• The finished shelves.

    Transforming a hanging locker to shelves

    I was frustrated with the inability to store much of anything in the two hanging lockers that I had on my boat, and the lack of storage in general. The shape of a hanging locker doesn’t lend itself to any item of clothing I can ...

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A better solar shower from Duckworks

I have mixed feelings about the conventional gravity-fed floppy-bag solar shower products, and have never used one on my boat. But when Bob at Boat Bits posted about this product — the Duckworks Pump-Up Solar Shower — I was intrigued. I envision using this on my boat, or on wilderness road trips. True, it doesn’t […]

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As the seasons change, so too does the destination

Sitting in the cockpit a million stars stare back at me.  The forest is alive with a symphony of frogs silenced by the occasional shrieking we still haven’t been able to identify.  The trees are budding, the eagles have returned and spring is rapidly creeping in. The increase of traffic on the docks tells us […]

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HOWB 162 – Interview | Dave Sharp internationally trained wooden boat builder and restorer

Today’s podcast is with Dave Sharp of Sharp Marine Restoration & Joinery in Vancouver, BC. Dave grew up in Ontario and began to pursue an education in mechanical engineering. He soon realized it was not his cup of tea and traveled to England to attend IBTC (The International Boatbuilding & Training College) to learn traditional boatbuilding. […]

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Why we don’t sail . . . much

The Pacific Northwest has a strong sailing culture and nowhere is that more apparent than in Puget Sound where boats fill the waterway on fine days, flying colorful spinnakers or leisurely tacking across the Sound.  And yet, if you follow our blog (or any other sailboat cruising the Inside Passage), you’ll soon learn that we […]

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Winter Crusing: Destination Vancouver

This year we decided to try something new for our winter break – cruise to Vancouver, spend a few days downtown and then bus to Whistler for skiing. Planning started in early November when we began thinking about how we would spend winter break. Mixing cruising with winter sports seemed like a fun thing to […]

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A sample of treated fuel.

How to polish your fuel

We were motoring up Fitz Hugh Sound along the Central Coast of British Columbia last June, making our way to Ocean Falls, when the engine started hunting, fluctuating 150 RPM from where it was set. It’s always a concern when there’s something going on with the motor, but the symptoms were consistent with a dirty […]

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Wireless Headsets – a vital accessory for larger boats

“Ok, Straight back. Ten feet, five feet, stop. Stop! STOP!” Have you ever been in a conversation like that with your spouse, on your boat? If your boat is reasonably sized then it has probably been pretty easy to talk to someone spotting your position or helping you with instructions from the lock master. Now consider having to depend […]

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