Stay in Touch

"Stay in Touch!" It's a common enough term, but one that takes on many places and is important to many people  (published November/December 2017)   As I write this, two days ago Hurricane Irma roared through Florida. Yesterday, September 11th, marked the anniversary of the attack on the World Trade

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Top Ten Items to Have Onboard

Not necessarily the "big ticket" items but items that have over the years the author has come to rely on  (published September 2017) I’ve delivered countless cruising boats within and across virtually every ocean. Some of the vessels had the things I liked. Others may have missed a few things.

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Gaining an Understanding

Regardless of what you're trying to accomplish as a team or crew, clear communications is central to success  (published March 2016) Anchored off a lee shore the wind began to build around 2:00 a.m. The catamaran’s anchor had been well set in good holding ground, but as the seas stacked

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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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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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VHF Operations

Getting your crew comfortable using the VHF radio  (published February 2015) One of the simplest yet most important pieces of electronics aboard your cruising boat is the VHF radio. Able to put you in touch with marinas, bridges, ships, other vessels and emergency services, the VHF is a valuable piece

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Comms for Cruisers

For offshore sailors, here are three modern communication solutions for three different budgets  (published February 2015) Skippers and their crews headed offshore should take their onboard communications seriously because the safety and well-being of the crew and your boat may depend upon you being able to get a message out

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Getting the Best Wi-Fi on the Water

Understanding Wi-Fi boosters and antennas  (published April 2014) Along with GPS, satellite phones, and SSB radios with PACTOR modems, Wi-Fi boosters are another miracle of communications that are of tremendous benefit to sailors. Most recreational vessels, even those inhabited year-round, are not at sea anywhere close to the majority of

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Radio Check

A guide to VHF radio communication and your safety  (published February 2014) In the ever-evolving age of modern marine electronics, the humble VHF still stands out as one of the most simple and effective communication tools we have aboard. Whether using it to hail for a bridge opening, to call

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Satellite Phones at Sea

Voice and data communications has never been easier for cruisers  (published February 2014) The call came in on schedule from Lime’n at sea. “Can you hear me?” Tony called into the handset of the Spot Globalstar phone. “Loud and clear,” I answered from the relative safety of my desk at

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