• Amelia and other participants on Girls at the Helm work together to furl the jib in 2010.

    Finding direction on ‘Girls at the Helm’ aboard Adventuress

    Twenty-three-year-old Amelia Foster and her mother Vanessa visited the Sound Experience office a few weeks ago to reminisce about how Amelia’s experiences on Adventuress changed the course of her life. Amelia recently completed her bachelor’s degree at Oregon State University with a double major in ...


Seattle’s first fire boat comes to a flaming end off Kodiak docks

From maritime writer Glen Carter for the Seattle Times, c. 1974. “Alaska maritime news of interest to Seattle is sometimes late enough to have arrived by dogsled, carrier pigeon and boat. A case in point is word of Seattle’s first fire boat, the SNOQUALMIE, built in 1890. She was alive and well as a shrimp hauler […]

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A view from the sturdy, well-kept dock itself.

What’s up with Portland’s Duckworth Dock?

Portland’s Duckworth Dock seemed like a good idea back in 1997. The city was constructing an innovative new waterfront trail which, when completed, would loop around the Willamette River downtown. Floating boardwalks along the trail descended to the water, and planners envisioned a transient dock where boaters visiting from near and far would tie up […]

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Boat project recursiveness

Projects on a boat are rarely singular. Instead, what usually happens is that one project spawns another, or reveals another, or enables another. Boat projects are recursive. In the current case, the initial project was not a big one. Our compass binnacle is a beautiful brass construction. But over time, exposed to the sea air, […]

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How does commerce, visibility, aids to navigation and more affect boaters on Admiralty Inlet?

Coast Guard conducting waterways analysis, seeks public comment on Admiralty Inlet

Coast Guard officials are seeking public comment while conducting a waterways analysis and management system (WAMS) review of Admiralty Inlet. Local mariners are asked to share their opinions regarding the general use of the waterways and any issues with the visibility, placement or location of aids to navigation in that area before the comment deadline […]

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The side effects of cruising

Warning: May cause increased heart rate and breathlessness (due to incredible views), sweating (from hiking or other boat activities), nausea (from sea sickness) or shortness of breath. Living-aboard and cruising are addictive and, for the last 15 years, have been our drugs of choice. Like all drugs, there are possible side effects – additional, sometimes […]

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My Boat | Mary H

When longtime Seattle sailors, cruisers and liveaboards Al and Lou Hughes were looking for their dreamboat for transiting the Inside Passage, it turned out to be a design they’d admired a few decades prior. They’ve now owned the 1992 Florida Bay Coaster 55 Mary H for the better part of a year and after transiting up the coast […]

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