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A tale of two toddlers

s/v Yare (image cadged from svyare.blogspot.com) The Center for Wooden Boats has a Third-Friday Speaker each month for most of the year.  This month’s event was a particularly timely topic for me.  Tor and Jessica Bjorklund spoke on the topic of sailing the Inside Passage to Alaska… with two toddlers! Their boat, s/v Yare, will […]

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DIY: A classic boat gets a new tiller pilot

I have hovered over the acquisition of a tiller pilot for several years, once having even manufactured a mounting point for one.  I didn’t install it.  Misgivings about its non-traditional complexion and fear of the siren-call of creeping complexity stayed my hand. Last summer convinced me that cruising alone without one is inconvenient, and possibly […]

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SCAMP enthusiasts can build their own boats at SCAMP Camp, to be held in Port Townsend in early August. Photo by Debra Colvin

Howard Rice on the SCAMP micro-cruising phenom

On this week’s episode I had the opportunity to sit down with Howard Rice of the Small Craft Skills Academy. We met up at the NWMC during SCAMP Camp #5 in Port Townsend, WA. At the top of the discussion (of course) was the SCAMP and the newest development in self-rescue – the “elevator”, to get […]

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November 10, 2014 – San Diego Part 1

We left Oceanside on November 7th at about 6:30am and headed south on extremely smooth seas.   In 4 short hours we were at Mission Bay where we pulled in to refuel.  We are set now getting to Cabo and beyond (we won’t be visiting a fuel dock again likely until spring).  In Mission Bay […]

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Columbia magic

It was a doggone lazy day on the river. There was barely a tickle of wind, but given a sunny, 60 degree day in early November, Don thought it would be fun to launch his sailboat, Over Exposed, anyway. So … Continue reading →

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