Category Archives: NW boats and boaters

Sailing and Climbing the “Three Peaks” of Washington

How do you explain the attraction of the Pacific Northwest to a visitor? You might focus on the political, the cultural – or even the meteorological climate. Or you might begin with the geography – the physical shape of the … Continue reading

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Kayak-Building Classes Sell Out at Astoria’s Barbey Center

The restoration of Astoria’s abandoned railway depot by the Columbia River Maritime Museum (CRMM) in 2011-12 put this fine old building back on the map and added an architectural highlight to that rather desolate stretch of track. The depot was … Continue reading

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Vaquero: My 35 Years in D.I.Y. Trimaran Design

The boat in the title is a 21’/6.5m trimaran, VAQUERO, which evolved from the 19′ schooner VAKEA. It was built from a rough sketch in 1981 in 20 weeks, and first featured in Multihulls magazine the next year. I sailed … Continue reading

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2015: Fremont Tug’ 100 Years Service on Lake Union

1915 was a big year on Lake Union. The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the Chittenden Locks were about to connect the lakes and northern Seattle with Puget Sound and the Pacific Ocean. Activity on and around the lake had … Continue reading

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2011: Black Ball’s Port Angeles-Victoria Ferry Coho Turns 50

In 55 Years, MV Coho Has “Never Missed a Day!” As I write this, it’s May and the boating season is well under way in the Pacific Northwest. For the most active sailboat racers, that means they are preparing for … Continue reading

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1994: Small is Beautiful at Nexus Marine P.Marsh

After a few years, I think all of us develop a system for viewing the Seattle Boat Show. When I finally reach the main floor, my plan involves dodging between glittering runabouts and towering cruisers to find what Nexus Marine … Continue reading

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2011: “Around the Americas” Voyage Comes full Circle

It was the end of May 2010 when the 64-foot steel expedition yacht Ocean Watch set sail from Seattle on the 28,000-mile “Around the Americas” voyage–the first continuous circumnavigation of North and South American continents. One year and one week … Continue reading

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2011: Discovering the Secrets of B.C.’s Newcastle Island

Whether you visit Nanaimo BC. by sea or land, you should find time to visit Newcastle Island, the Provincial Marine Park that sits just a short distance from the city’s center. If you are berthed at the downtown marina or … Continue reading

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Remembering the Lightship Columbia

“The Coast Guard has signed the death warrant for the Columbia River lightship,” wrote Larry Barber at the end of 1979. Two congressmen had asked for “a reprieve,” he noted, after hearings in which fisherman and seafarers had voiced their … Continue reading

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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse–is 150 Years Old

Cape Disappointment is Washington’s Oldest Lighthouse There was a small ceremony this winter at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse that marked its 150 years of service to mariners. Cape D was the first light on the entire west coast, and all the … Continue reading

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