Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg)

Stern-tie angst

There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that they don’t stern tie. You take a deep breath, or you don’t, depending on your nautical politics, and you ask: “Why?” The answer usually falls somewhere in between two responses, which can be loosely interpreted as: “it’s too […]

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Classic Weekend coming to Bell Harbor Marina

We’re fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to have an incredible mix of classic wooden vessels, and many of them are set to be on display this weekend in downtown Seattle. The Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association is hosting the 22nd Annual Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina on June 16-17. Featuring up to 50 […]

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Major mast work

In the last year I have had a number of issues with items in or on Grace’s mast. During a recent trip to Blake Island, the anchor light stopped working, and that was the last straw. It was time to dig deeper into fixing all of the issues. By this time, I had the following problems: VHF quality […]

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Wild Card in full project mode.

The R2AK horizon is here for Team Wild Card

I strolled down the dock with disbelieving eyes. It was the start of the inaugural R2AK and a mere 12 hours before the race the participants were adjusting, fixing, repairing or building things. Big substantive things. These weren’t just tweaks. Rudders, drives, and other key parts of the boat were being installed or re-worked at […]

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Packaging our provisions.

No fridge, no problem for ‘Caro Babbo’

Thanks to John Juliano aboard SV Caro Babbo for this piece on going with out refrigeration while cruising. “They cheat. They have a freezer,” Jennifer said with surprise and betrayal. She was reading an article about provisioning in Three Sheets Northwest calling out the high points and places where I, as cook and provisioner, had fallen […]

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