The 2017 Seattle Boats Afloat Show at South Lake Union is on the horizon, and it looks like there will once again be plenty of new boats to peruse at the West Coast’s largest floating show. This year’s event gets underway at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 14 and runs throughout the weekend, closing at […]
Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Our conversation falls away, running low on gas, the old fellow sighs, the dock cleat at his feet getting a little kick as we think of something more to say. I’m a lousy conversationalist at the ...
When I first sat down to write this post, I thought I’d share a little about why we chose our 1984 Grand Soleil 39, why we named her Yahtzee and what some of our favorite things have been about her over the past five years. But the more I wrote about favorite pieces of gear and things […]
The crew of Seattle-based SV Pardon My French sent us this fun video from this year’s Swiftsure International Yacht Race…enjoy!
Grace became part of our family in 2015 and had decent bottom paint on her during the survey. At the time, I was told she had just been painted, so I waited until this year to have her pulled again and to do some maintenance. In about a week, I leave for a 2 week stint […]
Perhaps the most idyllic physical features in Washington are concentrated in the San Juan Islands. Here is a natural topography encompassing more than 150 islands, considered by many persons to be unsurpassed for natural beauty and interest. Early-day commercial transportation among the islands, with its colorful sidelights, is recalled by Mary Kasch Nollan. Mary’s father, […]
We took the boat up to Sidney, BC to have some brightwork and engine work done back in early March. The folks up there had it for about six weeks. We had all the window frames painted, much of the exterior teak varnished, and engines serviced. It took us two days (well…a day and a […]
On the night of October 6, 2016, USCG boatswain’s mate Jacob Hylkema volunteered to jump into the cold Pacific Ocean near Long Beach, Washington and swim to the aid of a sailor who’s legs had been wrapped in a heaving line during rescue. Battling 18- to 20-foot breaking seas, Hylkema swam more than 150-feet to reach […]
I woke early on Sunday morning. It was 4:33 a.m. when I rolled over to illuminate the clock next to our bunk. After a few deep breaths, I was up. Jill had preceded me and water was coming to a boil over a blue flame on the stovetop while I did engine checks, switched on instruments and lights, and headed […]
Traveling can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. For many boaters afflicted with wanderlust, a steady job can seem like a life sentence as we rush through tasks on our to do list like drones when we really want to be exploring the incredible richness the world offers. My husband and I yearned […]
We had a couple extra days in our schedule in the Victoria area, so we spent two nights at Becher Bay (around the corner from Race Rocks), doing some fishing both mornings. The point off Becher Bay is a fishing hotspot, and there were 40 small fishing boats out there with us. Since we were […]