It’s always great to read about our friends at Washington Sea Grant. This particular piece has to do with long-time Clean Boating friend and Sea Grant employee Aaron Barnett. Great work, Aaron. “…after the successful summer launch of their waterborne outreach campaign, Washington Sea Grant’s ‘Pumpout Paddlers’ are readying their kayaks for winter paddling. They’ll […]
We’re getting into the middle of December now. The cold weather has come; you can’t deny it’s winter anymore. The boat is cold and damp and just about as uninviting as it ever gets. Boating spirits could not be at a lower ebb. It’s time ...
Santa was overshadowed by the Seahawks, but not for long. Deanna, April and Steve were among the more than 2,000 passengers who went out on boats Sunday for the annual 76 Seafair Holiday Cruise, a volunteer event that takes developmentally challenged guests on a special ...
Nordhavn delivers an unusually complete fuel manifold with far more flexibility than most production boats. In fact, the manifold is sufficiently complex that some new owners can find it difficult. More than once, I've heard of an owner accidentally closing the return path for the main engine or generator, leading to fuel leaks or, worse, […]
Sailing into Eternity “One hundred years ago, Christmas trees were delivered from northern Wisconsin to cities throughout the state and Illinois by schooner. The schooner Rouse Simmons was loaded with 5,000 Christmas trees and bound for Chicago when she encountered a violent winter gale. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to withstand the waves, wind and ice […]
We knew when we moved back onto Lake Union from Shilshole Bay Marina that we were giving up the one big thing that had convinced us to move out onto the salt in the first place: an extra hour of sailing time each way going in or out that would otherwise be spent transiting the […]
Southeast Asia is an appealing region for boat hauling and refits because of the combination of low costs and skilled workers. The Philippines, Malaysia, and Thailand have shipyards where everything from carpentry to stainless work is available and relatively expensive. Our needs were more modest- just a new bottom, a few through hulls. A combination […]
If you happened to be watching Elliott Bay last Tuesday, you would have seen an unusual sight: one of the large, red, bulky Coast Guard icebreakers that seem to be perpetually moored down at Pier 36 being slowly shepherded out into the bay by a pair of tugs, then getting underway with increasing speed and […]
Distance traveled: 67.8 miles round trip Travel time: 4 hrs 7 mins northbound, 4 hrs 35 min southbound As we’ve mentioned, conventional “boating season” is May through September in Seattle. This Fall has had exceptionally little rain, and with the purchase of our new boat we wanted to discover whether we could expand the boating […]
It’s been said that the definition of cruising is performing maintenance in exotic locations. We recently hauled Totem for new anti-fouling paint, four through hull replacements, and a few other projects. Living the definition, propped high and dry on the hard. We had not hauled Totem since April 2008. Five and a half years is […]
First Winter Project this year is new flooring. For a couple of reasons we wanted to replace the flooring in the galley, head and stateroom in Tolly Roger. When we got the boat the “head” had been tiled with a … Continue reading →
Our leather wheel cover had slowly evolved from “weathered” to “salty” to “embarrassing”. Yet, we didn’t replace it until it busted open – good cruisers that we are. I had been keeping my eyes peeled for leather wheel covers in the automotive section of various hardware stores until I saw a simple rope wheel cover […]