Ocean Navigator - November December 2020

Solo rower breaks ocean record

Power voyagers have engines, sailors have the wind and ocean rowers have … muscles. In mid-September, British solo rower Lia Ditton finished a…

Instrumentless circumnavigator passes

Marvin Creamer, a sailor who performed a seemingly miraculous circumnavigation in the mid-1980s, has crossed the bar for the last time. A former geography professor at Rowan…

Very Helpful Feature - VHF radio

With all of the savvy technology that exists on boats today, it is easy to overlook that the most reliable communication tool on your…

During a pandemic, flexibility is key

The wheelhouse was scattered with guidebooks extolling the virtues and sites to behold in and around the Baltic — fjords in Sweden and Norway, Danish in Denmark, history-laden Poland, and enough lager to sink a barge in Germany. The chartplotters…

Boat show lemonade

It’s been a tough year for the businesses of the world. There was no precedent for the COVID-19 pandemic and no instruction manual on what to do.…

Into the Denmark Strait

The crew of the Arctic expedition sloop Aurora from left, Corinne Prevot, Ilka Hadlock, Keree Smith, Mary McIntyre (author), Camilla Edwards, Florence Gross, Marie Charpentier, Not pictured: Julia Olsen. Photobomb: Voychek, one of Aurora’s deckhands.

Battery types

Wet cells: The de facto standard for high capacity batteries in boats for many years has been the basic wet cell lead-acid battery. These are somewhat simple in design. Plates are submerged in a liquid acid electrolyte contained in a…

Battery survey

What type of battery setup might make sense for your voyaging needs? We reached out to a selection of active liveaboard voyagers to get a sense of what they are using to power their vessels. Here are their answers to…

Upgrading batteries

For a very long time, high-capacity battery technology remained pretty simple. Wet cell lead-acid batteries were pretty much the only choice boaters had. Over the last 10…

Alarms, getting to know them better

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the Ocean Cruising Club’s monthly bulletin (oceancruisingclub.org). This Maretron screen is from a sophisticated vessel monitoring setup. Green shows normal ranges, yellow indicates borderline and red signals an alarm…

Jolie Brise rescues Adriana

Jolie Brise, which is roughly translated as “nice breeze,” is perhaps one of the most famous yachts of the 20th century; more than 100 years after her launch, the vessel is still plying the waters of the Atlantic. She’s a…