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    Is this heaven? No, it’s Princess Louisa Inlet

    Princess Louisa Inlet. Mention the name to nearly any boater who’s graced its mountain flanked waters and impressive waterfall and you’ll likely see a slight twinkle in their eyes. It was eloquently described to us as “Heaven on Earth” before we untied our dock lines ...

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3 days in Watmough Bay

It isn’t until we arrive at Watmough Bay that we truly feel like we are out cruising. We were a bit frazzled and exhausted from our camper van adventure followed by the week of crazy trip prep in Seattle so we took our time in Watmough to let the islands start to sink in. We […]

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Walk the plank

Going out to the end of my 5-foot bowsprit when it’s rough out feels like walking the plank. Over the years I’ve been working with Carol Hasse on the  perfect head sail. I’ve never been a fan of roller furling but because of Sookie’s narrow beam and long bowsprit I’m ready to bite the bullet.  I want […]

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A cruise to Gig Harbor

At last freed from the clutches of the boatyard, this was our first weekend cruise in a month or two. And we were lucky to have fantastic conditions! Friday evening we took off early because I knew the sunny skies with 15-20 knot north wind couldn’t be passed up. We wanted to head south, so […]

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Wherever we go, it’s good to be home

As I write this from Pender Harbour on British Columbia’s beautiful Sunshine Coast, there’s a slight breeze trickling across the water and the sun is shining from high overhead. It has been slightly over a week since we pulled Yahtzee out of a slip in Portland, Oregon and in that time we’ve put just shy of 500 nautical miles […]

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My Boat | Trumpeter

When you’re 83-years-old and have owned 10 brand new sailboats, it’s really nice when that last boat is the one for you. Such is the case for Les Blackwell, the owner of Trumpeter, a 2008 Hunter 27. The boat is set up for him to sail easily and he’s spent time and effort to truly make it perfect […]

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Boat Notes | Hallberg-Rassy 39 Artful Dodger

Forty feet, one inch. That’s the length overall (LOA) of the Hallberg-Rassy 39. At that length it’s hard to imagine finding a center cockpit boat that doesn’t look like a floating wedding cake and actually sails well. Fortunately, in true Hallberg-Rassy fashion, they hit the mark on both styling and performance with this boat. Designed by noted […]

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