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

How They Live

small house

I admit it, I’m a closet, home and garden periodical junkie. I don’t care if it is the ultra-spare spaces of Dwell magazine, the New York Times’ Thursday home section, or the west-coast lifestyle publication, Sunset. If it lets me in the front door or garden gate, I can’t resist.   Continue reading

Columbia Notes: The Islands


From the air they look like defined green islands. From the water you are forced to look at your chart again to see if you could possibly have misread it, because that thing ahead of you more closely resembles a flooded, overgrown lawn than an island.  Continue reading