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This is the S/V CARLYN docked at Shilshole Bay Marina in Seattle. I am working on this boat for the spring of 2019 as Mate/Nautical Educator for Salish Sea Expeditions, a boat-based, scientific inquiry forum for youths. SHIP SPECIFICATIONS Displacement: 42,000lbs Construction: Wood-strip plank with epoxy overlay; built 1995 by Scarano Boat Building; Albany, NY Length Overall (LOA): 62ft Length at Waterline (LWL): 52ft Sail Area: 1,450 sq ft. Auxiliary Engine: 75 horsepower… Read More

  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

  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, 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

Oh, Joe, you invited two friends for a day on your sailboat. They invite you to their house. This is your way to give back. It is a beautiful, hot, Saturday afternoon as you make your way to Lake Union in Seattle. The lake is alive with people and the air of great times is all around you. People are jumping from boats, swimming, and lounging on floaties. One of your guests… Read More

The Last Age of Sail I awoke to a generous amount of wake as fishermen were coming and going from the Kingston Marina. No matter though, I was not interested in hanging out. I weighed anchor at 8:35am and with a light SE breeze and sailed from of the anchorage. I tacked out of the cove against the waning flood and sailed east toward Point Wells. The going was slow and 3… Read More