Ocean Star (ship)

Ocean Star (ship)

Ocean Star is a two-masted Marconi rigged schooner with an overall length of eighty-eight feet. Accommodations are provided for fourteen shipmates and four professional staff. Ocean Star is certified and inspected by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency for ocean service. S/Y Ocean Star undergoes an annual refit in Antigua at Antigua Slipways Ltd. [http://www.seamester.com/whysm.html?pid=16]

S/Y Ocean Star was launched in 1991 as a school ship for Ocean Navigator Magazine. Over the years, she sailed the waters between Canada and the Caribbean, enabling students to learn navigation and nautical skills. She originally operated in the New England and Canadian waters during summer, and the Caribean and Gulf of Mexico waters in winter, making frequent stops in Bermuda during her transits north and south. During her time with Ocean Navigator Magazine, she carried six adult students and was crewed by a licensed captain and mate, two deckhands, and a cook. [http://www.schoonerman.com/ocestar.htm]

After an extensive refit in 1999 Ocean Star began serving to train students and young adults on solely Caribbean waters. In 1999, she was bought by Sea|mester to host their college sail and SCUBA training programs. With Sea|mester, Ocean Star sails from her home port in Road Town Harbour, Tortola as far south as Grenada, and stopping at Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the Saints, Martinique, Nevis, Saba, Saint Eustatius, Antigua, Dominica, Guadaloupe, Saint Lucia, and Saint Barthelemy.

The programs run on S/Y Ocean Star inspired the eventual creation of S/Y Argo, a 113-foot schooner built in Thailand in 2006, which circumnavigates the globe with students.

Principle Equipment...

* Main Engine: Caterpillar 3208 (210 hp) * Generator: Westerbeke 15kw * Dive Compressor: Bauer Mariner 8.4 CFM * Air Conditioning: Marine Airr * Water Maker: Sea R.O. 800 gallons per day * Refrigeration: 2 x Seafrost BG 1000 * Anchor handling: Galley Maid HW-40 * Tenders: 2 x Avon SR4.0m (50hp and 30hp) * Communication: Iridium Phone/Data Service, Cellular Phone, SSB,VHF

Vessel Characteristics...

* Designer: Murray G. Peterson Associates * Builder: Howdy Bailey Marine Metals * Length Overall: 88 ft. * Beam: 18.6 ft. * Draft: 9 ft. * Displacement: 75 Tons * Height of Main Mast: 95 ft. * Sail Area: 4400 Sq. ft. * Hull Material: Steel [http://www.seamester.com/whysm.html?pid=16]

ee also

*Nautical terms
*Tall ship

External links

* [http://seamester.com/ Sea|mester Programs]
* [http://sailtraining.org/ The American Sail Training Association]
* [http://antiguaslipway.com/ Antigua Slipway Ltd.]

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