1898 Alaska Klondike Gold Rush Map Place-Mat
NOAA has made it easy for you to make Place-mats for gifts to friends.
You can download Historical Charts, maps and current Nautical Charts and for no charge from NOAA. The charts and maps can easily be cropped to place-mat proportions and printed then clear laminated. Coasters can also be made. Total cost was less than $ 5.- for each mat.
These make great gifts for boaters, make a place-mat of their favorite sailing area, historical aeronautical charts can be made for pilots and historic charts for history buffs. NOAA’s library goes back to the late 1700’s and includes city plots and Civil War Battles, in addition to the marine charts we associate with NOAA today.
Streamlight Siege LED Lantern
I have used the Streamlight Siege LED Lantern for several months and have been quite impressed by it.
For boaters, the Lantern floats, has multiple light levels, should survive a 2 meter (6 foot) drop), has a nice handle to hang the light from a lifeline or similar object and D rings on the top and bottom of the lantern for hanging the lantern from the overhead. If the lantern is hung from the lifeline, putting a cord on the lantern is prudent.
It has three white light levels, high being bright enough to read with and low lasting near forever. There is also a very low-level red light that helps preserve night vision or give a low-level mood lighting. The low red level should not wake a second person up at night when turned on.
The lantern is about 7 1/2 inches tall with the handle down and just over 3 3/4 inches in diameter.
Seattle Fisherman’s Memorial, Fisherman’s Terminal
What does a Lutefisk Eating Contest, Japanese Drummers, International Guild Of Knot Tyers, the U.S. Coast Guard, Wooden Boat Building and more seafood than most people can dream of have in common??
The Fall Fisherman’s Festival celebrating the return of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet at Fisherman’s Terminal in Seattle, this year the Fisherman’s Terminal is celebrating 100 years of serving the Commercial Fishing Fleet held last weekend.
Fisherman’s Terminal was alive Saturday October 4, 2014 with kids of all ages from very young to WW II veterans, entire families out enjoying a great weather day and activities for every interest. The International Guild of Knot Tyers (yes that is a real group), the Pacific Americas Branch had a booth with hundreds of fancy knots, demos on how to make a door mat or make your own Turk’s Head bracelet.
Coast Guard District 13, Special Notice To Mariners
The Special Notice To Mariners is an annual safety publication for all Mariners, published as a 116 page PDF document by the Coast Guard District 13. D-13 has included information from many sources in one handy place.
The Special Notice to Mariners in intended to help all Mariners in the Pacific Northwest and has information useful to all Mariners from recreational boaters to Professional Mariners. This collects in one place, important contact information (Radio Frequencies, phone numbers, email and web sites) for the Coast Guard, proper procedures to follow if you have an on-board emergency,
There is a section on Search and Rescue, what to do if you are the object of a SAR or need to declare a May Day (you can contact the Coast Guard even if you don’t have a May Day situation, but are having difficulties of some sort). Procedures to follow for towing, Helicopter Rescue, abandon ship procedures and other emergency situations.
A Face Plant at Speed in Big Wind
Running with the spinnaker up in good wind with a planing hull is a rush when the boat pops up out of the water and starts planing.
If the wind is too big serious damage can be done, from the simple like destroying a sail when the spinnaker is “shrimped” and wrapped around the keel, putting crew overboard, injuring the crew, breaking the mast or other damage to the boat.