Triangle Route (Smaller than Imagined)

The Route Day One: I motored up to Back River and wound my way up the channel. I found my way to the anchorage, tucked behind several lines of crab posts. (Approximate location) Sunday evening it was as quiet as you can imagine. There was no wind and I could hear sounds in the boat I […]

Alternator Blues

Pungo Creek, NC Alternator Blues, imagine a bad Blues song that never ends. Two days ago we headed south from Belhaven in about 15 knots of wind, gusting to twenty. The wind from the north, behind us. It just right for a quick down wind run along the Pungo Creek, past Winsteadville and Makleyville, and across […]

Remembering (Why I’m Here)

It is really interesting how hard it is to shake the have to be there on schedule thing. I was bustling around the dock this morning getting ready to leave as all the big power boats shoved off. I found getting all wound up telling myself that if we don’t get off in the next […]

Broken Edson Throttle Lever

Broken Again In general the Edson Marine Pedestals are good quality pieces of gear, that being said the throttle lever on the older models is nothing but trouble, they break, or go stiff, or in my case snap the retaining bolt usually at the worst possible moment. Think sticky accelerator in a car with no […]

Sometimes … Stronger is not better.

Stronger is not better, getting the right strength for the challenge ahead is a key. Or how I got bit using schedule 80 pvc pipe (much thicker walled, stronger, and wear resistant than schedule 40 – that what you typically find in house construction) Chain Locker Design One of the weaknesses of my Saturna is […]

Ian Gunn Thank you – again

Ian was one of those very focused individuals (background) who are a privilege  to know (and it was a bit scary at the time). I knew him as a mechanic, hands on engineer, and motorcycle road racer. We never shared the sailing side of my life … something I would do differently, Ian would have loved to […]

Matching Gel Coat for Fiberglass Repairs

This post comes via Windborne in Puget Sound (I am a regular reader). The product is from Fiberlay and while I haven’t tried it yet, the next time I drill a hole (soon) I am buying a can of their product. Windborne has some specific advice on application that is worth reading. I will post when I […]

Nights Windlass

Staying up nights to sleep nights – Windlass (part 2)

I do my best work at night. Nights, or perhaps more correctly the early hours of the morning can be a very productive time, and dawn with its quiet bird chorus, soothing. And soothing is good. This windlass design is proving to be a real challenge. Up nights – Fall Storms That last fall nor’easter […]

To sleep nights -Anchor Roller Design sketch 1

Staying up nights to sleep nights (part 1)

Staying up nights I enjoy the challenge of design work, and I find the work pleasing. It is also demanding.  The particular design I am working on is challenging because it is one of the few shortcomings of the Saturna as built. Specifically the metal work on the bow rollers while elegant and well executed […]