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GPS For Boats - On Deck

by Jeff Stander, Posted October 1, 2009
Get your chartplotter working around the clock

All chartplotters have an anchor alarm that can be set to sound when the boat moves outside a specific radius around a GPS position. The concept is great, but in the real world it is often not all that helpful. The reason is that the anchor alarm's radius is normally set on the boat's position rather than the position of


Jack Russell Terrier - Cruising

by Jack Ford, Posted September 30, 2009
Lady Pitkeathly, my beloved Jack Russell terrier, is a fishing fool. She can spend hours searching for fish and crabs in the shallows. Whenever we are in the dinghy, she keeps a watchful eye on the water. Her greatest fishing adventure began when I had our dinghy up on a plane racing along the mangroves, the warm breeze in our faces. Lady P, as usual, was perched on the bow like a hood ornament

Cape Cod Frosty Class - Racecourse

by Sail Staff, Posted September 24, 2009

Many old salts hold to the adage that the wise sailor only goes sailing in a boat that's at least as long as the sailor is old. The Cape Cod Frosty Class, a one-design class used for frostbiting in New England and Canada, defies this wisdom. The boats measure a scant 6ft 4in and weigh roughly 35 lbs, so pouring a full-sized adult into a Frosty can be

The Marion to Bermuda Cruising Yacht Race is one of the world's great bluewater challenges. The 645-mile event was born in 1977, and this year's running may be remembered as the toughest Bermuda crossing since the notorious 1979 race. Three major low-pressure systems created what some observers termed a "mini-Perfect Storm" and 21 of the 48 starters retired in the face of 20-foot seas, driving

Pipe Dreams

by David Schmidt, Posted September 23, 2009
When William "Scott" Piper III was a child his father laid a piece of advice on him that still resonates after 60-plus years: "There’s no reason to live in Florida if you don’t do what it has to offer." With this, a passion for sailing was born, and with it a legacy that Piper’s father, now passed, would be proud of: Four "near" circumnavigations, podium finishes in high-profile events such as
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