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Trumpeter sailing into Friday Harbor

My Boat | Trumpeter

When you’re 83-years-old and have owned 10 brand new sailboats, it’s really nice when that last boat is the one for you. Such is the case for Les Blackwell, the owner of Trumpeter, a 2008 Hunter 27. The boat is set up for him to sail easily and he’s spent time and effort to truly make it perfect […]

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Sailing upwind on a beautiful day in Seattle

Boat Notes | Hallberg-Rassy 39 Artful Dodger

Forty feet, one inch. That’s the length overall (LOA) of the Hallberg-Rassy 39. At that length it’s hard to imagine finding a center cockpit boat that doesn’t look like a floating wedding cake and actually sails well. Fortunately, in true Hallberg-Rassy fashion, they hit the mark on both styling and performance with this boat. Designed by noted […]

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Farewell to Puddler

After eight years of faithful service, our little Pram, Puddler is off to a new home. We had two dinghies and neither of them were up to the task of our trip next year.  They are great boats for cruising in the Salish Sea but we will need something that can handle beaching in surf and […]

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A review of our Hunter 386

When I was buying Never for Ever I noticed a distinct dearth of online info about Hunter 386s. They were only made for two years and, while very similar to the previous two models — the 380 and the 376 — I nevertheless thought there would be more information. But it seems Hunter owners are […]

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My Boat | Mary H

When longtime Seattle sailors, cruisers and liveaboards Al and Lou Hughes were looking for their dreamboat for transiting the Inside Passage, it turned out to be a design they’d admired a few decades prior. They’ve now owned the 1992 Florida Bay Coaster 55 Mary H for the better part of a year and after transiting up the coast […]

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