Island Time had the original vinyl coated stainless steel lifelines and old school pelican hook gates when we purchased her. The vinyl was in pretty rough shape, and you could see rust seeping out in places. I’ve heard too many stories of these things letting go without notice, so installing new lifelines was on our […]Read more "New Lifelines"
The 2014 Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race. About 200 nm from Astoria, OR to Victoria, BC. What a wet and wild ride. We started off in about 20 knots of wind and chop, which gradually built to 25-30 gusting 35 knots and swells maxing out at around 12-15 feet. Race records were broken all around. […]Read more "The 2014 Oregon Offshore International Yacht Race"
We lived on our boat for a while here on the Puget Sound. I wouldn’t call us seasoned live-aboards, but I felt we got enough of a taste of it to get a good idea of what it is all about. From 90 F and beautiful, to torrential cold monsoon rain, to sub freezing snow […]Read more "Things to Ponder Before Living on a Boat"
The Navigation Rules. They are the rules of the road for the water. It seems daunting at first, but it can be broken down into parts and easily digested over time. We spent several weeks just on The Navigation Rules as part of a captain’s license course I took. The Navigation Rules are divided […]Read more "Who has the Right of Way?"
Ever imagine what would happen if one of your engine throttle, shift, or stop cables were to fail? It would surely happen at the very moment a ferry was bearing down on you, when you were docking, or when you were going through the locks. I’ve heard from more than a few people of their […]Read more "Replacing the Diesel Engine’s Throttle, Shift, and Stop Cables"
The weather – I check it several times daily, even more when sailing or planning on it. Mostly for day sailing, not long distance passage making or anything. I commute by ferry, so I get a good chance to compare forecast versus actual almost daily crossing the sound. My two usual go-to sites are Weather […]Read more "WindyTy"
We recently helped our friends for a leg of their extended open-ended retirement voyage on their Passport 40. They started in Port Townsend, with the goal of their first leg being San Francisco. This was the first week of September, and there was abnormally disturbed weather along the coast, so their trip was broken into […]Read more "Newport OR to Crescent City CA"