In the many years we’ve done summer cruises in the Pacific Northwest, we’ve almost always chosen to skip over the San Juan Islands. We always thought they were too crowded and after a brief overnight somewhere, we’d continue up to the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. That’s because we didn’t have time to linger places. […]
This year’s 1-month cruise took us from Seattle all the way to Nootka Sound, more than half way up Vancouver Island’s west coast. Starting from Seattle, we had an upwind slog getting out the eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca to Victoria, followed by a relaxing five ...
A wonderful resource similar to the now defunct Marine Weather Services Charts for US waters has reemerged after going missing for a long time. This one is for British Columbia. This is a must have publication for sailing in BC. Easy to use crucial information. We list three new links because this tends to move around and […]
Here’s our latest installment from Three Sheets Northwest guest columnist Jim Burgoyne of SalishSeaPilot.com… Our conversation falls away, running low on gas, the old fellow sighs, the dock cleat at his feet getting a little kick as we think of something more to say. I’m a lousy conversationalist at the best of times, even now when its my cruising adventures […]
The 2017 Seattle Boats Afloat Show at South Lake Union is on the horizon, and it looks like there will once again be plenty of new boats to peruse at the West Coast’s largest floating show. This year’s event gets underway at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 14 and runs throughout the weekend, closing at […]
When I first sat down to write this post, I thought I’d share a little about why we chose our 1984 Grand Soleil 39, why we named her Yahtzee and what some of our favorite things have been about her over the past five years. But the more I wrote about favorite pieces of gear and things […]
The crew of Seattle-based SV Pardon My French sent us this fun video from this year’s Swiftsure International Yacht Race…enjoy!
Grace became part of our family in 2015 and had decent bottom paint on her during the survey. At the time, I was told she had just been painted, so I waited until this year to have her pulled again and to do some maintenance. In about a week, I leave for a 2 week stint […]
Perhaps the most idyllic physical features in Washington are concentrated in the San Juan Islands. Here is a natural topography encompassing more than 150 islands, considered by many persons to be unsurpassed for natural beauty and interest. Early-day commercial transportation among the islands, with its colorful sidelights, is recalled by Mary Kasch Nollan. Mary’s father, […]
We took the boat up to Sidney, BC to have some brightwork and engine work done back in early March. The folks up there had it for about six weeks. We had all the window frames painted, much of the exterior teak varnished, and engines serviced. It took us two days (well…a day and a […]