B Dock

Fuel Tank Gone Bad

No Comments 14 May 2011

I found some time for boat projects last weekend.  When I got out of the truck at the marina I was greeted by a nasty stench.  It wasn’t the usual beach smells that accompany a low tide and a warm day.  It was more powerful than that.  My first inclination was to look toward the nearby refinery, sometimes the source of unusual smells, lights, noises, flames, explosions.  I completely overlooked the little white boom on “C” dock. When I reached the dingy dock at the bottom of the ramp the visual helped my nostrils pinpoint the odor.  Diesel fuel and too much of it.

I didn't press for details, but the instant diagnosis would be a leaky fuel tank and a functioning automatic bilge pump. Accidents happen in spite of our best efforts. Luckily this one dispersed quite quickly with detergent and a fresh breeze. Is there a moral to the story? Hmmmm....well.......keep on top of the details, and always remember: ALL BOATS LOVE MAINTENANCE.

Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Velkommen

Robert Merland “Tolly” Tollefson — RIP

No Comments 09 May 2011

Robert Merland “Tolly” Tollefson, left this world on Friday, May 6th , 2011. He was 100 years old.

Founder of  Tollycraft Yachts, Tolly was a visionary leader. He was stoic and always true to his dreams and passions.

Most of all though, he was a fellow cruiser, an adventurer and a friend.

Tolly shoved off at 21:23 hours. It was high tide. Tolly left in time to pick up the evening ebb.

Godspeed Tolly.

—This from the Commodore of the Tollyclub, Brett Peck.


Tolly at his 99th birthday party - January 2010

Tolly built good boats. His designs encompassed the transition from wood to fiberglass. He was an artist, as anyone who has seen his drawings will agree. More than any other boatbuilder, his designs captured the essence of Northwest boating. They appealed equally to Captains and First Mates, giving him a greater market share than others. To many of us, the graceful lines of his boats, the practical use of interior space combined with rugged construction provide the ideal platform to personalize and cruise toward the next century.


Beachcombers’ Alert!

3 Comments 09 May 2011

Hey! I just received my first issue of Beachcombers’ Alert!, Curtis Ebbesmeyer’s newsletter. What a treat! Great articles: The Golden Bouy, Coins in a Squash Bank, Mystery Ball, Newfoundland Lobster Pot Tag Orbits Atlantic and more. Beachcombing is a fabulous activity that the whole family can enjoy. A boat is not even a requirement.  There is a whole universe of exploration and discovery right along the wrack line:  shells, glass balls, rubber duckies…..maybe a message in a bottle.  There is a lifetime of learning right on the beach, right in front of anyone who will take the time to look.  Tides, waves, currents, shells, unusual plants and animals, driftwood, floatsam and jetsam of all sorts.  It’s an adventure at your feet.

Go ahead, spend the $17.50 for a subscription. You can even give a gift subscription.  How cool it that?  Download a sample issue from 2008 and see what you have been missing.  I’ve already blogged about Curtis Ebbesmeyer’s book:  Flotsametrics and the Floating World.  Now I’m tuned in to Beachcombers’ Alert!  I think it’s an ideal adjunct to being a boat owner in the Great Pacific Northwet; just one more reason to explore those out-of -the-way beaches and islands.

Keep tuned in to Beachcomber Fairs.

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