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Light in a pinch

In emergency lighting situations, more light is always better

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Terra Nova and Scott of the Antarctic

The barque Terra Nova was specially reinforced for working in polar sea ice

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Snagged anchors and empty gas bottles

Mishaps on a mid-Med adventure

10+ mins read
Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Reports of aggressive killer whales

Orcas have reportedly attacked sailboats recently off Spain and

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Prized pilothouse possessions

The pilothouse is the nerve center of a power voyagig vessel like this Selene 43 in the Bahamas.

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

It's not easy being green

Dealing with the scourge of seasickness

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Fatal dive boat fire attributed to operator's oversight failures

The dive boat Conception on fire off Santa Cruz island in California.

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Drama in the Vendee Globe solo world race

Alex Thomson’s IMOCA 60 Hugo Boss at the start of the 2020 Vendee Globe Race.

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

A circumnavigator's favorite ocean films

A still from the documentary Maiden, which tells the story of the first all-female crew in the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989-90.

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Ocean Navigator
January- February 2021

Upgrading batteries

Treating batteries as a system works best

10 mins read
Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Jolie Brise rescues Adriana

Jolie Brise, which is roughly translated as “nice breeze,” is perhaps one of the most famous yachts of the 20th century; more than 100 years after her launch, the vessel is still plying the waters of the Atlantic.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Tuna 101: A Primer for Voyaging Sailors

Catching, cleaning and eating tuna at sea

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Very Helpful Feature - VHF radio

With all of the savvy technology that exists on boats today, it is easy to overlook that the most reliable communication tool on your vessel is your VHF radio.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Solo rower breaks ocean record

Power voyagers have engines, sailors have the wind and ocean rowers have … muscles.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Battery survey

We asked a group of voyagers about their vessel’s batteries and their future battery plans

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Into the Denmark Strait

A bristlingly cold gale whipped across the silvery North Atlantic and up the narrow fjord.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Instrumentless circumnavigator passes

MARVIN CREAMER, A sailor who PerforMed a seemingly miraculous circumnavigation in the mid-1980s, has crossed the bar for the last time.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

During a pandemic, flexibility is key

The wheelhouse was scattered with guidebooks extolling the virtues and sites to behold in and around the Baltic — fjords in Sweden and Norway, Danish in Denmark, history-laden Poland, and enough lager to sink a barge in Germany.

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

Alarms, getting to know them better

Editor’s note: This piece originally appeared in the Ocean Cruising Club’s monthly bulletin (oceancruisingclub.org).

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Ocean Navigator
November - December 2020

A cultural and visual spectacle

Sailing a multihull through western Cuba

10+ mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

The Ocean Race postpones next start

THE OCEAN RACE, A CREWED RACE AROUND THE WORLD THAT has held two other names and sponsors since its inception (Whitbread Round the World Race, Volvo Ocean Race), has announced that the 14th running of the race originally scheduled to start in October 2021 will be pushed back one year to October 2022.

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Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Radar advances

Marine electronics companies continue to make impressive technical strides in a variety of areas.

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Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Winds of change

AS OUR WORLD STUMBLES THROUGH THIS PAINFUL AND unprecedented time, with businesses and schools closed, boat shows canceled and so many of us compelled to shelter in place, it’s frustrating to think that even our boats can only provide limited respite from the draconian restrictions of the pandemic.

2 mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

The eye of the butterfly

The difference between the tropical cyclone and mid-latitude cyclone

6 mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

The rebuilding of Golden Rule, the first protest boat

It’s a misty day in the photo and the sand is brownish gray, setting off the white paint of the derelict hull as if the boat were lit by a ray of sunshine.

4 mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Securing for sea

Attaching gear to lifelines and stanchions is generally not wise and sometimes dangerous.

4 mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Good maintenance stops bad fuel

As most of us know, good clean fuel is important to any diesel engine.

5 mins read
Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Coping with COVID

THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS FORCED SAILING ORGANIZATIONS around the country to adapt to social distancing guidelines and stay-at-home policies. Here’s how two are dealing with the problem.

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Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

10 tools cruising sailors bring to the stay-at-home table

On March 19, as Jon and I finished setting the hook in Corong Corong Bay, Palawan, we were approached by the Philippine coast guard and told to leave. The enhanced community quarantine was newly in effect, and we were unwelcome.

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Ocean Navigator
September - October 2020

Sea of Cortez in the time of coronavirus

We’d left the dinghy on the beach and hiked up to a isolated coastal rancho (family farm) to resupply our fresh vegetables. It was 25 miles north of Loreto, far from even any village. Cruisers on the VHF net said the rancho made excellent goat cheese.

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Ocean Navigator
July/August 2020

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