• Getting online while cruising

    How do you get online as an active cruiser? On one hand, the prospect of cruising means freedom from the always-on, always-connected world. Liberating, right? It can be. But if you’re like me, you might get kind of twitchy. I admit: the first year was hard. It ...

We have a drone!

Actually, it’s quadcopter. A DJI Phantom 2 Vision + quadcopter. It shoots stills and hi def video. We took the new toy with us on our recent visit to the Gulf Islands. Here’s a collection of short clips I put together from the trip. Watch it full screen! Electronics and water don’t go well together. […]

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Seattle’s Lake Union Seaplane Operating Area

Many years ago my wife and I took a ride over Seattle’s Lake Union in a friend’s open cockpit bi-plane, an authentic  replica of that flown in “Raiders of the Lost Ark”. It was a fun adventure, complete with leather helmet, big goggles, and flowing white scarf. As we started our landing approach on the […]

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The Coast Guard Cutter Sea Lion

Coast Guard rescues two and a dog off Westport

The crew of the Coast Guard cutter Sea Lion had an unusual “routine” patrol yesterday, and two boaters and their dog had the luckiest day of their combined lives just outside the entrance to Westport Harbor on the Washington coast. The Sea Lion, based in Bellingham but patrolling off the Washington coast near Westport, just […]

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Heading South | Anchorage to Haines

We left Anchorage on Saturday and drove the 700 miles to Haines in three, slow-paced days. The timing was perfect for the fall foliage and we couldn’t have asked for better weather – that was until we arrived in Southeast Alaska. Since we crossed the border from Canada back into the US and into the […]

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Cruiser Eyes

There was a time when I would have looked at this picture and only seen a vision of tropical paradise. It has the key elements, sandy beach, lovely water, palm trees, blue skies. I still see that, but I catch myself immediately also cataloguing the negatives, from a cruiser perspective: At low tide, that is […]

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Simple sailor

Sitting in the morning drizzle enjoying a hot cup of coffee I watched a beautiful 40′ Schooner back out in the calm of the morning. The captain and crew couldn’t have been a day under 80 yet they did it in complete silence as they disappeared into the morning fog. [...] more Post and any […]

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The best new thing in the boat

I’ve probably mentioned it before, but we have a Sirus satellite radio on board and one of the things I like to do is listen to MSNBC. Every day. It drives David nuts, but I’m addicted. What can I say? In my defense I try to limit myself to one hour, usually while I’m cooking […]

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69.1 degrees

We bought an ocean-capable boat not because we were convinced we would round the world, but because we wanted the flexibility to be able to go anywhere in the world if we wanted to. We bought a strong boat not because we were convinced we needed to test it, but because we wanted a boat […]

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