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"
We had two sailing buds with their seven month old from Portland come up and enjoy Thanksgiving with us. The plan was to head to Blake Island for Thanksgiving and spend the night – with a couple of bail out options in case the weather was bad. Luckily, we couldn’t have asked for better weather. […]Read more "Thanksgiving 2015 – The Stores Were Closed on Blake Island, so no Black Friday Shopping for us"
My very first soft shackle lesson was at the 2015 Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival. Brion Toss was having an impromptu lesson on how to make a soft shackle. There are a few different versions of soft shackles that you can make. Do an internet search and you will find them. The shackle demonstrated here […]Read more "The Soft Shackle"
Yes, another blog post about winch servicing. I don’t claim to be an expert, this is only my story… What do I care about my winches? Your winches are unsung heroes, performing their grunt work thanklessly. But, imagine what would happen if a pawl were to give way under a heavily loaded genoa in 25 […]Read more "Service Your Winches!"
You’ve gotta take advantage of weekends like this when you can this time of year – unless you prefer your sailing with 40 knots of wind, rain, and 6 foot seas. This weekend was great, if not brisk, it was sunny and there was good wind. We took Island Time out this weekend. Saturday, it […]Read more "Agro Boat Driver, Orcas, and a Trip to the Gas Station"