Climb aboard with award-winning storyteller Captain Daniel (Dano) Quinn as he leads us in song and maybe spins one of his colorful and original seafaring yarns, collected over 30+ years at sea!
This much cold this early in the year is something we are just not accustomed to here in the Pacific Northwest. This is a bottle of Diet Coke that was left out on the deck because the refrigerator was full of Thanksgiving food. It was plenty cold out there – the Coke is frozen solid. […]
The quality of the racing on Port Townsend Bay continues to improve. To keep that trend going, the Port Townsend Sailing Association is sponsoring a Winter Sail Racing Seminar led by some of PT’s top racing sailors starting Monday, December 15th. The seminar will convene twice a month until we run out of topics. Dates […]
My research into tiller pilots suggested that they are pretty reliable devices, lasting many years for some users. Others, who relied on them for 24 x 7 blue water cruising, observed much higher failure rates, owing perhaps to greater number of hours used, but also to sun and rain. There seems to be some agreement […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]