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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Decision Time

All of the weather forecasts from multiple sources indicated a likely and potentially dangerous passage. The real question was whether or not we would have the courage to stay tied to the dock or would ego and momentum keep us moving towards departure  (published October 2016) I still have a bittersweet memory of the 2016

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Passages South

How to plan a fall passage from the East Coast to the tropics  (published September 2016) Several falls ago, I found myself aboard Peter Johnstone’s 68-foot sled Mojo headed south from Newport, RI to Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. We had caught the tail end of a fresh cold front for our departure and rode

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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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When To Go

Picking a favorable weather window from the east coast of the United States to the Virgin Islands  (published April 2016) The hardest part about the passage from the east coast of the U.S. to the Caribbean in November is making the best decision about when to leave the dock. The weather systems are variable and

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No One's Forecast Was Correct

December of 2015 and the first week of January 2016 will live in the weather records, history books, ships' logs and personal diaries for the unusual and extraordinary weather seen in the eastern United States, coastal water of Florida and the Bahamas  (published April 2016) Tragically these records will also reflect boats lost or severely

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The Voyage Starts Here

(published March 2016) Standing at the chart table, my buddy Will and I poured over charts of the Northwest coast from Alaska to Oregon. Large and small scale were all there for us to peruse and we talked of plans ahead; how we’d handle certain stretches of water and, of course, what the weather was

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