That Port Townsend is a world-renowned center for nautical knowledge and training is a point of long-cherished pride in the local boating community; that the Northwest Maritime Center there has served as a focal point for this knowledge in recent years is becoming increasingly clear. The center itself has been working to establish itself firmly [...]
I have always loved the song from Mary Poppins, Just a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down. Now that Emily has her own boat I have the fun of teaching her to maintain it. [...] more Post and any images courtesy of Art of Hookie.Read the full post on Art of Hookie.
This article describes the off-grid power system that I have implemented on the boat. I believe it’s a good template for those wanting to build their own simple off-grid power system for a cabin, tiny-house, van, RV, or boat. I used to work as an electrical engineer planning out twelve volt electrical systems for semi-trucks, [...]
Pictured above are three examples of sailing gloves we have thoroughly product tested* on a cruising boat. Two pairs are a little over a year old and are our second sets of the same brands since we started cruising. One pair is almost 10 years old. All have been used for sailing and also for [...]
SWINOMISH CHANNEL SOUTH ENTRANCE – Severe Shoaling reported The entrance to the southern Swinomish Channel has a history of shoaling, therefore, mariners are advised to transit this waterway at the highest tide possible and exercise good seamanship and voyage planning. Multiple vessel grounding has occurred in the channel westward of Goat Island between Swinomish Channel [...]
Flag etiquette rules aren’t required as a cruiser, but you should know the basics to avoid embarrassing yourself or offending others. Beyond that is up to you, but there’s a whole language to flags that is interesting to learn. As a fan of flag etiquette. I like to think I know a few things about flags, but I learned [...]
As someone who is about to transit the notoriously shoal and narrow Swinomish Channel, it came as a pleasant item of information to hear that the next round of dredging has been scheduled. Unfortunately, we’re going through it tomorrow, and the dredging isn’t scheduled to start until late next month. Unless we inadvertently stray into [...]