Ocean Navigator - March-April 2011

Innovative catamaran to be built by Alu Marine

The outcome of a six months’ study between Stirling Design International design office and Alu Marine shipyard, this 58’ trawler catamaran has reached maturity.In the eyes of the existing trawlers on the market, it is clear that the choice between…

Forespar releases new Steering Control Arm

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – Forespar’s new quick-release Steering Control Arm extends functional range when behind the wheel. Made specifically for use while motoring or easy sailing, the control arm allows the driver to move away from the helm station…

Lewmar issues safety warning on self-tailing winches

After a recent accident in Antigua where a woman lost one of her hands while operating a self-tailing winch Lewmar, the manufacturer of the winch, has issued a safety warning on their operation. According to Yachting Monthly, a woman was…

Solar-powered "dragonfly" boat developed by Australian company

Australia-based Solar Sailor Holdings is collaborating with Japan company Eco Marine Power to create a solar- and bio-fuel powered tour boat, that will be named the Tonbo, which means dragonfly in Japanese. The name refers to the boat's unique pivoting…

Preventive maintenance for the roller furler

The roller furling gear on a boat is something that is generally taken for granted; it’s a simple mechanism, and it usually seems to work just fine without a lot of maintenance fuss.But, when it stops working offshore it can…

Boats kill off important part of aquatic food chain

Researchers at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science found twice as many copepod carcasses within motor boat wakes in comparison to the number found outside of wakes, and there were seven times the carcasses found within a busy boat channel.…

Incorrect labeling and cross referencing

Greg Rudzinski, a liveaboard sailor in California, sent this note about the dangers of buying parts and why its a good idea to bring the old part with you and match it up with the new part. "Here are two…

Marion Bermuda safety officer

New for the 2011 Marion Bermuda Race is a dedicated Safety Officer Hotline.  This is a dedicated phone number that has been established in case you need to reach the Safety Officer during the race: 774-377-9085.   Please be prepared…

Practice sailing on your computer with Sail Simulator 5

IGS and Stentec Games expect to ship Sail Simulator 5, a realistic sailboat racing simulation program, for PC in April. The company says that Sail Simulator 5 skippers have full control over the boat even in strong wind and high seas. You can trim…

Women finish sixth in Barcelona World Race

Dee Caffari finished sixth in the Barcelona World Race on Wednesday, giving her four circumnavigations to put on her resume. The Barcelona World Race Web site reports that 38-year-old Caffari made the trip with her partner, 34-year-old Anna Corbella, on the…

Bahati ties the knot

Nat and Betsy Warren-White have completed their circumnavigation aboard the Montevideo 43 Bahati. From their sailmail message off Bequia: "Just had to let you that as of 0900 hrs Atlantic time this morning Bahati officially completed her 2nd circumnavigation….(1st time…

Ship noise and right whales

Here's a link to a video in which Cornell University professor Chris Clark dicusses how noise from ships disturbs the social and mating activities of right whales. Unlike humpbacks and blue whales, the vocalizations of right whales only travel about…

The mother of all ocean waves

For ocean voyagers, one of the most important factors that impact travel on the sea is the sea state. There are waves of all sizes and shapes on the ocean, from small locally generated wind waves to larger, longer period…

Anchor designer Alain Poiraud deceased

French anchor designer Alain Poiraud, creator of the Spade and Sword anchors, passed away in February, according to information on the Sail the World Web site and forum. In addition to designing and promoting his Spade anchor, Poiraud was the…

Hurricane season predicted to be active

Researchers at the Department of Atmospheric Science at Colorado State University have published their annual tropical and hurricane analysis and predictions. There is an above-average probability of major hurricane landfalls in the Caribbean and the United States in 2011, according…

World's smallest GPS module

Wi2Wi has introduced what the company claims is the world's smallest autonomous GPS module at 6.75mm x 6.75mm. In a press release the company claims that the module provides "ultra-fast time-to-first-fix, internal battery back-up RAM, small form factor, and high…

Dodge Morgan: First American non-stop circumnavigator

Dodge Morgan, former Air Force fighter pilot, working journalist and successful entrepreneur, first dreamed of sailing solo non-stop around the world in the 1960s. Morgan spent a couple of years living aboard his 36-foot schooner, Coaster, and sailing from New…

Cool your alternator

Heat is the greatest enemy of all things electrical, and your alternator is no exception. Alternators come equipped with cooling fans, either internal or external, but with a tightly enclosed engine compartment, high ambient temperature means an even hotter alternator.…