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PassageMaker Magazine and Anacortes Trawler Fest 2011

Last spring, Bob Lane interviewed us and reviewed Dirona for PassageMaker magazine.
Bob has an experienced reporter's eye for detail. And as a long-time boater who has
toured and writt…

FV Aquila

We moor most of the time at Bell
Harbor Marina in downtown Seattle. About a third of the marina's slips are available
for monthly moorage over the winter, and the remainder are for tra…

Three Sheets Northwest on MV Dirona

was featured in the Three Sheets NorthwestMy
Boat series. When we answered their questions, it had been about a year since
we'd …

Northern Lights Wavenet

This year at the Miami Boat Show, Northern
Lights announced their new Wavenet generator
digital monitoring system. Wavenet was installed on Dirona a
couple of months prior to the announceme…

Cruising Southeast Alaska: Glacier Bay

Glacier Bay has long been high on our list of places to visit. And after nearly a
week cruising southeast Alaska, the first day of our permit to
enter finally had arri…

Storm Force Winds in the Strait of Georgia

On our Christmas
trip to Desolation Sound this year, we were looking forward to testing the boat
in some rough winter weather. We've been out in a few gale
warnings, and the boat has h…

Coast Guard Boarding

Two weeks ago, while anchored off Blake
Island, a Defender Class Coast
Guard boat approached. Rare before
9/11, we now frequently see these boats around Elliott …

Displacement Speed Beats Planing Speed … Again

We spent Christmas this year in Desolation
Sound (map
of area). The area is so popular in the summer that Kenmore
Air has regular float-plane service to one of the anchorages there at Prideaux
Haven (pictured above). That’s way too busy for us–w…

Alaska 24X7

Last weekend we presented at the Seattle Boat Show on our 24×7 run to Alaska. 
The slides are posted at Hamilton_SBS11_Alaska24x7.pdf. 
A couple of questions w…

Circumnavigator Magazine on Nordhavn 5263

Last April, Circumnavigator magazine
came aboard for a day to review
the boat and its systems.  On
board for the magazine were contributing editor James Kirby, …