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Plot twists

The debate as to whether a paper or electronic chart is the better for the contemporary sailor has been going on for years. To some extent, the answer is subjective, even nationalistic. The British, for example, tend to be more…

Glowing protection

Taylor Made Products of Gloversville, N.Y., has helped brighten docks by introducing their new line of patented glow-in-the-dark dock bumpers. The 93-year-old company is a world leader in buoys, dock guards and fenders. The new MarineGlow bumpers are available as…

How accurate are our charts?

How accurate is the modern chart? This question must be a matter of fundamental concern for all chart users, both paper and electronic, since the Global Positioning System, especially differential-corrected GPS (DGPS) and Wide Area Augmentation System- or WAAS-corrected GPS,…

Bluewater Gear

Darrell Nicholson is a veteran voyager and delivery skipper with 11 years and 30,000 ocean miles of voyaging experience aboard his 1937 gaff-rigged ketch Tosca. He and his wife Theresa Gibbons have voyaged in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans…