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Favorite San Juan Island Anchorages

Recently a friend asked what our favorite anchorages in the San Juan Islands were. Before I answer, you will need some context.  First, these are anchorages… not docks, not mooring balls.  We don’t like being tied to a dock, and Eolian is at the upper limit of what the State Park mooring balls allow, which [...]

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Got milk?

I got skunked the other day. I was at one of the big box home remodeling stores and picked up a gallon of paint thinner, since I was almost out on the boat.  Instead of a metal can or a translucent polypropylene container, it was in a white container.  I didn’t give that any thought [...]

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DIY: essential oils on board

We try to keep life simple on Totem: if we can make something ourselves, that’s always a better option than buying. Less waste is created, something on board is usually reused, and there’s probably more cash in our pockets. A lot of the everyday things I use have been made with essential oils. Because, hey, if you can also make something smell [...]

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Tranny Issues

This 34′ Panda was experiencing an overheated transmission of Cap Sante when they decided that discretion was the better part of valor. The owner happened to be a member of the Everett Navy Yacht Club where I gave a program several months ago.

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Star boats

Star boat ROWDY, Skipper Betty Osborne, July 1947.There is now space for 17 sailboats on this dock at the Seattle YC.Photo from the archives of the Saltwater People Historical Society© “Jack Graham and Ted Geary influenced competitive racing on Puget Sound with the introduction of the Star. The Blanchards built four Star boats in 1923. The [...]

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Bye Bye Baden

This photo was taken in front of the now defunct New World Boat Builders (dba Northern Marine) facility. This morning Baden was being loaded on a trailer and readied for transport.  There were a number of Nichol Brothers vehicles and employees about.

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Delorme inReach: impressive customer service.

  You are probably aware that I’m using a Delorme inReach SE this season.  I’ve been impressed with it too. On Friday I performed a software update and received a notice on the device that “This unit is damaged.” While I confirmed that all of the functions worked, I called Delome.  I also let them know [...]

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