Distance traveled: 67.8 miles round trip Travel time: 4 hrs 7 mins northbound, 4 hrs 35 min southbound As we’ve mentioned, conventional “boating season” is May through September in Seattle. This Fall has had exceptionally little rain, and with the purchase of our new boat we wanted to discover whether we could expand the boating […]
We knew when we moved back onto Lake Union from Shilshole Bay Marina that we were giving up the one big thing that had convinced us to move out onto the salt in the first place: an extra hour of sailing time each way going ...
If you happened to be watching Elliott Bay last Tuesday, you would have seen an unusual sight: one of the large, red, bulky Coast Guard icebreakers that seem to be perpetually moored down at Pier 36 being slowly shepherded out into the bay by a ...
It’s been said that the definition of cruising is performing maintenance in exotic locations. We recently hauled Totem for new anti-fouling paint, four through hull replacements, and a few other projects. Living the definition, propped high and dry on the hard. We had not hauled Totem since April 2008. Five and a half years is […]
First Winter Project this year is new flooring. For a couple of reasons we wanted to replace the flooring in the galley, head and stateroom in Tolly Roger. When we got the boat the “head” had been tiled with a … Continue reading →
Our leather wheel cover had slowly evolved from “weathered” to “salty” to “embarrassing”. Yet, we didn’t replace it until it busted open – good cruisers that we are. I had been keeping my eyes peeled for leather wheel covers in the automotive section of various hardware stores until I saw a simple rope wheel cover […]
This episode is an interview with Russell Brown on the ins and outs of marine epoxy – which most boat builders will use at some point in time. I drilled Russell with a plethora of questions that have come to my mind since I began using marine epoxy in the early 1990s. Russell and I […]
If you’ve wandered by The Center for Wooden Boats South Lake Union Boatshop this sunny and crisp week, you may have noted a little work being done to CWB’s floating boatshop. Volunteers from OAC Services and BNB Builders are taking advantage of a traditional slow time in the shop to install a new boat lift […]
Why, I wonder, in this day and age, do so many young women willingly give up their individual strengths and obligingly subvert their self-esteem in order to be accepted in the maritime world? This question has been fermenting in my mind for a few days now, and so I am finally sitting down to put […]
For fans of the now mostly defunct University of Washington-built Boater Information System (BIS), there is some good news: not one, but two new potential replacements. When BIS appeared in 2004, it was at the forefront of a wave of websites making predictive and real-time weather information available to sailors; what they are calling an […]
Despite Wayne’s persistent housekeeping, the spiders rebuiltFrosty beauty aside, thanks to their poor timing,a Viking funeral was in order. We awoke to a clear blue sky our last morning at Ortega Landing Marina. But Mother Nature decided a more challenging start was in order, and ushered in the fog. Still, we were ready, and rarin’ to […]
A Gloucesterman brought ’round the Horn, the Oscar and Hattie fished for hailbut off the Straits of Juan de Fuca and then worked as a sealer in the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The Oscar and Hattie, a trimly built vessel ninety feet long, twenty-three feet beam, and nine feet hold, arrived from Massachusetts under the […]