Category Archives: Sailing and Boating Skills

How to Tie a Spilled Hitch Bowline

Tying a Bowline using the Spilled Hitch method is a quick and easy, but not a well know way to tie a Bowline. The Spilled Hitch Bowline can be used to quickly tie a Bowline around an object or through the … Continue reading

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More TVMDC – Practice Problems – Correcting and un-correcting the compass

Correcting and Un-correcting a compass is still a useful skill.  Paper charts and plotted course lines are still in use, even with today’s Cell Phone Apps and GPS Plotters.   If you take a Navigation or Piloting class that lasts … Continue reading

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Safe Boating In Fog

With the arrival of the Fall fog season a few safety tips for boating in the fog are in order. Before the fog sets in, make sure you have charts and a compass on board.  A GPS is also good … Continue reading

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Where Are You In Lake Washington?

This is a chart showing locations in Lake Washington I made to help the Seattle Harbor Patrol train new members on locations in Lake Washington. If a friend asks you to meet them somewhere on Lake Washington and you don’t … Continue reading

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Videos on Americas Cup Technology

Recently I was sent several videos of the amazing technology of the Americas Cup AC 72 boats. I have arranged the videos below with a short description of each video so you can watch the ones you want. I hope … Continue reading

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Three Stopper Knots

Here are three different stopper knots for use on your sailboat. The Figure Eight Stopper Knot is probably the most popular Stopper Knot in use, named as it looks like a Figure 8, it’s in every sailing book. The Figure … Continue reading

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Avoiding the Seattle Harbor Patrol’s Attention

Being stopped by the Harbor Patrol is one of those things very few people look forward to. To help avoid unwanted attention from the Seattle Harbor Patrol, they have produced a booklet covering Seattle area Regulations & Information for local … Continue reading

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How to Tie Your Boat to a Dock that has a Bull Rail – Part 2

This is a quick and easy way to tie a boat to a dock that has a Bull Rail.  This was passed on last week by a friend. Some docks only have a Bull Rail so being able to properly … Continue reading

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