Short Tacks

Storm sails

How can you tell if a storm trysail is the right size? Easy, hoist it up at the dock on a calm day. Leave it up for a few minutes. If it appears ludicrously small, if passers-by on the dock…

Charts unreliable. not GPS receivers

From Ocean Navigator #90 May/June 1998 I enjoyed reading Nigel Calder's recent article on chart datums ("The Roots of Chart Accuracy," Issue No. 87). It was well-researched, clear, and accurate. However, I would respectfully suggest that the "unreliable navigational tool"…