Tuesday, April 22 = The Peninsula Daily News and an eyewitness report that a man apparently drowned Monday after his skiff capsized in the water between Point Wilson and Point Hudson in Monday’s gusty breezes. The PDN said a pleasure craft saw the capsized skiff about a mile out in the water. Rescue workers sent […]
It’s not exactly surprising that the new owners of Gold Star Marine, Inc. in Port Townsend have long had a passion for boats. More surprising is that husband-and-wife team Jim Heckmann and Karen Ridings, who took over the business in mid-March, come from landlocked Iowa, ...
Redden Marine Supply, long a familiar name to mariners in Bellingham and south central Alaska, is coming to Seattle with the grand opening of a new warehouse store along the Ship Canal on this coming Saturday, April 26th. The celebration will occur from 10 a.m. ...
For various reasons, the last two summers we have been cruising the PNW without a dinghy. We enjoy being on board our Skoota 28 powercat, the only times we usually need to go ashore is to buy fuel. However we do occasionally need to stern tie, and that is a bit tricky to do without […]
It happens every three years. For two years and eleven months, we live here in the marina within sight of the boatyard. But it’s invisible to us – its existence doesn’t rise into our consciousness. Then in that 35th month we do a haulout. Suddenly, we become painfully and bluntly aware of the yard – […]
Virtual AIS buoy “SB” 17 days after being published in the LNTM and being broadcast Virtual Buoy “SB” has shown up on the NOAA chart. I’ve just checked the Navionics database, and it is not there you. ….stand by for news.
Well, I can say this: after last weekend’s triple play smack down, it was hard for this weekend to be anything but better. And it WAS better. The good news is we GET TO KEEP OUR ENGINE! Oh happy day! … Continue reading →
If you set your mind to it, you could walk from Astoria, Oregon south to the California border. That’s because in 1967, the far-sighted people of Oregon passed a bill ensuring that, “the public has free and uninterrupted use,” of … Continue reading →
Last night I stayed up well past my usual ninish bed time to finish “The Truelove”; the fifteenth book in Patrick O’Brian’s, Aubrey/Maturin book series. That means that there are only five more. And that last one, a posthumously published, uncompleted book? Well they’re all cliffhangers as it is. What am I to do? For […]
The three key ingredients for fire are Heat, fuel and oxygen. You can rub two sticks together for an eternity but if one of these key elements is missing its all for not. My cut off date for Alaska has come and gone. The boats ready, I’m ready, but the third key element is missing. […]
A few days ago I motored Osprey over to the boatyard, where she was lifted out of the water just long enough for some measurements to be taken, from which a travel cradle will be constructed. This week I’ll be removing sails, solar panels, bimini, and dodger. Then Thursday it’s back to the boatyard, this […]
Spring has arrived on Lake Union, and The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB) is ramping up some changes in its adult sailing education program, SailNOW! SailNOW! graduated 190 new sailors in 2013. The center has a goal of 260 graduates this year and if the numbers since Jan. 1 are a good indication, it will […]