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2014 AR Registration is Open — Salish Sea Potlatch

Join us May 8th through the 11th in Roche Harbor for the 2014 Puget Sound Grand Banks Owners Association ren­dezvous! We have over 60 boats reg­is­tered already!

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CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Questions? Shoot us an email at rendezvous@psgbowners.org.

3.8.14 - Click here for the pre­lim­i­nary sched­ule of events

More ren­dezvous info is here

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2014 Annual Rendezvous Thursday — Sunday, May 8 — 11

Salish Sea Potlatch: Exposition on the 2014 Annual Rendezvous Theme

The theme of this year’s Annual Rendezvous is “Salish Sea Potlatch.” Curious? Read on.

Some def­i­n­i­tions are in order.

Salish Sea: The body of water encom­pass­ing Desolation Sound and the Strait of Georgia, the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, and Puget Sound. The name was cre­ated by a marine biol­o­gist in 1988 to des­ig­nate the above marine ecosys­tem and to honor the Coast Salish peo­ples. It is now an offi­cially rec­og­nized title, accord­ing to learned sources. See more. http://staff.wwu.edu/stefan/salish_sea.shtml

Potlatch: A cer­e­mo­nial feast given by Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest in which every­one receives a gift. The pot­latch has had many uses, but here is an inter­est­ing  one that might be valu­able one day. “If an impor­tant per­son fell off a canoe, a small but ele­gant and costly pot­latch would be given to off­set the humil­i­a­tion of the fall. You could not be laughed at. You could not lose dig­nity.” See http://nativeamericans.mrdonn.org/northwest/potlatch.html

“Salish Sea Potlatch” will pro­vide ter­rific oppor­tu­ni­ties to social­ize and have fun in Fabulous Roche Harbor. Join us Thursday, May 8th through Sunday, May 11th. Mark your cal­en­dar now and stay tuned to this site for the addi­tional infor­ma­tion that will soon emerge.

A Video Invitation to the 2014 GB Annual Rendezvous

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

John Henson, Lily Jung Henson, and Brian Pemberton are the 2014 Annual Rendezvous Co-Chairs.

Shoot us an email at rendezvous@psgbowners.org if you have ques­tions. New infor­ma­tion will be posted here as soon as we receive it.

Replacing the Flybridge Steering Cable

I recently replaced the steer­ing cable between the fly­bridge and the lower helm on Archimedes, our Grand Banks 42. The project was sur­pris­ingly easy and inex­pen­sive. Since many of our Grand Banks are get­ting on in years, I though the process might be of inter­est. It’s a fairly long post. Rather than post it all here, I’ll just point you to my blog for all the details.

http://blog.mvarchimedes.com/2013/12/replacing-flybridge-steering-cable/

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Please let me know if you have ques­tions or suggestions.

Keeping stuff organized

This arti­cle was writ­ten by Rusty Lewis of the Archimedes and orig­i­nally appeared on his blog.

I don’t know about your boat, but we have col­lected a drawer full of man­u­als and doc­u­men­ta­tion for the var­i­ous elec­tron­ics and giz­mos on Archimedes. While we occa­sion­ally ref­er­ence one from time to time, they mostly just take up space. Our solu­tion is an iPad and an app called Good Reader ($4.99).

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All the man­u­als we need are avail­able in elec­tronic pdf for­mat. An iPad is the per­fect medium for stor­ing and view­ing these doc­u­ments. There are other tablets and other doc­u­ment reader apps. This is just the com­bi­na­tion we are using.

Good Reader allows us to down­load the man­u­als, orga­nize them, and view them as needed. We also keep elec­tronic copies of impor­tant papers like reg­is­tra­tion, insur­ance, radio license, and EPIRB reg­is­tra­tion on the iPad. It never hurts to have back up copies of the impor­tant stuff. Good Reader does much more than we use it for. It can con­nect to iCloud, Drop­box, and a num­ber of other ser­vices to retrieve pdf’s. Fol­low the link above to see what else it can do.

Good Reader is a fine way to read the lat­est copy of North­west Yacht­ing too!

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Post 2013 Rendezvous Survey

We had a great turnout at the 2013 Puget Sound Grand Banks Rendezvous. About 60 boats and their valiant crews attended. But … we have almost 500 mem­bers. Wouldn’t it be amaz­ing to have most, if not all, at the next rendezvous?

We would love to have those that attended weigh in on what would make the ren­dezvous even bet­ter next year. For those who attended, please take a moment to com­plete our sur­vey. Just ten ques­tions. Short and easy.

Click here to take the sur­vey and help make the next ren­dezvous fantastic

We thank you in advance for your time and consideration.

We are work­ing dili­gently on insight­ful ques­tions to sur­vey those who did not attend.

More light, less power

This arti­cle was writ­ten by Rusty Lewis of the Archimedes and orig­i­nally appeared on his blog.

Archimedes came to us with flu­o­res­cent over­head light­ing. The fix­tures are about 12 inches long and built into recesses in the ceil­ing. Each fix­ture holds one ten watt tube. Sadly, they don’t pro­duce much light. In fact, a pre­vi­ous owner went so far as to line the insides of the recesses with alu­minum foil in the hope that would reflect a bit more light. I don’t think that was ter­ri­bly effec­tive. The tubes just don’t put out much light.

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