At the moment, we’re with four other kid boats including thirteen kids between our little fleet. All five of us are sharing an anchorage in the Maldives, bound for South Africa by the end of the year. They’re on Totem, Utopia, Ceilydh, Morning Glory and Evita. The kids range from 9 to 16, and about half […]
It was in the year 1922 that I joined Capt. Roald Amundsen’s North Pole Expedition as Chief Mate and Ice Pilot. The expedition left Seattle in June of that year. I remember the day very well, for on the eve of departure the members of ...
Today’s podcast is with Ed Sturgeon of Surrey, BC. The son of a carpenter, Ed took to boatbuilding after one year of college in Nova Scotia. Sturgeon worked in several boat yards and built homes (including wood framed homes constructed on the beach in Ireland), before starting ...
In a scant four weeks I expect to pass through the Ballard Locks heading to Sitka. I’ve carefully organized my task list so as to maximize the drama of these last few weeks. Spring varnishing is underway, and it looks like the weather for that will cooperate. Why settle for the unvarnished truth when you […]
If you are as fascinated with Viking-era ships as we, you’ll want to hustle down to the Center for Wooden Boats on Friday to meet two of the world’s masters in the art of these traditional and storied vessels. Jay Smith, professional lapstrake boat builder, and Jay Haavik, Viking age master carver, will discuss how […]
“For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Newton may have written his Third Law of Motion to explain the nature of physics, but the principle is equally true philosophically. In the physical world, the relationship is immediate but in the philosophical world, the “action” and “reaction” can take place days, weeks, months or […]
Here’s our walk-through of the Atlantic 42 catamaran Fast Company: While out cruising around the Pacific Northwest, we don’t happen across many catamarans. So when I glanced through the list of boats to tour at Swiftsure’s docks on Lake Union, I was immediately drawn to the Atlantic 42 catamaran. How would it work as a […]
I traveled to Victoria a few weeks ago to buy a stash of used charts for the Inside Passage, and the fellow who sold them to me recounted the story of the worst night of his life. Anchored in a cove out of the 50 knot winds in one or another strait, he found himself […]
Sometimes fixing boats is like a good detective story — there are a lot of suspects, but the real culprit remains a mystery until the end. We currently have the mast out of our 1984 Passport 40, Meridian, to repair long-standing water damage near the mast step caused by one of those damn above-deck leaks that […]
Say you have a boat, and say that the gelcoat has some flaws in it (but I repeat myself). These might be caused by, say a dock that approached too quickly, or a wayward buoy. Never fear… you don’t have to live with those flaws. Gelcoat is simply polyester resin with pigment and some flow […]
Then you should watch this quick video about next weekend’s event at Port Ludlow Marina. More on the event here.
Every morning just before sunrise I crawl my lazy butt out of bed take a peek at the morning light and determine if its time to put on a cup of coffee and go light stalking or crawl back into big brown, my super snugly warm and toasty blanket. Spring has arrived here in the […]