Ocean Navigator - May-June 2019

A cultural and visual spectacle

For those in search of fair winds, an umbrella-laden beverage and an increased sense of adventure, Cuba provides. U.S.-Cuba relations easing in December of 2014 provided an opportunity for voyagers to sail the island. One year later, we arrived to our charter in the southern Cuba port of Cienfuegos to begin a 600-nm voyage to Havana.

West Marine offers BlueFuture grants

West Marine will award “BlueFuture” grants to 25 nonprofit organizations focused on education, stewardship or teaching watersports to children.

Time for navigation

In this issue’s installment of our celestial navigation series, we cover the importance of time for getting lines of position (LOP) and multi-LOP fixes.

Crane control repair

We’ve had three pendants fail on our Steelhead Marine crane aboard our Nordhavn 52 Dirona over the last nine years.

Davit wiring color codes

If you purchase two of the Deutsch pigtails from Amazon, then the following will allow you to quickly construct a Y connector allowing both the wired pendant and wireless remote base to be plugged in at the same time.

An Aussie guide to engine maintenance

Years ago, on our circumnavigation aboard our 38-foot cutter Heretic, we had reached Cairns in northern Australia when we left the boat in a marina and returned to the U.S. to work during the Southern Hemisphere cyclone season.

Spice Island safari

If you’ve ever been lucky enough to ride in a dhow, then you’ve truly experienced poetry in motion.

Milk Run deviation

My husband Mark and I were aboard our 35-foot Fountaine Pajot Tobago cat Irie on a passage from Isabela Island in the Galapagos to Mangareva in the Gambier Islands.

Calculating battery needs

Any boat owner who takes their vessel away from the dock knows that battery capacity becomes a concern.

A battery system approach

If you are a cruiser who has enough to do planning social activities, ensuring you are prepared for sunset happy hour every evening, and constantly worrying about whether or not your expensive batteries are being properly charged, this idea might be for you.

Changing chemistry

Aboard a sailboat, electricity is the most important resource other than wind.

The wandering magnetic pole

The Earth’s Magnetic North Pole, where the lines of magnetic force enter the Earth perpendicular to the globe’s surface, is actually a wandering location.

May/June Issue 255: The Golden Globe Race

The first Golden Globe nonstop around-the-world race was held 50 years ago in 1968-69 as a response to Sir Francis Chichester’s single-handed, one-stop circumnavigation a few years before.