Ocean Navigator - November-December 2016

Wild race for sailing adventurers

Interested in assembling a native Tanzanian double outrigger boat called a ngalawa and sailing it 500 miles around the Zanzibar Archipelago while sleeping on the beach each night?

Aruba bans plastic bags

In a move that will affect voyagers visiting the island, Aruba has banned the use of plastic bags.

EPIRB evolution

Bring a voyager forward in time from the 1950s and they would likely be amazed at the ease and instantaneous availability of navigation via GPS.

Spare me the trouble

This is Part 1 of a two-part series on making sure you have the spares you need for your power voyaging boat.

Key points on spare parts

• It’s easier to make a repair tied up at the dock. Do you have what you need when you are offshore? • Determine what is likely to be  commonly replaced (bulbs, fuses) and add spares to your inventory. •…

Derelict boats in Florida

Florida Statute 327.4107, which took effect July 1, is Florida’s latest attempt to deal with its intractable derelict boat problem.

The sensible way home

In early May 2015 there was still snow on the ground in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as we prepared our 52-foot steel cutter Bagheera for her next voyage.

Emergency signaling choices

From the time radio communications arrived it was understood that getting a message out in an emergency was of prime importance.

The MEOSAR expansion

For more than 30 years, sailors in distress have relied on emergency beacons to summon help from anywhere in the world.

Sailing downwind

Under the right confluence of conditions, sailing dead downwind can be as bad as catching it on the nose.