Scholarships available for sailmaking and rigging course

From Three Sheets NW, Deborah Bach

Students learning canvas work during last year's sailmaking and rigging course. Photo courtesy of NSWBB

There are still spaces left in the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding’s upcoming sailmaking and rigging course, and even better — there are also scholarships available.

The scholarships offered by the boat school […]

Project Time – Mike’s Quick Rope Whipping

Time to clean up some of those fraying lines, from Boating Safety Tips, Tricks & Thoughts from Captnmike

This is the quick and secure whipping I use to whip the ends on double braid line. I have not seen this in any book. It has some of the elements of the classic quick […]

Standing Rigging Checks – the vital checklist

If the wind is going to roar this winter, your rigging needs a check.

Sail-World picked up a post from Captain John at Skippertips that lists the most vital rigging checks you need to make.

Sailing Rigging Inspection Checklist: Just as pilots of aircraft large or small wouldn’t think of taking off without their […]

Stretch vs. Creep

A post by Ryan Scott on the West Marine Rigging-Newport site that might be helpful as you prepare your boat for the coming season.

One common misconception that I am asked about, is whether stretch and creep are the same thing. They are not. I saw an analogy a while ago describing the difference, and […]

PTMTU Proposes Changes to Copper Paint Ban Bill

This morning Bertram Levy of the Port Townsend Moorage Tenants Union sent along the following memo that makes three specific changes to the proposed legislation that phases out copper bottom to recreational boats under 65′.

"Old Norse Hauled Out" painted by the artist Martin Justin David.

Over the past ten days since we […]

Softie Soft Shackle Construction – How to

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Responds on Copper Bottom Paint

Chris Wilke, Puget Soundkeeper and Executive Director, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance sent in this response to the earlier PT Moorage Tenants Union (MTU) post. Stay tuned for a response from the MTU. Posting of Comments and entries in the Forum are encouraged. Let your voice be heard. Having a problem registering to post? Jak did some […]

Port Considers Banning Copper Bottom Paint

Changes in bottom paint formulations seem inevitable.

When I was down at the Seattle Boat Show I talked to both the Interlux and and the Petite reps and came away with the impression that while both companies offer non-copper based bottom paints, neither is producing a product that works as well as […]

Need a Project? Replace Your Steel Lifelines With Dyneema.

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What do you think of this idea? Does it make sense to change out steel lifelines with Dyneema which probably is stronger at the same diameter but easier to cut? The forum is open, what do you think of this idea from West Marine Rigging?

One of our next projects [at […]

Storms, ice and snow can sink boats, pollute waters

photo from the blog "Spatulas, Corkscrews & Suitcases"

by Deborah Bach from

A rash of sunken boats and oil spills over the past two months prompted the Washington state Department of Ecology to remind boaters to properly maintain their vessels.

Winter weather, unrepaired leaks and other poor maintenance can cause […]