Power Proa: A Home Built Dream Boat Realized
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by Ryan Samantha Carson
9h ago
A happy Gavin, mid-build. The atmosphere aboard the Schock 40 hurtling upwind in the dark through the Johnstone Strait was trepidatious, as the gentle hum of a motor carried forth on the lips of the churning sea, a sound barely audible above the howling, 30-knot wind. Lurching out of the tumultuous night was a vessel lacking navigation lights, thoroughly perplexing Team Angry Beaver as they approached—you guessed it—Beaver Point. As the spritely craft drew closer, it became evident that this was no ordinary vessel. A Russell Brown creation captained by an enigmatic friend of the Port Townsend ..read more
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Close to the Water: The Dock
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by Bruce Bateau
2d ago
The author does a test launch of his new Portage Pram at the Dock. Back in 2016, the Dock was the place to be. Designed for launching kayaks and rowing shells on an urban stretch of the Willamette River in Portland, it soon became the de facto summer sunbathing spot for the city’s young and beautiful. Arriving early on a Saturday morning, I would push my rowboat down the gangway on its wheeled cart, mount my oars, slide the boat into the water, and row away. The Dock’s 100-foot gangway led to a grippy fibergrate landing attached to a wave-washed wooden dock that sat about four inches above the ..read more
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View from the Water: My Race to the Straits
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by Matthew Gardner-Brown
1w ago
This year’s Race to the Straits (RTTS) had to have had the best wind in a long time, though it was a headwind race both ways. Sailing a J/88, I had been hoping for at least a downwind leg, as Sea Stories always enjoys the opportunity to go for a good run. Sunday’s breeze resulted in a memorable experience and one I’m happy to walk away from unscathed—I found myself in the water, leaving my daughter alone onboard during the doublehanded race in rough weather. Saturday had been a great day. We had wind most of the time with a couple of wind holes, the worst of which was at the finish where the ..read more
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Diesel Deep Dive: The Importance of a Mechanical Survey
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by Meredith Anderson
1w ago
When spring arrived, vessel purchase and selling season in the Pacific Northwest was upon us. I could tell because my phone exploded with phone calls from folks reaching out to me shortly after buying their boat with concerns that something wasn’t right. Many people purchasing vessels are very diligent about hull surveys during the purchase process, but few go much further than that. Hull surveys are extremely important, whether it’s for insurance or pre-purchase, and a good hull surveyor can help you avoid big problems and the big bucks that are often required to resolve those issues. Howeve ..read more
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Video: R2AK 2024 Race Recap
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by Editor
1w ago
Race to Alaska 2024 is in the books and as usual it brought forth a cast of characters and boats that couldn’t be found anywhere else! Enjoy this wrap-up video and a few words from the Race Boss. DAY DONE: A LETTER FROM RACE BOSS July 2, 2024 Let’s start with the facts. Forty-four teams started with dreams of glory and sea spray, fears of the rugged places, and pedaling-induced injuries. Of those, 32 aimed for the whole enchilada: the 750-mile gut-punch to Ketchikan. And to start the thing off, the Proving Ground didn’t disappoint. A perfect blend of (almost) Coast Guard-free waters and just ..read more
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Anacortes Race Week 2024
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by Stephanie Campbell
1w ago
The PNW’s flagship summertime event for fun, friends, and competition certainly delivered, with racing each day across an array of fleets, including the 6 Meter North Americans. The sailing world converged in Anacortes once again this year for the region’s flagship event, Race Week, with crews traveling from the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest. With five great days of racing and six fun nights of parties, it was worth the effort for sure, no matter your homeport. In the 6 Meter fleet, who were sailing the North American Championship for 2024, most of the crews came from Canada, and one cr ..read more
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Hikes for Boaters: Discovery Islands
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by Michael Boyd
1w ago
North of the Strait of Georgia and Desolation Sound and south of Johnstone Strait, the Discovery Islands fill most of the area between the British Columbia mainland and Vancouver Island. The area is a postcard-perfect cruiser’s paradise, and one of the dream destinations for this region’s boat folk. The gaps between the Discovery Islands are small, which makes for passages that have strong tidal currents—notable among them are Seymour Narrows, Dent Rapids, and Hole in the Wall. Piloting these passages in a small boat requires careful attention to the tide and current charts, and transit at th ..read more
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Four Boating Tips for July 4th
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by Editor
2w ago
It’s always one of the busiest boating days of the year, and the fun-meter will be in the red! But safety is as important as ever during this holiday weekend with big crowds, long days, and varied experience levels on all waters. Here are some good reminders from BoatUS for this wonderful time of year. According to the nationwide TowBoatUS on-water towing fleet, the busiest time of the year for America’s recreational boat owners is, hands down, the Fourth of July holiday period, which typically includes some days before and after the official holiday. It also may be the longest time many boate ..read more
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Destinations: Embracing Tracy Arm
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by Jim Burgoyne
2w ago
In our latest destinations installment courtesy of SalishSeaPilot.com‘s Jim Burgoyne, we discover the magic of Southeast Alaska’s Tracy Arm. Our crew was new to chasing glaciers, of course, but our expectations were not so high that we could get a decent view of Tracy Arm’s North or South Sawyer Glaciers. A few days before, in La Conte Bay, we had battled icebergs the size of pickup trucks, literally to a standstill, far from where we could get a view of its glacier. Try as we might, we could not find a way past the clogged ice that blocked the final turn in the twisting fjord, allowing u ..read more
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Tiller Extensions, A Fun-Through-Skills Case Study
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by Solvig Sayre
2w ago
Sailing is many things, encompassing an astounding array of diverse skills and avenues, but nobody would say it is easy. When you step foot into a boat you’re captaining for the first time, it is not unusual to spend time stuck in irons or spinning in circles—which is neither fun nor does it entice sailors to come back to try again. Whether your sailing passion or inspiration comes from the freedom to harness the wind, the possibility of a grand adventure, the challenge and camaraderie of racing, or something else entirely, your ability to control your boat in all conditions will allow you to ..read more
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