Rain pelted the hood of my jacket as I walked through the parking lot at Shilshole Bay Marina. The day was cold and it felt like the precipitation could very quickly turn to snow. Flags and burgees hung lifelessly and the fairways were flat calm — it was certainly no day for a test sail, […]
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As we sailed westward away from the Seattle skyline, I switched the autopilot on and scooted forward under the comfort of the hard dodger. Looking back from my sheltered position in the center cockpit, the cool breeze coming off Puget Sound faded and the warmth of the fall sun kept me from pulling on a […]
I’ve long been intrigued by power cats. Sleek, efficient, roomy and fast, their appearance has always given me the sense that they’d make an ideal cruising boat to gunkhole through island chains or explore coastlines. My curiosity was piqued when I captained and instructed on a couple new 47-foot Moorings power-cruisers in the Caribbean a […]
“The design of the Morris 36 by Chuck Paine is as perfect as I have seen. I could own this boat with absolutely no change.” This ringing endorsement was part of legendary yacht designer Bob Perry’s design analysis column in Sailing magazine when this 36-foot Maine-built beauty hit the market in the mid-1980s. I’m certainly […]
“Boat Notes” is a collaboration between Three Sheets Northwest and Swiftsure Yachts to bring you an inside look at interesting new and used boats. As I write this hours removed from walking through a dozen or more boats at the 2015 Boats Afloat Show in South Lake Union, the one feature that keeps coming to mind is a […]
With Camdeboo’s main and yankee set, I steered south out into the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Oak Bay as the staysail was hoisted and trimmed. A two person job, it was done with the effortless precision of sailors who had obviously completed the task before in a variety of conditions, which is always a treat to watch. On […]