Pocket Protectors: Delorme & SPOT

These small satellite communications devices  can track your progress, send and receive short messages and send an SOS  (published February 2016) Pocket-sized satellite communications devices have been around for a while and have  proven to be both convenient and worth their weight in gold when a user is in desperate

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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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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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