• Sky glows red as night falls over a popular Gulf Islands anchorage.

    Why cruise the Salish Sea?

    The Salish Sea and nearby waters offer some of the most beautiful cruising grounds on Earth. We are lucky to be able call it home. There are many reasons that people take to the sea coast for days and weeks on end. Some adore the ...

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Drones on sailboats

I’ve been flying quadcopters, more commonly now called drones, for about 5 years. Early on they were more of a fun hobby to try to learn, and less about quality pictures and video. In the last few years, that has completely changed, and you can now find drones in use for legit movies and photography […]

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Cruising to Anacortes to explore and taste

From its early days, the boating industry in Anacortes has been a large part of the city’s heartbeat. For visiting boaters, it has two well-run and well-staffed marinas — Cap Sante and Skyline — a wealth of marine services and is just a short hop from the San Juan Islands. But what even seasoned Anacortes visitors might […]

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Making gold leaf name boards

Ripple came to me with her name on her transom, but refinishing the transom on an earlier haul-out left her nameless, and my best intentions to renew the proclamation of her identity were defeated by the press of… well… sloth.  In defense of my failure, I did not want to have to re-apply the name […]

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Take a tour of the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding with OffCenterHarbor.com

The folks at OffCenterHarbor.com recently completed an excellent video tour of the beloved Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding in Port Hadlock, Washington. We’ve had a thorough tour of their facilities as well, and consider the school to be a true gem in the Pacific Northwest. Click here or on the image below to take the video tour. And […]

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Kitsap II was built by Joseph Supple of Portland for the Kitsap County Transportation Co. Original photo by Roger Dudley of Seattle, archived with the S.P.H.S.©

Mosquito Fleet Monday: Kitsap II wants to race

“The Liberty Bay Transportation Co, known locally as the“Farmer’s Line” gave serious competition to Kitsap County Transportation Co. with their steamers the ATHLON, MAGNOLIA, VERONA and the LIBERTY. Warren L. Gazzam and his associates of KCTC decided to build a very fast steamer that the “Farmer’s Line” could not compete with, and as a result, an […]

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The sailing we needed

With the red buoy off Bainbridge Island’s southeastern tip fine on the port bow, Yahtzee healed hard on port tack. A wet, blustery squall had just passed and in its wake left sunshine and a stiff 25-knot breeze that scuttled clouds quickly across the sky. Glancing down from the mainsail to see our speed, I couldn’t contain my smile when I […]

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Images from a beautiful and snowy Blake Island

After a delicious breakfast at Etta’s in Seattle yesterday morning, we headed across Elliott Bay to Blake Island State Marine Park. Sam and Kevin and I met up with several other brave winter boaters, and after a super fun potluck dinner last night, we woke up to a gorgeous snowy landscape. It was early, and […]

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Skol!