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RADAR

When asked which electronic tool would be their first choice for outfitting a boat for sea, most captains would probably choose radar. All other devices, from loran to differential GPS, offer information that the skilled navigator can determine on his…

Unique challenges

From Ocean Navigator #104 March/April 2000 Navigation in tropical waters presents some unique challenges, and even skilled sailors from temperate waters will find themselves working harder, taking extra precautions, and acquiring new skills. Reefs are a prominent feature of many…

Seeing fine distinctions

Since the primary sense used by humans is sight, operating a vessel in the darkness of night is an activity many boat owners are finding daunting. The availability of night vision devices in the 1990s certainly emboldened some mariners. Now…

Sail Handling

The advent and refinement of roller furling has so revolutionized the problems of sail stowage and reefing that furling devices are now standard equipment on nearly all modern voyaging yachts. The reliability and efficiency of these systems has advanced to…

Singlehanding across Bass Strait

It had been a long and rather difficult trip. I was single handing Saraband, a tough 25-year-old, Kiwi-designed, "easterly" half-tonner. We had port-hopped down Australia's rugged but beautiful New South Wales coast from Sydney in mostly bad weather. Saraband had…

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…