Author Archives: captnmike

Life Jackets Work!! But Only If You Wear It

Last Saturday as we were putting out the fenders at the end of the sail, I heard a splash followed by a couple of expletive deleted words, a quick look around the boat indicated we were short one crew member. … Continue reading

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Video: Four and a Half Minutes of French Lighthouses in Terrifying Storms

An amazing Four and a Half minute video showing the power and terror of the ocean and the lighthouses that stand to protect mariners. The Lighthouses in the video are identified as being in the  Iroise Sea in Brittany on … Continue reading

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The Seattle Harbor Patrol – From 1877 To The Present

The Seattle Harbor Patrol traces it’s ancestory back to 1877 when the Harbor Department was established.  It was ran by the Port Warden an elected official. In 1912 they had one boat. This is a nice video tracing the history … Continue reading

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The View From The Fremont Drawbridge Tower – The Bridge Operators Perspective

Recently I had a chance to visit the Bridge Operator Tower on the Fremont Bridge and talk with some operators about the challenges they face daily balancing the needs of vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and vessels (both recreational and commercial).  I … Continue reading

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Beta test of crowdsourced bathymetry holds promise for improving U.S. nautical charts

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
We are on the verge of acquiring a significant new source of data to improve NOAA nautical charts, thanks to an enthusiastic industry and mariners equipped with new technology. By Lt. Adam Reed, Integrated Oceans and Coastal…

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Video: How to Launch a Sailboat Like a Boss

This has to be one of the best how to launch a sailboat videos around, no big errors just the coolest quickest and smoothest launch ever. This video was made for AV-OG-TIL, a Norwegian NGO, working to reduce the harmful … Continue reading

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Dead Tired – Tips For Preventing and Dealing With Fatigue On The Water

Tired, lack of sleep and environmental stress factors (sun, heat, cold, vessel movement) are often overlooked by recreational boaters as well as professional mariners and this can contribute to accidents on the water. A person who has been awake for 17 … Continue reading

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Be sure to get the latest nautical charts!

Originally posted on NOAA COAST SURVEY:
Hope springs eternal. Or maybe, given the cold and dreary May (at least on the East Coast), the adage should be re-phrased a bit, as we have “eternal hopes for spring.” In any case,…

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