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Cruising the Victoria area

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 […]

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Comanche underway at the Seattle Maritime Tugboat races. Photo courtesy of LG Evans Maritime Images.

Tug of the Month: Comanche

COMANCHE is the most recent US Navy or Coast Guard vessel to bear the name, a name that frames a storied nautical tradition. She was built by Gulfport Boiler and Welding Works of Port Arthur, Texas in 1944, commissioned, and designated an ATA (Ocean Tug, Auxiliary) with no name, as USS ATA 202. She supported […]

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Riding blissfully free at 60 degrees north

Sitting on a broad, sun-warmed pebbled beach, I gazed out at sweeping mountains with glaciers hanging in their valleys. Yahtzee bobbed just offshore in a sea so clear I could pick out every rock and piece of seagrass below. The boys splashed and swam in the water, jumping in and out, laughing, and I couldn’t help but revel in […]

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Sea Trials by Wendy Hinman Front cover with blurbs - 1000 Copy

“Sea Trials: Around the World with Duct Tape and Bailing Wire” chronicles a family’s shipwreck and extraordinary voyage

A shipwreck, poisonous snakes, dengue fever and the prospect of undertaking a restoration in blistering heat and punishing rains would be enough to prompt most sailors to surrender and head for home. But not the Wilcox family. Parents Chuck and Dawn and their children, 13-year-old Garth and Linda, 10, set out from San Francisco in […]

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Video: 2017 Tollycraft Rendezvous

For the past several years – thirteen to be exact – late June has found me cruising to the annual Tollycraft Boating Club Rendezvous at Roche Harbor in the San Juan Islands.  Each year is an opportunity to catch up with old friends, while making new, and checking out a bunch of beautiful boats.  This […]

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