Ocean Navigator - January-February 2018 February 1, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin New-gen anchors are now-genFrankly, I am a bit of an experimenter when it comes to anchors. Hurricanes damage thousands of boatsThousands of recreational boats broke free, grounded or sank during two powerful hurricanes that struck Texas and Florida weeks apart in late summer — and some owners have walked away rather than opting to pay for repairs. Former Pirate considering a life on high seasDuring his nine-year Major League Baseball career, John Jaso hit 55 home runs and logged a respectable .258 batting average. Sailors’ account of months at sea raises questionsTwo sailors rescued after drifting for months in the Pacific Ocean recounted a nightmare scenario: powerful storms, crippling vessel damage and even aggressive sharks. The Silver SpiderSome voyagers making ocean passages and living aboard write about their experiences in magazine articles and nonfiction books. The sharing economy hits the waterImagine what would happen if Airbnb hooked up with Uber and went out for a boat ride. Introduction to Electronic Chart NavigationDavid Burch’s book is a comprehensive look at what electronic charts are, how they work, and how to use them. Navy probe determines collisions were preventableThe Navy determined two fatal collisions this summer involving destroyers in the 7th Fleet were preventable, and an investigation identified fatigue and lapses in training, seamanship and communication aboard one or both warships. 2017 Husick Award winnerThe sport of sailing, and particularly the pursuit of voyaging, is a technologically intensive enterprise, and every year new products emerge in the marine market. Satellite compass tells allFuruno recently released a new version of a product that shows how far GPS has come as a tool for mariners. Propeller removalSeveral years ago, as I was walking through a boatyard, I came across a mechanic who was in the process of removing a propeller. Vanishing lands of the ChesapeakeIt’s an image I’ll never forget: a solitary wooden house floating on the waters of the eastern Chesapeake, surrounded by a small pile of sandbags and covered with cormorants and gulls. How cruisers can help remote islands recycleCruisers often look for ways to help people in the villages they visit. Circumnavigating Vanua LevuThe 332 islands that make up the Pacific nation of Fiji offer the cruising sailor a bluewater playground of options. Anchoring techniquesWe have learned many anchoring techniques the hard way. More than zoom levelsAboard our Dufour ketch Terrapin, we use Navionics on our Raymarine chartplotter and also have two Android tablets with the Navionics app as well as OpenCPN with Google Earth charts. Must-have boat gadgetsYou can go crazy adding all sorts of tools and gadgets to your boat, many of which you might never use. January/February Issue 245: Sailing aboard Su ShanIn 1975, Marty Sarandria was a typical 15-year-old — long hair, rock and roll guitarist, going through high school — when his parents pulled him from school.