When other boaters learn that I live on a 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, a 20-foot sailboat, they tend to raise their eyebrows. For the record, it’s not a stunt. The answer to the title is simple. I could not justify the expense of renting an apartment, marina fees, and paying for a boat’s upkeep. None of those could be considered an investment with the hope of monetary return. I was on the… Read More
Sampaguita is the name of my 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20. She had that name before I ever met her. Who am I to change a 28-year-old’s name? Admittedly, I did not know what it meant before I met her and it turns out, very few Americans are hip to it’s meaning. Sampaguita is the common name for Jasminum sambac (Arabian jasmine) in the Philippines. It is their national flower. Apparently, it… Read More
Approaching Nootka Sound It’s heady sailing to a place Captain Cook sailed to. Nootka Sound, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, was that place for me. When I left Port Langford on the north side of Nootka Island, headed south, I was undecided whether to go on the outside or inside. With the morning winds light, I headed for the inside. However, they picked up before I had gone very far, so… Read More
United States Maritime Academy U.S. Coast Guard Approved USCG Captain’s License Course Masters & OUPV (Six Pack) 100 Tons Sailing & Commercial Assistance Towing Endorsements Classes A special thank you to Captain Jeff Sanders for his experience and leadership, Captain Jennifer Sarthou for her attention to administrative detail, Captain Rip Knot for his technical and moral support and Lucas for being a leader’s Little Brother. Also, thank you to the Center For… Read More
Oh Joe, you’ve never launched a boat from a trailer, but you have witnessed it being done many times. You are not an expert to give advice on the subject, but as a “lookie-loo” you have seen a thing or two. You do know the procedure involves special knowledge which anyone attempting should consider. Here is an example. One spring day, having just hand launched your old Grumman canoe on Lake Washington… Read More
I connected with an old friend from New York and he sent me these photos from 2008. We were out on New York Harbor in a Charles Whitholtz Departure 35 named Naima on a sunny October afternoon. Thank you, Bob.
Oh, Joe, everyone needs a tow sometime! Engine failure is the most common reason for needing a tow. It’s happened to you, it’s happened to your friends, and you hear about it while monitoring VHF channel 16. It is never convenient and the saying, “it is better to give than receive,” usually applies. There are tow companies available, but unless you have the insurance, it is an expensive service. Also, depending on… Read More