As the coronavirus delayed 2020 sailing season begins I’ve received many requests on how to use the reefing systems that Jerry Montgomery installed on the Montgomery 17 & 15 and I installed on the Sage 17 and 15. I covered reefing before and here I’ll provide some more details and some pictures taken of SWEET … More Reefing the Jerry Montgomery designs
a common question is ‘where and how do you cook? … More Feeding the body part 1 – where to cook and what with?
No! The comment is not about me! I’m doing well and just doing a quick catch-up here as the posts about what I’ve been doing are way behind from where I am at (more up-to-date photos are on my Instagram feed). I am currently on day 64 living and cruising on Sweet Pea. This post … More Unable to cope?
I taking the ferry from Edmonds to Kingston and arrived in Port Townsend about noon. Had the SWEET PEA rigged by 2pm, I’m really out of practice, and she was in the water shortly thereafter. Everything seems to be working just fine and the centerboard even went down! The cruise of the Salish Sea begins!
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!
While waiting for boat parts to arrive, so I can continue SWEET PEA’s recommissioning and improvements, I have been enjoying one of my favorite non-sailing activities – reading. Late last year an acquaintance, Dave Bacon, published his second book ‘Sailing From Behind the Curve’. Dave is an absolutely top-notch sailor. He knows his stuff. I’ve … More Sailing From Behind the Curve
For my upcoming 2018 many months Salish Sea trip, could be up to five months on the water, I need to figure out what which ship’s stores are really needed v. what I want – I have seventeen feet of boat, that will also be shared with a cat, to carry all the stuff. I must … More Ship’s stores
For the past ten years I followed Roger Taylor’s adventures in his small and simple boats Mingming and Mingming II. A bit about Roger – Roger Taylor was born by the sea, of sea-faring stock, and has been sailing for well over fifty years. As a young seaman he was shipwrecked on a remote New Zealand shore aboard … More Roger Taylor & Mingming & Mingming II
As I get ready for my trip it has been really helpful to reference SWEET PEA’s logbook. I’ve neglected her for some time, last sail was late Summer 2012, so a lot of thoughts and ‘need to do’ tasks were noted and forgotten. Reading the trip reports also brings back memories and gets me excited to … More SWEET PEA’s old logbook