• Help save your boat – and maybe your life

    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 ...

Bringing Xtratuf back to America

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 […]

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Garmin xHD radar upgrade

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 […]

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Duo dinghy launched!

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 […]

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Frame shift

 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 – […]

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Ship Canal docks for Redden Marine's Seattle store

Redden Marine opens Seattle store

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 […]

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Dodging bullets

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 →

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On the Trail

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 →

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The End is Near

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 […]

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