Bill, Jan and PopcornWe moved to the NW in 1998 to find ourselves in one of the best cruising areas in the world.  We had been sailors in San Francisco Bay but switched to a trawler to travel the Inside Passage in comfort.  All of these have turned out to be wonderful decisions!

Our first Bedoeling was a 1991 GB36 kept at Bellingham in charter with Northwest Explorations, a first-class charter management organization from which we learned a lot.  I (Bill) started learning from the Seattle Sail & Power Squadron, and have been teaching seamanship, weather and engine classes ever since.  A few years ago we switched to our current Bedoeling, a 1978 GB32.  Still a fiberglass hull but one engine that I can service (the 36 twin engine room was too crowded for me to work), a delightful covered sedan cockpit, modern electronics and Cetol brightwork.  They have taken us outside Vancouver Island and to Alaska in style.  Bedoeling now lives in the Edmonds marina just a few minutes from our house.

Popcorn is a Cardigan Welsh Corgi who joined the family when we started cruising.  She loves the destinations and attention of boat trips, though noisy vibrating diesels and the occasional rough passage she can do without.

In between boats we had a Cessna that took us and our two daughters around the US and up into AK.  I have found a good deal of what makes a good pilot is the same for a good skipper.

Bill, Jan and Popcorn Ray