This post was written on August 26, 2015. I love to sail. My Dad loves to sail. And my sons seem like they love to sail. Porter says he does, and even though he’s two, his zeal for all things sailing allows me take his word for it. And Magnus is happy while we’re sailing — he […]
We are now in week four of our trip to the Broughtons and will have to start heading homeward sometime in the next week or two. It’s been grand, and the people, the countryside and the whole ethos of the place are simply stellar. But that’s ...
Tucked into downtown Vancouver’s Coal Harbour for Saturday’s windstorm, we could not only hear it howling through sailboats’ rigs, but through the trees at nearby Stanley Park. Every so often, I poked my head out from down below to survey the jibs of nearby boats; hoping ...
Our original trip itinerary was to sail from Port Townsend to San Francisco, without making any stops. But when we got the weather forecast of a big gale blowing up, and realized we were close enough to Newport, Oregon to stay safely out of the storm’s way, we high-tailed it in to the Port of […]
After waiting out six days of high winds in Nootka Sound, we finally got the opportunity to make our hop around Estevan Point. We woke up uber-early (for us) and pushed off from the Friendly Cove dock at 5:30 a.m. The sun had just snuck over the horizon and shone unnatural and red through smoke […]
The San Juan Islands here in Washington State are a treasure. Sailing, fishing, crabbing, kayaking, hiking, history, Orca, whales, seals, seaside villages with unique appeal, and oh yeah…some of the best sunsets in the world all await you in this Pacific Northwest gem. After a winter spent working on our boat and a spring spent […]
Great news from NOAA for anyone boating in shallow water: If you look closely at any U.S. coastal nautical chart, you’ll likely find that the areas closest to the shore, shoals, and rocks do not have updated depth measurements. In many areas, safety concerns prohibit the use of NOAA ship or launches to survey the […]
Starting Monday, September 7th, Livery will be closing one hour earlier, at 7 pm. The last boat will go out at 5:45. In addition, Livery will close at 3 pm on Saturday, September 26th for a volunteer appreciation event. On Monday, September 28th, Livery will begin its Fall Hours, operating only on weekends. Closing times change […]
On Thursday we took a jet boat ride out of Wrangell and up the Stikine River with Zack from Breakaway Adventures. Breakaway Adventures does trips to LaConte Glacier, Anan Bear Observatory, the Stikine River, and Telegraph Creek, B.C. in their super fast, super fun jet boats. We inquired about the Anan Bear Observatory trip, but the season […]
Passengers aboard the the fishing charter vessel Playboy Too got more than they bargained for when the boat was discovered to be taking on water some 40 miles off the Washington coast on Friday. Fortunately, a call by a nearby boat, the Sea Angel, got the USCG involved who were able to drop a dewatering […]
This is a story about cognitive retention for cruisers, and possibly, a bit of a warning. We’ll begin with a scenario. You’ve been on the water for, say, six hours, and you’ve arrived at your destination, a small port town with an anchorage area and a town wharf. It’s 4:30 in the afternoon. The anchorage […]
For over a year now I’ve had the dream of sailing down to Mexico, cruising the Sea of Cortez for a while, then sailing out into the Pacific to Hawaii and then back to Seattle. Living the adventure everyone talks about. It was an ambitious goal, born from a desire for freedom, adventure, and breaking […]