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 even had his best night’s sleep while we were racing for 25 hours in the Strait of Juan de Fuca during Swiftsure, so that’s a plus. Time will tell for both.
Last weekend the four of us sailed together. Just us. And we had a blast.
A lot gets written every summer about the beauty of cruising in Desolation Sound. The stories trumpet the area’s warm, swimmable water, gorgeous scenery, and bounty of anchorages to tuck into and enjoy the picturesque seclusion until your heart’s content.
As it turns out, it’s all true. The mountain views from places like Prideaux Haven are breathtaking. Cassell Falls at Teakerne Arm is a sight to behold. The water is the warmest north of Mexico (so we were told, and don’t doubt). And sunny days have a way of melding themselves together into weeks.
But Desolation Sound is much more than all that. It’s also a place where you can idle away the days reading a book in the sun or sitting around and thinking about everything or nothing.
Grant Lawrence probably captured the area’s character best in his hilarious book Adventures in Solitude, “It simply and grandly offers us a reflection of who we were, who we are, bound together by our adventures in solitude.” Spend some time there and you’ll realize why that quote works.
It was 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning when I heard the pitter-patter of rain on deck above our bed. The prediction of precipitation had finally come to fruition and the day would be rainy and cloudy until the early evening when the sun finally made a warm and glorious appearance.
This was actually only our first full day of rain since April and our second cloudy day in a row. But due to the lack of sun and wind, Yahtzee’s house batteries had dipped too low for comfort by the time I crawled out of bed an hour or two later. So, for the first time since leaving our permanent slip a year earlier, I fired up the engine at anchor to charge the house batteries.
Getting and using power aboard a cruising boat is always a challenge, and it is tackled in numerous ways by boaters. In the quest for a perfect solution — of which there is none — I’m often asked about how we get and use power aboard Yahtzee. So here’s a simple rundown on how we live a mostly self-sufficient life while underway. Continue reading The basics of self-sufficient power aboard Yahtzee→