Out here on the water, the answer to that question is, “Not really anymore.” One of the truly frustrating issues with cruising in this particular area of the world is communications. The pockets of no-coverage zones in the Salish Sea are actually becoming worse rather than improving, and as anyone who sails in the San […]
From the 1920s to the 1950s, the Alaska Coast Hunting and Fishing Company pioneered excursion travel to the remote state, serving a clientele of famous Americans ranging from Wall Street tycoons to Hollywood celebrities. The company’s guides took clients fishing and hunting for game. The ...
Sound Experience, the non-profit organization behind the beloved and iconic Northwest schooner Adventuress, has been awarded a capital grant of $175,000 to complete the final phase of a 5-year Centennial Restoration Project on the vessel. The M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, a local charitable trust established ...
As a grim reminder that rescues at sea can be as hazardous for the rescuers as the sailors in distress, the Coast Guard announced yesterday that Petty Officer Third Class Travis Obendorf, of Alameda, California, passed away at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle on December 18th as a result of injuries sustained during a search […]
This episode is an interview with renowned small boat designer Iain Oughtred of the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Iain grew up in Australia and discovered sailing in his teens. He began sailing on a wooden Vee Jay sailing dinghy, next he was onto an Australian Scow Moth, and then to a Gwen 12 sloop. […]
The Department of Ecology has announced that the state hotline created for reporting marine debris in the wake of the 2011 Tohoku tsunami, 1-855-WACOAST, will be discontinued on December 31, 2013. The hotline number was one of a number of responses to the threat of tsunami debris recommended by the state Marine Debris Task Force. […]
As a suburban teenager, I listened religiously to the Alex Bennett Show on KITS in San Francisco. An uproarious stable of comedians regularly sat in at Bennett’s mike, making jokes and telling bawdy tales before a live audience. The audience … Continue reading →
I know, I know. We are on a permanent vacation. But sometimes, you need a break from even that. Tawn has been wanting to learn to Kite board for a few years and even took some basic lessons last year in Seattle. And about 6 months before we left a co-worker of mine sold us […]
The Northwest Marine Trade Association (NMTA) has announced the availability of grants of up to $9000 to Northwest non-profits seeking assistance in promoting boating in the region. The Grow Boating program has been running since 2003 to increase the number of boaters in the region and the amount of time they spend boating, the better […]
A pretty blue sloop came around the corner of a sandy islet and into the bay where we were anchored recently. Jamie and I watched it from the cockpit: just admiring the lines, enjoying an afternoon of sun sparkling on water. We were lost in that reverie that a lovely boat can pull you into, […]
There were reindeer and wreaths, boxes and bows, and more than one Snoopy and Santa on the boats bedecked with holiday lights and other decorations for Elliott Bay Marina’s annual contest. On Sunday night, Marty and I joined four other judges tasked with rating the festively lit boats lining the marina docks. The rain held […]
Plank 7 is curing as I write this. I had hoped to finish it yesterday, and be fitting the sheer strake today, but I made an error that cost me some time yesterday, and thus finished up #7 today. If all goes well tomorrow, the last plank will go up, marking the midpoint of the […]