Ocean Navigator - October 2011

Touchable Weather Updates

Attention users: The NOAA and National Weather Service (NWS) have created a web-based touchscreen weathermap that is accessible through devices such as the iPhone or iPad, or similar smart phones and tablets.   Using a cursor or touch motion, a…

ATN inc introduces the DORCAP

The innovative Dorcap is fastened over the open hatch, maximizing the ventilation below deck, and can be reefed down for squalls, rain and changing weather.It is self standing as it does not require a halyard to stand up.It acts as…

Public debut of the Nordhavn 86 in Fort Lauderdale

Pacific Asian Enterprises Inc. (PAE), manufacturer of the line of Nordhavn long range motoryachts, is very pleased to announce the public debut of the Nordhavn 86 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next month. The gorgeous N86 was PAE's…

October 2011 Issue 197: Carleton Mitchell and Finisterre

Carleton Mitchell, who died in 2007 at the age of 96, was perhaps the most influential of the post-war generation of offshore cruisers and racers who created the “cruising lifestyle.” Combining his skill as a photographer and writer, Mitchell, in…

Southerly 47: A solid voyager with swing keel flexibility

Northshore Yachts Ltd. in the U.K. has been designing and building rugged variable-draft voyaging yachts that have proven themselves both in sailing performance and seakeeping ability since 1971. The boats have proven themselves not only as racers and coastal cruisers,…

Vision 450: High-end catamaran cruiser

Introduced to the U.S. market earlier this year, the Vision 450 catamaran is built by Matrix Yachts of Cape Town, South Africa. Matrix Yachts is a family-owned business, founded by Peter Wehrley, his wife Fiona, and their son, Mark. After…

A unique custom design for racing and fast voyaging

I once worked in a yacht design office. Towards the end of my career, a plurality of our clients seemed to want essentially the same kind of sailing yacht. These were either pilothouse or raised-saloon types, set up to be…

The lonely isles

Our decision to visit the Chatham Islands was not made until the very last minute. Having taken advantage of a second summer season cruising in New Zealand, we were finishing up a circumnavigation of the country.

Learning the island ways

For a moment we were confused; we had arrived in the lagoon just the day before. “It’s for the tourists,” said a Polynesian woman weaving palm fronds around the posts of a beach shelter.

AIS towing question

To the editor: The AIS information for a tug I recently encountered at night in Block Island Sound said the tug was “towing.” Unable to detect any lights aft of the tug that might indicate a barge in tow, I…

Benefits of a bow eye

Many, if not most, long-range power voyaging yachts utilize all-chain anchor rodes, or at a minimum a long length of chain backed up by nylon so that the majority of the time the boat is secured by nothing but chain.

Calming noisy waters

Sailing voyagers interested in the health of the oceans are likely to think they should sail more and use their engine less.