Stay in Touch

"Stay in Touch!" It's a common enough term, but one that takes on many places and is important to many people  (published November/December 2017)   As I write this, two days ago Hurricane Irma roared through Florida. Yesterday, September 11th, marked the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center. That day, 16 years

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Buzz-Worthy Boat Brains

Today's multi-function displays (MFDs) do so much more than manage charts  (published April 2017) If the engine is the boat’s brawn, the multi-function display (MFD) is the brain and if what’s at your chart table is more than a few years old, Mach-speed changes in technology are leaving you at the dock. Formerly known as

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Distress Signaling for Cruisers

Here are the modern tools that sailors use to signal distress at sea  (published February 2017) Last November, when the 57-foot cruising catamaran Leopard flipped over in a violent micro-storm 400 miles north of the Dominican Republic, the crew was able to swim free of the boat with their life raft and EPIRB. They climbed

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Batteries for Cruisers

Match your batteries to your needs and budget  (published November 2016) Among the cruising fleet of sailors, the topic of onboard energy is a constant staple of cocktail conversation. Every boat has energy issues and every skipper has his or her own priorities and ways of making do. At the heart of the matter lies

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Green Energy Afloat

To be truly self-sufficient, a cruising boat needs to use solar, wind and water energy to top up the battery bank  (published November 2016) In the first leg of our five year circumnavigation, we sailed and cruised from the East Coast of the U.S. to New Zealand via the Panama Canal and the South Pacific

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Offshore Communication Comes of Age for the Occasional Passagemaker

(published November 2016) Whereas long-term cruisers develop various communication strategies over time, offshore communication has always been a challenge for occasional passagemakers trying to balance cost and need. Once out of cell phone range, there have been three choices to maintain communication: single side band radio, purchase of various satellite communication systems (some quite costly),

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Tiny Unmanned Sailboat Makes It Across The Atlantic

A tiny sailboat built by a high school senior from Waterford, CT has successfully traveled thousands of miles from the coast of Cape Cod across the Atlantic to Ireland. Waterford High School student Kaitlyn Dow built the boat last spring as a project for her marine science class filled with memorabilia from her school and the

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Emergency Signaling Devices

Today's sailor has a wide array of devices to call for help in an emergency  (published May 2016) Several years ago during the annual Fastnet Race from Cowes to Fastnet Rock and back, the crew of Rambler 100—a 100 foot super maxi—had the sudden, unlucky experience of having the boat’s keel fall off, not far

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