Monday, January 7, 2013

On the Subject of the Salish Sea..

I stumbled upon the Salish Sea Trading Cooperative and thought it was so neat that I had to share.

From their website:
Salish Sea Trading Cooperative, a Ballard non-profit, relies on wind and tide to transport locally produced goods around Puget Sound by sailboat. Our goals are to conserve precious energy resources, lower our carbon footprint, and re-introduce the idea of sail as everyday transport while building resiliency into our local foodshed. And have fun along the way.
Amazing, right?

I've just missed their Boat Design Brainstorming session on Saturday where they were hashing out a design for their second sailboat.  I would have loved to have been a fly on that wall! 

On the subject of the Salish Sea, check out this woodchart made of birch:

I discovered it here, at Metsker Maps of Seattle.  I don't consider myself much of an art person (I'm working on it) but I could find a place on my wall for this. 


  1. still reading your blog


    1. Thanks for checking in! I hope to be back to building soon. :)

  2. Hi Julie! Thanks for your kind words about the co-op. You're most welcome to attend the next Boat Design meeting (it will be posted on our website), and over time, we will be posting the specs publicly, too. Best wishes with building your Scamp sailboat.

    Managing Partner and Cofounder

  3. Hi Julie,

    Awfully quiet around here lately. Looking forward to the next episode.

    Happy 2013.

    1. Thank you for checking in, Marius!

      It's been too cold to work outside (at least for any epoxy work) so I've been redecorating and working on other aspects of my life that were woefully neglected during my last building session. :)

      I hope to be back to building soon!

      Happy 2013 to you too!

  4. Hi Julie!! Yes, I love those wooden charts, too, thanks for pointing them out!!!

    I hope your build is progressing. I'm guessing your boat is still outdoors? Working on rudders and centerboards at the kitchen table?

    It was a bit tough for me to keep going with the cold weather, but I'm feeling a little better now that I have a little space heater in my garage. There's not a lot of room in there, but at least it has walls so I can burn electricity enough to kick some epoxy! I've now got skegs on, glass and all three coats of epoxy on the bottom. Sanding tomorrow, 1st coat of paint this weekend all going well. But, still, the insides, deck, cabin, etc remain. One step at at time!

    All the best,

    1. Hello Dale!

      Yup, the boat is still outside. I've been lustfully looking at garages in our neighborhood, trying to figure out if I can break in and move my boat in without them knowing... hah!

      It's been a good break for me, as I was so obsessed I had neglected a lot of things in our little house. I'm very excited about starting again soon, though. Very much looking forward to it. :)

      Great job on your build. Good luck with the paint- that has to be a wonderful feeling to be at that stage!