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How the tide turned on Doc Freeman’s

Lee Knudsen might have shaken his head and laughed at the sign announcing a liquidation sale at Doc Freeman’s in 2003. Over a half-century, Knudsen, his dad and Doc himself had built the store’s reputation for having any part for anything that floated. Read on for the sad tale of this historic store’s decline[…]

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No boon at boat show as uncertainty takes toll

No boon at boat show as uncertainty takes toll

The large crowds that packed the Seattle Boat Show’s opening more than a week ago—which sparked hopes that this year’s show might just beat low expectations—were nowhere to be seen on closing day. Chalk it up to the Super Bowl, but the aisles of the Qwest Field Events Center were downright lonely as more than […]

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Girls, get your nauti on (clothes, that is)

Every year about this time, I start getting a little piqued with winter and pine for those sunny weekends sailing around Puget Sound. So imagine my delight when I received an email this week inviting me to “Sail Away with this season’s Hottest Trend”—nautical chic (I think it meant the season that starts several months […]

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Living aboard has its moments

When a boat is home

I was a liveaboard. And I might be again. I spent four wonderful years living on my boat, Camelot, on Lake Union. I miss it and I don’t. I loved living aboard, but it’s a lifestyle that demands sacrifices of space, comfort and convenience. It’s been five years since I moved off the boat, but […]

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Welcome to Three Sheets Northwest

This website is the result of two former journalists spending many days on Puget Sound and wondering how to combine what we love best—sailing, traveling and writing. The region offers not only some of the best boating in the country, but also a rich maritime culture with endless stories to tell. We started Three Sheets […]

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Big crowd, big hopes

We went down to the Seattle Boat Show tonight to check out the invite-only kick-off and were struck by the strong turnout. So were organizers. They’d hoped to attract around 1,500 people but as of Thursday morning, more than 3,000 had RSVP’d. The atmosphere at Qwest Field Event Center felt more like a busy Saturday than a weeknight. Whether the […]

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Despite downturn, boatyards scraping for good help

Despite downturn, boatyards scraping for good help

Scott Anderson has seen many changes during his 30 years in the boating industry, but one fact remains frustratingly unchanged—the difficulty of finding skilled trades people to work on boats. If anything, says Anderson, co-owner of Seattle-based CSR Marine, more advanced technology and an ever-evolving industry have made it even harder. “In the last 35 […]

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Q&A: Meteorologist and author Cliff Mass

Q&A: Meteorologist and author Cliff Mass

If you follow weather in the Pacific Northwest, chances are you’ve heard of Cliff Mass. A professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, Mass is one of the best-known and well-respected meteorologists in the region. A recent talk at the UW drew a full crowd, and Mass’ blog is followed closely by weather […]

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