A special thank you to 48 North Magazine for publishing my piece, Exploring Local: Kilisut Harbor, in their February 2021 issue. Kilisut Harbor was my go-to destination for 2020 for reasons I’ll let the essay explain. You can get a subscription to 48 North Magazine or pick up a free copy at your local chandlery or marina. There’s also a cool article about a new Maritime High School, and it looks like… Read More
Category: Culture, Life in 240 Inches, Overnight Trips, The Salish Sea Tags: 48 North, Anchor, anchoring, Flicka 20, Fort flagler, holiday, Indian Island, kayak, Kilisut Harbor, Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay, Pandemic, port townsend, Port Townsend Bay, sailboat, sailing, Scow Bay, Washington State Park
I crabbed the inflatable kayak along the sand bar, looking for a channel. There wasn’t one. The current was against me, spilling over the wide breadth of the cut like a fan, the bottom visible a couple of feet below. I made for the eddies along the starboard shore, staying as close to the bank as possible. It was the inside of the dogleg and offered the most current relief. As I… Read More
Category: Culture, Overnight Trips, The Salish Sea, ThreeSheets Tags: aire, Flicka 20, Indian Island, kayak, Kilisut Harbor, Marrowstone Island, Mystery Bay, Nordland, paddling, port townsend, Restoration Project, sailing, Salmon, Sampaguita, Tidal Cut
My second attempt (actually my third, but #2 was un-noteworthy due to early becalming and retreat) to circumnavigate Indian and Marrowstone Islands entirely under sail with Sampaguita, my Pacific Seacraft 1985 Flicka 20, was a success. I departed at 1100 hours, raising the jib as I passed by Boat Haven Fuel Dock. With a full WNW wind and a flooding tide, I sailed down Admiralty Inlet under full sail, making great time. Rounding… Read More
Category: Culture, Life in 240 Inches, The Salish Sea, ThreeSheets Tags: Admiralty Inlet, anchoring, Bell Tower, Boat Haven, circumnavigation, Flicka 20, Indian Island, Marrowstone Island, Pacific Seacraft, Port Townsend Bay, Port Townsend Ship Canal, sailing, Tidal Currents
Bricolage – French for Do-It-Yourself! When S/V Breskell transited the Northwest Passage in the summer of 2019, there was a bit of bricolage along the way. The link below offers a new Resourceful Sailor article on Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, highlighting a few examples. Thanks to Tim Henry for publishing it. I hope you enjoy and thanks for checking it out. Click Here for a link to the article.
Category: Culture, Gear & Maintenance, Overnight Trips, The Northwest Passage, The Resourceful Sailor Series Tags: Alaska, Breskell, bricolage, Canada, France, French, greenland, helm, Labrador sea, Latitude 38, Lectronic Latitude, Newfoundland, Northern Pacific, Northwest Passage, Olivier Huin, port townsend, Resourceful Sailor, sailboat, sailing, staysail pole, tiller pilot, wine box, wooden boat
My landlubber friends sometimes snicker at me when I ride my folding bike. I hope it’s the bike that is drawing the attention. When compared to a conventional one, the proportions are all wrong. The wheels are small like a BMX bike, but the frame is trying to be adult-sized, with high-rise extensions for the handlebars and the seat. That’s why I have taken to calling it the Circus Bike. However, I… Read More
Category: Culture, Gear & Maintenance, June 2015, Life in 240 Inches, Overnight Trips, The Dock Life, The Resourceful Sailor Series, ThreeSheets Tags: bicycle, british columbia, Canada, circus bike, dahon, Dock, flicka, gulf islands, marina, pacific northwest, Pacific Seacraft, port townsend, princess louisa, propane, sailboat, sailing, Sampaguita, sanjuans, sechelt rapids, Stuart Island, turn point, Vancouver Island
Our route in Mapshare The total: June 26-Sept. 26, 2019 The refit: June 26-July 16 (21 days) The voyage: July 17-Sept. 26, 2019 (72 days) St. John’s, Newfoundland, CA to Port Townsend, Washington, USA, via Greenland and the Northwest Passage. The miles: 6658(ish) Nautical Miles The boat: Breskell – an old timey, lo-tech, cold-molded sled What is next for me? A million dollar question! But no worries….things have a way…..
Category: Culture, Overnight Trips, The Northwest Passage, ThreeSheets Tags: Alaska, Aleutian islands, bering strait, Breskell, Cambridge Bay, Canada, cold molded, Davis Strait, garmin inreach, greenland, Newfoundland, Northwest Passage, Nunavut, Olivier Huin, Pond Inlet, port townsend, sailboat, sailing
Another Resourceful Sailor Series article dropped on Latitude 38‘s online magazine, ‘Lectronic Latitude, on August 5th while I was away transiting the Northwest Passage aboard S/V Breskell. It’s called Sacrificial Sliding Hatch. It’s about a quick fix (band-aid) for the erosion that can occur on a Flicka 20 hatch over the decades. Thanks to Tim Henry for the publication(his name mistakenly appears as the author.) Click Here for a link to the article. … Read More
Category: Gear & Maintenance, The Dock Life, The Resourceful Sailor Series Tags: 'electronic latitude, Article, batten, companionway, Flicka 20, gel coat, Hatch, Latitude 38, Northwest Passage, Pacific Seacraft, Repair, Resourceful, sailboat, sailing, Sailor, Sampaguita
Small Boats – Big Adventures “How do you run a stern-tie setup when you have limited working and storage space on board?” This is one of the questions I asked myself in fitting out my Flicka 20, Sampaguita, for Pacific Northwest expeditions. “The Stern-Tie Setup,” published in the July-August 2019 issue of Small Craft Advisor, No. 118., explains how I answered this question. A special thanks to the staff at SCA and Duckworks. To… Read More
Category: Culture, Gear & Maintenance, Overnight Trips, The Resourceful Sailor Series Tags: anchoring, Canada, Duckworks, Flicka 20, gulf islands, July-August 2019, magazine, Pacific Seacraft, Polypropylene, Resourceful Sailor, sailboat, sailing, salish sea, Sampaguita, small craft advisor, Stern Tie
As the summertime approaches in the Pacific Northwest, I am reminded of my first Canadian single-handing expedition in Sampaguita, a 1985 Pacific Seacraft Flicka 20, to the Sunshine Coast. I had read about the cruising destination of Princess Louisa Inlet and fancied a look for myself. There are memories of stopovers, excursions, wildlife, people, sights, and sailing that have flooded back. Upon reviewing the photos, only a fraction of which are… Read More
Category: Culture, June 2015, Life in 240 Inches, Overnight Trips, ThreeSheets Tags: admiral ship supply, anchoring, Canada, cruising, false creek, Flicka 20, gulf islands, howe sound, marina, Marine Provincial Parks, orca, Pacific Seacraft, port townsend, Princess Louisa Inlet, sailboat, sailing, Sampaguita, san juan islands, skookumchuck narrows, South Sound Sailing Society, Strait of Georgia, sunshine coast, Thermal Winds, Vancouver, Washington State Park Moorage
Hi, thank you for stopping by. I have an article, “Life in 240 Inches, Living Aboard A Flicka” published in the northwest sailing magazine, 48ºNorth. Special thanks to editor Joe Cline and the Northwest Maritime Center for giving it a go.
Category: Culture, Life in 240 Inches, Overnight Trips, The Dock Life, The Resourceful Sailor Series Tags: 48north, adventure, circumnavigation, flicka, Flicka 20, living aboard, maritime, northwest, Northwest Maritime Center, Pacific Seacraft, port townsend, sailboat, sailing, Sampaguita, seattle, west coast