Here’s a sobering yet sadly unsurprising fact: Alcohol remains the leading known causative factor in all boating fatalities. As the hot weather continues and summertime boating hits its peak, the Coast Guard is urging boaters to take the pledge to stay sober on the water. They’re also ramping up BUI patrols this weekend during Seafair in Seattle along […]
Yes recreational boaters on average behave responsibly, but accidents do happen and nobody wants to see an oil spill gathering around their boat in the marina. Small Oil Spill Kits are being given out to help boaters keep the water clean and to raise awareness ...
Dark-gray clouds shrouded the nearby mountains and an ominous looking squall line moved briskly over the Strait of Georgia as we motored northward across a dead calm sea. In the distance I watched as three sailboats heeled sharply from the force of a strong northwesterly ...
We have been going to the tiny village of Olga on Orcas Island for over thirty years. It has not changed much, and in many ways our annual visit is like taking a trip back in time to a more simple, safer, calmer era. No crowds, no rushing about, no noise, and no hassle. Its […]
When Emma was on the boat there were some things that she wanted to learn how to cook but we didn’t have the proper ingredients or a store nearby to buy those ingredients or enough time so I told her I would make some cooking videos for her. Turns out people liked them…so….by popular demand, […]
The U.S. Coast Guard helped rescue six people, including four children, from a 32-foot recreational boat off Point Wilson yesterday afternoon. No one was hurt in the incident. The vessel Kloshi Bay reported a fire aboard around 4:20 p.m. Coast Guard and local fire departments responded, helping put out the blaze while transferring the four […]
I was sitting on my girlfriends couch in Friday Harbor. I had just put in the first load of laundry. I was enjoying a cup of fresh brewed coffee and her high speed internet. I’d only been away fromSolace for about twenty minutes and was just getting comfortable when my phone beeped with a voice […]
Approaching the guest dock at Ladysmith Community Marina, I could quickly tell that very little room was available for our 40-foot sailboat. And seeing that it was 8:30 a.m., I held little hope that boaters were eager to move out. But after spinning around to see both sides of the long pier and playing the age-old […]
Are you prepared to cleanup an oil spill from your own boat, or to possibly assist another recreational boater who is spilling oil? If the answer is no, then at the very least you’ll want to get your hands on a free oil spill response kit. Oil spills are often thought of as originating from the large […]
“You’ve got to go to Caterpillar Island,” my friend Harvey told me one day. His enthusiasm for the island, located about 10 miles down the Columbia River from Portland, was undeniable. Still, it sounded too far from my homeport to justify the effort. But over the following months, whenever I ran into Harvey, he’d mention […]
Lots of entertaining information here about JW Sparrow in a blog post from September 12, 2013, when John led his first Sea Shanties Song Circle here in Port Townsend. This will be John’s 3rd visit to Port Townsend to lead our Sing Shanties Song Circle. Be sure to save the date and help us spread […]
We had heard rave reviews of the hiking trail from Kalinin Bay to Sea Lion Cove on Kruzof Island in Salisbury Sound, but had never been able to hike it. Either it was pouring rain when we were there or we arrived too late in the afternoon to chance it. So when we arrived at […]