Just Sail the Boat

(published December 2015) I was on the dock casting off lines when Jill put the engine in reverse. Then, when she powered up to back us out, nothing happened. We didn’t move. Not good. After securing us to the dock again, I immediately expected the issue to be transmission or

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Galley Guide: Healthy Entertaining

Whether you're inviting people over, are meeting on the beach du jour or are setting up on the dock, here are a few ideas to make your next sunset get-together a little less stressful and a little more happy and healthy  (published December 2015) Impromptu gatherings are pretty standard among

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The National Digital Forecast Database

(published July 2015) The primary method of weather routing underway these days is based on vector wind forecasts in GRIB format displayed in echart navigation programs. Navigators who do not display the data directly in an echart program still use this data viewed in separate GRIB viewer software. One popular

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Maintaining a Weather Eye

Weather forecasts can be right or wrong, but the sooner you can recognize the difference, the sooner you can take appropriate action  (published July 2015) A couple of weeks ago we were tasked to move a Hinckley 64 from the Turks and Caicos to her home port in Martha’s Vineyard.

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Getting Your Point Across

Coordinating efforts is not difficult if everyone on the crew understands the tasks at had and how to proceed as individuals within the group  (published June 2015) In the high latitudes of the deep South Pacific, several hundred miles west of the Chilean coast, the winds quickly began to build.

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Marine Weather Services Charts-How to Make Your Own

(published May 2015) For many years the National Weather Service (NWS) published Marine Weather Services Charts (MSC) that listed crucial information for mariners using their services. There were fifteen charts that spanned all U.S. waters. The page size was 13- by 21-inches, printed both sides, with an annotated great-circle chart

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The Devil in the Details

It has often been said that the devil is in the details. It's those same details that will decide victory on the racecourse or pleasure throughout a long distance passage.  (published May 2015) Whether you are entering a competition merely to be among those who race or are actually out

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Passing the Baton

Preparation will help you avoid emergencies and turn them instead into adventures. And the lessons learned through these experiences are worth sharing with others.  (published April 2015) Alone on deck at 2:15 a.m., the Caribbean night was quiet as Lia Ditton slept below on her side of the catamaran and

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