Ocean Navigator - November-December 2017

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.

Two new records set during 2017 Transpac

Both the multihull and monohull records were broken this summer during the 2017 running of the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu, which started on July 3.

An Inexplicable Attraction

I consider myself a cruising sailor and enjoy reading excerpts in various publications about where other sailors have sailed and what they’ve found there.

Inflatable sails

While sails and wings are both airfoils designed to produce lift, the differences between them are obvious.

Safety minimums?

Elvis Costello’s song “Accidents Will Happen” is a catchy tune and, as it relates to boats, I like to focus on the “will” part.

River of fear

Somewhere in the wilds of central North Carolina on I-95, where trees grow tall and cell reception is spotty, I passed a green sign that said “Cape Fear River.”

Reader disagrees on boat insurance

I found the 2017 Ocean Voyager issue particularly wonderful and was reading it cover-to-cover, making mental and physical notes and deciding to preserve the entire thing on file for future reference — that’s how valuable and useful I think it is — until I got to the final article by Eric Sanford about boat insurance

Across the Skagerrak

After spending a few days in Copenhagen, I hopped a train for a four-hour ride north across Jutland, the peninsula that makes up much of Denmark and separates the North and Baltic Seas, to Holstebro.

The inspirational Pulpit Rock

Lysefjord, nearly 2,000 feet below, carved its way through the granite landscape; its smooth waters looked as if they’d been cast in obsidian.

Why wireless?

Electronic navigation was revolutionized by the introduction of the GPS signal, and today wireless technology helps it continue to evolve.

Move over, lead-acid

Managing a cruising boat’s DC electrical system can feel a bit like performing a juggling act.