Ocean Navigator - January-February 2019

A cultural and visual spectacle

For those in search of fair winds, an umbrella-laden beverage and an increased sense of adventure, Cuba provides. U.S.-Cuba relations easing in December of 2014 provided an opportunity for voyagers to sail the island. One year later, we arrived to our charter in the southern Cuba port of Cienfuegos to begin a 600-nm voyage to Havana.

Maine buoy bell mystery

The Coast Guard is still looking for help solving an unusual crime: Thieves are stealing signaling bells from navigational buoys off the Maine coast.

Better than a mirror on a stick!

In a recent post to a forum for Valiant yacht owners, voyager Dick Stevenson, aboard the Valiant 42, Alchemy, discusses the value of an endoscope for looking at the deep recesses of a voyaging boat.

Winter Passage: Essays, Memoirs, Journeys

Longtime newspaperman, travel writer and Ocean Navigator contributor Alan Littell has compiled a volume of his writings that demonstrates both his globetrotting experience and his keen skill at eyewitness journalism.

National Sailing Hall of Fame inducts six new members

John Biddle was a strong sailor in his own right, but these days he’s best known for his groundbreaking films capturing the America’s Cup and other prominent sailing events — often while on board the vessels themselves.

2018 Husick Award winner

The winner of the 2018 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award is the new electrical generating system from Integrel/Triskel Marine in the U.K.

Improved AIS standard for yachts

When you delve into the details of the automatic identification system (AIS), you quickly see its clever design and effectiveness as a tracking and collision avoidance tool.

Foghorns on demand

If you’ve spent time on a foggy coast, the sound of foghorns may be familiar.

Satellite hot spot offshore

In a recent issue, we spoke about our selection of software for our upcoming passages across the Indian Ocean (“Voyaging electronics,” July/August 2018).

Celestial navigation series, part four

In this installment, we’ll cover Local Hour Angle (LHA), and determining assumed longitude and assumed latitude. We’ll also look at the spherical trigonometric process for doing sight reduction.