Ocean Navigator - July-August 2017

Capsized cat salvaged

An Atlantic 57 catamaran named Leopard that capsized approximately 400 nm north of the Dominican Republic in November 2016 was recently found 25 miles off Morehead City, N.C.

Notebooks promote sailing spirit

If you’re a sailor or, even better, one with the desire to someday sail around Cape Horn, then you might want to start making notes and lists for your upcoming trip in a notebook with some elements designed to inspire you.

Staten Island’s hidden relics

Beneath a canopy of old sycamores and lindens, directly across the Kill van Kull from some of New Jersey’s most wretched industrial wastelands — Bergen Point, Port Johnson and Constable Hook — lies the bucolic 80-acre campus of Sailors’ Snug Harbor.

Fewer Atlantic hurricanes projected

Forecasters at Colorado State University are projecting a “slightly below average” hurricane season in the North Atlantic due, in part, to cooling ocean temperatures.

Measuring depth remotely

When it comes to coastal charts, the thing voyagers are most interested in knowing is the location of the thin water.

Reading exhaust smoke

While today’s crop of computer-wielding mechanics rely on high-tech tools to formulate diagnoses, there’s still something to be said for the tried-and-true technique of interpreting the quantity and color of smoke emitted by a diesel engine.

Fires in the Tanimbar Islands

Our boat Oddly Enough motorsailed alongside our cruising companions on the 40-foot Auspray. We were going up the calm strait separating the main Tanimbar island of Yamdena from a string of sheltering islands to the northwest.

Smartphone photography

Like most cruisers today, I carry and rely on a smartphone for many things: email, maps, weather radar — even phone calls!

Greenland ahead

In the middle of June, a 60-mile-wide belt of ice still stretched from the Strait of Belle Isle northward, as it does every early summer in the western Labrador Sea.

Digital world cruising

Gone are the days when I used to measure the length of the bookshelves on boats I was checking out for cruising.

Collision avoidance close at hand

If you have been waiting to find a hand-held automatic identification system (AIS) device rather than a remote hand-held VHF-AIS unit operating from a base station, the answer to your plea has emerged in a different form: AIS apps downloadable to your smartphone.

Top rigging firms close doors

Two top names in American sailing products have shut down in recent months, highlighting ongoing challenges in an industry still recovering from the Great Recession.

Homemade burglar alarm

The problem with all the battery-powered burglar alarms we have found at hardware stores is that the alarms were neither louder nor more frightening than a chirping canary.