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Repairing The Lower Boom Vang Mount

Last fall we were sailing along nicely on a medium wind day when we heard a loud bang, the bang got our attention but looking around we were not able to see anything wrong, shrouds and stays were fine and … Continue reading

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Avoiding The US Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Scam

There seems to be a bit of a scam going around with several companies offering to “help” you renew your USCG Vessel Documentation, the catch?  The help will cost you several times the normal cost $ 26.00  the US Coast … Continue reading

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NOAA helps ports recover from Hurricane Harvey

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Harvey strengthened to a Category 4 reaching landfall along the Texas coast on Friday, August 25, at peak intensity. By the…

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It wasn’t just Jefferson. Congress initiated Coast Survey legislation, approved #OTD 210 years ago

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
On this date in 1807, President Thomas Jefferson approved an act to provide for surveying the coasts of the United States. NOAA has long honored Jefferson — but what of the legislators who saw the need,…

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Book Review: A History of Sailing in 100 Objects

Have you ever wondered about the history of sailing equipment that we use every time we go sailing? Well fear not, “A History of Sailing in 100 Objects” by Barry Pickthall will fill in some of the gaps, starting with … Continue reading

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Building an Aids to Navigation Demonstration Display

This is an Aids To Navigation (ATON) display demonstration board I made, there are flashing LED’s to demonstrate selected ATON’s in the Elliot Bay area around Seattle Washington. There are 27 Aids represented from just south of the Alki Lighthouse … Continue reading

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A monumental history

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
On September 15, 2016, President Obama designated the first marine national monument in the Atlantic Ocean. The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument includes two areas: one that includes four undersea mountains, called…

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NOAA’s Secret Weather Sites

Most sailors in the Seattle area are familiar with the West Point and Seattle NOAA weather sites on the internet. But did you know that those sites are only the tip of the iceberg so to speak of the over … Continue reading

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