Charles Doane

A Very Maritime Memorial Day
What the heck is it about a yard arm that sets the public to salivating so? Over the holiday weekend we had a Tall Ship invasion just around the corner here from where I live in the South End of ...
FIBERGLASS BOATBUILDING: You Start With a Mold
Over the millenia people have built boats out of all kinds of stuff. Bamboo, leather, paper, concrete. You name it, someone somehwere has tried it. But by far the most popular contemporary boatbuilding material is a strange substance known as ...
DASS: Next Generation SAR Technology
Ever since they start selling 406 MHz EPIRBs with built-in GPS units (the so-called G-PIRB) just a few years ago I've been thinking search-and-rescue (SAR) technology is just about as nifty as can be. Turns out I was wrong. NASA ...
CELESTIAL REASONING: Quick & Dirty Noon Sights
You may recall I threatened to abuse you with knowledge of celestial navigation back when they shut down the Loran system in February. I have long preached the wisdom of learning and practicing a bit of celestial nav, and once ...
IKAROS: Sailing Thru Space
Sorry to inflict more space news on you guys, but this is truly noteworthy. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) succeeded today in launching the first spacecraft to be propelled by solar sails. Described by the Japanese as a ...
RADAR LOVE: Random Tips for Singlehanders
Lunacy is the first boat I've ever had that is equipped with radar. Initially I didn't use it much. I know some curmudgeons who still swear it's their first choice when it comes to navigation electronics, but in the age ...
TORTOLA FAREWELL: It’s Hard to Buy Fuel in Road Town
Only once before have I departed the W'Indies for Bermuda from the BVI. That was in '97, on Crazy Horse, out of Jost Van Dyke (or Just One Dike, as the famous Foxy Callwood sometimes refers to it). I remember ...
Gusto: French & Webb 44 by Chuck Paine
Here’ s a fantastic opportunity for someone to pick up a very swell boat for a fraction of what it’s really worth. This custom one-off cruiser/racer was designed by ...
How We Wrecked The Ocean
  This 18-minute talk (click here to watch) by reef ecologist Jeremy Jackson on the degradation on the marine environment ...
Bilge God Theology: Descent to the Underworld
Of all the deities we sailors must cope with while messing around on our boats none are more ravenous than the dreaded Bilge Gods. As long as there have been bilges on boats, ...

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IKAROS: Sailing Thru Space
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