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About seamarsh

Still trying to find the answers to life's nautical questions.

The Mule Packer–the D.I.Y. Travel Bike That Really Packs!

A low-cost 26″ wheel travel bike you can build with simple hand tools “Mule” because it is formed from two different bike-parents. “Packer” because it packs easily and travels as regular airline luggage. Built from two separate vintage mountain bike frames with horizontal … Continue reading

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1899: the Old Columbia Lightship Sails Over Dry Land

Forty years after a lighthouse was built on Cape Disappointment,  the first light ship on the Pacific Coast arrived to take up its station off the mouth of the Columbia River. With no means of propulsion except sails, it was … Continue reading

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Remembering the Lightship Columbia

“The Coast Guard has signed the death warrant for the Columbia River lightship,” wrote Larry Barber at the end of 1979. Two congressmen had asked for “a reprieve,” he noted, after hearings in which fisherman and seafarers had voiced their … Continue reading

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Cape Disappointment Lighthouse–is 150 Years Old

Cape Disappointment is Washington’s Oldest Lighthouse There was a small ceremony this winter at Cape Disappointment Lighthouse that marked its 150 years of service to mariners. Cape D was the first light on the entire west coast, and all the … Continue reading

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Cascade Yachts: Building Boats for the Long Run

Portlanders Built Fiberglass Keelboats in 1956 The sport of sailing never got any respect in Portland. But that’s understandable. It’s 100 miles upriver from the Columbia Bar then another 10 to the home of the Willamette (River) Sailing Club. Dodging … Continue reading

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First Jules Verne Record of 79 Days

Around the World of Cam Lewis The record for sailing around the world non-stop has now been reduced to a stunning 45 days in 2012, and it’s getting hard to remember that just 20 years ago, a multihull voyage to … Continue reading

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Colin Archer and the Viking Tradition

How the 150-Year Old Norway Pilot Boat Became the World’s #1 Offshore Design Pride in the Norse seafaring tradition is kept alive in the Pacific Northwest by immigrants from the Nordic countries and is visible in many forms. In Seattle … Continue reading

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Biking Chiloe Island – Off the Beaten Path

If you can find Chile on the map, then you must be aware of its outstanding physical feature. It is, of course, by a large margin, the longest, narrowest country in the world. So narrow, in fact, that it’s only … Continue reading

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Chile – Top to Bottom

 The Atacama Desert to Puerto Montt Chile, that amazingly long South American country, extends in a narrow band 2,700 miles down the Pacific coast of the continent, from 18 to 54 degrees of latitude. Its northern border is the Atacama … Continue reading

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1997: Cycling from the Snake River to the Willamette

The cycling business has profited immensely from encouraging us cyclists to think in terms of grams when it comes to bike parts. (Exactly how big is a gram anyway? Could you feel one if I dropped it in your hand?) … Continue reading

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