Powerboats suck

This is a rant.  You don’t want to read a rant stop now.

I find that most power boaters, again I’m saying most, just don’t know anything about etiquette or the rules of the road on the water. They are impolite, nit at all courteous, and generally are assholes.

First being a sailboat has the priority on the water. This means that a powerboat must do all they can to be out of the way of a sailboat. I’m talking when a sailboat is sailing and not using a motor. This means a powerboat should give way, give space, and generally not be close to the sailboat because that big ass wake will disturb the wind in the sails. Most power boaters do not get this and seem that it is so much trouble with their hundreds of horsepower to turn off the autopilot and put down their beer to change course to give a sailboat space.

Next power boaters don’t seem to understand their wakes are greatly disturbing as their boats are greatly inefficient in the water. Power boaters seem to think it is fine to ignore a speed limit or wake limit in an anchorage, Bay or garboe. Even when there isn’t a limit the power boater seems to think it’s okay to charge through anchored boats or boats on a mooring. Don’t they understand their wakes can cause damage or even injure a person that is unaware that the stupid ass powerboat just went by leaving a monstrous set of waves and causing all boats to roll to their beem ends!?

Stupid asshole power boater speeding though an anchorage = dick!!!!

It isn’t just ‘private’ individuals – but PUBLIC employees!  Multiple times I’ve experienced State of Washington Parks employees speed through a moorage!!

So with that I say no more power boats!  Or only power boats that are slow displacement efficient hull shapes, like most before the 1960s, that even when going at cruise speed put out no more wake than the average sailboat.

Finding old things

With time on my hands and in preparation for the future I’m going through many boxes to reduce and recycle my collection of crap.  In one box of miscellaneous things I found an article I had ripped out of Outside Magazine in 2005 – yeah … 2005!

The piece was written by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia and discussed his philosophy of business and life (close to being the same thing).  After rereading I find that the issues still ‘kicks me in the head’ as it did back in 2015 (can it have really been 12+ years ago!?) where the issues of how most businesses are run and the slow death of our world’s environment are now happening at an even faster rate.

I was very proud when in 2017 Patagonia took a stand for the environment and American people’s public spaces –

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah …

– Patagonia Works, 6 Feb. ’17

Read the 2005 article for yourself and see what ‘resonates’ for you –

Let My People Go Surfing

Can you take a company to the top when you can’t stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? Read the entire thing by clicking HERE.

– Outside Magazine, Oct. 2005

trying to kill people

Some scary statements are put out there by folks that don’t care about what happens to others that ‘may not know better’.  Browsing craigslist found this –



The seller is stating –

trailerable by car sleeps 4 offshore boat

Holly hell Batman are your trying to get people killed!?!?

Next owner statement –

Can be towed by mid size car and sailed to Hawaii. … The [Potter] 19 has made trips to Hawaii

OK … all true BUT any sane person cannot expect a stock Potter 19 to cross oceans.  The boat is lightly built with minimum layup (ie, the fiberglass used, in both thickness and how put together), lightly ballasted (ie, only the steel daggerboard) and not appropriate to on a blue water crossing and caught in a gale or worse.   The standing rig is also on the light size for appropriate crossing the ocean blue.

A Potter 19 is a good inland water and coastal cruiser.  It does well and is, in most situations, a comfortable boat.  The new boats were inexpensive, almost cheap, and for a person that doesn’t want ‘the best built or best sailor’ were a good choice.  NOTE: I state all of this in the past sense as the builder, International Marine (aka, IM), sold the company to China and the boat molds are no longer in the USA.

I write the above as a person that was in the boat industry and NEVER sold the boats I built as more than they were nor told a prospect an untruth about what the boat was capable.  The boats I built were significantly better built and better sea boats than any Potter – and I would never encourage anyone to sail one of the boats I sold to cross an ocean.

This is a situation of Caveat emptor and one of many examples the boating industry is failing – builders and sales are not honest – yeah, a lot like used car dealers!!

If you are looking for a blue water capable 20-ish-foot sailboat I recommend a Flicka.

A substantial full keeled boat – SAFE for bluewater cruising!

Listening to the radio

Growing up my dad built me a tree house.  I would spend the night up in that tree as often as I could.  I have no idea how long or often I stayed in my fort, but it sure seems like a long time – fall, winter, spring and summer for many years.

Besides reading and cooking my own breakfast of pancakes – yeah a kid COOKING on a backpacking STOVE, something that no parent would allow in this over-protective day.  During these adventures in the back yard I would listen to a AM/FM radio.  It was a big black thing with a mid-to-late-70s look.

I have small little green ‘emergency’ radio in my truck camper.  Works good enough for me to listen to the news and occasionally some music.  I’ve found a classic rock station that reminds me of the tree house listening to the tunes and reading the night away.  A good memory.

green radio
A good little radio.

I’ll also be taking this radio along during trip this spring/summer/fall on my sailboat.

Crazy cat guy

I have a cat.  momma sleepingMost of the time I care more  about and for my cat than other people and myself.

Momma Kitty (ya I know it is a lame-ass name) was a stray found 12 years ago in the backyard of the place I was living.  She and four kittens came into my life unexpectedly and literally (put that word in just to piss you off) through the back door.

She is my roommate, traveling companion and my BFF (non-human variety).  We have crossed the country more times than I can count over the past eleven years (more than 150,000 miles driven).  She does great in the truck, in the camper and in hotel rooms: never pissed on anything nor damaged any furniture.  Momma Kitty has even been a guest in households of folks that aren’t ‘cat people’. Together we have cruised my sailboat, and other boats, for multiple days and even weeks.

momma copilot
Momma Kitty is an excellent co-pilot.
momma on S17
Momma Kitty checks out the San Juan Islands, WA, during a sailboat cruise.

Even so, as with all relationships, there are the times she throws up into my shoes …