Wicked Bad News!

Hurricanes aren't as entertaining in real life as they may appear on TV  (published September 2013) The warm September morning started out peacefully enough. As dawn approached, seawater was lapping up over the normally-dry parts of the low lying coastal land.  Later in the morning, as everyone went on about

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CURRENT ISSUE | SEPTEMBER 2014

22 Biewenga Onboard Learning the Ropes 22 Burch at the Helm Rotary Currents 32 Classic Passage Tales from the Crypt An equatorial crossing haunted by superstition by Heather Francis 36 World Cruising New Caledonian Retreat An introduction to the idyllic lagoons of this beautiful and cruisable Pacific stopover by Nadine

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CAPTAIN’S LOG | SEPTEMBER 2014

Ships in the Night Over all the years that I have been sailing and making passages offshore, only twice have I ever really had my heart in my mouth, as they say. And both incidences involved ships behaving erratically. The first time was on a night run down the Chesapeake

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Chartering Closer to Home

As the economy slowly recovers, many sailors are choosing to take charter Staycations close to home  (published March 2013) With nearly 10,000 miles of navigable coastline on the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts and another 3,300 miles around the Great Lakes, North America has an almost endless supply of great places

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High Seas Communications

With modern satellite and high frequency communication tools, you never have to be out of the loop  (published February 2013) Going to sea or taking off to some far cruising ground no longer forces you to step off the merry-go-round of civilization. For better or worse, modern communications around the

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New & Noteworthy

Advancements in nav and electronics  (published January 2013) Technology has vastly changed the way sailors look at almost every aspect of the cruising lifestyle. Some sailors cringe at the thought of learning about the latest onboard technological advances, while others happily lap up each new product as it hits the

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Multihull Master Gino Morrelli

(published January 2013) Gino Morrelli of Huntington Beach, California, is partnered with Pete Melvin in the design and engineering firm Morrelli & Melvin. Together with their staff, Morrelli & Melvin have long led the way in multihull design. The team is deeply involved with the upcoming America’s Cup as consulting

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Bottoms Up!

Employing Coppercoat in the quest for the perfect bottom job  (published December 2012) The restoration and refit of our Pearson 424, Regina Oceani, has a focus on creating a craft that will be safer, more reliable, and—wherever possible—require less maintenance. The finishing of the bottom offers perhaps the best opportunity

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The Experts Weigh In

BWS authors share their favorite safety and communication gear  (published September 2012) Without question, our most valuable and useful piece of electronics is an ICOM 802 SSB with Pactor modem. We use it for email, gathering WeatherFax and GRIB file data, chatting with friends and listening to weather forecasters like

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