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Boat Notes | C&C 48 Morning Star

When the 1973 C&C 48 Morning Star sidled up to H-Dock at Shilshole Bay Marina around noon, not a breeze was blowing. Flags sat limp and, once stopped, even the anemometer atop her double spreader rig sat lifeless. It was an exceptionally warm spring day in the Pacific Northwest, though, and my hope was that any amount […]

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My Boat | Slappy

When Jacob Wilson decided to take up sailing as a sport and lifestyle, he jumped in with both feet first by purchasing his 1974 Clipper Marine 26 that he dubbed, Slappy. He then got a job in the boatbuilding industry and over the past nine years, Jacob and his wife have learned to sail Slappy on the Columbia […]

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Brace yourself! Cruise ship coming through

The weather in Ketchikan yesterday was pretty dramatic…but not for Ketchikan. It was raining sideways, and the wind was gusting to just over 40 knots. Even “protected” between the mountains behind us and the cruise ship in front of us, we were getting gusts t0 40 knots right here at city floats. We’d been working all […]

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My Boat | Double Trouble

How does Kingston to Bedwell Harbour by lunchtime sound? Pretty good to us. That’s all it takes for the Tucker family’s 2014 Armstrong 28 Double Trouble to cover big chunks of water while cruising the Inside Passage. Homeported on Lake Union in Seattle, Double Trouble is an aluminum, Expedition Series powerboat built in Port Angeles.  How […]

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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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