Why leave on a passage when there’s very little wind in the forecast? Having a breeze matters, when you have 700 miles to go. But the seasons are changing. It’s light, because that’s the shift in the seasonal pattern as the NE monsoon draws to a close. Waiting for wind isn’t necessarily going to bring us […]
Today’s podcast is with John Carinha of Burnaby, BC, Canada. John grew up boating at Point Roberts as a youth on his family’s 12-foot aluminum Sears rowboat — this was his “yacht” at the time and he grew to love the water. John is also an ...
Imagine a whole new approach to cruising in the Northwest. Instead of beginning your overnight voyage at a typical marina, you launch your boat at one of dozens of quiet beaches or small boat ramps. After a pleasant day on the water, dusk approaches, but ...
On our previous boat, we were (just barely) able to remember when all mechanical systems needed service as the hours mounted and time passed. But that system broke down when we got the current boat. There are far more systems, many of the intervals vary greatly, and when running offshore, up-to-date service is even more […]
This was the race that nearly didn’t happen. The PRO loaded all the gear on the committee boat, inflated the marks, set up the flags and reader board well ahead of time. The Captain was called when he hadn’t shown up by 6 pm and said PRO (probably senile and certainly embarrassed) was reminded that […]
Anyone who has called on the resources of the Puget Sound Maritime archives in the past decade has probably made contact with Karl House, the Society’s Research Coordinator. If he can’t find it, it probably can’t be found.Karl’s long career navigating on sea and land on the seas may have helped prepare him for this […]
Less than a week till I cut the dock lines! I’m not sure how that makes me feel. There is a strong sense of confidence based on my years of preparation for this trip. That confidence has only increased due to the recent upgrades to the boat. That feeling is tinged with a bit of […]
Natalie and I went for our first cruise on Violet Hour this weekend. It turned out to be a really challenging one! Saturday there were high winds (24 knots) on the Sound with a small craft advisory till 3 p.m. But before that the real difficulties were in the Ballard Locks. The small boat locks […]
Man this is a big project! Replacing the cabin top of our main salon has now consumed 7 months of our time. It is easy to get lost in the largness of it all and perhaps get sucked into the “wormhole” of boat projects from which I assume there is no recovery. However, today my […]
Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series. The first part can be read here. The 32-foot Islander Hale’s Revenge and her delivery crew of three were 21 days and 1,600 miles out of Honolulu when the monster wave that would end their journey hit them. It was 0200 and the winds had […]
The Yanmar 1GM10 is the simplest of diesel engines, and mostly it just works. Its natural reliability can lead one down the path of negligence, however, and so it has been for me with regard to the zinc that is embedded in the cooling channels of the engine block. The engine block has a zinc […]
A pig. America and Great Britain nearly went to war over a pig. They didn’t of course, otherwise we’d surely have read about it in some history class or we’d be drinking a lot more tea right now. On Friday, as we dropped the hook in Garrison Bay off English Camp on San Juan Island, we could […]