Flags adorning masts at the Seattle Boat Show waved in the wind as show-goers walked the docks at South Lake Union gawking at shiny new boats. Sailing at a steady clip in a shifty breeze, we tacked the 1984 Swan 46 Swansong up close to the Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) and then cracked […]
Rain pelted the hood of my jacket as I walked through the parking lot at Shilshole Bay Marina. The day was cold and it felt like the precipitation could very quickly turn to snow. Flags and burgees hung lifelessly and the fairways were flat calm — it was certainly no day for a test sail, […]
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As we sailed westward away from the Seattle skyline, I switched the autopilot on and scooted forward under the comfort of the hard dodger. Looking back from my sheltered position in the center cockpit, the cool breeze coming off Puget Sound faded and the warmth of the fall sun kept me from pulling on a […]
I’ve long been intrigued by power cats. Sleek, efficient, roomy and fast, their appearance has always given me the sense that they’d make an ideal cruising boat to gunkhole through island chains or explore coastlines. My curiosity was piqued when I captained and instructed on a couple new 47-foot Moorings power-cruisers in the Caribbean a […]
“The design of the Morris 36 by Chuck Paine is as perfect as I have seen. I could own this boat with absolutely no change.” This ringing endorsement was part of legendary yacht designer Bob Perry’s design analysis column in Sailing magazine when this 36-foot Maine-built beauty hit the market in the mid-1980s. I’m certainly […]
“Boat Notes” is a collaboration between Three Sheets Northwest and Swiftsure Yachts to bring you an inside look at interesting new and used boats. As I write this hours removed from walking through a dozen or more boats at the 2015 Boats Afloat Show in South Lake Union, the one feature that keeps coming to mind is a […]