Offshore Sailing

Trickle-down technology

From Ocean Navigator #87 January/February 1998 The idea of intrepid sailors striking out into the unknown is a central part of the mystique of ocean voyaging. On the other hand, a high proportion of ocean sailors now enjoy round-the-clock access…

What to do with the kids -- and kids at heart

Fun AfloatCool activities for families that boatBy Theresa Fort Long days at sea in a confined space can try anyone's patience. For kids who live aboard, it can be downright boring without activities to pass the time. This new book…

Notable New Books

North to the Night - A Year in the Arctic Ice by Alvah Simon For whatever reason, the author and his wife decided to sail their steel ketch as far north as possible and lock themselves in Arctic ice for…

Dutch sailors attacked by pirates

A Dutch couple enjoying a few days of respite in an idyllic patch of reefs off the northeast coast of Honduras were attacked by pirates recently in a gruesome display of violence that nearly killed their 13-year-old son. Rescue of…

Ultimate inflatables for new power yacht

Rigid-hull inflatable boats have become popular as yacht tenders. It is no surprise, then, that two such vessels have been built to serve the aluminum megayacht La Baronessa, still under construction at Palmer Johnson in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. The 195-foot…

Bobst Group-Armor Lux in the Doldrums

On Monday morning Stamm was holding a 146-nm lead over Thierry Dubois on Solidaires, but that distance is narrowing. Stamm's speed over ground during the last 24 hours has been averaging only about 1.5 knots. As Solidaires continues southward, Dubois…

Massive load of logs spilled off Alaska

A 425-foot log transport vessel carrying 12,000 tons of logs dumped 90% of its cargo into the Gulf of Alaska during a period of rough weather in early December. Haida Monarch was 75 miles south of Cape St. Elias Island,…

Speaking of Balloons...

SPEAKING OF BALLOONS, Coast Guard officials seem to be sending up trial balloons on the prospect of terminating the U.S. loran system, even though loran is meant to continue on air until 2015, providing an overlap with GPS coverage. "Our…