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Hurricanes on the route to Hawaii — Weather vs. Climate

This is an even year, which means many transpac crossings in small boats from the US West Coast to Hawaii, sailing and rowing. We have the Victoria to Maui yacht race and the Pacific Cup yacht race and the Great Pacific Rowing Race. One issue on this summertime route is the chance of encountering a tropical storm or hurricane, together […]

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The crafting of a headliner

With a green Bic pencil tucked back behind my ear, I picked up the saw and rained dust throughout the makeshift workbench inside Yahtzee’s main salon. Music blared in the background as I fit the next piece in my linear game of headliner Tetris, and I stood back, took a sip from a cold Rainier and admired the view. It looked good. Better than […]

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Harnessing the sun: Solar power on a sailboat

Adding solar power to Violet Hour is something we’ve been meaning to do since returning from our cruise last summer and were having trouble keeping our batteries charged because we weren’t motoring enough. Most sailboats in the PNW do a lot of motoring, which allows their engine’s alternator considerable time to charge up the batteries. […]

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My first big mistake

It was in fact, not much of a mistake. Or maybe not a mistake at all. Really just a moment of inattention while trying something new that, compounded with a lot of other small things, snowballed; and then it all just seemed to gather more and more way as time progressed. I guess that’s how […]

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BoatUS: NOAA National Charting Plan looks to the future

There has been a lot made about NOAA shifting away from paper charts on this site and others. Here’s what BoatUS has to say on the matter… Many in the boating community have recently expressed concern after learning of a proposed plan for the “sunsetting” of paper navigational charts, which was listed among the National […]

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