Fleet, n., a group of vessels sailing together, engaged in the same activity
Want to let HAPS members know where you'll be? Download the float plan form and send it to Haps Comms. We'll send it out to the membership for you. Assuming we're not sailing out of email range. Sometimes we do that.
We've also included a link to a more complete form developed by the US Coast Guard for recreational vessels.
Below are a few resources or tools you may find useful while planning your next trip.
If you have a suggestion for something else you would like to see here contact Duane Rubash of s/v Salish Mermaid.
This is a great tool to get tide and current information. It has a great graphical animated display of the current for the day you select. It is a great way to plan the best time to navigate areas where strong currents can be a navigational hazard or find the best departure time to ride the current to your next destination.
It is always good to keep a close eye on the weather to pick your best weather window.
NVS Maritime Operations - Great graphincal tool with a lot of information on weather, you can even do route planning and save your routes to your personal free account.
Nautical Chart Catalog - View and downloat 1000+ nautical charts
Historical Charts- NOAA's nautical charts section digitized charts and maps from current day back to well before the civil war.
Washington Current Predictions - Detailed information regarding currents for given locations and days.
Washington Tides and Currents - this site has a multitude of data or different ways to view tides and currents. You can download a PDF of the tide tables for a given location or graphically display tide predictions several different ways.
is actually a useful page for trip planning as well. It has a tidal coefficient chart that can give you a quick look at possible good or bad days to plan a long haul. It also has some good detailed information and graphical presentations of data like Swells for say planning a strait crossing for example.
Here are a few places where you can find wind forecasts, you decide which ones you prefer.
Below you will find some mobile applications that can be useful.
This will automatically starts when you are on the water. It records your trip start and stop times, gives you your trip distance and average speed among other information and stores a graphical map of your route.
This will lets you look up information and local knowledge about marinas and anchorages.
Drag Queen Anchor alarm
This will help you sleep easier at anchor and warn you if your anchor doesn't hold.
Tides Near Me
Quick way to look up tides
Great way to check for weather advisories
United States Coast Guard
he official U.S. Coast Guard app gives you 24/7 access to the most commonly requested information and resources for the recreational boating public.
Great app to check on other vessels in your area. Not recommended for navigation, but if you don't have AIS on board it can give you a rough idea.
Provides live marine weather at buoys you select
Incredible detail with tables, graphs and maps, zoom in on high resolution forecast maps.
Never be without tides again!
Our member have compiled a list of useful resources.
If you have one you would like added to the list contact Duane Rubash of s/v Salish Mermaid.
- s/v Starbright - Good posts for San Juan's and the inside of Vancouver Island (May - September '17).
- s/v Salish Mermaid - Good posts from San Juan's (Aug '17).
- s/v Selah - Good posts for Desolation Sound on the BC coast of Canada (May 21 - June 30).
Boat Yards & Service
- CSR Marine
- Swantown Boatworks
- Port Townsend Boatyard
- Port Townsend Rigging
- NWBoatInfo - Boatyards & Service
Gear & Parts
- Marine Park Guides from NW Yachting. There are a couple new ones for 2018; British Columbia & Washington State Marine Park Guides.
- Personal Phone Support for Hunter Sailboat Owners 1toONE Support, Advice & Research
- Marine How To
- Marlow Hunter Service Manuals - Current | Previous
- Marlow Hunter Resource Document Archive
- Yanmar Sail Boat Engine Documents
- Sea Freeze of America Inc - Refrigeration: David Lehmann 1188 Marine Drive Bellingham, WA 98225 360-733-8282
- Boat Stuff Marine Services - General Boat work of all kinds! A jack of all trades! George Vogt 206-372-0487
- Charting Changes: NOAA’s plans for the future of charts (Poll) - From Three Sheets NW published by our own Stuart Scadron-Wattles
- America's Cup
- Clipper Around The World The Clipper Race is one of the biggest challenges of the natural world and an endurance test like no other. With no previous sailing experience necessary, it’s a record breaking 40,000 nautical mile race around the world on a 70-foot ocean racing yacht.
- COHO HO HO The Coho Ho Ho is a sailing rally where sailors of all abilities come together to make their way down the coast, from Seattle to San Francisco. As many sailors will tell you, the run south along the world's longest lee shore is one of the more difficult passages for any sailor. With the education and support the Coho Ho Ho provides, the trip is safe and fun for the entire fleet. The Coho Ho Ho departs mid-August each year, and arrives in San Diego in early-to-mid September. From there, the fleet is well positioned to continue down to San Diego and meet the Baja Ha Ha rally in October.
- R2AK No motor, no support, all the way to Alaska. The physical endurance, saltwater know-how, and bulldog tenacity to navigate the 750 cold water miles from the Port Townsend, Washington, to Ketchikan, Alaska.
- South Sound Series
- Swiftsure There are several options, but they all start in Victoria and the longest goes out to Swiftsure Bank past Neah Bay on Memorial Day Weekend each year.
- Vic-Maui On even numbered years this race starts in Victoria, BC and ends in Maui.
- Van Isle 360 Race starts and ends in Nanaimo Vancouver BC and is a 360° circomnavigation of Vancouver Island.
- Volvo Ocean Race The Volvo Ocean Race is often described as the longest and toughest professional sporting event in the world, sailing’s toughest team challenge and one of the sport’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympics and America’s Cup.
Practical Sailor a very helpful (albeit expensive) periodical that provides the only independent testing results on repair and maintenance products and fixtures/accessorieds for sailboats.
Sailboat Owners - Ask a Hunter Owner Forum Filled with discussions about modifications, upgrades, and technical discussions on sailing Hunters.
Sailboat Owners - HAPS Forum This is the HAPS area on Sailboat Owners.
Sailboat Data - Hunter Marine USA ALL of the Hunter Marine boats (and one Marlow-Hunter model) are listed here.
Three Sheets Northwest Great online periodical specifically geared to those sailing in the Pacific Northwest.
Washington State Parks - Boating The State Parks System includes a lot of marine parks, so there's a lot here about boating and the parks system.
HAPS Better Boating
HAPS members have always been generous with each other in helping with fixes and modifications. It’s likely that the Hunter you are currently sailing is no longer being built. In that light, fixes, maintenance and modification help becomes even more important.
So HAPS is starting a program we call Better Boating, to make it even easier to access the help you need to keep your Hunter sailboat in great condition, and make her even better.
There are three parts to this effort:
- Provide you and other HAPS members with seasonal, timely information and resources for maintenance and running issues
- Connect HAPS members with each other and with other Hunter owners for advice on specific concerns or modifications.
- Enable HAPS skippers and crew to establish redundancy skills, so that in an emergency or urgent situation on the water, you have back-up plans and skills at the ready.
John Hilton is spearheading the Better Boating effort, so if you have comments or suggestions, please get them to him at any time, by clicking here.
It’s all part of making HAPS worthy of the best boats on the water.
Click on the title at left to download the host manual, written by past and present co-captains. Everything you need should be there.
HAPs Comms will handle all of your communication and event registration needs. We'll let the membership know about the rendezvous details, register them if you like, communicate with them after they register, and get you the guest list. We just need to know what you're planning, and with whom to communicate. Typically, we like to start six weeks prior to your rendezvous date. Click the title at left to download the form, and send it to HAPS Comms as requested, or email us for a copy.