Ocean Navigator - March-April 2016

Lost whaling fleet discovered in Alaska

Marine archaeologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) discovered the hulls of two 1800s whaling ships and 31 others that sank off the Arctic coast of Alaska 144 years ago.

U.S. and Cuba to cooperate on sister sanctuaries

In late November, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Park Service (NPS) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Cuba’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (CITMA).

British Yachtsman of the Year

Ian Walker was named boats.com YJA Yachtsman of the Year by the Yachting Journalists’ Association at an awards ceremony on Jan. 12, 2016.

Hall of Fame inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) held its fifth Induction Weekend on Oct. 4, 2015, and recognized members of the 2015 Class of Inductees.

A trip to the ER: Part 1

In part one of a two-part piece, Jeff Merrill examines the importance of making regular engine room checks and how to set a system to catch the most important information.

Freighter fright

Hollywood would like to make you believe that steel containers, fallen from ships, bob around the world’s oceans ready to sink the dreams of unsuspecting world cruisers.

System redundancy

In a perfect world, I’d have two identical boats always tied next to each other.

Checklists not just for pilots

Many know about the friendly rivalries that exist between the different military services, but what you may not know is that there are also rivalries between communities within the same service.

Devil’s Island, parrots and mining towns

We recently cruised to a place that sees few voyaging boats. We sailed our Liberty 458 cutter, Nine of Cups, to the three countries of the Guianas on the northeast coast of South America.

Repair, rebuild or repower

When you have an older boat like we do — a 1987 Moody 422 sloop — and you’re living aboard and cruising it full time, the process of repairing and replacing gear is part of life.

Get set for splicing

One of the handiest little skills that I’ve picked up along the way has been splicing: three-strand, rope/chain and braided.