The current Boatyard General Permit expires on May 31, 2016. The Washington State Department of Ecology expects to reissue the permit early spring 2016 following a public comment period. Ecology will host two Workshop and Listening Sessions to present our plan for the Boatyard General Permit and to solicit suggestions for the new permit from […]
From Ketchikan to Petersburg, there really isn’t anything but miles along the way — not any destination anchorages at least. So we shouldn’t have been surprised when Exchange Cove, at the northern end of Clarence Strait, turned out to be a disappointment, both in terms ...
Sitting hove to in 30 knots of wind was not how I anticipated spending my opening day. When my friend Andy and I decided to attempt a 25-mile circumnavigate the South Sound’s Harstine Island in Row Bird, an 18-foot sail and oar boat (read: no ...
The northwest wind was heavy and steady at 15 to 20 knots. It had been like that for three days with no end in the forecast. My engine appeared to be running well, so I shoved off the dock and carefully dodged the other boats transiting the Lund Marina. As I rounded the most northern […]
The Coast Guard’s search for a boater missing after a collision late Saturday night near Point Defiance Park has yielded nothing, the USCG said. Pierce County 911 operators were notified of a collision between two boats that sent four people into the water at 11 p.m. Saturday. A boat carrying four people collided with another boat […]
You’ve heard of Words with Friends? Well, this is even better! No, there is no App for that! But all you gotta do is take some of your friends out to enjoy the great sport of boating! My first trip out this year was with my good friend Michael Boyte of S/V Galapagos. It had been […]
“Wow! Look at that waterfall below a glacier!” exclaimed Steve as he scanned the mountains above the Chilkat Peninsula with binoculars. A quick look at the chart told us the glacier was the Rainbow Glacier in Chilkat Inlet, one inlet to the west of Chilkoot Inlet, where we were. We were on our way back […]
Well . . . we hope not! One of the blogs we follow (svcambria.com) is a few weeks ahead of us on this journey north, and when they left Port McNeill 4 weeks ago, where we are now, hoping to round Cape Caution the next day, the wind came up, and they spent 8 days […]
The Westsail 32 is a stout boat. With a gross weight of more than ten tons, and a ballast of three and a half tons, the remaining weight of wood, metal, and fiberglass is six and a quarter tons. An excellent choice for anyone looking for a hull that can fend off damage from running […]
In July, sail the Pelican for an hour, get an extra half hour free!* The pelican is a small, light pram with a lug-rigged main and a jib that flies from a bow sprit. This centerboard boat was designed for San Francisco Bay, and sails well with one to three people. Get to know the […]
Sailing west from the middle (literally) of the Indian Ocean, to the Seychelles islands just off Africa: circumnavigate, and this may the best passage you make. “Near perfect sailing conditions have been encountered by boats making this passage in May and June” crows Jimmy Cornell’s World Cruising Routes. Spectacular! We’re IN! Slow passages in light […]
Last Friday we left Shilshole and crossed the sound. A northbound freighter, a car carrier, was the only traffic to be concerned about, but he was well south and a quick calculation proved we would be well ahead of him with a wide margin of safety. We crossed the lanes safely and were out of […]