• The hardest part of cruising

    I don’t want to be here right now. We’re living in Totem on the hardstand, on stilts in the shipyard. There is a lot of noise, and a lot of dirt, and a lot of chaos. Chunks of Totem’s interior are torn up. We climb a ...

Sailing the Gulf Islands, Part 8

Day 13, Thursday 9/11/14 After a good nights sleep, I checked in with my parents over the radio. We decided to leave my boat in Telegraph Harbor while we zipped over to Ladysmith for supplies in their boat. Ladysmith has made efforts to net their share of boater and tourist dollars by building a great […]

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Lazy Jacks

I took the new mainsail on a sea trial across to Port Madison. We were hoping to tie up to the tribal dock in Suquamish but we did not have enough room to be on the protected side of the dock. Winds and waves were building and what should have been a pizza and beer moment […]

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My morning grind

Rain is falling in buckets, wind lashes at the boat, we hear the gusts coming before they hit, then WHAM! Sookie lays over, spills the wind, and settles in. We laugh and snuggle in deeper to our warm cocoon. I tell ghost stories to spook Emily ensuring that she will snuggle in tight all night, […]

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All I want for Christmas rant

The holidays are just around the corner, bringing their yearly stress. It’s time to start thinking about what you want for Christmas. You know it’s time because Halloween is not yet over, yet the stores are already gearing up. I … Continue reading →

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Underway at last

Under way at last. We had a fast (and always tiring) trip up the coast, and we’re in Neah Bay now. We saw a whale off Long Beach, and had pretty good weather. We also got another close-up view of Tatoosh Island as we went through Hole in the Wall. There are a lot of […]

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Keep laughing Jack

C. A. THAYER photo from the archives of the S. P. H. S.© In September 1957, the C. A. THAYER sailed from Seattle to San Francisco to assume her new role as a museum ship, at her destination. She was commanded by Seattleite Captain Adrian Raynaud with Jack Dickerhoff as First Mate. The balance of the […]

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Sum it up Sunday: Inlets and outlets

Half the joy of cruising the Inside Passage is what you see along the way and making a run down Bullock Channel, east of Yeo Island, turned out to be a really nice start to the week.  For some reason, it doesn’t get a lot of credit for being anything other than the best route […]

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