• Yahtzee in the 2015 Shipwrights' Regatta (photo by Wendy Feltham)

    Spontaneous racing in the Shipwrights’ Regatta

    There are qualities in a partner that you love because you don’t have them and there are qualities that you love because they’re mutual. Spontaneity is fortunately one that Jill and I share. We were about two hours south of Port Townsend on Friday evening ...

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Seaplane capsizes in Lake Union

An otherwise uneventful landing of a small seaplane ended poorly after the craft started listing dramatically to one side shortly after landing this past Saturday in Lake Union. The MV KAYLA was tied up in front of MOHAI picking up passengers for a planned weekend in Poulsbo when the radio calls for a sinking seaplane were heard […]

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A better solar shower from Duckworks

I have mixed feelings about the conventional gravity-fed floppy-bag solar shower products, and have never used one on my boat. But when Bob at Boat Bits posted about this product — the Duckworks Pump-Up Solar Shower — I was intrigued. I envision using this on my boat, or on wilderness road trips. True, it doesn’t […]

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As the seasons change, so too does the destination

Sitting in the cockpit a million stars stare back at me.  The forest is alive with a symphony of frogs silenced by the occasional shrieking we still haven’t been able to identify.  The trees are budding, the eagles have returned and spring is rapidly creeping in. The increase of traffic on the docks tells us […]

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HOWB 162 – Interview | Dave Sharp internationally trained wooden boat builder and restorer

Today’s podcast is with Dave Sharp of Sharp Marine Restoration & Joinery in Vancouver, BC. Dave grew up in Ontario and began to pursue an education in mechanical engineering. He soon realized it was not his cup of tea and traveled to England to attend IBTC (The International Boatbuilding & Training College) to learn traditional boatbuilding. […]

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Why we don’t sail . . . much

The Pacific Northwest has a strong sailing culture and nowhere is that more apparent than in Puget Sound where boats fill the waterway on fine days, flying colorful spinnakers or leisurely tacking across the Sound.  And yet, if you follow our blog (or any other sailboat cruising the Inside Passage), you’ll soon learn that we […]

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Winter Crusing: Destination Vancouver

This year we decided to try something new for our winter break – cruise to Vancouver, spend a few days downtown and then bus to Whistler for skiing. Planning started in early November when we began thinking about how we would spend winter break. Mixing cruising with winter sports seemed like a fun thing to […]

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