Tag Archives: navigation

Reef Navigation Using Satellite Images

Image by Christian Feldbauer

Many atolls and reef areas have only sketchy charts or are entirely uncharted. Of course, reef navigation means a great deal of eye-ball navigation – regardless of chart availability. Nevertheless, it helps a lot knowing beforehand where the navigable channels …

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Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

cloud silver lining

Clouds are closing in, ominous and black, while a line squall races towards your boat. Might not be the best time to bring it up, but with better observational skills and a bit of background you could have been watching …

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New Products

New Products :

ADAPTER CREATES SAFE SHORE POWER CONNECTION Owners of larger vessels need to keep an adapter aboard in case the marina they’re visiting doesn’t offer matching shore power output. For yachts with 100 amp, 125/250 AC electricity, Hubbell Marine’s YQ100PLuS Intelligent Y …

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Lateral Marks For Pilotage

Cluster of buoys. Photo: Arne Hückelheim

The Strait of Dover, the narrowest point in the English Channel, was shrouded in thick fog on January 11, 1971 when the tanker Texaco Caribbean was struck by the freighter Paracas. The collision caused the tanker to explode, split in …

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NOAA Stops Printing Charts

photography By Glenn Hayes

By now everyone’s heard the rumors that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is getting out of the chart business. In reality, the NOAA is making charts better than ever. True, the federal government will no longer be printing …

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Coast Guard Puerto Rico Win Award

Aids to Navigation Team Puerto Rico takes a group photo with Capt. Drew W. Pearson, Sector San Juan commander, after being presented with the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award August 15 2012 at Coast Guard Base San Juan. Photo: Ricardo Castrodad, Sector San Juan public affairs specialist

Coast guard aids to navigation team Puerto Rico have received the prestigious Sumner I. Kimball readiness award. Motorists may take traffic signs for granted and some yachtsmen may do the same with navigation aids. Yet, take these away and disaster …

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Julian Polishes his Astrolabe… Life Before GPS

LIFE … before GPS Forty years ago the Global Positioning System, a satellite computerized mapping system was not even on the horizon, so to speak, for the private yachtsman. If you wanted to cruise offshore you had to know celestial …

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