Multiple Washington Sea Grant Workshops Upcoming

The folks at Washington Sea Grant have a busy schedule of interesting and important workshops this fall — relevant to recreational and commercial mariners alike. The three next opportunities are in Westport, Seattle, and…

Casting Off: Adding Personal Touches Aboard

Ariel comes out of the water; what surprises will they find? When my wife, Laura, and I were searching for our first boat after moving to the Pacific Northwest, we spent hours reviewing the qualities and characteristics of…

A Reluctant Bilge Dive Reveals Big Trouble

Even a well prepared boat like Rounder can have some gremlins lurking in its deepest, darkest corners. Our 1984 Passport 40, Rounder, has a deep bilge. Of course, I’ve looked down into the well at the aft end of it before…

WDFW Seeks Public Input on Rules for Vessels Operating Near Southern Resident Killer Whales

Washington Department of of Fish and Wildlife invites public participation in an online survey about rules for vessels operating near Southern Resident killer whales. The survey, available through Sept. 30, 2022, will…

Marine Corrosion and Protection Workshop in Port Hadlock

Take a Marine Corrosion Protection Workshop in Port Hadlock at the the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding October 15, 2022. Washington Sea Grant, the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding and Washington State…

Grays Harbor Lighthouse:
The Tallest of them All

Grays Harbor Lighthouse, 1959. Photo courtesy of Washington State Archives. This beacon might be the most remarkable in Washington. Part of a chain of lighthouses spanning the Washington coast, it is the state’s tallest,…

FAQs from a Diesel Mechanic

Throughout my career, I have been asked many questions about what I do and why, or for tips and tricks to keep customers’ engines happy and healthy. Here are some of the most common questions I get and how I typically…

Video: A New Cockpit Layout for the Duracell Project

We've been following along as 48° North contributors Matt Steverson and Janneke Peterson tackle "The Duracell Project" in their backyard in Port Townsend. They've been making steady progress turning the Open 60 former ocean…

Casting Off:
Looking for Sludge in All the Wrong Places

  Disassembling and cleaning the carburetor. Whenever the small engine on my Uncle Jess’ Chris-Craft stalled, he’d remove the cowling and work some mechanical magic with a screwdriver to get it started again. Not one…

Famed Voyager Lin Pardey Set to Give Workshops at WBF

Accomplished cruising, author and two-time circumnavigator Lin Pardey is giving workshops at the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend on Sept. 8 and 9. Needing almost no introduction, Pardey, along with her late husband…