Three Sheets NW is reporting:

Imagine being able to take all of the features you like in a wide variety of boats and combine them to create your ideal boat.

That’s what the publishers of Port Townsend-based Small Craft Advisor magazine did, resulting in the sturdy and innovative SCAMP (Small Craft Advisor Magazine Project), an 11-foot, 11-inch open-cabin boat that weighs about 420 pounds and is designed to be the smallest possible safe, comfortable cruising sailboat.

The boat’s more unusual features include a water ballast tank, an offset centerboard, a “veranda” to provide shelter from the elements, and a draft of just eight inches when the centerboard is raised — allowing intrepid sailors to explore waterways not accessible by most other boats.

It has a simple balanced lugsail rig and is intended to be sailed or rowed, but can also be fitted with an outboard in place of the rudder.

The SCAMP has garnered the endorsement of small boat adventurer Howard Rice, who has sailed and paddled a 15-foot sailing canoe solo around Cape Horn in both directions.

More information on Scamp is HERE.

(Thanks to Deborah Bach for the story.)


Boat Babe

On November 13, 2014, in General Boating, Safety, by CaptRR

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Plimsoll Mark

(Thanks to Steve Partridge, via Facebook)


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Double Dog Studios has updated their iOS app for iOS 8 and the iPhone 6 and made it compatible with the Nav Rules and Regs Handbook that was updated by the CG in August.



Rule 2; Responsibility – the mother of all rules



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Fukushima Radioactivity Detected Off West Coast

On November 11, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR

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Marine Technology News is reporting:

Monitoring efforts along the Pacific Coast of the U.S. and Canada have detected the presence of small amounts of radioactivity from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident 100 miles (150 km) due west of Eureka, California. Scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) found the trace amounts of telltale radioactive compounds as part of their ongoing monitoring of natural and human sources of radioactivity in the ocean.
In the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami off Japan, the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant released cesium-134 and other radioactive elements into the ocean at unprecedented levels. Since then, the radioactive plume has traveled west across the Pacific, propelled largely by ocean currents and being diluted along the way. At their highest near the damaged nuclear power plant in 2011, radioactivity levels peaked at more than 10 million times the levels recently detected near North America.

The complete Marine Technology News post is here.



Marine Traffic (AIS) app gets a nice facelift

On November 10, 2014, in Applications, by CaptRR

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Vessel Name


More info and App download info is HERE.


iSailor updated of iPhone 6 and 6+

On November 9, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR






The best just keeps getting better.  iSailor home HERE.

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I think those pesky Russians think that sex sells.


Navionics Update

On November 8, 2014, in Applications, Navigation, by CaptRR

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The screen renderings in this version are much better.




Say it ain’t so

On November 7, 2014, in Ferries, by CaptRR



WSF makes the cover of WorkBoat Mag.

WorkBoat is reporting:

Washington state has the largest ferry system in the U.S. With 22 boats, Washington State Ferries carry 22.5 million passengers and 10 million vehicles a year between 20 terminals. Its biennial operating budget is currently $483 million. The system employs 1,800 people. WSF’s $600 million vessel upgrade program has produced four new boats over the past four years and two more are in the pipeline.

It’s an enormous and complex undertaking that never stops.

It’s also a system that is under growing scrutiny generated by a series of mishaps and vessel design issues that have brought unwanted attention from state legislators, the governor, the media and disgruntled riders who depend on the green-and-white ferries to get them across Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.

The complete WorkBoat post by Bruce Buls is here.


From Russia with Love

On November 6, 2014, in Environment, by CaptRR

Wind forecast for Friday evening, local time, from the ECMWF model. Oranges, reds, and purples signify mean wind speeds of 50 to 70 mph. (Weather Underground)


After its tropical demise, Nuri’s fury is yet to come in Bering Sea

But after a brief cessation on Thursday – the calm before the storm – Nuri’s remains will rise again in the north Pacific, unleashing a potentially record-setting fury on the Bering Sea.

The Washington Post story by Angela Fritz is HERE.

(Thanks to Capt. Christine Wallace for the link)

If you’re too young for the cultural reference, here’s some help:


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I will be offering our 100ton Master’s Course (USCG Approved) online.  There’s a catch however.  The first two days, Nov. 15-16, 2014 will take place in Anacortes to cover chart plotting, and testing will be conducted at the end of the course in Anacortes as well.

If you’d like more information, please leave me a note HERE, with your contact information.

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