Items of Interest

Our Polynesian Roots

posted Dec 11, 2018, 2:06 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Mar 10, 2019, 6:10 PM by Mark Olsoe ]

Thousands of years ago Austronesian seafarers mastered the design and construction of blue water capable multihull sail boats.  They used these boats to explore and colonize vast reaches of the Pacific and Indian Oceans.  On April 2, 2019 we will be graced by the visit of Mimi George, one of the world’s leading researchers of this ancient technology. The following paper presents some of her research and also touches on her efforts to help preserve these capabilities among living Polynesians.  A particularly interesting part of this research is the finding that the long slender arms of the traditional claw sail bend over to spill heavy wind but are stiff enough to capture the forces of light to moderate airs.

Also here is a web site further describing the efforts to preserve Polynesian boat building culture:

Zen: slang for peaceful and relaxing

posted Jun 8, 2018, 7:36 PM by A Rice   [ updated Jun 8, 2018, 7:37 PM ]

A balance to the race reports - peaceful evening, relaxing pace with asymmetrical alone.

Watch Zen F22 on Vimeo.

Puget Sound is now a no-discharge zone for vessel sewage

posted Apr 14, 2018, 10:23 AM by A Rice   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:36 AM ]

The EPA has established a No Discharge Zone (NDZ) for Puget Sound and certain adjoining waters. An NDZ is a body of water where boats may not release sewage, whether treated or not. The NDZ will help protect public health, water quality, and sensitive resources. 

Chapter 173-228 WAC was adopted on April 9, 2018 after a five year public process and EPA approval. The rule is effective as of May 10, 2018. However, certain commercial vessels have a five year delay before the rule begins. There is no change for graywater discharges.

Launch of proa Palindrome

posted Apr 8, 2018, 2:33 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 14, 2018, 10:43 AM by A Rice ]

Thanks to Greg Jacobs and friends for assistance I have launched my pros apalindrome. She motored at 9.4 knots average with my 4HP Yamaha, exceeding my 8 knot guess. She is 30 feet long. Main hull 2 feet wide excluding the lee-pod bulge-out. Weight 450 pounds.

Lots to do now!   Steve Ladd   (Steve Ladd is our May Speaker)

Next show Palindrome under paddle....

And finally Palindrome under sail.... 

Joe and Sue Dazey's boat Presto

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc   [ updated Apr 4, 2018, 8:58 PM by A Rice ]

Presto at the start of the 2017 Salty Dawg Rally from Hampton, VA to Falmouth, Antigua and Barbuda for the cruising section. (The Navy has a big presence in Hampton Roads)

Hobie Fleet Summer Youth Camps

posted Mar 23, 2018, 4:05 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

Seattle – Hobie Division 4, in conjunction with MY SAIL Foundation, will be hosting two, three-day, YOUTH sailing camps this summer.  The camps are a great way to introduce youth and young adults between the ages of 13 – 21 to the excitement and responsibilities of operating a Hobie Cat 16.

The two camps are scheduled for: 1) June 29 – July 1 at Corinthian Yacht Club, Seattle at the north end of Shilshole Marina, and;

2) July 11-13 at majestic Lake Quinault on the Olympic Peninsula.  Both camps have limited availability and pre-registration is required.

At the camps the kids will learn points of sail, how to make a boat go fast and stop, how to change direction, and how to capsize the boat and right it.  All participants must be able to swim.  Kids will be paired up into teams, but it is the bonding off the water where friendships are born. 

The Hobie Cat 16 is a 2-person catamaran (2 hulls) that is perfect for youth and young adults.  It is capable of achieving relatively high speeds for a sailboat, which excite the kids.

Seasoned Hobie sailors from the local Seattle fleet will teach the class (incl. a US Sailing certified instructor).  The class is offered once a year and has been sold out in previous years.  For this reason pre-registration is recommended. 

Cost of the camp is $229 (Seattle) or $270 (Quinault)/person.  Participants are encouraged to bring their own sailing gear, if they have any.  Other sailing gear will be provided.

