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Robert Salnick
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Changing the seal on a SD20 Yanmar saildrive
It has been said (often) that cruising is working on your boat in exotic locations. And while that is an overly pessimistic assessment, certainly cruising cannot be entirely a vacation from maintenance.  While Valerie is away, Laurent on s/v Letitgo gets ...
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Corrosion, Corrosion
This post originally appeared on Windborne in Puget Sound For a boat on salt water, corrosion is an omnipresent demon. Even inside.  This is the spout on our galley sink which is piped to a saltwater foot pump. And to the cooling water discharge from our 1...
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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 ...
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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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Mooring Repair
While we were involuntarily moored in Friday Harbor , this unusual work boat (the aluminum one with the I-beam supported above the foredeck, not the white one behind it) dropped anchor near us.  On board were a diver, a man, and woman: the crew.  And two he...
While we were involuntarily moored in Friday Harbor, this unusual work boat (the aluminum one with the I-beam supported above the foredeck, not the white one behind it) dropped anchor near us. On board were a diver, a man, and woman: the crew. And two hefty gentlemen who did not participate in ...
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Where Do The Buses Go?
Jeff and Anne continue their full refit of s/v Pilgrim . Living around and on boats for a long time, with a solid engineering understanding of what makes a good one (and a bad one...) has really informed Jeff's work on the boat. If you'd like to see how ...
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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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  • University of Washington
    Systems Engineer, present
  • Kaiser Aluminum
  • Alcoa
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Introduction
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
Previously
Barrington, IL - St. Louis, MO - Chewelah, WA - West Lafayette, IN - Spokane, WA - Pittsburgh, PA