Ocean Navigator - May-June 2017

American sailor sets US record

American sailor Rich Wilson finished 13th in the Vendee Globe, the solo round-the-world race that lived up to its grueling reputation.

Sails for Haiti

As mariners, we all know the importance of a good sail on our boat.

The Boats I’ve Loved: 20 Classic Boat Designs

Some 60 years ago, living in New Jersey, I bought a lovely little centerboard cabin sloop that proved completely unsuited for anything more adventurous than daysailing the state’s inland waterways.

Common senses cruising

What is that? That’s a new and different smell/sound/vibration/leak … something doesn’t seem right. What happened?

Nautical drifters

Since my wife, Catherine, and I began our epic world voyage on Dream Time, a 1981 Cabo Rico, we’ve averaged just nine nautical miles a day.

Emergency steering

Wayne Canning’s recent article on emergency steering was accurate about how to set up the drogue for emergency steering and how it can slow a vessel too much.

Getting there

From the traditional South Pacific “Coconut Milk Run” from Mexico or the Panama Canal, yachts arrive at season’s end through Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands, checking in to Papua New Guinea at Rabaul.

Weather graphics

The way that mariners acquire weather forecast information has changed dramatically in the past generation.

Furler failure offshore

We left New Zealand heading for Fiji, a 1,200-mile trip. The weather was predicted to be a bit more boisterous than we would normally choose, but we had waited more than a month for a weather window and our New Zealand visas were expiring.

Checking hoses

As a surveyor, it is my job to inspect hoses for problems as I go about my inspections.