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How to clean a winch

I have a confession: I love cleaning winches. It’s really weird, but the idea of cleaning a winch with a beer or two sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night. Taking apart a winch combines two of my favorite things among all boat tasks: 1) engineering – basic engineering skills in taking […]

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Captain Mike Oswalt at the helm of Freya

An emergency overheard on the VHF strikes a chord, and serves as a reminder to all boaters

We had left Nanaimo aboard Freya early that August morning. The forecast was for light wind from the south, providing a following sea for Freya steaming northwest for Baynes Sound. It was there I hoped to find a night’s anchorage at Henry Bay and take a swim in the warm quiet water off its white sand beach. Exiting Departure Bay […]

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