A pig. America and Great Britain nearly went to war over a pig. They didn’t of course, otherwise we’d surely have read about it in some history class or we’d be drinking a lot more tea right now. On Friday, as we dropped the hook in Garrison Bay off English Camp on San Juan Island, we could […]
Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series. The second installment will run tomorrow, March 27. Experienced sailors sucked in their breath and shook their heads when Three Sheets Northwest first reported the loss of the 32-foot Islander Hale’s Revenge 800 miles out ...
Starting the New Year on an 11-boat raft up in Eagle Harbor off Bainbridge Island, I was curious to know if anyone else ever wondered who Bainbridge was. Why was an island named after him? And what did he do? William Bainbridge started out as one ...
Originally published Oct. 27, 2014 A 32-foot sailboat en route from Hawaii to Everett became disabled approximately 800 miles off the California/Oregon coast last night and activated an EPIRB, summoning assistance from the Coast Guard and the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue (AMVER) system. This morning, the 965-foot container ship Hyundai Grace reached the sailing vessel […]
In Lopez Sound, tucked into the bight formed by the spit on the south end of Decatur Island, lies Center Island. The island is all privately owned and is large enough to have an airstrip. Tho there is no public access to shore, Center Island has one very important attribute for cruisers in the San […]
Known as a boater’s rite of passage from the gloomier days of winter into the busier spring and summer boating season, Opening Day in the Pacific Northwest is just around the corner. The theme chosen for this year’s parade, which takes place on May 2, is “Myths and Monsters.” So join the fun and decorate […]
It was blowing up to thirty-five knots this morning. I had great intentions to head up to Port Townsend but it’s cold, rainy, stormy and windy as hell. Yesterday I was finally able to assemble the parts needed to build new lifelines using Amsteel dyneema line. I did some research on how others have accomplished […]
When I first viewed my boat-to-be, I was impressed with the amount of light in the cabin. For a monohull, and especially an old one, it seemed airy and bright and was one of the things that made me fall in love with her. Although I scrutinized the details of the inside of the cabinets, […]
“Man, this is a lot of work for a little fun.” Natalie remarked as we drifted in the middle of Lake Union in almost no wind. I thought yep, that’s a pretty good description of sailing! Sometimes it’s a lot of work and only a little fun. But it was a good reminder that it’s […]
A few weeks after we moved aboard we looked at each other and smiled. “What are you feeling right now?” I asked my wife. She thought for a minute and answered, “Content.” I think about that a lot over the last few months. While we have had some frustrations — I’m thinking plumbing right now […]
Here’s the short story first: two dads and their sons went sailing for a weekend and nobody got seriously injured, missed their mom too much, cried for very long or fell in the water. Also, despite the fact that the boys constantly claimed they were hungry, everyone was well fed. Here’s the longer version: I watched […]
There are many mounting options for chart plotters, some of which have fancy swiveling armatures which allow the device to be swung out of the way when not in use. My diminutive cockpit is not well suited to such solutions, and in any case they are expensive options. Two possibilities seem suitable. One is to […]