Cruisers College Offers Full Slate of Classes For DIYers and Inside Passage Voyagers

From Medical to Diesel and Much More, Cruisers College Has a Class for Every Boater If you're looking to up your onboard DIY skills, want to become a more confident boater, or are dreaming of sailing north and beyond,…

The Ins-and-Outs of Using Your Horn Cleats

Cleats = Good. Proper Use = Even better! Properly installed horn cleats are some of the most important pieces of gear that we have aboard our boats. And it's also imperative to know how to use them them properly. You'd be…

Sound Transit: Go North, Go Fast

How do you cut nearly two hours off a slow sailing trip from Seattle to the San Juan Islands? Well, you could buy a new engine. Maybe get a super slick bottom paint job. Or just leave the boat at home and take the Victoria…

Heavy Air in Hecate Strait: Wild Wind & Waves in the Teeth of a Gale

Writing about our rough crossing of Hecate Strait isn’t something that comes easily—it’s actually a memory I’d rather not relive. Learning from your mistakes is an important trait of successful sailors, though, and the…

What Overboard Survivors Want You to Know

Who are the experts on the experience of overboard recovery? It’s the people who’ve had it happen to them in real life, not in a practice drill. This article is a window into the experience of those experts—local boaters…

New current chart app for boaters in Straits of Juan de Fuca and Georgia

If boaters in the Salish Sea know one thing, it's that the current is king. Want a boost, go with it. Fail to pay attention to tidal movement and it could cost you. But current prediction charts for cruisers, racers, and…

Advice for a new sailing crew

It’s an exciting day! Today we celebrate the new co-owners of Argon, a 1979 San Juan 24 moored on Lake Union in the heart of Seattle. Like many new boat owners, these four women are at an exciting moment where they have a…

Video: Salish Sea Pilot tutorial

Chocked full of useful information about anchorages, marinas and much more, Salish Sea Pilot (SSP) cruising guides quickly became one of our go-to resources for navigating the Pacific Northwest when they were first released.…

Make your own Dyneema soft shackles

A batch of soft shackles and loops that I spliced on a recent cold winter's evening. Whether you're attaching a block to a pad eye or toe rail, sheets to the clew of a spinnaker or genoa, a snubber to an anchor chain, or are…

Mooring buoys, and things that go bump in the night

Thanks to Three Sheets reader Allen Gibbard for sending this great tip... You’ve had a fun day on the water.  The cruising Gods have smiled upon you — the last mooring ball is open at your favorite destination. You’re set.…