• The 2105 Round Saltspring Race fleet poised to sail.

    Race Report: Round Saltspring 2015

    From fickle breezes to helpful currents, the 42nd annual Round Saltspring Race was an event to remember. And the story of the day may have been the Race Committee’s correct call in sending racers 42 miles counter-clockwise around the island to take full advantage of ...


A taste of swell and freedom

I begin writing to you from a superb anchorage next to a marked shipwreck inside of Friday Harbor. A dozen other boats share this anchorage but only a few are occupied with cruisers. For short trips to shore with the pup I have elected to inflate the paddleboard and simply paddle to a nearby beach. It’s much […]

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Relocating a 120 VAC electrical panel

As part of the engine re-power I decided to relocate the 120 VAC Electrical Panel to give better access to the engine compartment since the original panel blocked engine maintenance access. The boat originally came with a custom 120 VAC Electrical Panel located next to the engine compartment, the custom box also held the VHF […]

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Coast Guard launches helpful new safety app

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a free safety app over the weekend that should help all boaters be a little safer while enjoying time on the water. With features that assist you in filing float plans, reporting hazards, scheduling safety checks, requesting emergency assistance and much more, it seems like a must have for the avid […]

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The unique friendships that cruising creates

There’s a Scandinavian word for looking out the window anticipating someone’s arrival. The word doesn’t translate directly to English, but the feeling does. We waited for our friends to arrive in the harbor by boat. It would be the last time we’d see them. For how long? We didn’t know. Aboard our neighbor and good […]

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The mystery dinghy goes to rehab

When I bought our 8.5-foot fiberglass dinghy last summer off an ad on Craig’s List, I knew she would need some work. Her teak inwales and outwales were in splinters, her thwarts were in need of repair and her bottom was covered with scars. I also wanted to reinforce her transom and install quarter knees […]

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