Boatworks

Two AIS Numbers

by Gordon West, Posted June 18, 2014

I have a Boat U.S.-issued MMSI (Maritime Mobile Service Identity) number for my VHF radio, and now I’m adding a Garmin AIS 600 Class B transponder.


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In recent years it has become more feasible than ever to navigate using a smartphone or tablet. Apps have improved to the point where they rival paper charts and chartplotters. With so many good navigation apps available, the question is: which is best for you?


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Galvanic Problems

by Nigel Calder, Posted June 18, 2014

In the August 2010 issue, Nigel Calder discussed zinc corrosion. As recommended I installed a galvanic isolator in an attempt to stop rapid zinc corrosion and blistering


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When we were sailing from the small French island of St. Pierre off Newfoundland before making landfall in Crookhaven, Ireland, 2,000 miles to the east. At the time, Arcturus was the first boat to cross an ocean fitted with Dynex Dux synthetic rigging


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Keep Your Keel On

by Roger Marshall, Posted May 29, 2014

As keels get ever finer and more efficient, it becomes harder to keep them attached to their boats


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