• Cambria's salon decorated for Christmas. Photos courtesy of Stephanie Gardiner

    In search of Christmas down under

    Christmas is a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate. It’s a time to awaken from our winter cocoons and drown ourselves in the warmth of colorful lights and laughter. It’s a time of chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Beautiful music. ...


A reminder to check those expiration dates

Nothing in this world is permanent.  And boat owners may be more aware of this fact than most folks… How many things (besides food) on your boat have an expiration date? Flares, fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, hose clamps (they don’t come with an expiration date – they just expire). What little click in your mind makes you […]

Continue Reading

Friday happy hours at the Seattle Boat Show

Proving that there is something for every boater, the Seattle Boat Show will once again be hosting Friday happy hours at this year’s show with their events Uncorked and Sails & Ales. With a selection of wines from around the world and some of the most delicious craft beers in Washington, the Friday evening festivities are meant […]

Continue Reading

Portland’s Christmas ships: 60 years and going

The luminous shapes appear unexpectedly around a bend in the river: reindeer, colossal evergreen trees, and leaping whales. What on earth? Then you notice the fleet of sail and motor craft bearing them along, the flashing, glowing LEDs reflecting off the water and lighting the winter night. This cheerful sight is no trick of the […]

Continue Reading

Where have we been?

It’s been a while now since I posted here. I apologize to our faithful readers, as there’s been a lot going on for us. We sold our house in Walnut Creek, CA while we were on vacation in September, bought a house in Poulsbo, WA, and got all our stuff moved. It’s been an interesting […]

Continue Reading

Voyaging On $500 Per Month

Eighteen months ago I cut the dock lines without a single penny to my name.  I had enough charts to cover a small portion of the Salish Sea and a few months of provisions. I didn’t know where I was headed or how I would survive but it didn’t matter, I chose life. Looking back it […]

Continue Reading