‘Tis the season…for boat fires!

December 12, 2014

Great post over at Windborne in Puget Sound. Some shore-power plugs have thermal protection that opens the circuit if the plug gets too hot. SmartPlug is the one I’m most familiar with. Every winter there are boat fires – fires which rapidly lead to marina fires except in the most fortunate circumstances.  And these fires […]

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“Boats of Note” at the 2015 Seattle Boat Show

December 5, 2014

Tickets are on sale now! Northwest boaters are a very fortunate lot. The Pacific Northwest and British Columbia are home to what is arguably the greatest variety of boating in the world. And the Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, reflects that variety. Unique to the show is the wide range of boats and accessories […]

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DIY pot skirt for $.99

May 12, 2014

Long-time readers will recall (from here and here) that while I’m happy with my little Coleman Fold-N-Go stove, in any kind of breeze its performance suffers. I’ve been meaning to build a “pot skirt” for…well..for YEARS. In the meantime, we usually lower our stove into the cockpit to obtain some shelter from the wind, like […]

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Synthetic AIS coming to Puget Sound

April 2, 2014

I’ve been following this technology for a long time (since 2007, apparently), so I’m especially excited to see some implementation right here in my own home cruising ground. Scott Wilson has the story over at Three Sheets Northwest: The most recent Coast Guard District Thirteen Local Notice to Mariners (LNM) has advance notices for three […]

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Lessons learned from a small boat fire

February 28, 2014

We had a big multi-boat fire here in the Pacific Northwest recently. It has served as a reminder to many of us about the risks of fire aboard, particularly on unattended vessels. But what about occupied vessels? How does that play out? Heidi Hackler has this interesting and educational post over at Three Sheets NW. […]

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My newest YouTube addiction: Untie The Lines

February 26, 2014

I’m addicted to YouTube. I love the Russian dash-cam footage of accidents and near misses. I love the London bicyclists who share their confrontations with other road users. I love following Seattle’s own masked superhero in his fight against crime. I love “fail” compilations. But beyond all the banality and schadenfreude, I also subscribe to […]

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Marine communications gear roundup

February 18, 2014

Over at Three Sheets Northwest, Scott Wilson has a good roundup of the current state of affairs in marine communication gear. A quick excerpt to whet your appetite… Despite the push-button gee whiz factor of DSC, however, it hasn’t sparked a revolution in VHF communications, at least on the Salish Sea. And some of the […]

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Offshore communication: satellite phone or SSB?

February 3, 2014

Here’s a great write-up by Behan over at the Sailing With Totem blog: What’s better on board: a satellite phone or an SSB? If you have to choose only one, what should you do? I talked through this a few times during morning jogs with a new cruiser recently. She and her family bought a […]

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More on the state of sailing: New boats, but where are the new boaters?

January 31, 2014

Here’s an interesting follow-up to yesterday’s item on the decline of sailing. Turns out there’s an entire discussion occurring here in the Puget Sound region about this topic… The Oceanis 38 can be seen, in some regards, as a response of the industry to some of the issues that Three Sheets Guest Dock contributor Robert […]

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State of sailing in the US: Declining

January 30, 2014

A worthwhile read over at Robert Salnick’s blog: State of sailing on the Salish Sea: close of the 2013 season We attended the Seattle Boat Show this last Sunday, which bills itself as the largest boat show on the west coast.  Sadly, each year the fraction of the dock space devoted to sail in the […]

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