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Photo taken off the Washington Coast when a tug was 
attempting to get a line aboard during heavy weather.
AP Wire Photo from the archives of the S.P.H.S.©

Schooner Commodore races against leakage from Puget Sound around Cape Horn

“A modern day counterpart of Mutiny on the Bounty was disclosed by a seaman who returned here after a tortuous 143-day voyage in a leaky four-masted schooner with a captain who was partially ‘out of his head’ with a brain tumor. The scene of the marine drama was aboard the once proud schooner Commodore, famed […]

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Boathook overboard! Practicing COB maneuvers will help if it happens for real

Sailing on a beautiful broad reach northward up San Juan Channel this spring, we managed to lose our only boathook overboard. Not wanting to lose a good boathook, and seeing the opportunity to practice a crew overboard maneuver, we quickly jumped into action to retrieve it. Here is how we successfully picked up our boat hook using a very basic […]

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How to fix cracked gelcoat corners

Have you ever done fiberglass layup? If you have, then you know how difficult it is to get the wetted cloth to follow a sharp outside corner tightly, with “sharp” being a variable depending on how heavy the cloth is.  It tends to spring back, leaving a gap underneath. Well, boat manufacturers have the same […]

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