Ocean Navigator - July-August 2019 August 1, 2019 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin July/August Issue 256: On the hunt for 80 yearsCharles W. Morgan is the last remaining American whaling ship of a fleet that once numbered over 2,000 vessels.Step-by-step sight reductionHere is the entire sight reduction sequence broken down into steps. You can use this as a guide should you get stuck on a step and need to know what to do next. Celestial navigation series, part sevenIn this installment, we’ll cover the HO 249 sight reduction tables and how to plot a line of position (LOP). Big winds and bigger seasThe Southern Ocean has always been challenging for sailors. Customized weatherEmploying the services of an expert meteorologist is not just the preserve of the record-chasing ocean sailor or professional crew. The digital age: barometers vs. barographsWhen I crossed the Pacific Ocean on my Peterson 44, Oddly Enough, I wrote about local weather, the kind experienced in our exclusive part of the ocean where available forecasts covered too wide an area to be useful, and there’s no one else to observe and interpret changes. Beginner’s luckIn 1974, I got the sailing bug and purchased a 25-foot Ericson sailboat. Lost in translationI have a Dutch sailing friend who I’ve overheard making phone calls in her native tongue to her family back home.Suggested ship’s papersTo collect and assemble the necessary paperwork, we provide to our clients an alphabetical list comprised of the most common documents they are likely to have or will need to have aboard. Finding Curacao with a bad sextantIf you had business in the deep Caribbean Sea in 1960, you needed at least a rudimentary knowledge of celestial navigation. Ship’s papersMost of the more experienced power voyagers I work with have a system and a plan to look after just about every aspect involved in the management of their boats. Using a sextant to check GPS accuracyOne of the more pervasive technologies we use every day, whether we’re voyaging or not, is GPS.Study notes GPS interferenceA recent study released by a nonprofit think tank called C4ADS details Russian spoofing and jamming of GPS signals that resulted in erroneous position fixes, sometimes by many miles. Murder Aboard: The Herbert Fuller Tragedy and the Ordeal of Thomas BramMurder Aboard jumps right into the action: An 11-person crew of the barquentine Herbert Fuller departs Boston with a load of timber in July 1896, bound for Buenos Aires. Crushed sunglasses spur a sailor’s inventionNecessity is said to be the mother of invention, but putting an end to wasted money must be at least an uncle. SailGP boats show a turn of speedIn an exercise that couldn’t be further from the world of the heavily laden voyaging boat, a fleet of cats sailed recently in San Francisco Bay as part of SailGP’s multiday racing series with professional teams representing six nations. Prediction says fewer hurricanesAndrea, Barry and Chantal are just three of the names to be given to Atlantic hurricanes this year by NOAA, which in April released the full list of names that will be used in 2019. Drifting across the pondRiding a barrel over Niagara Falls may not be your idea of fun, but at least it’s over quickly. Recycling fiberglass boatsFor the boat owner, one of the best features of fiberglass is that it doesn’t rot. Final Golden Globe competitor sails onWhile most of the sailors participating in the 2018 Golden Globe around-the-world solo race long ago either retired from the competition or crossed the finish line, there is a single racer still on the North Atlantic and headed toward the finish at Les Sables d’Olonne in France.