The original route that I’d plotted down to Cabbage & Tumbo Islands took us on the outside of Gabriola Island, Galiano Island, Mayne Island, etc…to Cabbage & Tumbo which are on the outside of Saturna Island. We did this because we wanted to avoid going through Dodd Narrows with over 6 knots against us (and because […]
As often happens, when Rick Bunzel happened upon his 1999 Camano Troll 31, he wasn’t really in the market for a new boat. Now, after owning the boat for two years and cruising the San Juan Islands and British Columbia, he’s got his sights set on Alaska. Wild Hare is homeported in Anacortes, Washington. How […]
Are you headed to the Boats Afloat Show this weekend on Lake Union? If so, stop by and check out the largest and smallest cruising sailboats on the lot. Of course, there are a range of sizes of boats to see, and the biggest and smallest aren’t really comparable, but I was struck by how cool […]
I set the alarm for 4:30am yesterday morning in Ketchikan — after 4 (so we’d have the 4am weather report), but 4:30 for a little extra sleep since sunrise wasn’t until 6am. No point having more than about an hour of pre-sunrise cruising. The alarm went off, I checked the conditions (they looked good for […]
With Camdeboo’s main and yankee set, I steered south out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Oak Bay as the staysail was hoisted and trimmed. A two person job, it was done with the effortless precision of sailors who had obviously completed the task before in a variety of conditions, which is always a treat to watch. On […]
Today’s podcast is a recording I did with boatbuilder, restorer, sailor, pocket cruiser extraordinaire Marty Loken, during the 2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. We talked about the R2AK, SCAMP sailboats, Poulsbo boats, and lots of other fun stuff. Read the full post on Hooked on Wooden Boats.
Oftentimes the old saying, “the best boat for you is the one you already own” rings true for mariners. But in Mark Hancheroff’s case, the best one was just slips away in the very marina where he kept his old boat. Switching from a 1977 Carver Mariner 3396 to the 1983 Sea Ray 340 Sedan Bridge John Buoy has […]