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Dodger drama and other pre-departure fun

In a scant four weeks I expect to pass through the Ballard Locks heading to Sitka.  I’ve carefully organized my task list so as to maximize the drama of these last few weeks.  Spring varnishing is underway,  and it looks like the weather for that will cooperate.  Why settle for the unvarnished truth when you […]

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How to get free NOAA weather forecasts sent directly to your computer

The weather “is a matter about which a great deal is said, but very little done.” It’s a brilliant quote that’s usually attributed to Mark Twain but was actually said by his friend, Charles Dudley Warner. Regardless of where it came from, it’s true: There’s very little we can do about the weather, except prepare […]

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How to polish your fuel

We were motoring up Fitz Hugh Sound along the Central Coast of British Columbia last June, making our way to Ocean Falls, when the engine started hunting, fluctuating 150 RPM from where it was set. It’s always a concern when there’s something going on with the motor, but the symptoms were consistent with a dirty […]

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