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A true number two anchor

Want to start an instant argument in a waterfront bar? Just bring up anchors and anchoring and you’ll regret changing the topic from politics.

Working the combinations

Having made 20 or so trips up and down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) from Virginia to Florida I may be mistaken for an incorrigible ditch digger, but on almost every trip south I have combined offshore runs with ICW segments.

The right stuff

With a little imagination, voyagers can find jury rig supplies just about anywhere

2013 Chuck Husick Marine Technology Awards

The year 2013 was another year of great marine technology products. Some of those products were nominated by our panel of judges for consideration for the Chuck Husick Marine Technology Award, named for the late Ocean Navigator contributing editor who had a comprehensive grasp of and was a great advocate for marine technology.

Adding a hull identification number

To the editor: I enjoyed the very informative and well-written article by John Kettlewell about the registration situation in Florida (“A fog of regulation,” Issue No. 210, May/June 2013). I would like to add two points.  1. If your boat…

Sizing a crane for dinghy handling

Their dinghy exploration of the coral reefs over, it was time to get the dinghy back on board. The cable was hooked up to the lifting harness and the dinghy began to rise out of the water.

A fog of regulation

You’ve finally crossed the border into Florida after more than 700 statute miles of Intracoastal Waterway cruising and your mind begins to wander to thoughts of that upcoming Gulf Stream crossing to the Bahamas.

Firefighting for voyagers

Few things are more frightening than an uncontrolled fire on board: the potential for total loss is extremely high. Unfortunately, fire is a not uncommon occurrence on boats of all sizes: witness the recent cases of cruise ships disabled due to fire.

Bow eye question

To the editor: I have a 46-foot sloop that has a bow eye approximately one-foot above the waterline, making it a favorable position for an anchor snubber. In his recent article on using a bow eye (Benefits of a bow…

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.

Anonymous distress messages hamstring Coast Guard

When the VHF DSC radio system was first developed, the idea of automated distress calls seemed an idea with only upside. What could be better than a system that ensured a call for help got sent and received, even if…

Green and clean

As paint restrictions increase, coating manufacturers take new approaches to antifouling paints

Schooner student endorses Virginia trips

Soon after announcing our new agreement to teach navigation seminars aboard the schooner Virginia (whose quarterdeck is seen in this shot by John Kettlewell), we received a message from a former schooner trip participant who fondly remembers our previous teaching…

Schooner student endorses Virginia trips

Soon after announcing our new agreement to teach navigation seminars aboard the schooner Virginia (whose quarterdeck is seen in this shot by John Kettlewell), we received a message from a former schooner trip participant who fondly remembers our previous teaching…

Thrust and parry

There is nothing quite so amazing as tweaking a tiny joystick, as if one is playing a video game, and watching the bow of your awkward craft pivot effortlessly in the direction you want to go. A bow thruster is a…

Easier with a bow thruster

If you've spent any time cruising you have encountered one, and probably many, of those hairy docking situations that make great bar-side stories. I not-so-fondly recall motoring down a long marina channel in New Jersey, lined with docks on either…