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    Many will remember our SSS Canadian friend, Jim...

    Many will remember our SSS Canadian friend, Jim Kellam with his Spencer 35 HAULBACK. Jim, a licensed tugboat captain, has participated in multiple SHTP's, and was overall winner in 2002, showing...
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    Chilly sunrise walks here at CBC, with 39 degree...

    Chilly sunrise walks here at CBC, with 39 degree temps the last two mornings. The clear skies don't hold in the warmer temps at night. But do provide for a vivid green flash at sunrise over the...
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    David H., David N, Rob, and to any and all who...

    David H., David N, Rob, and to any and all who helped repair the broken SSS FORUM, A BIG THANK YOU! And Well Done!.
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    Here's an evocative, 2 minute video of the Santa...

    Here's an evocative, 2 minute video of the Santa Cruz Harbor dredge breaking its forward moorings yesterday in one of the tsunami pulses. Had the dredge come completely adrift and savaged the docks...
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    7139 A good day not to be kayaking at Santa...

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    A good day not to be kayaking at Santa Cruz Harbor. Starting about 7:45 a.m., at 20 minute intervals, 3-4 tsunami pulses hit Santa Cruz Harbor, breaking the dredge loose from its moorings...
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    Bingo! Tom K. Good eyes. The Nathanial...

    Bingo! Tom K. Good eyes. The Nathanial Herreshoff 12.5, when built in fiberglass, is called a "Doughdish." At first I pooh-poohed the design. But darn if they are not cool little boats to sail and...
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    The first trivia quiz of 2022 is easy. The...

    The first trivia quiz of 2022 is easy. The winner is invited to High Tea on the CBC deck with Port Capt. Howard Spruit and myself any Tues., Thurs., or Sat. at 2 pm. Unlimited number of guesses...
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    Congrats to PJ getting virtual CHANGABANG past...

    Congrats to PJ getting virtual CHANGABANG past Cape Agulhas, the southern most tip of Africa. Now he is off westward for Cape Horn, which will be infinitely harder, as the the WSSRC has agreed that...
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    40 years ago this week, Jan 3, 1982, began one of...

    40 years ago this week, Jan 3, 1982, began one of the all time weather events in Central California history. Out of a clear, spring-like sky, a storm quickly moved ashore from the west and heavy...
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    Pasadena had its annual New Years Rose Parade...

    Pasadena had its annual New Years Rose Parade yesterday...Less garish and more to the point, Inverness YC had a parade of 110's circling the parking lot. Even a contingent from Bainbridge Island, WA...
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    This comment did not go unnoticed here at CBC. ...

    This comment did not go unnoticed here at CBC. Speaking from experience, the diesel cabin heater/sock/cap/boot/and pillow warmer turns the Windy Reach into duck soup, especially combined with...
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    When I sailed WILDFLOWER up the Inside Passage to...

    When I sailed WILDFLOWER up the Inside Passage to Alaska I reckoned I'd appreciate a cabin heater. The sailing magazine cruising gurus said to buy a ceramic garden flower pot, invert it over the...
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    3 knot average over ground required daily for 4-5 hours. Has that been tested?
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    Todd wins the eggnog and rum, even though his...

    Todd wins the eggnog and rum, even though his answer is not quite correct. In order to stop Teredos, the 16th century Spanish and British navies sheathed their bottoms with lead strips. The lead...
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    16th century sailing ships were bedeviled by...

    16th century sailing ships were bedeviled by Teredo Navalis, warm water and hungry mollusks (not a worm) that bored into and devoured the celluose in ships' underwater planks. What did the English...
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    Howard with the beginnings of his mini-Skeeter...

    Howard with the beginnings of his mini-Skeeter dirt boat. He became suspicious with his fairing, found an error in the plan dimensions, and is taking that into account. The original designer and...
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    7096 View of Friday Harbor Marina, 12/27/21 ...

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    View of Friday Harbor Marina, 12/27/21

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    View from atop Mt. Dallas, highest mountain on San Juan Island 12/27/21 (photos courtesy Jim Guard.)
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    Here's CBC's Honorary tug, SLO POKE in Anacortes,...

    Here's CBC's Honorary tug, SLO POKE in Anacortes, WA, this morning, temp 13 degrees.

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    (photos compliments of SP's owner, Capt. Gary)
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    I was the only small craft moving this morning at...

    I was the only small craft moving this morning at Santa Cruz Harbor when a black cell appeared overhead, moving west to east, and it began to dump. Providentially, there just ahead was the 60 foot...
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    No mention of the fuselage Okume plywood in...

    No mention of the fuselage Okume plywood in shipment was holed by a forklift?

    I was briefly involved in an attempt on a 24 hour land speed record to break the current 2,000 statue mile mark. Out...
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    MERRY CHRISTMAS, Alan, Stephen, Jackie, Howard,...

    MERRY CHRISTMAS, Alan, Stephen, Jackie, Howard, and everyone else who sails these pages. I was just out for a walk with the dogs here in Santa Cruz and saw some real weather to the northwest, the...
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    A pleasant visit last evening with CBC Librarian...

    A pleasant visit last evening with CBC Librarian "PJ" and dauighter Lu. PJ brought me up to speed on his current RTW attempt which is ongoing at the moment as he sails a virtual CHANGABANG East to...
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    7072 The last of the steamships passed Steamer...

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    The last of the steamships passed Steamer Lane yesterday.

    Aloha to an old friend, SS MATSONIA, being towed outbound ship breakers in Brownsville, TX, by tug JULIE F. MATSONIA was well...
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    Here's a Howard Spruit update on the building of...

    Here's a Howard Spruit update on the building of his Mini-Skeeter dirtboat:

    All but the Okume plywood has arrived. The Okume from Edensaw is in San Jose where it has been stuck for 10 days with...
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    Wow! Look what just came out of the shed at Port...

    Wow! Look what just came out of the shed at Port Townsend after a total restoration. Doc Ricketts probably wouldn't even recognize her.

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    When I first saw WESTERN FLYER sunk in the mud in...
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