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    Tragic stories of the Westsail and lessons to be learned

    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 ...


July livery special at the CWB

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 […]

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Chittenden Locks closing for five hours today

From a U.S. Army Corps news release: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will close to all marine traffic today from 8 a.m to 11 a.m. for the small locks and an additional two hours, until 1 p.m. for the large locks, for a monthly saltwater drain screen structure inspection. The structure, immediately upstream of […]

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A beautiful South Sound sunset over the Olympic Peninsula

South Sound cruising favorites

Over the past few weeks — and years for that matter — I’ve had several conversations about cruising the South Sound and it seems that many Central and North Sound cruisers aren’t aware of the bounty that waits to the south. And many are outright skeptical. The previous two summers we did two 10-day cruises […]

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39th Annual Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival is here!

It’s 4th of July week, which means planning for fireworks and getting off work, but around Lake Union, it also means it’s time for the Wooden Boat Festival. Running Friday, July 3 through Sunday, July 5, this year’s festival will again be full of free, fun events for the whole family. And activities at the July […]

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Actually sailing on the Inside Passage

We must be the luckiest sailors in the world. We were told you can’t sail the Inside Passage but we have sailed more than 95% of the 350 miles we have covered.  There hasn’t been a single day that we aren’t running from, hiding from or caught out in the weather. Running the Malaspina Straights […]

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A review of Fishermen’s Terminal Marina

With our departure for Vancouver Island coming up in two weeks, we likely won’t be returning to Fishermen’s Terminal marina, our home for the last four months. When we get back in August it’ll be to Elliott Bay Marina, and eventually Shilshole. Shilshole has a 10 month wait list, so we’ll be waiting till the […]

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