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Scott McDowell

Scott E. McDowell has a doctorate degree in ocean physics, is a licensed captain and author of Marinas: a Complete Guide available at www.scottemcdowell.com. Contact him at scott@scottemcdowell.com.

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Sea Science: Rogue Waves, part 2; Design specs not good enough

Sea Science by Scott McDowell Rogue waves are not uncommon throughout our world’s oceans, as documented by dozens of examples in this space last month. …

Rogue waves are real and more frequent than mariners think

By definition, a rogue is one who behaves unexpectedly and abnormally, often causing damage to anything nearby. This succinctly describes the extremely large …

Science of rainbows explains much, steals the magic not at all

Rainbows require sunlight and moisture in the air but it’s the magic angle of 42 degrees that causes rainbows to exist. Light rays from the sun appear to the …

Lightning: The formation and risk to swimmers

Lightning bolts represent a tremendous discharge of electricity: 100-300 million volts and 30,000 amps. Most often, they occur between clouds, but 25 percent …

Chances for lightning strike higher than for major lottery win

Because of severe injuries and death caused by convective (rising warm-air) storms, the National Weather Service has compiled accurate statistics on the …

Water is crucial to survival

Survival at sea is primarily decided by the availability of drinking water. Our body needs to consume roughly one-half gallon of fresh water daily to maintain …

Ocean salinities remain consistent for millions of years

The strong salinity of seawater is known by all, and variations can sometimes be detected by taste. But on the global scale, salinity is remarkably similar …

How to spot a rip current and get past it

More than 100 drownings occur each year in the United States due to rip currents. In Florida, more people are killed annually by rip currents than hurricanes, …

Invisible killer: Electrocution while swimming in your boat slip

People die each year in the U.S. while swimming in fresh water around boats and piers with alternating current (AC) shore power; seven persons in 2012 alone. …

Vast oceans are actually thin layers covering the globe

We all have a mental image of the mighty Atlantic – vast and abyssal with average depth of 2.4 miles and the Puerto Rico Trench exceeding 5 miles. Not …

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YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

YMB17: Captains, brokers view Yachts Miami Beach with patience, optimism

By Dorie Cox and Lucy Chabot Reed Big changes came to the yacht show in Miami Beach this year. Throughout the 29-year history of the …

YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

YMB17: Capt. Ted McCumber hired as commercial director of Feadship America

Dutch builder Feadship appointed Capt. Ted McCumber as commercial director of its America office, effective March 1. Capt. McCumber has …

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

Friends remember captain/engineer Badeau’s five decades in yachting

By Dorie Cox Capt. Peter Weekes Badeau, who was as skilled in the engine room as in the wheelhouse, died on Feb. 6 at the Veterans …

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach: Age, experience make captains more desireable, not less

Crew Coach by Capt. Rob Gannon A subject has come up recently with a couple of captains I have been working with in my coaching …