Snowbird Migrations

The leaves turn color and drop. The Canada Geese head south. The warm allure of the tropics beckons. But getting there may or may not be so alluring.  (published October 2013) The days are getting shorter. The cooler air foretells of a shift, not only in the weather, but also

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True Wind from Apparent Wind

How to calculate the true wind and why it matters to sailors  (published September 2013) There are several ways to define the wind. For weather work at sea we care only about the true wind. This true wind is the speed and the direction of the wind relative to the

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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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Staying in Touch

Thoughts after using SSB and satellite phones over thousands of miles at sea  (published August 2013) The SSB radio is a time-honored staple of long distance communications aboard seagoing ships of all kinds. And for good reason, after the initial expense in hardware and a modest installation effort, the units

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It’s Time for Your Watch

There are as many ways to parse time as there are readers of this article, but there is more to a watch schedule than time  (published august 2013) Lia Ditton and I were a couple of days into another delivery, this passage double handing a 48-foot catamaran from Antigua to

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Weather Facts

How to obtain weather information by satellite phone  (published July 2013) As satellite phones become commonplace for today’s blue water sailors, the question is, what services are available and how do you choose between them to get the best information for you and your crew? Weather data are available underway

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The Fickle Finger of Fate

Lightning, electrical failure, computer crashes all happen on a whim of the gods. Safety and lives may hang in the balance and navigation's basics can tilt the odds in your favor  (published July 2013) She was a tired but still-fast sloop out of the Med. Charging along through the trade

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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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Free Online Weather Tools

The difference between success and failure in racing or cruising is often determined by the thoroughness of the preparation-often by just getting the weather right  (published June 2013) It’s almost time to start your cruising rally, and some time ago, you noticed that getting hammered by unexpected cold fronts wasn’t

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ebooks On Board

Love them now, or love them later  (published May 2013) The value of digital publications for an offshore sailboat is pretty obvious. We can store a boat-sinking load of books on a small thumb drive, available now with 128 GB storage for under $100––though it would be better to store

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