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100 Years of History for Seattle’s Ship Canal and Locks

The Lake Washington Ship Canal and the locks that connect Lake Union to Puget Sound is such an integral part of the city that it’s practically impossible to imagine life without them. Whether you are boating, paddling or just strolling … Continue reading

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Is the Columbia Bar the Graveyard of the Pacific?

Whether you visit the mouth of the Columbia by boat or live here as I do, you can’t avoid the constant reminder that the Columbia Bar is the “Graveyard of the Pacific–the most treacherous stretch of water in the world,” … Continue reading

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Women Star in Trans Am Bike Race 2016

But Inept Reporting Left the World’s Cycling Fans Unaware! You would naturally expect there would be many adventures for the 66 intrepid cyclists who set off on the third annual Trans Am Bike Race on June 4, 2016 from Astoria on … Continue reading

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Cannons in 1846 wreck spent 162 years under Oregon beach

2014 discovery of Cannons Excites Town of Cannon  Beach The two half-ton cannons found on the Oregon coast have returned after a six-year restoration at the Center for Marine Archeology and Conservation at Texas A & M university. They were … Continue reading

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2014: Escape to the Olympic Discovery Trail by P. Marsh

Have you ridden the Olympic Discovery Trail? I hadn’t even heard of it until I reached Washington’s North Olympic coast on a “last-minute” bike tour this past September. In fact, it took a string of coincidences to put me on … Continue reading

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The Great Train Chase: How to Achieve your Cowboy Dream!

Some of my most memorable cycling moments have been entirely unexpected … like the time I found myself participating in that classic western scene — the train robbery! It was last summer and I was staying at Rockaway Beach on … 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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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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A Sailor’s Guide to R.V. Atlantis and “Inner Space”

Last year I had the opportunity to tour the 274′ R.V. (research vessel) Atlantis and its famous submersible Alvin while it was docked in Astoria. Alvin is probably the best known craft of its type in the world, having appeared … Continue reading

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