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San Juan Island All to Ourselves – James Island Marine State Park

When reviewing the chart, James Island Marine State Park located southeast of Thatcher Pass in the San Juan Islands looks like a jigsaw puzzle piece pulled right off nearby Decatur Head. The hourglass-shaped, rustic and delightfully unimproved island has all the makings of a gorgeous marine park. During the summer the park is popular with…


Book Review: Tranquility: A Memoir of an American Sailor By Billy Sparrow

   How many of us have dreamt and fantasized about buying an old wooden sailboat, fixing it up, and taking off on a real adventure? On your journey, you’d let the wind take you to new destinations, visit small towns, meet interesting characters and maybe even find love. Billy Sparrow’s Tranquility: A Memoir of an American…

Tranquility A Memoir of an American Sailor
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MarineMax Vacations and the Aquila 44

Imagine being able to create the next generation bareboat charter company using the best minds in the business. Imagine being able to have the financial resources to design and build the optimum line of boats for bareboat and crewed charters. The result is MarineMax Vacations – a next generation charter company in the British Virgin…


Cruising the Virgin Islands: Part 2 – Pre-Trip Phone Call

In the weeks leading up to your trip, the excitement grows. For us, the weather around Seattle and Anacortes cooperated. It was cold and we even had snow! Perfect weather to inspire the packing of bathing suits, shorts, and t-shirts. In Cruising to the Virgin Islands, Part 2, it’s important to square away the details…


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Stuffing Box Basics – Seal the Deal Between the Bilge and Sea

Since the year 2000, most new boats have come equipped with shaft seals that require no packing, but inboard powered boats built before then have traditional stuffing boxes with packing. All stuffing boxes work on the same basic principle: Rings of special wax-impregnated flax packing are wrapped snugly around the prop shaft and stuffed into…

Stuff Box Basics

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Whitey’s BBQ in La Conner, WA – A BBQ Lover’s Dream

  When Pit Master and owner of Whitey’s BBQ told me, “It’s just the way I love to cook,” I knew I was in store for some darn good BBQ. A mechanic by trade, Tim Mallory followed his BBQ dream ten years ago and started a BBQ catering company. In October 2016, Tim and his…

Whitey's BBQ Sampler Platter