Deborah and I are underway, bound for Langley for a few days. Any Three Sheets Northwest readers in the area, we’d love to meet you. Plan to stay at the marina. So stop by this afternoon. Or hail us on 16.
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Okay, I know that the economy is hurting and the state doesn’t have a lot of extra money lying around, but what’s up with letting our ferries look this shabby? We snapped this picture of the Hyak yesterday at Friday Harbor. Just look at the rust covering the sides. It’s embarrassing. Washington state ferries are one of the iconic [...]
I guess you’d call this the shoulder season; at least that’s how it feels to me. We just cruised past the spring Equinox and sprung forward an hour for daylight savings time. Winter is definitely behind us, but the warmer days of summer and high boating season still lie ahead. This is the time of [...]
The docks are a cold and forlorn place this time of year, grey and wet and whipped by unfriendly winds. It’s a far cry from summer, with people wandering up and back, voices and music always in the air, the sound of power tools and laughter carrying across the water on the weekends. There are [...]
I am constantly amazed at the energy and industry exhibited by fellow boaters at our marina. The forest of lighted masts and stays that have sprung up around the docks are a testament to boaters braving the frigid temperatures (ice in the slips! that’s two years in a row, bring on the global warming already!) in the last couple of weeks to string them up. And as if that weren’t enough, scads of them have been out on the water with their colorful decks, spreading Christmas cheer around the city and sound with lights and music.
Scott Wilson of Late Entry has discovered a great way to while away cocktail hour at your favorite busy anchorage or marina—a bingo-style game called SailO. The brainchild of East Coast cruiser Peter Roach, the game requires only a VFH tuned to Channel 16 and a customized bingo sheet. Here’s a little information to whet your appetite. [...]
Few things come to grate as much on cruiser’s nerves as listening to the incessant chatter on the international VHF hailing and distress frequency, 156.800 Mhz on your FM dial, or channel 16 on marine VHF sets. In many parts of the world, the frequency is used and abused to capacity, with transmissions by users [...]