Ocean Navigator - March-April 2020 April 1, 2020 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Sea Eagle IIAs spring approaches and northern-based boaters start thinking about getting their boats out of the barn for launching, it’s likely that few owners will face the issue shown here. HUGO BOSS race boat undergoes repairsThe IMOCA monohull HUGO BOSS is currently undergoing repairs at Hythe Marine Park in Southampton, U.K., after sustaining that most baffling and bizarre damage of hitting something in the water while mid-ocean. 2019 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award winnerEvery year, Ocean Navigator gives an award to one marine product that improves marine technology to aid voyagers. MIT research buttresses sailors’ knot loreA team of mathematicians and engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have researched knots and discovered what sailors already knew: Some knots are stronger and more resistant to untying. A voyaging couple’s favorite gearWe often love to read what other folks find to make cruising safer or easier. Alternatives to ethanolMost voyagers use diesel engines for their vessel’s auxiliary propulsion. To drive their dinghies and tenders, however, most use gasoline outboards. Of course, a compassFor centuries, mariners have depended on a compass to provide direction. SSCA HF radio service teams with Caribbean Safety and Security Net, Boatwatch.orgWhen I was asked to join the board of directors of the SSCA in 2015, I thought to myself, “How could I combine my passions, cruising and radio communications, and serve SSCA?” Shipshape and Bristol fashionI have never been a “neat freak,” nor was I very messy in my landlubber life. However, living on board a boat does teach you the advantages to being that bit tidier. The art of becoming fishermenFishermen boat and boaters fish, that seems to be a given worldwide. Multisource chargingIf there is one thing we all seek when we slip the dock lines and set out for an offshore cruise, it is independence. Grabbing a mooring ballWatching someone pick up a mooring ball has always been a source of amusement while sitting at anchor with an afternoon cocktail in hand. Evaluating modern catamaransCatamarans have been around, especially in the Pacific, for several thousand years. Celestial navigation series, part 11In this installment, we’ll cover how to reduce a noon sight and also how to get latitude by shooting Polaris, the pole star. Noon sight problemYou are heading south to Puerto Rico and you want to check your latitude as you approach the coast. March/April Issue 260: Schooner AdixResidents of Greenport, N.Y., a small maritime village on the northeast end of Long Island, have been watching all sorts of sailing ships come and go over the past couple hundred years.