After a nights stay in Port Townsend we set sail for the San Juans. Our first couple nights were spent at one of our forever-favorite spots, Watmough Bay, where we hiked another lovely Mother’s Day away. Our next stop was Rosario Resort. We spent our first afternoon swimming in the super cool 1920’s indoor pool […]
We walked down the dock to the rhythmic thumping of Steve’s drum, Steve in his Haida hat and wearing his copper pendant, I with my west-wind charm and my wild woman T-shirt carrying a carved bowl of blueberries. It was Saturday noon and boaters out ...
HOWB 174 – Interview | Bruce Blatchley, contemporary boatbuilding instructor at NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding
Today’s podcast is an interview with Bruce Blatchley of the NW School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, WA. Bruce is the lead instructor for the contemporary boatbuilding building program which includes stitch and glue, cold molded, glued plywood lapstrake among other methods. Bruce and I ...
In a situation that seems like it could happen to nearly any boater, a boat that had lost power and then dragged anchor went hard aground three miles from Port Angeles on Thursday. The two cremembers were in contact with the Coast Guard who facilitated their rescue around 7:30 p.m. Here’s the report from the USCG: […]
From fickle breezes to helpful currents, the 42nd annual Round Saltspring Race was an event to remember. And the story of the day may have been the Race Committee’s correct call in sending racers 42 miles counter-clockwise around the island to take full advantage of the current (the direction is decided each year and announced […]
As I write this, I am leaving the U.S. and crossing the Canadian border for the second time in a month. My first attempt wasn’t a false start. I spent two weeks circumnavigating Vancouver Island’s Saanich Inlet. A very populated place, akin to Seattle. The early spring weather was stormy and made a good shake-down […]
Looking back, it’s difficult to believe we were in Shearwater only a week ago . . . so much has changed. Only two hundred miles have passed under Cambria’s keel, but the landscape, at least here in Prince Rupert, is entirely different — more “West Coast Industrial” than “Inside Passage.” But I’m getting ahead of myself […]
In my quest to learn to handle my boat solo, three big things were on my list: docking, anchoring and grabbing a mooring ball. I will forever be learning to dock, and I haven’t had the chance to work on anchoring, but I have recently had a lot of practice with mooring balls. I have found […]
I begin writing to you from a superb anchorage next to a marked shipwreck inside of Friday Harbor. A dozen other boats share this anchorage but only a few are occupied with cruisers. For short trips to shore with the pup I have elected to inflate the paddleboard and simply paddle to a nearby beach. It’s much […]
In 1978, a buddy and I sailed from Seattle to Alaska in a leaky old Dragon sailboat. Yes we had a (very small) outboard engine but no electronics at all. Just charts, a compass and lead line. Old school. Uncomfortable. And wonderful. When I heard about the Race to Alaska a smile formed — a […]
As part of the engine re-power I decided to relocate the 120 VAC Electrical Panel to give better access to the engine compartment since the original panel blocked engine maintenance access. The boat originally came with a custom 120 VAC Electrical Panel located next to the engine compartment, the custom box also held the VHF […]
The U.S. Coast Guard launched a free safety app over the weekend that should help all boaters be a little safer while enjoying time on the water. With features that assist you in filing float plans, reporting hazards, scheduling safety checks, requesting emergency assistance and much more, it seems like a must have for the avid […]