• A beautiful South Sound sunset over the Olympic Peninsula

    South Sound cruising favorites

    Over the past few weeks — and years for that matter — I’ve had several conversations about cruising the South Sound and it seems that many Central and North Sound cruisers aren’t aware of the bounty that waits to the south. And many are outright ...


Chittenden Locks closing for five hours today

From a U.S. Army Corps news release: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic today from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. for the small locks and an additional two hours, until 1 p.m. for the large locks, for a monthly saltwater drain screen structure inspection. The structure, immediately upstream of […]

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39th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is here!

It’s 4th of July week, which means planning for fireworks and getting off work, but around Lake Union, it also means it’s time for the Wooden Boat Festival. Running Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, this year’s festival will again be full of free, fun events for the whole family. And activities at the July […]

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Actually sailing on the Inside Passage

We must be the luckiest sailors in the world. We were told you can’t sail the Inside Passage but we have sailed more than 95% of the 350 miles we have covered.  There hasn’t been a single day that we aren’t running from, hiding from or caught out in the weather. Running the Malaspina Straights […]

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A review of Fishermen’s Terminal Marina

With our departure for Vancouver Island coming up in two weeks, we likely won’t be returning to Fishermen’s Terminal marina, our home for the last four months. When we get back in August it’ll be to Elliott Bay Marina, and eventually Shilshole. Shilshole has a 10 month wait list, so we’ll be waiting till the […]

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Update: Potentially longer waits for boaters as Chittenden Locks summer management affected by drought

Boaters traversing the Ballard Locks lately might have noticed longer wait times than normal, and it may not get better as the summer goes on. This year’s record low snowpack and drought conditions have caused the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to change how the Locks are being operated throughout the summer, as lake levels are dropping faster than […]

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The horrors of a boat fire, and how they can be prevented

Recently, I re-re-rewatched A&E’s Horatio Hornblower series–a ritual before most sailing seasons it seems. The episode entitled “The Fire Ship” is one of my favorites for many reasons–not the least for Horatio’s exciting rescue of the Indefatigable from a flaming Spanish vessel turned loose among the fleet. I imagined (for like the hundredth time), what […]

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How to fix cracked gelcoat corners

Have you ever done fiberglass layup? If you have, then you know how difficult it is to get the wetted cloth to follow a sharp outside corner tightly, with “sharp” being a variable depending on how heavy the cloth is.  It tends to spring back, leaving a gap underneath. Well, boat manufacturers have the same […]

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