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Sailing Gwaii Haanas National Park

Gwaii Haanas is a protected area of Haida Gwaii, encompassing hundreds of small islands, forested mountains, and the Haida heritage sites. Few cruisers visit it, because of the time and effort of getting across Hecate Strait. We were pretty excited to be heading there after waiting out 5 days of gales in Sandspit. The highlights […]

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Wallace Foss Circa 1934 - cropped image from Foss Maritime Company Archives

Tug of the Month: WALLACE FOSS

The long-lived tug WALLACE FOSS was built in 1897 in Tacoma’s “Old Town” by Steven Barbare for use in the Klondike Gold Rush. She was originally designed as a passenger vessel and at first was christened the Oscar B. Gordon Newell’s 1960 comprehensive history, “Ships of the Inland Sea” lists her as rebuilt in 1899, from a […]

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Even the smallest anchorages can feel expanssive when all vessels stern tie. (Photo by Wilf Ratzburg)

Stern-tie angst

There are times, chatting with other cruisers, when someone says, sometimes as a confession, sometimes defiantly, that they don’t stern tie. You take a deep breath, or you don’t, depending on your nautical politics, and you ask: “Why?” The answer usually falls somewhere in between two responses, which can be loosely interpreted as: “it’s too […]

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Classic Weekend coming to Bell Harbor Marina

We’re fortunate here in the Pacific Northwest to have an incredible mix of classic wooden vessels, and many of them are set to be on display this weekend in downtown Seattle. The Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association is hosting the 22nd Annual Classic Weekend at Bell Harbor Marina on June 16-17. Featuring up to 50 […]

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Major mast work

In the last year I have had a number of issues with items in or on Grace’s mast. During a recent trip to Blake Island, the anchor light stopped working, and that was the last straw. It was time to dig deeper into fixing all of the issues. By this time, I had the following problems: VHF quality […]

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