I’m not a fisherman and I don’t particularly like to eat fish, but a few months ago I brought home a ten pound tuna. I had been having a lonely December row when I spotted a strange sight. A bright blue, open-ocean fishing boat tied up at downtown Portland’s transient moorage dock. Usually you’ll find […]
Confused by anchors? Here’s an easy way to think about the styles of anchors out there — and which one is right for you.
As technologies go, anchors probably date back to just after mankind invented boats. So you’d think that by now, some enterprising mariner would have stumbled upon the absolute best possible anchor design. But you’d be wrong. There is no doubt that we live in an ...
Infinitely Wild has the post: There’s a million different knots for doing a million different things. But, these five are easy-to-learn, easy-to-tie and accomplish 99 percent of the jobs you’ll ever need a rope to do. Anyone can make these, here’s how. Knot tying has ...
A few days ago I did something special. Something I have been thinking about doing before we even bought our 25 ton, 47 foot ketch. I went sailing, by myself. In our posts, I think we have shared some of our anxiety about handling this boat in and around docks, other boats and the usual crunchy […]
At the moment, we’re with four other kid boats including thirteen kids between our little fleet. All five of us are sharing an anchorage in the Maldives, bound for South Africa by the end of the year. They’re on Totem, Utopia, Ceilydh, Morning Glory and Evita. The kids range from 9 to 16, and about half […]
It was in the year 1922 that I joined Capt. Roald Amundsen’s North Pole Expedition as Chief Mate and Ice Pilot. The expedition left Seattle in June of that year. I remember the day very well, for on the eve of departure the members of the crew pooled all the money we could lay our […]
Today’s podcast is with Ed Sturgeon of Surrey, BC. The son of a carpenter, Ed took to boatbuilding after one year of college in Nova Scotia. Sturgeon worked in several boat yards and built homes (including wood framed homes constructed on the beach in Ireland), before starting his own boat building and restoration business – EdSturgeon.ca. […] […]
In a scant four weeks I expect to pass through the Ballard Locks heading to Sitka. I’ve carefully organized my task list so as to maximize the drama of these last few weeks. Spring varnishing is underway, and it looks like the weather for that will cooperate. Why settle for the unvarnished truth when you […]
If you are as fascinated with Viking-era ships as we, you’ll want to hustle down to the Center for Wooden Boats on Friday to meet two of the world’s masters in the art of these traditional and storied vessels. Jay Smith, professional lapstrake boat builder, and Jay Haavik, Viking age master carver, will discuss how […]
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton may have written his Third Law of Motion to explain the nature of physics, but the principle is equally true philosophically. In the physical world, the relationship is immediate but in the philosophical world, the “action” and “reaction” can take place days, weeks, months or […]
Here’s our walk-through of the Atlantic 42 catamaran Fast Company: While out cruising around the Pacific Northwest, we don’t happen across many catamarans. So when I glanced through the list of boats to tour at Swiftsure’s docks on Lake Union, I was immediately drawn to the Atlantic 42 catamaran. How would it work as a […]
I traveled to Victoria a few weeks ago to buy a stash of used charts for the Inside Passage, and the fellow who sold them to me recounted the story of the worst night of his life. Anchored in a cove out of the 50 knot winds in one or another strait, he found himself […]