Since I took up sailboat ownership I discovered the level of innovation with UHMWPE has been remarkable in the sailing world. I did not know that my background in rock and alpine climbing would pave the way into utilizing the same dynamic and static systems used for fall protection. There are four actors that are [...]
With fall rains no longer to be denied here in the Pacific Northwest, the summer cruising season is well and truly done. It was a good one, but now most boaters are securing their craft for winter’s storms, and thoughts are turning from next weekend’s adventure to that long, long list of boat projects that [...]
If you missed the high (and low) points of the Edensaw Boatbuilding Challenge at this year’s Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, fear not … in our hyper-documented age of digital wonder, someone inevitably made a video about it. It’s on YouTube and you can watch it right here.
This article describes the off-grid power system that I have implemented on the boat. I believe it’s a good template for those wanting to build their own simple off-grid power system for a cabin, tiny-house, van, RV, or boat. I used to work as an electrical engineer planning out twelve volt electrical systems for semi-trucks, [...]
Pictured above are three examples of sailing gloves we have thoroughly product tested* on a cruising boat. Two pairs are a little over a year old and are our second sets of the same brands since we started cruising. One pair is almost 10 years old. All have been used for sailing and also for [...]
Sailing on the cheap is a time-honored tradition in nautical circles. Spray was a rotting oyster sloop Slocum was offered for free. Tristan Jones practically made a career out of being broke and making do with what he could borrow or scavenge along the way. The Pinta was a secondhand caravel that Columbus had to [...]
If anyone tries to tell you that investing in solar panels in the Pacific Northwest is a waste of money, like they did us, they’re wrong. And we can prove it. Three years ago we added a solar panel array and have been tracking the benefits ever since. At the time, we only carried a [...]