Where are we?

The sailor’s quest to pinpoint their location on the globe has a long and rich history as Dick Durham reports. The dusted periwig, silken scarf and gold-fluted jacket cannot soften the blunt-featured face or contour of the paunchy body of Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Cloudesley Shovell. When you look at his portrait in the […]

Going Spare – Part 2

As I said in Going Spare: Part 1, a lot depends on the age and type of yacht you have. If you have a relatively new yacht, you can expect to need fewer spares. That expectation however has to take account of the commitment of the crew to carry out daily, weekly and monthly checks. […]

Going Spare – Part 1

I was once told, when I didn’t have whatever spare part I needed; “ I don’t understand why you don’t just go through the whole boat from bow to stern and then get a spare for everything that could break.” That would have required us to tow a complete Tayana 58 behind us! However many […]

12 Days of Christmas

As the temperature drops and we move closer to the end of the year, it’s that time to start looking for festive gifts for the adventurous sailors in our lives. Not sure what to get? Have no fear, Ocean Sailor is here to provide some ideas. 1. JBL Waterproof Speakers JBL have a reputation for […]

Liferaft Lessons

By Dick Durham Ocean Safety Ltd has liferaft suppliers, service stations and liferaft hire facilities in the US, Europe and many places around the world. Steve Bockett, technical advisor at the Southampton-based outlet in the UK listed his key tips for Ocean Sailor readers: Do Make sure that you choose a liferaft that matches your […]