There was much fanfare when Point Wilson Lighthouse was established at the west side entrance to Admiralty Inlet and Puget Sound in 1879. Its strategic location was near the bustling seaport town of Port Townsend, which was in those years targeted for the major shipping center for that corner of the world. Sailing vessels and […]
As the first fall storms whip through area marinas and boatyards, it will be is easy to identify the prepared from the ill prepared. For some, halyards will be restrained properly, dock lines and fenders will be set with care, and down below, the batteries ...
The tide was high and rising as we squeaked Yahtzee’s mast under the Murray Morgan Bridge spanning the Thea Foss Waterway in downtown Tacoma. With a super moon just days away, the tide had us riding so high it seemed the Museum of Glass and ...
OK… I freely admit I stole the line for the title of this post from “Star Trek, The Voyage Home.” But I thought it was appropriate for the content of this post. It was my Sister’s first day of her six day visit aboard Dulcinea, and she was excited, because we were heading across the […]
Among all the projects aboard Oceanus, changing the shift and throttle cables was not even on my radar. I’ve been reading sailing magazines since I was a kid and I can’t remember a single article about changing them. Like most things on a boat, you only replace them if it’s a problem, right? But Henry, […]
Sailing to Glacier Bay National Park on your own boat can be a bit of an officious experience: Permits are required to enter the park from the first of June through the 31st of August, and you can’t apply for one more than 60 days before the date you arrive. There are only ten permits […]
The last time Kirk was in Sausalito was in the mid-60’s and in his mind it would still be that artsy-hippy-houseboat colony from it’s hey-day. But the times they are a’ changin’. The houseboats are still here but they are now more modern, tricked out, waaaay expensive, and the artsy-bars and studios are now tourist […]
The current running through the anchorage never let up that night off Tumbo Island. Strangely, it never even changed directions. Under the tent, any ambient light was blocked. So when the phosphorescent bacteria lit up their star-like white lights, they were clearly visible through the translucent hull. As the current rushed by, the stream was […]
Sailing is like a drug. After a weekend sailing trip I feel like I need to be checked into rehab – going back to work on Monday is really hard. I sort of sink into a minor funk for a day or two, almost what I imagine it’d feel like to be depressed. I daydream […]
Great news for those who didn’t get enough of summer crabbing season! The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced that the winter crab season will open October 1st, and will remain open seven days a week until December 31st. If you’re crabbing with us, the Cama Beach Boathouse will be open to […]
We hit the ground running when we got back from the long trip this summer. August was completely dominated by the clearing out and big sale. The week after that we moved half of our furniture up to Andrew’s place in Bellingham. Meanwhile, Galapagos has not exactly languished in her slip. Mike has taken her […]
With the gorgeous, relatively benign weather that has pervaded the waters of the Pacific Northwest for the past few days and weeks, the USCG has put out a reminder to all boaters in the area that fall is here and with it will soon come the weather that is typical for the season. They are urging […]