Ocean Navigator - Ocean-Voyager 2018 April 27, 2018 Ocean Navigator Staff FacebookPinterestTwitterLinkedin Bluewater Gear: A life spent at seaPeter Smith was born in 1947 in New Zealand, and he has been a keen sailor since his kindergarten days. Primary fuel filtrationThe mission of a primary fuel filter is to capture, separate and store contaminants, be they biological, asphalt or water based.Why marine-related filters?Contrary to popular belief, the marine label isn’t just an excuse by the manufacturer to charge a premium — there are genuine and critical differences. The makings of a bluewater boatOne of the oldest debates in the sailing community surrounds the essential features of a bluewater boat.List of survey boatsA full list of the boats examined in "The makings of a bluewater boat." Resolving the repower questionOur boat Astarte is a Moody 422 built in 1987, and it still has its original engine — a Perkins 4-108. Offshore Safety: Circumnavigators plan and practice for safetyJack and Zdenka Griswold have been sailing together for more than 20 years. Emergency sutures in a seawayThe last thing a voyager wants is a medical problem while underway.Suturing instrumentsGloves, sterile if possible 4x4 gauze pads for bleeding control and cleaning the wound Diluted Betadine solution for cleaning Sterile water for irrigation 1 percent lidocaine, 5 to 10 mL depending on size of laceration 25g or larger needles for… Weather satellite to improve forecastsSatellite observation of the atmosphere has been a powerful tool for meteorologists since the first weather satellite was placed into orbit in the late 1950s. Immersion suits reconsideredWhen provisioning for a circumnavigation in late 2006, Nat Warren-White did something a little unusual. Voyaging Skills: An educational adventurePhil Nance originally grew up in Charleston, S.C., and spent most of his childhood and early 20s messing about in boats. Preparing for the Indian OceanCruising for over two years in the tropics of Southeast Asia has wilted our sea legs. Plan ahead for food flexibilityFor anyone preparing to take the plunge of becoming an ocean voyager, you should seek out as much practical help as you can. Fiddler's GreenRobert “Robie” Pierce Robert Pierce, a competitive sailor who advocated for wider accessibility for people with disabilities, died July 12, 2017, in Newport, R.I. He was 76. Pierce competed in the Marion to Bermuda Race, Buzzards Bay Regatta and Block… From the Taffrail: The TriangleWhen I was young, the Bermuda Triangle always seemed to be making headlines in the news.