It is so pleasant to slowly wake to feel the gentle rocking of the boat as the wind increases over night. Being tied to the floating dock at Baranof Warm Springs allows the movement, much like being anchored out. I recall getting up during the night for a safety check and seeing a fishing boat […]
We had left Nanaimo aboard Freya early that August morning. The forecast was for light wind from the south, providing a following sea for Freya steaming northwest for Baynes Sound. It was there I hoped to find a night’s anchorage at Henry Bay and take a swim in the warm ...
A lot gets written every summer about the beauty of cruising in Desolation Sound. The stories trumpet the area’s warm, swimmable water, gorgeous scenery, and bounty of anchorages to tuck into and enjoy the picturesque seclusion until your heart’s content. As it turns out, it’s ...
The Wooden Boat Festival needs virtually no introduction. As one of the largest wooden boat gatherings in the world, this annual event in Port Townsend regularly features hundreds of boats, draws numerous icons in the wooden boatbuilding industry, brings a whole lot of family fun and much more — and it’s right in our own […]
If you sail up the fjords of Clayoquot you will be surrounded by incredible beauty. Mountains rise on either side; mists hang, shrouding tops of trees. In the summer, the sky is blue and the weather can be fine. If you get the chance, it’s well worth the trip to travel up those fingers of […]
On August 7 – 9, the Brethren of the Sound hosted the 15th Annual PNW Cruiser’s Rendezvous; with raffle proceeds supporting the SSS Odyssey Sea Scouts, the North Kitsap Fishline Food Bank, the Seattle Seafair Pirate’s Holiday Treasure Chest and the Educational Tall-Ship Foundation. As one of the largest gatherings for cruisers, this year’s PNW […]
Eolian‘s cockpit is not large. So, to make room for more than four adults, we used to take off the wheel and bungee it to the bimini frame. Removing the wheel makes the cockpit seem twice as large! But putting it over on the bimini frame risked rupturing the varnish at the bottom where it […]
It has been a long time since I updated this cruising blog. But at last I have an excuse to do so, for we were away for the first two weeks of August on our annual cruise on our Skoota 28 powercat. We left Saturna in late afternoon and spent the first couple of nights […]
Emma also wanted to learn how to make my homemade granola bars so I made her another video. I halved the recipe in the video. The full recipe follows below. Granola bars: 1 cup natural-style peanut butter 1/4 cup honey 1 1/2 cups dry uncooked old-fashioned oatmeal 1 1/2 cups homemade granola Your Desired Amount […]
Autopilot? Windvane? Both, or hard-core hand-steering? Problems with our autopilot have caused some headaches on Totem. So why don’t we have a windvane for self-steering, instead of relying only on an autopilot? There are a lot of reasons to add a windvane. They don’t need any power, whereas running the autopilot 24×7 on longer passages […]
We were ghosting into the entrance to Matilda Inlet, before the point blocked the remainder of a 5 knot breeze. Fingers of wispy clouds intertwined with the dense evergreen shore. As we lost all wind, a light rain started. We motored about a mile south, past the tiny town of Ahousat, into the right (west) fork […]
We are now heading north toward the archipelago and surrounding cruising area know as the Broughtons. Generally this area is considered to encompass everything northwest of Campbell River and Desolation Sound and southeast of the northern tip of Vancouver Island, even though the Broughtons proper is just the collection of small islands northeast across the […]