• Help save your boat – and maybe your life

    A recent near-tragedy hit terrifyingly close to home. Our friends Heidi and Kirk Hackler could easily have died when a fire broke out aboard their Passport 40, Due West, in late February while they slept onboard. The fire is believed to have started in an ...

Museum Week Northwest web site up and running

Northwest Museums, Including CWB, Showcase Innovations We’ve mentioned before that The Center for Wooden Boats is working with dozens of other Puget Sound Museums to create a new event called Museum Week Northwest in May.  The website to help everyone find all the museums involved, all the programs, all the special Buy On Get One […]

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I met-em in the boatyard

There aren’t many things I can say in this world with absolute certainty but one thing I can say for sure is I met-em in the boatyard. 5 years ago on my way to Alaska I stopped in a strange town for a 5 minute looksy at a boat I didn’t want, 10 minutes later […]

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More swap meets coming this weekend

If you missed the big swap meet in Seattle earlier this month at Fisheries Supply, or you’re just not that into driving all the way into Seattle for a lousy swap meet, there’s good news … you have a couple other options coming up this Saturday. The Port of Friday Harbor will be hosting a […]

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Back in Astoria

    Waiola is back at West Mooring Basin after a visit to Schooner Creek Boat Works. We added new AGM batteries, and Waiola had a fresh coat of bottom paint. Top sides waxed, and an anchor bail was added. Now we’re doing our last minute packing and organizing and basically just waiting for the […]

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Bringing Xtratuf back to America

I’ll never forget my first pair of Xtratufs, my Alaska slippers.  When I heard they were being shipped over seas I did a nationwide search to find as many pairs as I could, it turned up nothing. Bitching to my local chandlery seemed pointless but the very next day I got a call at the […]

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Garmin xHD radar upgrade

I always have high hopes starting a project. They never turn out to be as straightforward as I want them to. My project for this weekend was to replace the Garmin 18″ HD radome with a new fancy and possibly amazing … Continue reading → (Read more…) Categories: Gear Interesting Projects Tags: ArchimedesboatingGarminGarmin 18 HD radarGarmin […]

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From landlocked Iowa to a Port Townsend boatyard

It’s not exactly surprising that the new owners of Gold Star Marine, Inc. in Port Townsend have long had a passion for boats. More surprising is that husband-and-wife team Jim Heckmann and Karen Ridings, who took over the business in mid-March, come from landlocked Iowa, have never owned a boat and have backgrounds as an […]

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Duo dinghy launched!

For various reasons, the last two summers we have been cruising the PNW without a dinghy. We enjoy being on board our Skoota 28 powercat, the only times we usually need to go ashore is to buy fuel. However we do occasionally need to stern tie, and that is a bit tricky to do without […]

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