Island Bound

Heading to the Caribbean from the East Coast always incurs the bitter and sweet reality of a Gulf Stream crossing. It will certainly have elements of one or the other  (published November 2015) Whether racing or delivering boats to or from New England or further south along the East Coast,

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Black Clouds on the Horizon

Sunshine and blue skies: they're the hallmark of another terrific day spent sailing on moderate blue seas, and they account for the vast majority of days at sea. There are, however, exceptions.  (published October 2015) Seeker was a well-found sloop with a few miles under her keel. The year before,

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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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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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Smoke Signals, Morse Code or …

The boats on which we sail are not the only things that have evolved demonic speeds. Modern offshore communications have developed right along with them.  (published February 2015) With spray flying up to the lower spreaders, we roared down the face of a 50-foot wave, surfing at speeds between 30

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The Dark Art of Weather Anaylsis

How learning the basics of weather can keep you in the right spots while on passage  (published July 2014) I stood there, facing the seated crowd of sailors and asked,  “How many of you have a basic minimum or less understanding of how to read a weather map?” At least

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SSB Email and Weather Made Easy

An instant guide to receiving SSB email and weather at sea  (published February 2014) SSB radios are one of the most useful tools for sending and receiving information while offshore or in remote locales. Due to their long range (several thousand miles is quite common), independence from complex networks or

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Safety At Sea

recommendations and consideratioins for outfitting your sailboat to go offshore  (published October 2013) With the amount of gear and opinions available on what you should or should not have, fitting out a sailboat for blue water has never been more daunting. Couple that with the highly personal nature of the

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