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In this issue's special section on communications we have a story on getting the right satcom package is an important decision for voyagers. We'll look at a strategy for making this satcom system choice. A second story looks at backing up your computer files and how to use the cloud for backup even when you're away from home wile voyaging. And our last special section story shows that HF SSB is still around as a tool for voyagers. We examine a new HF SSB Atlantic radio net set up the Seven Seas Cruising Association and four coast stations in the U.S. and the Caribbean. The net will provide information and assistance to voyagers in the Atlantic. In our power voyaging column marine systems expert Steve D'Antonio examines exhaust systems for marine diesels and outlines what elements are most important for smooth operation. In this issue's ocean voyaging story a voyager and his shipmates assumed they knew what would happen on a voyage in the Trade Winds from the Canary Islands to St. Lucia. The Trades turned fickle however, resulting in areas of dead calm, forcing a route far from rhumb line. It was a learning experience for all onboard. Next, a live aboard voyager writes about common sense navigation and why it's still important to use all the navigation inputs available to you to stay off the rocks. In a cruising lifestyle piece, circumnavigator Ellen Massey Leonard describes how she and her husband preferred a more traditional, spartan approach to boats and accommodations when they made their circumnavigation on their first boat. And now with boat number two they continued the practice on a recent trip to the north coast of Alaska. In a piece on the Iridium GO!, a user explains why he is an enthusiastic customer of the Go! product for satellite communications. We also have a correspondence piece from a boat owner on bilge pumps and how the bilge box system on her boat keeps the bilge clean and dry. And in this issue's voyaging tips piece a voyager relates how, after many years of using an insulated backstay for their HF SSB radio, he decided to take a new look at the issue and go with a different approach. Plus Chartroom Chatter, the Nav Problem and more.

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