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  1. The inimitable Christian Williams has a new video out. The perspective of an older man with a copy of Sartre's Being and Nothingness on the bookshelf is always a refreshing contrast.
  2. I'm not exactly sure what we're arguing over. My point is that I'm sure the "SeaRug" is a great product, but people have been going to sea with a simple synthetic bag for decades and doing fine. I've used a 30 year old North Face bag for more trips up and down the coast than I can remember and it has always served me well. You're better off spending your money on clothing and not a sleeping bag. Port Townsend? I was just there to see the Pacific Flyer at the Shipswrights Co-op. Man, those guys have their work cut out for them!
  3. Sure they are. Any synthetic bag will work while wet. Maybe not as well as dry, but they can keep you warm. Here's a cheap bag from Marmot that specifically calls out its warmth while wet. I've been colder and wetter while backpacking than I've ever been boating! :-)
  4. I'm sure they're great, but $240AUD? You can get a top-quality rectangular bag from REI for a third of that price. Just unzip and you have the equivalent.
  5. Worry about the clothing you're going to wear, not the bag. If you get the right clothing, the bag won't matter. I usually just throw a sheet or blanket over the cushions (to protect them from salt water). Then collapse on them in full foul weather gear. If I get cold, I pull a blanket over me. I've never had to climb into a bag, at least on passage.
  6. There's a pattern to getting out the Straits, based on three rules of thumb I've learned from my 30+ passages to Neah Bay or Barkley Sound. 1. Unless you're a racer, don't go through Race Rocks. It always howls in there. 2. The winds are always strongest east of Jordon River (on the Canadian side) or Pillar Point (on the Washington side). 3. The winds start at about noon, and continue through about midnight, sometimes a bit later. So, start early in the morning (4am is not too early) and try to get to the Sheringham / Jordan River area by 2pm. From there, the winds are rarely much more than 20 knots. By the time you get to Port Renfrew, they'll be even less than that. If you're leaving from an American port, you'll have to go all the way to Ucluelet to check in, so it may be dark by the time you get there. The entrance is very straightforward and can be done by radar, but there can be some crab pots the last few miles. If you leave from a Canadian port you won't have to check in, so you'll have more options. If you can start from Sooke, you'll have to do fewer miles. Otherwise, it's tempting to stop in Port San Juan (Port Renfrew), but the anchorages are very uncomfortable in there. Personally, I prefer to press on and stop in Bamfield, which is closer than Ucluelet. This entrance is even easier, but there can be even more crab pots. Put someone on the bow with a spotlight. It's all worth it. This time of year, Barkley Sound will be thick with humpbacks. Have a great time! -tk
  7. +1 A lot of my racing is on the Columbia River. There is no substitute for raw speed against its relentless 2 knots of current.
  8. Boat's name is Velocity. Right now, it looks like we may be able to leave a few days early, perhaps as early as 31 July. We'll keep an eye out for you! -tk
  9. A T-Nut.
  10. To reduce the shock, use a stretchy line on the traveller. Before starting the gybe, drag the traveller to windward until it's almost on the stop, then suck up the excess line on the leeward side and lock it. Then start the gybe. This will help absorb some of the shock.
  11. We are targeting 3 August, leaving from Bellingham. We usually stop in Port Angeles, then Neah Bay, then try for non-stop to the Bay Area. So, odds are, we will bump into each other!
  12. I've done this trip four times. Three times were in the breeze, but once we motored almost the whole way. I don't recommend going into Astoria or Newport. While they are both "fun" ports, they will be miles out of your way. If you do decide to visit, it is essential to enter on the flood. When you exit, you can go out in the flood, but it will be slow. Instead, go out on the very last of the ebb just as its turning to slack. Coming or going, you do not want to be out there on the ebb. Generally, plan your trip around getting past Cape Mendocino. Set your first waypoint for something off Port Orford, about 140 nm north of Mendocino. If the weather looks good, keep going. If not, put into Brookings (just south of Orford) and not very far out of your way. Because it faces south, it is almost never closed in the summer. An alternative is Coos Bay, but it's farther off the rhumb line and, therefore, will add miles. Another alternative for a bail out is Eureka, but with its NW orientation, it is more likely to be closed. As you pass Mendocino, stay around the 300 fathom contour (about 15 miles off). Farther inshore and you're likely to get breaking waves. Farther offshore, and the winds can really howl. 15 miles has been a good compromise for me. Once you're past Mendocino, it gets easier. Nihilism ^^^ has good suggestions. Radar is very useful for this trip, particularly in late summer. If you have to motor, be aware of the "crab trap free" lanes. Stick with them. They will make life much less stressful. If you are unlucky enough to wrap a line around your prop, call the Coast Guard. You do not want to go over the side in 55 degree water and 6+ foot swells. They'll cut the line and tow you in. Just the thought of fouling your prop should motivate you to keep sailing and keep the motor off. :-) Have a blast! It can be some great, memorable sailing! I'll be doing it myself in early August. -tk
  13. Everything you'd ever want to know about the performance of radar reflectors: http://www.ussailing.org/wp-content/uploads/DARoot/Offshore/SAS Studies/2007 Radar Reflector Test.pdf Bottom line: none of the passive reflectors work very well.
  14. Good philosophy. One has a choice: endure whatever hardship there is by doing without something, or endure the frustration of trying to fix it. I find the former much easier to deal with.
  15. I keep my boat in Portland and, as kim says, it gets old. First you go up the river, then you go down the river. Back and forth... At least it's freshwater and it's year round sailing. But, there is one redeeming feature: the Oregon Offshore race from Astoria to Victoria. While it's always cold and rough, it's also a tactician's dream. Do we dodge the rocks and hope to get a bit of katabatic wind coming off the Olympic Mountains? But, if we do, what about the hole that always develops in Makah Bay? Or, we could just stay offshore and look for gradient wind. I'm always second guessing myself, but always learning. There have been years that I've left the boat in Washington or Canada for the winter, but then, come May, I find myself wishing she was in Oregon. So, I take advantage of having an eager crew of 6 willing to take the boat up to Canada, then I spend the summer cruising, and bring her back home in September. It's not ideal, but it's perfectly practical to own a blue water boat in Oregon.