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31/oct./2021

A few years ago, I was carrying out a sea trial aboard a single screw trawler that a client of mine was considering for purchase. Part of the process involves running the vessel at full or wide-open throttle, what engine manufacturers often refer to WOT. In the case of this engine model, the manufacturer specified that a WOT test can be performed for 30 minutes without any ill effects. In some cases, there are no limits, in others the duration may be shorter.

For professionals and owners alike, preparing a power voyaging boat for a cruise, whether that’s a day...

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31/oct./2021

Team members on Compadres celebrate after finishing the 2021 Transpac Race.

Editor’s note: Ocean Navigator was a co-sponsor of the 2021 Transpac. Below is a story detailing one crew’s experience from the race.

When sailor David Dahl and his two sons, Michael and Sean, started the 2021 Transpac Race aboard the Andrews 77 Compadres, they...

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31/oct./2021

It was wee o’clock in the morning when we heard the first thump. It’s a seemingly universal passage rule that bad things always choose to happen in the middle of the night. Other such rules include “you’ll have spares for everything but the part that breaks” and “it doesn’t matter which way you head, the squall will also move that direction.”

We were six days out from Vanimo, PNG, sailing slowly at four knots on our Privilege 482 cat Perry. Our route took us over the top of the island of New Guinea in mostly light winds. With a total passage of more than...

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31/oct./2021

As time and miles pass, even the best-built and best-equipped cruising boats succumb to wear. Onboard equipment like rigging, sails, pumps, and other gear eventually require renewal. Unfortunately, there also comes a time when the auxiliary engine may need replacement as well. 

Although most small, well-cared-for diesels can have an average lifespan of around 10,000 hours, there may come a time to think about replacement prior to that. Not all motors have been well cared for through their lives. Rust, corrosion, poor maintenance and general abuse can shorten an...

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31/oct./2021

My wife Terrie and I built our first boat, an Ingrid 39 called Nada, in Louisiana, funded by a job in the Gulf of Mexico oilfields. A few years earlier Terrie and I were aboard my brother Chris’ boat — which was equipped with a hard-to-start Thorneycroft engine — when the boat was nearly sunk by a freighter in the English Channel. The image of that freighter bearing down on us, which had given me nightmares for years afterwards, was implanted in my brain. I was determined to have an engine that could be depended upon to start both electrically and by hand-cranking if the...

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31/oct./2021

Above, Peter Warner with the six young Tongans he rescued from the island of Ata.

The following sounds like a fairy tale, but it isn’t. 

Peter Warner wasn’t happy. He’d cruised more than 2,000 nautical miles from Australia to ask the king of the nation of Tonga for permission and the necessary permits to fish for the highly prized spiny...

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31/oct./2021

«Estábamos haciendo nuestros planes, pero olvidamos que el destino también tiene planes». Fiodor Dostoyevski hubiera encontrado en este volcán de alma mala que acontece en La Palma desde hace seis semanas una justificación para el comportamiento de Rodión Ramanovich Raskolnikov.

Y es que parece que el 19 de septiembre de 2021, por la fisura abierta al este de Tajogaite, el fuego emergió para triunfar sobre el destino que tenían previsto generaciones enteras de naturales que habían forjado su estrategia para la vida en el lugar de nacimiento, con identidad, con tradiciones y...

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31/oct./2021

La presencia de Princess Cruises –una de las navieras que forman parte de Carnival Corporation– constituye una excepción en Baleares y hoy se encuentra atracado en el muelle de poniente del puerto de Palma de Mallorca uno de sus barcos más modernos. Se llama “Sky Princess” y realiza la única escala prevista para esta temporada, si bien a finales de noviembre se anuncia la presencia del buque “Island Princess”, informa nuestro colaborador Manuel Aguilera Panadero.

 En el caso del buque “Sky Princess”, construido en el astillero Fincantieri en...

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30/oct./2021

Desayunar tortilla única en el “Bar Central” de La Laguna con la especialidad de Nieves, los bocadillos de “Las Tejas” de Todoque y tomar un café en “El Canguro” eran ritos. Trabajadores que se desplazaban a las fincas de plátanos o a los empaquetados, lugar de encuentro para los que terminaban a mediodía su horario laboral y citas para establecer encargos o contratos para pequeñas obras o negocios.

No es fácil, conmueve que estos lugares se unan a la desdicha mala que maldecía la endecha por la muerte de Guillén Peraza.

Tus campos rompan tristes volcanes,

no vean...

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30/oct./2021

El 31 de octubre de 1981 se produjo la varada intencionada del buque griego “Telamon” en la costa cercana al puerto de Arrecife de Lanzarote. Con ello se evitaba que pudiera bloquear el acceso al puerto de la capital lanzaroteña, cuando arribó con una vía de agua que amenazaba con hundirlo cargado de troncos de madera, en viaje de Costa de Marfil a Tesalónica (Grecia).

Varado desde entonces en la conocida como “playa de la DISA”, por encontrarse cerca la factoría de la citada empresa industrial, el casco del buque “Telamon” se quebró y con el paso del tiempo la sección de proa ha...

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