A sample of some of the gear we plan to take to Mexico.

The Sailboat Search Chronicles: Part 16 (Coffee, cribbage and the baggage of sailing safely)

I’ve become spoiled, I suppose. For years, I’ve been amassing equipment to make boating in the Northwest a little safer and more comfortable. For example, I rarely leave port without at least three ways to make coffee—a electric coffee pot, a stovetop espresso maker and my favorite, a stainless steel French press. I’ve always tried […]

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Century-old schooner schools sailing's hotrods

Century-old schooner schools sailing’s hotrods

As it usually does, last weekend’s Round the County race included some of Puget Sound’s sleekest, fastest racing sailboats. But in the end, no amount of Kevlar, carbon fiber or high-tech design made the difference. The annual regatta around San Juan County, among the most high-profile races in the region, was won by the 102-year-old […]

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Used boat sales showing new life

Used boat sales showing new life

While new boat sales in Washington remained dismal in the third quarter, price-sensitive boaters turned increasingly to the used boat market, with more buyers going out of state in search of deals. New boat sales dropped 23 percent over the third quarter in the number of units sold overall and nearly 30 percent in value, […]

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Guarding One-Six

Guarding One-Six

Few things come to grate as much on cruiser’s nerves as listening to the incessant chatter on the international VHF hailing and distress frequency, 156.800 Mhz on your FM dial, or channel 16 on marine VHF sets. In many parts of the world, the frequency is used and abused to capacity, with transmissions by users […]

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Round the County race delivers fun with fluky winds

Round the County race delivers fun with fluky winds

The annual Round the County race in the San Juan Islands has become one of the most anticipated fall races in the region, thanks to the great scenery, high level of competition and weather that always seems to prove challenging. This year’s race is delivering again.    Day one of the two-day regatta, hosted by the Orcas […]

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Got a Thanksgiving story worth telling?

Got a Thanksgiving story worth telling?

Do you have a funny, heartwarming, delicious or otherwise entertaining tale about Thanksgiving aboard your boat?  Then Three Sheets Northwest, your local online boating magazine, wants to hear from you! In preparation for this year’s Turkey Day, Three Sheets Northwest is collecting stories from readers about Thanksgiving afloat (Hey, the Pilgrims arrived by ship, right?). […]

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Event | Free Public Sail at CWB

Who: Center for Wooden Boats What: Our Cast Off! program allows visitors the chance to sail in classic boats. The boats we use include: Admirable, a Bristol Bay Gillnetter, Amie, a Friendship sloop, Colleen Wagner, an Egret Sharpie, our long-boat Discovery, our New Haven Sharpie Betsy D, or a visiting classic. Where: The Center for Wooden […]

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