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Dodger drama and other pre-departure fun

In a scant four weeks I expect to pass through the Ballard Locks heading to Sitka.  I’ve carefully organized my task list so as to maximize the drama of these last few weeks.  Spring varnishing is underway,  and it looks like the weather for that will cooperate.  Why settle for the unvarnished truth when you […]

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Salish Sea Pilot releases updated ‘Almost Free’ guides

Salish Sea Pilot has just released its 2015 Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands and Desolation Sound cruising guides. The guides are completely rebuilt and will soon be followed by guides to Puget Sound and the Sunshine Coast. Nothing feels more altruistic than offering cruising guides as free downloads. And it made the folks at Salish […]

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Navigating with Google Earth

Moving south from Uligan, we used Google Earth in conjunction with our primary chart plotter (OpenCPN) to help navigate to our second anchorage in the Maldives. Google Earth is a great tool for cruisers, helping when chart accuracy is in question, or to benefit from the different kind of information provided by satellite images. The […]

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Hale's Revenge in Honolulu before the departure. Photos courtesy of Kevin Jones

Part I: Hale’s Revenge delivery skipper recounts wave ‘like nothing I’d ever seen’

Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series. The second installment will run tomorrow, March 27. Experienced sailors sucked in their breath and shook their heads when Three Sheets Northwest first reported the loss of the 32-foot Islander Hale’s Revenge 800 miles out in the Pacific last October. Her three-man crew was rescued […]

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How to get free NOAA weather forecasts sent directly to your computer

The weather “is a matter about which a great deal is said, but very little done.” It’s a brilliant quote that’s usually attributed to Mark Twain but was actually said by his friend, Charles Dudley Warner. Regardless of where it came from, it’s true: There’s very little we can do about the weather, except prepare […]

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