Captain John ShieldsDated 12 September 1948Original photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.© Claiming the greatest voyage ever made by a American codfishing vessel, the four-masted schooner SOPHIE CHRISTENSON, was towed into Puget Sound, 5 Sept 1933, after five months in the Bering Sea. Captain-owner J. E. Shields and crew claimed for […]
The Sea Scout Ship Odyssey is in trouble. A combination of two unfortunate events has left the Tacoma jewel dead in the water this winter, and threaten to sideline her for the coming summer sailing season as well. In December, the mainsail was blown out ...
It seems that the everyday life of the Totem cruising kids is somewhat opaque in recent blog content (thank you reader email for pointing that out!). They’ve been pretty busy- just a little differently than the normal ways that a 9, 11 and 14 year ...
1. I now determine whether I am going to go grocery shopping on the tide. There are a series of ramps here at the marina that move up or down depending on the tide. So if it low tide the ramps are steep and this lady is not grocery shopping. When we were moving onto […]
Well the weekend found those of us here in La Paz unwinding from a very busy week of playing catch up and the fundraising event. Saturday evening we were treated to dinner and a game of cards on board Pangea with Michael and Katie – they say, “Hi John!” (Continued…)
Friday: a No-Travel Day Saturday: Distance traveled: 41.5 statute miles Travel Time: 5 hours 14 minutes We planned to leave La Conner on Saturday, but the day’s forecast called for lots of rain and gale force winds in the area we intended to travel, so we […]
It happened with the suddenness of a broken shoe lace. One minute I’m happily spending my day in O.C.D.-VILLE obsessing … Continue reading →
Algae bane You haven’t noticed it all winter, but now you see it everywhere on the exterior surfaces of your boat: the advance of the mildew and algae. And dirt. And even lichen. Your forlorn hope is for a warm winter day when you can strike back with hose, and deck brush, and SoftScrub. But […]
For a healthy life span and reliable performance, a marine diesel engine must breathe clean air, maintain a proper running temperature and have an unrestricted flow of clean fuel and lubricant. The air-induction, cooling, lubricating and fuel systems all require periodic maintenance. Without it, they will eventually succumb to the environment. In today’s economy, however, […]
The town of La Conner. It’s been two weeks since our last blog for one reason and one reason only: not much has happened around here. The weather continues to be miserable, although there’s been a nice break or two along the way, and it’s been a little warmer. The barometer, however, has been all […]
This post by Linda Newland was originally written for the Port Townsend Sail & Power Squadron Photo by Doug Kimura by Linda Newland The US Coast Guard founded the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service in 1972 and although the technology has evolved its purpose remains the same….to facilitate the safe and efficient transit of vessel […]
Bremerton to LaConner Distance traveled: 72.6 statute miles Travel Time: 9 hrs, 16 minutes In keeping with our theme of researching whether this new boat makes us happy to cruise all year instead of treating November to April as the off-season, we planned a 7-10 day trip to begin March 6. Among boaters there’s a […]