Back to the Basics

Sail your boat better with the right instruments  (published June 2013) Like any art, sailing requires no specific instruments or devices aboard ship in order to enjoy. But like any science, sport, or hobby, the addition of useful, timely and well-presented data can significantly enhance and supplement finely honed instincts.

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Safety Electronics for Offshore Sailing

What features make the newest safety gear right for you?  (published May 2013) Safety at sea is a concept that is impossible to wear out as each voyage has it’s own dangers, difficulties and unique risks. However, modern sailing practices and equipment have made offshore sailing radically safer than it

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Antifouling for Cruisers

With new laws coming that restrict toxins in bottom paints, researchers are exploring new technologies to keep our boats barnacle free  (published April 2013) In the United States and a few other countries, environmental concerns are beginning to shape public opinion and policy in ways that will soon have a

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Spring Cleraning For Your Electronics

Giving your electronics a spring-cleaning is easy and fast to do, can prevent problems before they start and helps ensure maximum reliability from your gear  (published April 2013) It's the time of year in the Northern Hemisphere when the grasp of winter loosens and thoughts turn to sunnier days ahead,

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Demystifying Wi-Fi for Boats

(published February 2013) Wi-Fi technology has been around for a long time, but its use on boats opens up a myriad of technical possibilities that don’t often apply to shoreside use. We’ve been keeping you up to date on the exciting tools and software available for navigation, entertainment, and shipboard

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In the Palm of Your Hand

When it comes to using tablet computers for navigation, less is frequently more  (published January 2013) We may not have jetpacks, but I can assure you that as far as navigation technology goes, we’re already in the future. It began with GPS effectively eliminating all the manual math required to

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How to Choose a Genset

An energy audit will tell you how much power you really need  (November 2012) Nearly since its invention, the reciprocating piston engine has been used aboard almost all offshore-capable vessels as a double-duty workhorse, both powering the vessel via propeller and generating electricity to recharge the battery banks. It’s become

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Essential Offshore Gear

The SSB Radio demystified: Part Two  (published June 2012) Heard the SSB is too complicated to install or learn to use? Think again. Modern SSB radios are no harder to learn than your TV set, and new gear allows them to be installed far easier than before, at lower cost

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Essential Offshore Gear

The SSB radio, demystified  (published April 2012) SSB radios are king when it comes to reliable, long-range communications. Above and beyond satellite phones, the SSB gives you the unparalleled ability to communicate to many other listeners simultaneously, requires no service contracts, and provides a wealth of information to you at

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Serious Safety

The capsize and rescue of Rambler 100 teaches us that not every catastrophe ends in tragedy-provided we take proper, and often simple, precautions  (published February 2012) For those of us in the northern hemisphere, these colder winter months provide excellent opportunity for reflection on lessons learned from last year and

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