Arthur Foss passing Gasworks Park, Seattle (Photo courtesy of LG Evans Marine Images)

Tug of the Month | ARTHUR FOSS

The venerable tug ARTHUR FOSS has a long and storied history, encompassing deep sea towing, The Alaska Gold Rush, charter service with the US Navy in World War II, movie stardom, West Coast and Puget Sound towing, service with the Foss Launch and Tug Company (now, Foss Maritime Company), and participation in at least 17 […]

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Elea Acheson, carrying daughter LiLi, greets dock captain Ned Kohlhauff on the gangway. Acheson recognizes the sacrifices of living on a boat. For instance, late in her pregnancy, she could not use the boat’s small shower. But she loves the community and the lifestyle. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

‘Can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?’

We recently came across this interesting article in the Seattle Times about live-aboard life in Seattle. With the city’s ever-climbing housing prices, boats are a more viable option than ever. From a boater’s perspective, though, “can people actually live cheaper aboard a boat?” Wannabe boat dwellers are waiting up to three years for a spot in […]

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Vixen out cruising. Photo courtesy of Bruce Halabisky.

Interview | The 11-year voyage on Atkin designed Gaff Cutter Vixen

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s podcast is an interview I did with Tiffany and Bruce Halabisky during the 2017 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Tiffany & Bruce spent 11 years sailing around the world on their 34′ Atkin designed gaff cutter Vixen. During the voyage they had 2 daughters (Solianna and Seffa Jane) and the time […]

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Friends in slow places

Julie’s birthday was in April. For a present, I got her a mechanic. A friend of mine, who also happens to be a diesel mechanic, agreed to ride over to Friday Harbor with me to school us on the basic maintenance of a diesel engine. I have learned my way around gasoline engines, but there […]

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