• Pirates to descend on Anacortes for huge cruisers party

    If you’ve never been to the annual Pacific Northwest Cruisers party, there are a few things you should know. There will be cannons. There will be men and women running around in pirate garb. There will be dancing on the dock and free-flowing libations. And ...

Tranny Issues

This 34′ Panda was experiencing an overheated transmission of Cap Sante when they decided that discretion was the better part of valor. The owner happened to be a member of the Everett Navy Yacht Club where I gave a program several months ago.

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Star boats

Star boat ROWDY, Skipper Betty Osborne, July 1947.There is now space for 17 sailboats on this dock at the Seattle YC.Photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society© “Jack Graham and Ted Geary influenced competitive racing on Puget Sound with the introduction of the Star. The Blanchards built four Star boats in 1923. The […]

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Pender, Saturna, and Tumbo Islands

It’s Saturday, the day-after the 4th of July. One of the heaviest tourist days in the San Juan Islands. Andy’s boat, Gladness, and my boat, Solace, are the only ones at the government dock on Saturna Island. I woke up this morning to the squawk of a heron and water as placid as a pond. […]

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Bye Bye Baden

This photo was taken in front of the now defunct New World Boat Builders (dba Northern Marine) facility. This morning Baden was being loaded on a trailer and readied for transport.  There were a number of Nichol Brothers vehicles and employees about.

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Delorme inReach: impressive customer service.

  You are probably aware that I’m using a Delorme inReach SE this season.  I’ve been impressed with it too. On Friday I performed a software update and received a notice on the device that “This unit is damaged.” While I confirmed that all of the functions worked, I called Delome.  I also let them know […]

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Mary Leach Natural Area, Sinclair Island

“Wait a minute… you guys! There is a piece of public land on Sinclair Island that I read about. Apparently there was a lady who donated her land to the public before she died. Let’s go find it!” …That’s how our little expedition got underway. My friends Andy and Izak will be joining me on […]

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Jarrell Cove, Lakebay Improvement Club

After two very enjoyable nights at Oro Bay on Anderson Island where we got skunked trying to catch crabs (only illegal females and not tasty Rock Crab; no male Dungeness, the prime catch of Puget Sound), we pulled out and headed north and west. We made a stop at Fair Harbor Marina in Grapeview where […]

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