Monthly Archives: September 2016

5 Favorites | Marina Showers

This is the second in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as memorable anchorages, breweries, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, pubs, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests,” but rather to provide an entertaining and insightful look at things we’ve enjoyed while cruising in the Pacific Northwest. 

One of the many frequently asked questions we get about living and cruising on Yahtzee is if we shower aboard. Except for using the sun shower on deck in the summer, we don’t shower on the boat. Instead, we roll it into our routine when stopping in port for provisions, fuel, laundry, etc.

That being the case, we’ve seen our fair share of shoreside facilities over the years, as have many cruisers, which led to a lively discussion the other night about the best and worst marina showers in the area. While laughter ensued, we realized it would make a perfect “5 Favorites”, and though all these places get high marks from us for their cleanliness, there are other factors and memorable stories that help set them apart from the rest.

In no particular order, here are our five favorite marina showers in the Pacific Northwest.

Arabella’s Landing Marina: Gig Harbor, Washington

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It was the day after Thanksgiving and rain was coming down in buckets when we arrived at Arabella’s Landing. Soaked and chilled, we secured the dock lines, hooked up shore power, turned on the space heater, grabbed our towels and toiletries, and made way for the showers. Clean and welcoming, we found a hot, sauna-esq bathing experience that could only be described as heavenly. It was the perfect way to start our time in Gig Harbor; clean, warm, refreshed and ready to head for 7 Seas Brewing. Continue reading 5 Favorites | Marina Showers

What’s up with Yahtzee?

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind for Yahtzee and crew. After finishing our circumnavigation of Vancouver Island and spending time in the San Juan Islands, we made way for Seattle. From there we flew to Michigan to be with family for Labor Day and had an absolute blast. It couldn’t have been a better time and it was wonderful for the boys to play and hang out with their cousins, grandparents, and aunts and uncles — which they’re still doing.

Seven of ten cousins on the dock where it all began.
Eight of ten cousins on the dock where all the sailing began.
The boys and their cousin George riding big wheels.
The boys and their cousin George riding big wheels.

I ventured back to the boat solo and cruised up to the Wooden Boat Festival in Port Townsend, and in between have been working on boat and work projects, and seeing friends. After spending so much time underway over the past two years, we’ve had some upgrades to make and, with the crew off the boat, I’ve been tackling those one by one. Continue reading What’s up with Yahtzee?

5 Favorites: Memorable anchorages

This is the first in an ongoing series called “5 Favorites” in which we’ll explore a range of topics such as anchorages, breweries, fun things to do, ports, beautiful places, pubs, days of sailing, meals to make aboard and much more. The aim is not to make a list of “bests”, but rather of things we’ve enjoyed while cruising in the Pacific Northwest.  

Robbers Passage: With so many anchorages visited, choosing five was difficult.
Robbers Passage: With so many anchorages visited, choosing five was difficult.

In this first installment, and in no particular order, I’ll take you to my five favorite anchorages that we visited aboard Yahtzee while rounding Vancouver Island from mid-May to mid-August. During our circumnavigation of the island we spent 62 nights at anchor, which provides me with many potential spots to choose from. Picking just five was extremely difficult and while we enjoyed all the places we visited for one reason or another, these stuck out as favorites.

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The inspiration for cruising

Sunrise in Watmough Bay.
Sunrise in Watmough Bay.

Sitting on the rocky beach of Watmough Bay on Lopez Island, I stared out on the water in quiet contemplation. Yahtzee bobbed on a mooring and Rosario Strait was calm yet sparkling in the summer sun. I reached down, picked up a small stone and threw it with no care as to where it landed. My mind was far away, searching for an answer to a question posed to me by a fellow cruiser I’d met just moments prior.

“What’s your inspiration for cruising as a family?” she’d asked.

It was a good question, but a heavy one. Of all the queries I get regarding our lifestyle, I’ve never been asked that particular one and in the moment, I couldn’t process it and give it the clear attention it deserved. I’ve thought about it a lot since, talked about it with friends and, sitting in the very spot where my love of sailing stems from, I’ve come to grasp the answer. Continue reading The inspiration for cruising