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Sea Tow launches new mobile app

The new Sea Tow App is a pocket toolkit with weather, tides, GPS, compass and other functions, displayed in both day and night running modes

New anchors coming from the Spade folks

While perusing new gear at the Newport International Boat Show I came across the U.S. distributor for the Spade anchor, Sea Tech and Fun USA, and I was intrigued to see that these innovative folks have now come up with…

Docking strategies

“You’re only as good as your last docking.” Dianne Harris-Glennon skipper; of the schooner Pioneer; New York City; 1980s. Boat docking is still one of the most difficult aspects of boat handling. Especially on a sailboat when the boat is…

Nobeltec and Taylor Marine Announce Partnership

Nobeltec is pleased to announce a new partnership with Taylor Marine of Australia. As of October 1, 2011, Taylor Marine, also known as JN Taylor & Co. Ltd., will act as Nobeltec¹s exclusive distributor of all Nobeltec products sold to…

Changing EPIRB battery causes loss of registration

A notice from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary warns boaters to double check your EPIRB registration card if you have recently had the battery changed. The notice states that, "In recent months Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB’s) registration cards…

How to take an 80-foot mast under a 65-foot bridge

A YouTube video by sailor hunterparrot has caused a bit of a sensation among Intracoastal Waterway Sailors, used to dealing with numerous fixed and opening bridges over the Waterway. The video demonstrates a unique method of heeling a large sailboat,…

Bronze? Still?

Why is bronze still such a widely used material for propellers, through-hulls and seacocks? Are there not more sound alternatives to a literally age-old alloy? It would seem that with recent technological advances, particularly within the last decade, better materials…

U.S. Sailing appoints review panel after sailors are lost

The U. S. Coast Guard Confirmed in July that two sailors competing in the 2011 Chicago Yacht Club’s Race to Mackinac lost their lives in a severe thunderstorm that crossed Lake Michigan. Wind gusts up to 52 knots were reported,…

Landing pads are in

Having just returned from the Newport International Boat Show I was most struck by the latest fashion wave in larger cruising sailboats, which is the stern landing pad. Apparently designed to allow easy access to hordes of boat show gawkers,…

Scottish crew rows to magnetic pole

Rowing to the North Pole may sound a little odd, but on August 26, 2011, at six thirty in the evening local time (0130 British Standard Time), the members of The Old Pulteney Row to the Pole rowing expedition became…

Entries set for Global Ocean Race

The Global Ocean Race, set to start on September 25th with the first leg of Mallorca, Spain to Cape Town, South Africa, has just announced that this running of the race will have six confirmed entries. There were a many…

Anchored boat cancels Fort Walton fireworks

The U.S. Coast Guard has released a report on a boat that anchored in a safety zone prior to a major fireworks display in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, causing the cancellation of the display. The owner and others onboard the…

Ex-hostages plan on sailing trip to Caribbean

Rachel and Paul Chandler, who were held hostage by Somali pirates for around 13 months until a $750,000 ransom was paid, have announced that they plan on setting sail once again. In an AFP report the couple said they still considered…

Hurricane Irene closes canal systems

One big lesson I learned from Hurricane Irene is that water from above can be as devastating as wind or water rising from below in a storm surge. Upstate New York and Vermont were on the "wet side," or the…

Record time set in Marion to Bermuda Race

Sailing the 645 nautical miles from Marion to Bermuda in less than three days, Simon De Pietro's Briand 76 Lilla has set a new record on her maiden voyage. “We weren’t thinking about breaking any records before we left. But…

Bermuda charging $250 for yacht entry

As of June 1 Bermuda has decided to extend the initial permitted stay for visiting yachts and their crews from 21 to 90 days, and has increased the fee to $250. Minister of National Security Wayne Perinchief said in a…

Anchoring rights subject of hearing in St. Augustine

A hearing has been scheduled in St. Augustine, Florida, for 4 p.m. on May 26 in the Alcazar Room of city hall in order to discuss the city's harbor management plan and the possibility of further restricting anchoring in and…

New marina planned for Panama City, Panama

Panama City, Panama, may soon have a new, large marina, according to developers Marine Scene Limited, who recently moved operations from New Zealand to Panama. Marine Scene is a multihull specialist company, selling both new and used boats, as well…

Mysterious red lights offshore identified by Coast Guard

On April 29, A U.S. Coast Guard station in Lorain, Ohio, received numerous calls about a string of mysterious red lights observed over Lake Erie north of Sheffield Lake, OH, which is located just west of Cleveland. Observers said they…

Mystery impact slows Vendee Globe leader

Vendee Globe leader Jean-Pierre Dick has struck a submerged object and damaged one of his rudders, forcing him to proceed under reduced sail until conditions allow him to fix the problem.  From the International Herald Tribune: Dick remains the leader…

Return of the Maggie B.

The schooner Maggie B, built by Covey Island Boatworks in 2006, returned May 10 to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia — her port of launch — to celebrate the completion of the circumnavigation for which she was built. Soon after arrival, Captain/owner…