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HOWB 156 – Interview | Jay Smith nordic boat builder on the virtues of wooden boats

Today’s podcast is an interview I did recently with Nordic traditional boatbuilding master Jay Smith of Anacortes, WA. Jay has several decades of experience building traditional Nordic clinker boats and was trained in Norway. In today’s podcast, Jay discusses the virtues, benefits, uniqueness, and attractiveness of building boats from a once living material. Click on the […]

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A salute to Coast Guard veterans

Today is Veteran’s Day, and around the country there will be commemorations, remembrances, parades and other events to honor those who have served. Among them are some number of former Coast Guardsmen. Although most boaters are aware, perhaps vaguely, that the Coast Guard is a military as well as a civil service, this unique status […]

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Summer 2014 in the Pacific Northwest

It was a warmer than average cruising season on most of the Salish Sea this summer; in Puget Sound, a scorching July drove the average high temperature up near 80 degrees for the summer, almost 10 degrees warmer than usual for the period. And after a ridiculously wet spring — March was the all-time wettest […]

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