• The send off committee in Neah Bay.

    Voyage down the coast: Neah Bay to San Francisco

    Upon arriving in Neah Bay we decided to leave that night instead of the planned early morning departure.  A weather system was moving in and by leaving a little early we’d miss its effects.  So we left a 9:30 pm (2130 hours to you sticklers).  ...

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Discovering Cabbage & Tumbo Islands

The original route that I’d plotted down to Cabbage & Tumbo Islands took us on the outside of Gabriola Island, Galiano Island, Mayne Island, etc…to Cabbage & Tumbo which are on the outside of Saturna Island. We did this because we wanted to avoid going through Dodd Narrows with over 6 knots against us (and because […]

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Summer Cruising: Pendrell Sound (Video)

I am thrilled to have been able to enjoy several weeks cruising this summer in Desolation Sound, the Discovery Islands, and the Canadian Gulf Islands.  I’ve decided rather than bore you with my daily cruising log, I’ll share some of the highlights and use video to help tell the story. If you’ve read my blog in […]

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Mosquito Fleet Monday: The Steamer Vashon (ex-City of Aberdeen)

“The sternwheeler CITY OF ABERDEEN was built in 1911 on Grays Harbor, the same year she was sent to Puget Sound to operate on the Seattle-Olympia route for S. Wiley Navigation Co. She was commanded by a colorful character known as ‘Hell-Roarin’Jack.’ The VASHON was noted for impromptu races, during which, anything flammable in the […]

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5 Favorites: Marina Showers

This is the second in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, breweries, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, pubs, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests,” but rather to provide an entertaining and insightful look […]

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Power system design

This is the first in a series of posts on my power system upgrade which will cover design, install and specific implementation challenges. Grace came with a very basic power system which had some major problems. Having completely redone the power system on Jammy, and wanting to have all the comforts of home, it was important to […]

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More Melanie Cove shenanigans

We took the Inspire 1 up this afternoon for some aerial photos. My camera controller was glitching out a little bit, but I managed to take a few nice overhead shots that should give you a good sense of this place: After doing some more work, we decided to go hike some of the trails […]

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Jenny poses aboard Adventuress during a Girl Scout trip in 2004.

A spark created aboard Adventuress leads to a perfect fit years later

Jenny Smith, current Program Coordinator (PC) extraordinaire for Sound Experience, first came aboard Adventuress in 2004 to participate in a four-day Girl Scout trip. She was 12-years-old, and although she can’t remember many concrete details, the sense of Adventuress’ community stayed with her. “I know I had an amazing time. I came home and made a […]

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My Boat | Wild Hare

As often happens, when Rick Bunzel happened upon his 1999 Camano Troll 31, he wasn’t really in the market for a new boat. Now, after owning the boat for two years and cruising the San Juan Islands and British Columbia, he’s got his sights set on Alaska. Wild Hare is homeported in Anacortes, Washington. How […]

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