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What are some of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, and how can you make your boat safer?

The warning signs of carbon monoxide poisoning include irritated, watery eyes; a flushed appearance; lack of concentration; ringing in the ears; throbbing temples and a headache; dizziness, nausea or vomiting; and, ultimately, collapsing and convulsions. Keep in mind that CO poisoning can be mistaken for seasickness.

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Designing a 10-footer to circle the world

At 72, Swede Sven Yrvind could be spending his retirement reading about the great navigators. Instead he’s building a 10-foot centerboard sailboat that he plans to sail around the world so he can join them.

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Wind farms: Accidents waiting to happen?

The Thanet offshore wind farm off southeast England is the largest in the world, with 100 turbines that generate enough electricity to power 200,000 homes.Offshore wind farms have run into stiff head winds in a Coast Guard study of the effect they could have on navigational safety in Atlantic waters from Maine to Florida. The wind farms “will confuse airborne radars and also will confuse seaborne radars and create a wall of clutter,” says sailor Benjamin C. Riggs of Newport, R.I.

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Seamanship Quiz

Test your knowledge with these Coast Guard license exam prep questions from the National Captain’s Institute
www.captains.com

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Running Hard

Puma Ocean Racing chases Camper/Emirates Team New Zealand at the Leg 2 finish of the Volvo Ocean Race. The U.S. Puma team placed third in the leg, which took the fleet from Cape Town, South Africa, to Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. www.volvooceanrace.com

This photo originally appeared in the March 2012 issue.

   

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