Ocean Navigator - July-August 2018

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.

Sailor rescued after striking UFO

In early May, the Coast Guard rescued a solo sailor whose vessel flooded after hitting an unknown object in open water some 60 miles east of Charleston, S.C.

Sailors honored for thwarting sea lion attack

Roger van Hertsen and his father Evrard van Hertsen prepared to weigh anchor near Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco late last year when they noticed something unusual on the horizon.

Run the Storm

George M. Foy’s collective biography of a ship and a storm, and of the crew who would die in that storm, is a tour de force of nautical expertise coupled with sensitive treatment of one of the worst maritime disasters in our history.

All-in-one antenna farm

Recently I wrote about how the physics of radio waves results in challenges for antenna makers based on the frequency used.

Bilge pointers

Jeff Merrill's tips for keeping your bilge in peak condition

Unusual three-keel design

As ocean sailors, we meet some very interesting people — and Bart Pothoven from the Netherlands is no exception.

The wrath of Harvey

New Zealand sailor Graeme Kendall sailed 28,000 miles solo around the globe aboard the purpose-built Astral Express, a 41-foot sloop.

Voyaging electronics

We are sailing into the tremendous expanse of the Indian Ocean from Malaysia to the stormy South African coast and on around the southern tip to Cape Town aboard our Valiant 40, Brick House.

Tablet charging

The use of smartphones and tablets on board voyaging boats has become commonplace, and with this widespread use has come the question of how best to recharge them.

Celestial navigation series, part one

We’re revisiting this series on navigating by the sun, moon, stars and planets in the age of GPS because celestial nav is not only a viable backup to satellite navigation, but it is also a skill that ocean voyagers should have in their toolkit.