I’ll never forget my first pair of Xtratufs, my Alaska slippers. When I heard they were being shipped over seas I did a nationwide search to find as many pairs as I could, it turned up nothing. Bitching to my local chandlery seemed pointless but the very next day I got a call at the […]
A recent near-tragedy hit terrifyingly close to home. Our friends Heidi and Kirk Hackler could easily have died when a fire broke out aboard their Passport 40, Due West, in late February while they slept onboard. The fire is believed to have started in an ...
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, ...
I always have high hopes starting a project. They never turn out to be as straightforward as I want them to. My project for this weekend was to replace the Garmin 18″ HD radome with a new fancy and possibly amazing … Continue reading → (Read more…) Categories: Gear Interesting Projects Tags: ArchimedesboatingGarminGarmin 18 HD radarGarmin […]
Don’t want to miss this edition of Wooden Boat Wednesday at the Northwest Maritime Center. From the Port Townsend Leader. Linda changing head sails on a solo sailing adventure Ten Japanese sailors and one American woman, Linda Weber-Rettie (now Newland) sailed non-stop from San Francisco to Kobe, Japan in June, 1981. Linda finished sixth out […]
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 – […]
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. to 4 p.m. and will feature hourly raffle drawings for […]
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 […]