I’ve just become aware that there is a new permit for a boat visiting Washington State waters – Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Prevention Permit for Out-of-State Boaters. It seems in 2017 this new permit was approved – effective 2018. The permit is to assist the help the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s efforts in preventing the spread … More A new boating permit
After almost seven years Sweet Pea has once again returned to Puget Sound. She will be back on saltwater in a few more days! The drive from Denver was uneventful. I was in no real hurry so, in general, drove short distances and enjoyed being out of Colorado. Early this upcoming week I’ll take … More Sweet Pea has returned to the PNW!
The next adventure has started – Sweet Pea, Momma Kitty and Dave are headed for the Salish Sea!
Boat work is never really completed – one must get to a point that the important things are done (ie, safety related) and many of the others are ‘mostly complete’. I’ve reached this stage. The bottom painting is complete, electrical system is upgraded, rudder gudgeon rebedded, hull and topsides buffed & waxed, trailer reconditioned, standing … More Done enough
I’ve begun the ‘enjoyable’ task of applying new antifouling paint to Sweet Pea’s bottom. I went over the old paint with a scraper to remove any loose bits (the port side was worse thanthan starboard – port faced the sun where she was stored); then sanded with 80-grit to assure the new paint has a good bond. … More bottom paint and other tasks
The electrical system components finally arrived and I have completed the second upgrade to Sweet Pea’s electrical system. The first upgrade was done in 2010. She now how a solar panel, USB chargers, a second 12V port, stern light, new masthead light and a safer electrical panel. The distribution panel remains the one that Jerry’s staff … More Upgraded electrical system
A well regarded series of stories by M. Wylie Blanchet is known by most sailors that travel the Salish Sea. The stories cover Wylie’s adventures, and some miss-adventures, traveling the northern reaches of the Strait of Georgia to just North of Vancouver Island. She traveled this area in the 1920s and 1930s in a small … More The Curve of Time
Still waiting for many boat parts to arrive so I’ve been doing tasks as I can. I tried to find replacement parts for the old boat potti; but no pieces are available – not a surprise as it is likely the potti is a ’83 like the boat. In order to save a few bucks, … More A place to sit