Big boat projects can be tricky to complete. You have to be committed to getting the job done, but not at the expense of family and time on the water. Winter is a great time to get things done up here in the Pacific Northwest. I learned from past failures… Read the full post on […]
I’ve experienced it many times before and chances are you will too, that sinking feeling as your keel strikes bottom. You’ve run your beloved boat aground. So now what? Contrary to how you may be feeling, your boating day is not at all over. It is just getting started.
I’m sure many of the sailboat owners who keep up on Satori can recall a moment with their own vessel when they realize that this big and beautiful yacht can sink. Not only can it sink, it can sink quickly if there isn’t a way to automatically pump water overboard fast enough to keep up […]
People who don’t sail or voyage by boat are often very amazed when they hear of cruisers who go offshore for a year…or several. Their minds conjure up “The Perfect Storm” (which is actually a rare occurrence), and they think that you are doing something very brave. Our trip through Southeast Alaska and British Columbia […]
Update 7:00 p.m. Thursday: It’s here — or nearly so. And if it hasn’t hit you yet, here’s what Cliff Mass says it will be like: “The winds are going to hit suddenly and hard during the next few hours if you are in Puget Sound country.” In central Puget Sound, the winds are supposed […]
“Hard to port!” That was the last thing I said before the keel plowed a trench into the sand and gravel bottom near Port Townsend. We had just run aground. This is one of the biggest fears for any Pacific Northwest boater, especially for those who have yet to experience it. Though beautiful, our inland […]
Sailing Fair Dinkum home in February of 2012 was quite the experience. The boat had been on the hard for years and while the previous owned had assured us that the deck was “solid as a rock” we knew otherwise and made our deal accordingly. It was a typical winter … Read the full post […]