Looking out at the huge, steel gray waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, I sat behind the helm of the Garcia Exploration 45 Arctic Monkey in awe. In the 30 plus knots of wind we were seeing, the boat’s autopilot, helped by twin rudders, kept us dead on course as we surfed at 10 to […]
Like many sailors, for Steve Allwine all it took to fall in love with sailing was that first lesson. Since then, he learned to sail on the Salish Sea and when the right boat came along, he snapped it up. Steve and family’s 2002 Hunter 326 Belldandy is the perfect boat for their coastal cruising adventures […]
Here’s a great video of the schooner Zodiac from the 2016 Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend along with the story of how she became a sail training vessel in the Pacific Northwest.
Check out this beautifully done video by Seattle based Arc Media Studios about the Schooner Adventuress and what she means to those who step aboard to sail her…
“Steer towards the wind and keep an eye on the tell tales.” I instructed as we sailed upwind on a breezy Lake Union. “When they both start to fly straight back, straighten your course and you’re sailing close hauled.” It had been a while since I’d taught any sort of sailing class, and even though […]
Before our 5-month trip up the Inside Passage to Alaska aboard Airship, we did some major upgrades to Airship’s electrical power system. Now, after five solid months on the boat – mostly away from marinas, here is a summary of how the system performed, what we learned, and what our “ideal” power system might look […]
“I thought you loved that boat,” my wife said when I mentioned that I was thinking of selling Terrapin. “When I looked in her log book, I realized that I haven’t rowed her since April.” My wife looked on, still surprised. “And, Terrapin is a great boat, but she’s not the most comfortable thing to […]