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In this issue's special section on anchoring we discuss how effective anchoring is a key skill for voyagers. We review of the available anchoring technology and how that tech has worked for one experienced voyager. So-called "new-gen" anchors are now-gen for many cruisers who appreciate their many attributes. We'll look at what makes these the latest-greatest, and how they perform in the wild. A second piece reviews anchoring technique. How to employ various configurations of lines and anchors to keep your boat securely in port. In our power voyaging section we examine propeller removal. A power voyaging boat needs propellers in good shape for maximum efficiency and that means should a prop be damaged or otherwise need replacement, the prop needs to be removed from the prop shaft. Our ocean voyaging story tells of circumnavigating Vanua Levu. The southern and eastern coasts of the Fijian island of Vanua Leu are frequently visited by voyaging boats. The western and northern coasts of the large island are, however, less visited. A pair of liveaboard voyagers make the trip around the island and meet many friendly villagers who welcome to their vibrant little communities. IN a story on electronic charts a voyager looks at recent yachts groundings and the subject of chart accuracy at various zoom levels. The advent of electronic navigation has revolutionized the boating industry by providing a means for sailors with minimal navigational experience to access the planet using GPS and electronic charts. But there are still issues with charts that require attention for safe navigation. In our voyaging tips section we look at voyaging gadgets. A sample of really useful voyaging gear from handheld depth sounders to laser rangefinders to headlamps and label makers. Having gear like this on hand will help make voyaging easier. We also have a story on ways voyagers can reduce plastic. A voyager looks at ways the community of voyagers can help remote island people to collect and recycle plastic items like water bottles. Also, a story on the vanishing lands of the Chesapeake: A voyager returns to cruise Chesapeake Bay after many years away and discovers how sea level rise is changing the islands and the navigation of this shallow estuarian bay. Plus Chartroom Chatter, the Nav Problem and more.

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