Ocean Navigator - March April 2021

2020 Chuck Husick Award Winner

After consideration by our panel of judges (see below), the 2020 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award goes to Raymarine for its Axiom+ multifunction…

A most impressive sextant

If you were stranded on a small atoll and needed a sextant for your rescue voyage, you’d have no choice but to make…

Sailor to attempt NY to San Francisco record in proa 

Starting in January 2021, New Orleans sailor Ryan Finn will attempt to break the New York to San Francisco sailing record sailing a 36-foot proa-style sailboat. The passage is expected to take roughly 60 days and cover 14,000 nautical…

Barograph app keeps track

Having access to marine forecasts and gridded binary (grib) files is great for voyagers. Equally useful, however, is having weather instruments on board so that you can monitor what’s happening with the weather right around your vessel. Real-time local data…

Notable New Titles

Wooden Boats for Blue Water Sailors Philosophy in Sailing, Design and Construction By Alfie Sanford Great Wave Books 214 pgs. The great legacy of wooden sailing yachts is clear. From Slocum’s Spray to the various well-known Herreshoff designs to Bermuda…

DYI electronic navigation

Navigation software for viewing electronic charts, voyage planning and in-voyage navigation has come a long way from the early days of raster images on a computer monitor. Navigation software packages are offered by an assortment of companies as either…

Read the factory manual

Have you been paying attention to the warning signs on your boat? My guess is that you, like me, have been looking right past several important reminders. I’d like to encourage you to notice, stop and think. RTFM is…

Using a 3D printer onboard

At the start of the year, I purchased a 3D printer for my Valiant 40 boat, Ursa, and I’d like to share some of the experiences I’ve had with it. First the why: I’m based in Mexico right now,…

The Magic of Landfall

So many of our words and expressions come from the world of ships and sailing: taken aback, by and large, hand over fist, a wide berth, a loose cannon, chock-a-block, and landfall. Landfall, to a seafarer, is the moment…

Optimizing Alternative Energy

A successful ocean voyage depends largely on the way we manage energy on our vessels, be it from the wind, the sun, the ocean, the auxiliary engine or a separate generator. As offshore sailors, our goal is to gain…

The Manila Galleons

When the Spanish empire expanded in the mid-1500s to include New Spain (Mexico) and as far west as the Philippine…