Long Range Communications

When you are off the grid long range communication gets more difficult. Sometimes the best solutions are different than you think they might be. Let's go through the options. There are three  (published February 2016) The first is the easiest: you may not need long range communications at all beyond

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Donna Lange Completes Second Solo Sail Around the World at the End of This Month

When Donna Lange brings her boat to the Herreshoff Museum dock in Bristol, RI, at the end of this month (May 2016) she will have sailed alone for ten months. Severe southeastern Pacific storms forced her to go through the Panama Canal instead of sailing around the bottom of South

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Fitting Out

Readying a small boat for a Pacific crossing  (published December 2015) Outfitting a boat for an ocean crossing is no easy task. Like so many aspects of cruising, every decision represents a trade-off: cost versus utility, safety versus comfort, savings versus preparedness. Given a finite amount of space, what should

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Water Power

Let your boat's speed through the water charge your battery bank  (published November 2015) Water powered the beginning of the Industrial Revolution when inventors and entrepreneurs discovered that a turning water wheel could be used to drive the machines that can mill lumber, weave cloth and turn lathes. Water power

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Choosing the Right Sails: Mainsails

There is a plethora of choices when it comes to sails for offshore passagemaking but as always there is the struggle between how many sails to carry on board and where to store them. Fortunately one sail never needs to be stored and that's your mainsail  (published November 2015)  

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Rolex Fastnet Race 2015

On paper it looked like the 90th edition of the Fastnet Race was going to be a spectacular affair  (published November 2015) A record 356 boats were entered including some of the world’s most striking sailboats like the two 100-foot super-maxis Comanche and Leopard, as well as some classics like

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