Ocean Navigator - September-October 2019

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.

Stranded French sailor rescued

Crew aboard a Turkish containership rescued a French sailor whose yacht, Saturn, struck a submerged object some 1,000 miles from the U.S. mainland.

Marion Bermuda Race

The 22nd running of the Marion Bermuda Race saw 41 boats entered and reach the starting line on Friday, June 14.

Another use for nautical charts

Nautical charts have long been used for decoration, often as framed posters or wood carvings. For the last 16 years, Steve Morris has been thinking on a much larger scale.

Rogue AIS units

Along with GPS, one of the biggest advances in marine electronics has been the automatic identification system (AIS), which has made collision avoidance a much easier proposition.

Prop shaft alignment

Nearly all marine engines are designed to be adjustable, to a point, relative to the propeller shaft by using adjustment or jacking nuts on their motor mounts.

Glassing Windora

“Not possible! In one day? If you think you are going to do that, I want to be there.” So Mick, a professional boatbuilder, joined 19 other friends at 8 a.m. one autumn morning to put two layers of 650-gram, double-bias cloth onto the upright hull of our full-keel, 43-foot wooden ketch Windora.

Atlantic tropical cyclone development

It’s late summer and time for the leery eye to glance toward a rectangle in the North Atlantic, its west flank running from Florida southeast to the Lesser Antilles, the eastern flank along the northwestern African coast, their ends linked by latitudes of about 5° and 20° N.

Worst weather challenges

Last summer, in the middle of our second Pacific Ocean crossing, my husband, Seth, and I realized that we had sailed 50,000 sea miles.

Safety rests on preparation

While cruising near Valdez, Alaska, aboard our full-time home, Salish Aire, a 1996 Nordhavn 46, we had a chance to appreciate the advantages of emergency open-radio communications when we responded to a life-threatening emergency aboard a neighboring boat.

Anchor chain swivels

Recently, there has been a good deal of interest in swivels placed between one’s anchor and chain.

September/October Issue 257: Vagabonding under sail

While he is best remembered as the designer of a host of famous yachts including the Westsail, Pacific Seacraft, Cabo Rico, Dana 24 and Columbia, English-born W.I.B. Crealock (1920-2009) began his love affair with sailboats in 1948 when he and three friends sailed from England to British Guiana.