Street Snake


It was a typical summer afternoon in Portland: 80 degrees, dry, and sunny. I was riding my bike home from work through a working class neighborhood of small, well-maintained houses with tidy lawns and small trees when I noticed something in the street.  Continue reading

Portland Sail & Oar League

sail oar leauge Attention seafarers, dreamers, and fools who love small craft and actually use them. The Portland Sail & Oar League is a randomly gathered network of nautical explorers who boat at the confluence of the Willamette and Columbia Rivers. We sail, row, camp, fix boats, talk dirt, run aground, and have fun regardless of the weather. You may already be a member.  Continue reading

Writing Elsewhere

bill sailsI penned an article for big boaters to consider the virtues of small boat camp-cruising on the Cascadia Marine Trail.

I also wrote my first article for Small Boats Monthly, a subscription-based, on-line journal from Woodenboat.

And there’s a funny story about building a boat in a basement that I had published in the last issue of Small Craft Advisor.

As for other people’s writing, there are several blogs about a life well considered that I recommend you check out: Sauvie Island Journal details observations from a houseboat and small boats right at the intersection of my two local rivers. Then there’s From Pine to Palm, which is all over the place, but has a boat undercurrent solidly grounding it. Last is Wayward Spark, about modern day, back-to-the-landers who seem to balance their iphones easily with beekeeping here in Oregon.

Sea Reads: The Plover

andy cruising

I’m constantly trying to find boat books that Tim hasn’t read. I recently gifted him one that I was certain would be new, but when I caught up with him a few weeks later he didn’t mention it.  Continue reading

Strange Find

tuna boat night

I’m not a fisherman and I don’t particularly like to eat fish, but a few months ago I brought home a ten pound tuna.   Continue reading

Columbia Notes: Ships

DSCN4509 If there’s one thing you’re guaranteed to see on the Lower Columbia- it’s ships. ROROs, grainers, tankers, tugs, barges… They steam steadily along day and night. Although you can get an app to track their comings and goings, I like the surprise of seeing them plowing down the channel unannounced.   Continue reading