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Robert Salnick
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Navigating Foamy Seas of Fabric
Up in Alaska aboard s/v Wayward ,work turns from the rigid determinism of wood to the flexibility of fabric... That's some chalkboard, "Einstein"! Every point on the mollusc is treated as a space-point, and every material point which is at rest relatively ...
Life aboard is living large, in a small space. Every boat owner has found ways to make life in that small space easier, more comfortable, more convenient. The idea behind this site is to provide a place where these ideas can be shared amongst the boating community. To participate, send your ...
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Cheap Boat Tricks – Cockpit Floor Mat
Please welcome new contributors Melissa and Mike, of s/v Galapagos , a 1975 47 foot Olympic Adventure ketch! For their first contribution, Melissa shows us a cheap and easy addition to cockpit comfort... This little project has all the qualities that make ...
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Canvas, Round Two
This post originally appeared on Windborne in Puget Sound In the past few days, we had an appearance (sadly brief) of nice spring weather... weather where the following all coincided: It wasn't raining It was warm It wasn't windy For this year, it was that ...
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Getting aHead
Please welcome new contributors Dave and Anke, who are living aboard and simultaneously constructing s/v Wayward , a beautifully constructed sailing barge, in SE Alaska. As I mentioned, Wayward is still under construction; here Dave works out how to fit in...
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Exposed Wiring
Over at Sail Delmarva < Drew cleverly fabricates a cover for some exposed wiring... This exposed solenoid always bothered me. Non-AYBC compliant, non-USCG compliant, and a short looking to happen, the backside of this anchor windlass breaker has high-ampe...
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Making It Bigger
This post originally appeared on Windborne in Puget Sound If you do your own boat work, there is a situation that you have undoubtedly faced:  making a hole bigger.  That sounds trivial until you are faced with a 1.5" hole in your hull that needs to be 2"...
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Plea For Data: Salish Sea Bottom Hazards
Our recent experience in Friday Harbor tells me that our charts are not adequate.  There is at least one more wreck in Friday Harbor that is not on them, tho it is marked by a buoy.  But buoys break loose, and then the wrecks become marked only by local lor...
Our recent experience in Friday Harbor tells me that our charts are not adequate. There is at least one more wreck in Friday Harbor that is not on them, tho it is marked by a buoy. But buoys break loose, and then the wrecks become marked only by local lore. It strikes me that there is a lot of ...
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Is your chartplotter up to date?
If you are like us, your chartplotter was not purchased this year.  Or last year.  Or the year before that. That probably means that not only are the charts out of date, but the software that runs the chartplotter is obsolete too.  What's a boater to do? Ce...
If you are like us, your chartplotter was not purchased this year. Or last year. Or the year before that. That probably means that not only are the charts out of date, but the software that runs the chartplotter is obsolete too. What's a boater to do? Certainly one option is to go out and buy a ...
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Permanent moorage in Friday Harbor
The red arrow shows our location We dropped anchor in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, pretty much in the normal place.  Well, one of the two or three normal places - anchorage is pretty limited there due to the number of (mostly unoccupied) mooring balls. Not lon...
We dropped anchor in Friday Harbor on Tuesday, pretty much in the normal place. Well, one of the two or three normal places - anchorage is pretty limited there due to the number of (mostly unoccupied) mooring balls. Not long after, after the tide had changed, we noticed periodic rumbling from ...
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Good Enough
Over at Dock Six , Brian holds forth with a little philosophy, philosophy that I must confess strikes a chord with me: A fleet of beveraged sailors congregating to celebrate sundown (and we had some great ones last season: ), inevitably leads to discussion ...
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Spring Shakedown Complete: Nothing Broke!
Finally! With all systems go, we were finally free to leave the dock on Saturday, May 7.   With Facebook seeming to tease us with posts from past years that showed us at anchor weeks earlier in the year, I was beginning to get a little anxious to be gone. T...
With all systems go, we were finally free to leave the dock on Saturday, May 7. With Facebook seeming to tease us with posts from past years that showed us at anchor weeks earlier in the year, I was beginning to get a little anxious to be gone. The first time off the dock every year is a little ...
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Ditch the Bent Nail
Drew at Sail Delmarva has a new take on an old method: I've been doing a series of tests on backing plate materials, drilling, de-coring, de-epoxy filling, and re-drilling innumerable holes in balsa cored laminate. The standard method is to use a bent nai...
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  • University of Washington
    Systems Engineer, present
  • Kaiser Aluminum
  • Alcoa
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After 25+ years working in the primary metals industry (high temperatures, molten metal, explosives), and 15 years doing unix-y things for the University of Washington, I am at last retired.

And after living alternatively in the boondocks and in big cities, we now split our time between our sailboat and our log cabin.

Life is good.
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Seattle, WA
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Barrington, IL - St. Louis, MO - Chewelah, WA - West Lafayette, IN - Spokane, WA - Pittsburgh, PA