Ocean Navigator - March-April 2018 April 1, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Voyaging power innovator Dave Smead rememberedI recently heard from Ruth Ishihara that her beloved partner of 33 years, Dave Smead, died last April. Sailor lands on Reunion Island after months adriftAnyone who’s spent a lot of time on a sailboat can probably recall some uncomfortable voyages. Protest overshadows new Sydney-Hobart recordsWild Oats XI set a new course record in the 73rd running of the Rolex Sydney to Hobart race, knocking nearly five hours off the previous mark. But the skipper and crew aboard the supermaxi barely had time to celebrate the win. Rogue Waves: Anatomy of a MonsterUnpredicted and thus far unpredictable waves of vast height and sudden destructive power have long animated the imagination and concern of deepwater sailors. Social media app aims to unite sailorsThese days there are social media apps for singles, business executives, knitters and book lovers. Why not one for sailing too? X-ray sextantRecently, the U.S. Naval Academy resumed the instruction of celestial navigation to midshipmen after cutting that field of study in the early 2000s. Tasteless bilge waterYou could argue that there are many “most important” systems on your trawler: diesel fuel delivery systems, firefighting systems, head and holding tank systems, electrical systems, etc. Delayed resin curing produces blistersLiving in the heat of south Florida, I never thought my 15-year-old sailboat would have any resins, polyesters or epoxies that would not be fully cured by now. The (unbeatable) Peterson 44The Peterson 44 is a great cruising boat. Trans-Atlantic on the diagonalKiwi Roa had spent some time in Southern Africa, cruising from Cape Town up the Skeleton Coast to Namibia. Voyager battery surveyWe asked the live-aboard sailors on four voyaging vessels some questions about the battery setups on their boats. Battery installationsBatteries are the heart of your boat’s electrical system.Battery typesBatteries come in many types and sizes depending on the needs of the owner. Where did the reef go?The recent article describing various vessel groundings and losses in the Pacific during the last year or two (“More than zoom levels,” January/February 2018) highlights a glaring weakness in many electronic charts. New holly and wild cherry floorWe had wanted a new cabin sole/floor in our 1972 Tartan 34.5 for several years. March/April Issue 246: FitzRoy: Conflicted geniusAlthough mostly now remembered as the captain of HMS Beagle in her five-year voyage around the world with a young Charles Darwin, Robert FitzRoy was a man of the scientific age who made contributions in many fields.