Ocean Navigator - Ocean-Voyager 2016 March 25, 2016 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Bluewater Gear interviewSystems-rich but ready to go simple Lift pump replacementWhat do Great Barrier Island in New Zealand and Toau Island in the Tuamotus of French Polynesia have in common?Planning aheadSpeaking from experience, pumps are something that you’ll want spare parts for before setting off on any voyage of note. Toilet pumps, freshwater pumps, sump pumps, hydraulic pumps (autopilot and backstay/vang), bilge pumps, raw water, coolant circulation, and … yes… Stoves and fuels for voyagersIt has been said that next to the mast, the stove is the most used piece of equipment on board, and on my boat this is certainly true. 12-volt computingMost cruising boats have computers on board these days. Composting head optionsWhen we first bought our Pacific Seacraft, Maria 31, the plumbing systems were in pretty bad shape, the head and black tank being the most serious issue. Offshore Safety interviewA rebuilt boat leads to a circumnavigation Verifying weather forecastsForecast verification is an important part of the forecast process for meteorologists.Atmospheric computer modelingThe computer models that are used today are incredibly complex, as they try to reduce the complicated physics that govern atmospheric processes to a set of equations that can be worked forward in time to generate a prediction. In order… Care and maintenance of automatic inflatable PFDsInflatable personal flotation devices (PFDs) have found their way aboard most vessels and have become a recognized alternative to traditional foam-filled life jackets thanks to their ease of use, comfort and effectiveness. Voyaging medical questionsThis is the time of year when I live far inland where the biggest backcountry risks are posed by avalanches and altitude illness. Voyaging Skills interviewA voyaging home afloat Two hands on deckA sailor transitioning from racing to cruising or from coastal hopping to offshore passages has a lot of questions, not the least of which will be how many crew to have aboard. The cost of cruisingWhat do you think it costs to live your dream life cruising on a sailboat? Hostage on the Lycian coastThe red and green running lights of dozens of purse seiner fishing boats dotted the Lycian coast of Turkey.