Tug Parthia salvaged, pulled from the water and ready for restoration. Photo by Karla Fowler.

Sunken historic tug Parthia raised, returned to Olympia

When Parthia, one of Olympia’s longest working and oldest tugboats sank in Hood Canal in early August, 2017 several members of the nonprofit South Sound Maritime Heritage Association (SSMHA) swung into rescue and refloat action.  More than three months later, on November 16, after hundreds of hours of planning and volunteer, donated and contracted work, and two […]

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Lighthouse 3.2 – Navionics auto routing and Fusion audio support

Raymarine continues to release updates to Lighthouse 3 on a fairly aggressive schedule. The latest is version 3.2 which includes support for three things I was very interested in – Navionics dock-to-dock autorouting, Fusion audio support, and upgrading other Raymarine devices. The update was released in late September 2017 and I have been using it […]

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Oops, we bought a project boat!

It’s winter, and for us that means it’s project season. Nearing 3 years of too many projects to count (but also a lot of sailing), I’ve been asking myself – did we actually end up with a project boat? While shopping for a boat, the one thing I was sure of was we didn’t want […]

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Wacky good times at Portland’s Wild Turkey Regatta

What kind of regatta combines rubber duckies, one-design fiberglass crafts, a stand-up paddleboard, and a gaff-rigged wooden boat? The Wild Turkey Regatta, of course. The Willamette Sailing Club, organizers of this wacky annual event, aim for a day on the water that “puts an emphasis on fun and ridiculousness.” And for about 20 years, the Wild Turkey […]

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More than surfing, it’s an adventure

Gliding over a thin layer of frost carpeting D-Dock in Seward Harbor, I had a little extra pep in my step walking towards Yahtzee. My excitement wasn’t due to another day of work on the boat, rather, it was at the thought of heading south into Resurrection Bay towards the ocean swell for some surfing. Yes, surfing. Sure, the air temperature was hovering […]

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HOWB 201 – Interview | Karl Kruger, first ever R2AK finisher on a SUP

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Today’s Hooked on Wooden Boats (HOWB) podcast is an interview I did with Karl Kruger of Kruger Escapes during the 2017 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend Washington. Karl is the first person to finish the 750 mile R2AK on a SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board). He completed the unassisted paddle in 14 […]

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R2AK announces a new Puget Sound event for 2018

As always, the folks at the Race to Alaska and Northwest Maritime Center (NWMC) are once again keeping fans, competitors and potential competitors on their toes for the 2018 event. Or should we say, events. The big announcement on Wednesday was the addition of a new race from Tacoma to Port Townsend, which will end just days before the […]

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What the heck’s going on aboard Yahtzee?

There’s been a lot of progress going on aboard Yahtzee these days. While Jill’s been working during the week, I’ve been getting as much done with the boys as possible and then when the weekends come, I’m on it. The thing is, I’ve found that even though a number jobs have been started, there aren’t many that have been finished. […]

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