Ocean Navigator - May-June 2020 June 1, 2020 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Plans released for new small, low-cost race boatIf you’ve been wanting to build your own 19-foot (5.8-meter) race boat and sail it around, you may be in luck. Tropical groundingAfter the cold of winter, northern sailors may be thinking about the wonders of a warm, tropical destination like Hawaii and some beautiful summer sailing. Aussie sailor secures sailing speed recordWhile most sailors have slowed down a bit by age 81, Australian sailor and Ocean Cruising Club member Bill Hatfield is setting speed records. CCA presents 2019 sailing awardsOn March 6, the Cruising Club of America presented its 2019 sailing awards at the New York Yacht Club in New York City. Female researchers study plastics in PacificAn all-female crew of researchers, called eXXpedition Round the World, departed Easter Island on March 9 aboard the 73-foot research ketch TravelEdge, bound for Tahiti to study plastics in the ocean and in the South Pacific Gyre.Sailing events worldwide affected by pandemicAs the COVID-19 pandemic spawns a progressively wider impact on the world at large, it is cutting a similarly wide swath through sailing events worldwide. Virtual sailing during the pandemicSailing and voyaging are an intriguing mix of companionship and solitude. Oil’s well that ends wellOil is oil, right? Wrong! Anchor roomOne of the challenges of world voyaging is not only navigating open ocean, but also negotiating a busy anchorage when you finally arrive at your destination. FADs offshoreIn some places in the world, voyagers need to look out for FADs in the water. The official term for a FAD is a “fish aggregating device,” although on our boat we tend to call it a “fish attracting device.” From the Tagus to RabatUpon departing North America and Greenland, our future plans saw our 52-foot aluminum sloop Kiwi Roa based around Europe and the North Atlantic, with ventures to the likes of Iceland and Svalbard possible. Squeezing out fresh waterThe term “watermaker” is a bit of a misnomer, as these units do not really make water but rather turn undrinkable salt water into drinkable fresh water. Building your own watermakerModern technology has brought us many new devices that make the cruising life much safer and easier. Major watermaker componentsThe heart of the system is the high-pressure plunger pump, similar to what is used in the car wash and other pressure-washing industries.Watermaker parts listEverything you'll need to build your own watermaker.Watermaker pricingRough pricing for a range of 40-gph units. Avoid drilling holes in your boatOnce I settled on a Tayana 37 pilothouse boat as my choice to allow me to tick off the primary item on my bucket list (circumnavigation), I set out to find a suitable used boat. All wave energy must passThe weather is approaching, and you are checking the lines on your boat. Celestial navigation series, part 12In this installment, we’ll discover moon sights and how they add a useful celestial body to your arsenal. We will also look at how to use celestial navigation techniques to determine your vessel’s compass deviation. Moon problemOn Jan. 10, 2002, your DR position is 10° 05’ N, 70° 05’ W. May/June Issue 262: November shakedown to BermudaIt was cold on the morning of Nov. 20, 2019, when Dan Torchio and his crew of two slipped the lines off Rhapsody, a Passport 47 aft cockpit cutter, departing the safe confines of Greenport, N.Y.