For more information contact:

Hobie 101: Tim Webb – (360) 310-0038 or

Hobie 102: Peter Nelson -- (206) 992-6637 or

Cruising tip of the month: Cruising with Eggs

posted Feb 15, 2018, 6:52 PM by PacificNorthWest MultihullAssoc

This months tip is about eggs. If you get farm fresh eggs that have not been refrigerated, you don't need to keep them in the cooler. just a cool place out of the sun. Eggs go bad from the inner membrane drying out. if you rotate your eggs once per day it keeps the inside moist and they will last for around a month, same in the refer/cooler if from the store. I keep my eggs in a little plastic box from Amazon < $10:

It is marked on one side EVEN and the other ODD. I flip it based on the calendar day. I spent around 6 years living on a old Piver Loadstar without refrigeration and never had a bad egg. If you like hard boiled eggs or deviled eggs for your next raft-up-potluck you can rapid cool them after boiling by wrapping them in a wet paper towel, packing them into a plastic box and blasting them with canned air. The paper towels with turn to ice, I recommend around 15 min before unwrapping.
Hope you enjoyed this cruising tip.

-Your Cruise Captain.....see you on the hook!


S/V Nibiru v-V-v 

Guy Rittger with plans for R2AK

posted Jan 29, 2018, 5:19 PM by A Rice

Received this note from member Guy Rittger. He is a partner in Team Pear Shapped Racing. They attempted R2AK 2017, but withdrew after damage from hitting a log. He reports on this years efforts in preparation for 2019:

I'm pleased to report the arrival, in the PNW, of "Dragon", a 10.8M custom trimaran acquired from Auckland, NZ by Team Pear Shaped Racing for the 2019 Race to Alaska.  The boat was shipped as deck cargo to Vancouver, off-loaded on January 12, and delivered on her own hull to Van Isle Marina, in Sidney, BC.  Our intentions are to race the boat in several 2018 and 2019 events, leading up to R2AK, after which we'll see what happens.

Anyone is welcome to drop by VIM and check out the boat.  TPSR's Canadian partner is frequently at the boat, prepping it for R2AK.  We're partnering, again, with UK Sails PNW for our sail inventory, and getting input and support from many Victoria BC "Friends of TPSR", who deserve a major shout-out (which we'll get around to, soon, on our TPSR blog).

We're very much looking forward to being on the water this Spring and seeing how "Dragon" performs.

Warm regards,

TPSR / San Francisco

What we'll call it a soft launch

posted Jan 24, 2018, 11:12 AM by A Rice   [ updated Mar 18, 2018, 6:10 AM ]

The stars aligned. Floats and beams attached, nets loosely laced. A weekend with sun and unusual warmth for January. My brother Toby in town and anxious to help.

While family and friends following the build of my F22 expect to be there for a launch ceremony, I decided that since I'd never launched a boat off a trailer, never tried starting the engine, etc., I would take it one step at time and have the official event after I knew the basic wrinkles were worked out and the sails fit.

So many little details to be checked off, but late in the afternoon she slid into the water, unfolded her wings and put 1.5 hours of the prescribed 10 hour break in on the engine (started second pull!) for a cruise down the Lake Washington Ship Canal and a circle around north Lake Union. The crews learning, but the boat seems a natural.

The next day I raised the mast and backed her into a new home at the mast-up dry storage at Shilshole. A great weekend!

- Andrew

NWMA is joining Hobie Fleet 95 at the Seattle Boat Show

posted Jan 18, 2018, 9:58 PM by A Rice   [ updated Jan 18, 2018, 9:59 PM ]

We'll be meeting on opening night, January 26, at the Hobie Cats NW booth between 6:30 and 7.  They'll be easy to find because they have returned to featuring a Hobie 16 in their booth.  Look for the sails!  Also, opening night is wine tasting night.  Your entry gets you ten vouchers to test the wares of different local vintners.

Come join the fun and meet the hosts of the April Round Mercer Island Regatta!

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