• R.W. Confer Racing at Olympia Harbor Days 2016 (Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images)

    Tug of the Month | R.W. CONFER

    R.W. CONFER was built in 1930 in Portland, Oregon by Albina Shipyards, Engine and Machine Works (founded 1900). Albina was later sold to Dillingham Ship repair. CONFER’s hull is an unusual design, but is unique to the Pacific Northwest towing community. It is a “tunnel ...

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After busy weekend, USCG urges use of lifesaving equipment

With big breezes and cold air and water, it has been an eventful few days for boaters and USCG crews on the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Coast Guard crews were involved in multiple incidences throughout the holiday weekend in Washington, responding to cases where mariners were ill prepared or, with tragic consequences, not wearing lifejackets. Late Saturday morning, the owner […]

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UPDATE: PNW sailors rescued after capsize in Caribbean 600 race

Just after 8 p.m. on February 19th, the Paul Bieker-designed catamaran Fujin, which hails from Seattle and had an experienced local crew aboard, capsized near the island of Saba during the RORC Caribbean 600 race. All eight crewmembers have been rescued and are safe. Here’s an interview with Fujin owner Greg Slyngstad courtesy of Louay […]

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Completed navigation panel

A few weeks ago I posted about redesigning the nav and electrical panel, and after a lot of planning and discussion, I made my final choices, placed orders, and submitted my front panel to be made. A week later everything arrived, and it was time for an epic weekend project to remove the old one, and […]

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Suddenly without steering

Losing steerage is stressful at the best of times. Losing it when hand-steering gnarly seas that threaten to broach the inattentive sailor, on day one of a four-day sail between countries where the sea state is likely to be worse before it’s better? Hectic! Here’s what happened when steering failed on our recent passage from […]

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Prepare for a Barefoot Raid!

Canada, prepare to be raided! Speed, hooting, and hollering are bound to occur, but no fear; northern waters will be free of the violence and destruction typically associated with the term. That’s because this particular type of raid is more like a progressive party at sea, conducted by participants aboard a group of sail and […]

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Resolute, a life of training and education at sea

Resolute, a Luders 44′ Midshipmen Naval Training Yawl which served the United States Navy and The Evergreen State College’s academic programs has been given a new life. In 1939, 12 Philippine mahogany planked vessels were commissioned by the Annapolis Naval Academy, built and delivered by the Luders Shipyard in 1942.  These wooden yawls operated for […]

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Kayaker rescues crabber from burning boat

Wow, this is quite a rescue! A kayaker takes matters into her own hands and sets out to assist a commercial crabber from his burning vessel. Glad everyone is safe… This video was apparently shot on January 31, 2018 near La Conner, Washington. Quote from the video post on YouTube: “A fisherman was trapped on a burning crabbing […]

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Patos Island Light Station,
an active aid to navigation in the San Juan Islands.
Active Cove is a favorite anchorage of fishermen and yachtsmen and the historic place for unloading supplies from the Coast Guard vessels. Photograph by the US Coast Guard.

Life at the Patos Island Light Station in 1959

Patos Island was discovered by a Spanish explorer in 1791. We trailed local author June Burn when she visited the island for an article for her 100 Days in the San Juans series for the Seattle P-I in 1946. Let’s return with well-known historian/journalist Lucile McDonald when she stopped to visit the resident Coast Guard crew manning the station […]

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