Sunday, August 22, 2010

Mechanical Shark

The Majestic Plastic Bag

The life of a plastic bag from the store to the Pacific Gyre. 19 billion bags per year are used in California alone. A new bill in California, AB 1998, is designed to stop this. Learn more at Heal the Bay.

USCG Eagle Photo Montage

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The barque Eagle as seen by Michael Barley through the Animoto tool. Found on Sea Fever blog.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Work Continues

The San Juan 24 currently know as No Name is getting naked. Don't forget to visit No Name's blog, Restore24.

Cleaner Tugboats

Ports are dirty places. Inefficient diesel engines are used by ships, tugs and trucks. Often ships use the dirtiest grade of fuel available - bunker oil. The Foss tugboat company is starting to replace it's fleet with hybrid boats. More information can be found here and here.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Metal Boat Festival

The Metal Boat Society is holding the Metal Boat Festival in Port Angeles this weekend (August 20, 21 and 22). Among the events will be the Women’s Saturday session & Sunday panel of Q & A for women by women and a swap meet. Check it out.

I saw this on the Bitter End Blog.

Zipper Boat

Different kind of motor boat by Yasuhiro Suzuki at the Setouchi International Art Festival . More information here and here.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Sweet Anaïs

Anaïs  is our neighbor's wonderful gaff sloop. She is adapted from a Kingston Lobster Boat as designed by Howard Chapelle.

Dockside 6 Meter Shots

Here are a few pictures of 6 Meter boats taken before the second day of the North American Championships.

Little Climber

A recent visitor to Point Hudson takes to the crow's nest.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

SALT - Ocean Voyage without the Water

Salt is a documentary film on POV from PBS. One man travels across Australia's Lake Erye alone.  Read more in the NY Times and at the photographer's site.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Roger Taylor and the Jester Challenge

One of the three interesting stories told by by Roger Taylor in his book Voyages of a Simple Sailoris that of his preparation and racing in the 2006 Jester Challenge.  He outlines in detail the modifications that he made to Mingming, his junk-rigged Corribee.

 Photo (c) Roger Taylor

Since 2006, Mingming has made several long distance journeys in the North Atlantic.  70.8% has a nice post on the latest trip to the Davis Strait.

If you are interested in long voyages, small boats and single handed sailing, you will probably enjoy Roger's books.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Newest Member of the Family

We recently purchased a 1974 San Juan 24 as a knockabout day sailor and coastal cruiser. After we do some restoratio, we hope to race the boat casually and cruise the Puget Sound. Here are some pictures taken after we cleared off all of the trash and gear.

You can follow this restoration effort at a new blog Restore24

Native American Canoe Art

The Tribal Journeys Festival is a yearly rendezvous of many western Native American peoples.  Participants arrive by canoe from as far as several hundred miles away.  This year the gathering was hosted by the Makah people of Neah Bay.  We visited after the landings and saw some of the canoes and tribal dancing.

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