Ocean Navigator - May-June 2018 June 1, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Ocean Star dismastingWhen Hurricanes Irma and Maria blasted through the British Virgin Islands in September 2017, they damaged or destroyed a fleet of vessels. Multiple containers fall from shipAt least 76 shipping containers fell from a Maersk cargo ship underway off the Outer Banks in early March, adding to the debris problem in the world’s oceans. Group brings Google Maps to Florida waterwaysThanks to Google Maps’ “Street View” feature, anyone with a smartphone or computer can take a digital tour of the world. Shakedown Cruise: Lessons and Adventures from a Cruising Veteran as He Learns the RopesI approached Nigel Calder’s latest book with the usual trepidation. Sailor makes four distress calls before leaving boatIn an apparent first for the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER) a yachtsman off the coast of Mexico called in four ship visits before finally abandoning his boat. Tangling with ICW bridgesFrom West Palm Beach to Fort Lauderdale is, in my opinion, the worst part of the ICW.Coast Pilot and COLREGS together at lastThe collision regulations can be a useful tool when dealing with other vessel traffic, and the Coast Pilot publications contain plenty of useful info as well. Antenna challengesWhether it be VHF, HF SSB or satcom, radio communications is impossible without an antenna. Exhaust system designThere are two approaches to marine exhaust setups. Using the Iridium GO satphoneA few years ago we purchased an Iridium GO satphone unit. Thoughts on bilge managementThe recent article by Jeff Merrill on bilge maintenance was well written and provided some excellent details and suggestions. Rolling down the fickle tradesOn my way out of the door to join my two shipmates in Las Palmas, Canary Islands, for a trans-Atlantic passage, I ripped out the November page of the North Atlantic Pilot Chart. Six steps to satcomSatellite telephone airtime pricing has dropped considerably since Inmarsat launched the first communication satellites more than 30 years ago. Atlantic HF radio net formedSeven Seas Cruising Association and Marine Weather Center have announced the formation of a new high-frequency radio net specifically designed to assist trans-Atlantic cruisers. All backed up?Most voyagers depend on an array of digital assets, from the basics like email, the Internet and assorted important documents, to more nautical essentials like charts, weather information and cruising guides. Fitting a new SSB antennaA couple of years ago, good friends from Islesboro, Maine, lost their rig overboard on their 40-foot sailboat off St. John’s, Newfoundland. Common-sense navigationWhen I learned to sail in San Diego, the running joke was that every year someone coming home from the Catalina islands would set their autopilot for a waypoint inside the harbor, and then run into Point Loma while they slept. A penchant for the primitiveMy husband Seth and I seem to have a penchant for primitivism. May/June Issue 248: La AmistadLa Amistad — ironically the Spanish word for friendship — was anything but that to the captured slaves forced onto the vessel in 1839.