After clearing the Ballard Locks and the breakwater at Shilshole Bay Marina, we were greeted by a strong, cold 20-knot northerly sweeping down Puget Sound. With the flick of a line off a cleat and the pull of a sheet, Yahtzee’s genoa unfurled in a flash. Drawing us forward in a rush, I shut off […]
Nine days. That’s how much time lies between our warm, dry, comfortable home in Lakewood and living aboard a big drafty blue sailboat in the winter. We are feathering our floating nest preparing to move aboard during what is predicted to be a very cold winter in the Pacific Northwest. Brrr. It makes me cold […]
Here’s another great video by Three Sheets contributor Steve Monrad. Read the full post on The Tolly Roger Blog.
Here’s our latest installment from friend and guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Standing at the end of the public wharf, looking beyond Shoal Bay, across Cordero Channel and north up Phillips Arm, the view is about as lovely and dreamlike as they get in the Discovery Islands. Then you turn around, look up at the East Thurlow Island […]
The sound of the filter screen hitting the water inside the bilge was barely audible. What came from my mouth a half second later was clearly audible. This was about to go from a minor project to a major one — par for the course. I live on a 43-year-old Challenger 32 sailboat, Rubigale. There […]
I admit, I’m a bit OCD, and hang out with other folks who are as well. We like the boat as clean as possible when we’re at anchor or at the dock. While we’re underway, we tend to make a mess – food being prepped below, things going back and forth, and general use. Having […]
For the first few months aboard, every attempt to fabricate a part involved clearing a tiny space on the bench, plugging in a funky desk light, and trying to find tools that I had just seen only minutes before. This was demoralizing, so I finally fixed it. This post is a quick look at the Datawake […]