Weather Routing Software

The good, the bad and the ugly truth of it all  (published May 2013) As night settles on the deck of the boat, a glow emanates from the nav station. It used to be red to protect the night vision of the deck watch. For years, it has increasingly become

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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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From Here to There, And Home Again

With or without electricity, as a navigator your job is to find your way safely to port. At times, your best friend may be your compass. Treat it as such.  (published April 2013) Lia Ditton and I were delivering a boat from Antigua to Norfolk, Virginia. A week out of

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Staying Current With Currents

Ocean currents are not what they used to be  (published March 2013) OK…This is not an article about climate change. Ocean currents are indeed what they used to be; it is just that we know now that they are not what we thought they were. Bowditch teaches us in some

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Flares in the Night

While racing to Bermuda, the glow of a flare arced across the sky. Now what?  (published March 2013) Serious cruising has many faces. One skipper might choose to meander over the horizon on extended passages, while another might be more inclined towards gunkholing near the shallows to quietly have lunch

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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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Idle Musings on Potential Disasters

Having a few tricks up your sleeve might help more than merely greeting the problem with a puzzled look  (published February 2013) Problems can happen as a result of a variety of precipitating events. What caused all of the electronics instruments to go out as we crossed the North Atlantic?

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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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Navigation in Hurricane Season

The 34-kt Rule and the Mariners' 1-2-3 Rule  (published January 2013) The tragic sinking of the tall ship HMS Bounty and the loss of two lives on October 28, 2012 in the winds and seas of a very well-forecasted storm forced me to postpone my promised article on the pros

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The Second to Worst Case Scenario

EPIRBs continue to provide a unique measure of safety to our activities offshore. Here is the story behind what happens if and when you're ever required to push that button.  (published January 2013) The winds had been steadily building for several days as Great American approached within 350 miles of

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