a bronze propeller and a stainless steel propeller shaft, for example) and submerged in an electrically conductive fluid (i.e., seawater), corrosion can be rapid and…

Historic ships to race on Lake Michigan

Visitors to the Great Lakes this summer will be treated toa billowing parade of sail. An assorted fleet of historic sailing vessels will gather on the Lakes in July to celebrate the area's maritime heritage and compete in what promises…