Yesterday’s high winds and rough seas resulted in at least one rescue, as Coast Guard Station Port Angeles dispatched a 45-foot response boat to a small sailboat that capsized roughly six miles north of Port Townsend. Coast Guard watchstanders received the report of the overturned vessel just before 1 p.m. from another boat nearby which […]
If you happen to be cruising in the San Juans this summer and get overhauled by a Coast Guard response boat manned by a guy wearing a felt Stetson with a leather band and a red serge tunic, you’re not in a time warp and ...
As part of a multi-year, three-phase marina reconstruction project, the Port of Friday Harbor is introducing something a little unusual for local marinas: dedicated multihull moorage slips. “There is a good population of multihulls in Puget Sound and we’re hoping they’ll take the trip to ...
Distance traveled: 44.8 miles Travel time: 5 hours, 27 minutes Even Wikipedia won’t tell us who authored that quote, but he or she was surely thinking of a day like today! Having already decided the unsettled weather meant we didn’t want to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca, we took the inside of Whidbey […]
This week we almost had a committee boat. It was launched around 3:45 Friday and the RC had its gear ready to load but the engine was not happy with its mixture and timing so rather than risk being late setting up the course, and possibly ignominiously being towed back in, it was decided to revert to […]
The push by the state Department of Ecology to have Puget Sound and its environs designated as a federal No Discharge Zone has been an increasingly contentious topic lately, drawing fire from local boating groups and suspicion from some local boaters. Our own Deborah Bach recently covered the objections to and arguments for the proposal. […]
After a three-month circumnavigation of New Zealand's South Island, we're back in Wellington. We first visited here in January, after spending a few weeks in the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. On our first visit, we arrived in unusually calm conditions for "Windy Welly" and anchored for the night off Oriental Bay, with beautiful Carter Fountain […]
Bremerton Yacht Club to Hat (Gedney) Island Distance traveled: 41.8 miles Travel time: 5 hours Yesterday in Olalla it rained cats and dogs, and the NOAA forecast for the next two days was “unsettled”, leaving us uncertain whether we could make it to Anacortes in one day to meet up with friends who are joining […]
You know you are a budget cruiser, when you lug around in the public transport a 5 gallons pail of antifouling paint. For anybody who never lifted one they are around +40kilos, making for a good exercise and some strange look. Still the saving was worth it as we can procure one of those for […]
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. The day started out innocently enough. Tawn decided she wanted to take the bus to town and get some fresh veggies. We called our buddy Josh on the radio and made plans to head out around 10am…ish. Blah, blah, blah bus ride to town. The joke around here […]
Cruising with a dog at the best of times can be difficult. Cruising with a geriatric dog can be down-right challenging. But cruising with a geriatric dog with a laundry-list of ailments truly is daunting. Even though we know Sally’s health will be even more difficult to manage once drop our lines for the season, […]
Today’s podcast episode is an interview with Pete Leenhouts of Port Ludlow, WA who is the Executive Director of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Pete is a retired career U.S. Navy Officer, and was the Captain of a Wooden Mine Sweeper for several years. After retiring, Pete moved to the […]