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Captain Charlie Long

Bard of the Broughtons

If you happen to be tied up at the dock at any smallish marina up in the Broughtons and see a tall, tanned fellow with a perpetual gleaming-white grin on his face swinging a guitar and musical equipment off onto the dock, march right on up to the office and arrange to stay for another [...]

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Not your usual patrol boat

Gordon Myers is active in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary — very active. An “auxiliarist” for the last 11 years, the 79-year-old cruises his Coast Guard Auxiliary patrol boat at least three times each week on Seattle’s Lake Union. But this one is not like most auxiliary patrol boats. It’s a single-seat Surfbike, pedaled and steered [...]

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From prison to the sea

No man will be a sailor who has contrivance enough to get himself into a jail; for being in a ship is being in a jail, with the chance of being drowned. A man in a jail has more room, better food and commonly better company. ~Samuel Johnson A hat tip to Port Townsend Sailing [...]

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Industry pioneer Hobie Alter passes away

Surfer, sailor, and commercial visionary Hobie Alter passed away last night at his home in California at the age of eighty after an extended battle with cancer. Best known in sailing circles for the ubiquitous “Hobie-cat” sailing catamarans, Alter actually had a greater impact on the surfing industry, having developed and popularized the fiberglass-skin, foam [...]

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