I have a confession: I love cleaning winches. It’s really weird, but the idea of cleaning a winch with a beer or two sounds like a great way to spend a Friday night. Taking apart a winch combines two of my favorite things among all boat tasks: 1) engineering – basic engineering skills in taking […]
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Here’s some more GoPro footage from the Van Isle trip, heading back east in the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Renfrew to Becher Bay. Be sure to watch in 1080p HD if you’re on a fast connection. Read the rest of the post on S/V Violet Hour.
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 […]
We were ghosting into the entrance to Matilda Inlet, before the point blocked the remainder of a 5 knot breeze. Fingers of wispy clouds intertwined with the dense evergreen shore. As we lost all wind, a light rain started. We motored about a mile south, past the tiny town of Ahousat, into the right (west) fork […]
This might have been the first time I knew real fear. We were having engine problems in the Strait of Juan de Fuca in four foot ocean rollers and no wind. Our engine power was dropping randomly, and at this point I had no clue why. I’m not a person who frightens easily. Rock climbing, […]
There we were in the Gulf Islands, drifting between Sidney Spit and several threatening rocks on flat, windless water. We were motoring backwards with our mainsail up. Other boats must have thought we were completely crazy. While sailboats around us were motoring like normal, we were traveling in reverse. Our transmission was failing – the […]
With our departure for Vancouver Island coming up in two weeks, we likely won’t be returning to Fishermen’s Terminal marina, our home for the last four months. When we get back in August it’ll be to Elliott Bay Marina, and eventually Shilshole. Shilshole has a 10 month wait list, so we’ll be waiting till the […]