Keeping a ship’s log

Besides the joy of going down memory lane and reading old entries, information noted about how the boat sailed, anchorages, weather patterns, etc. are great resources for future voyages. Keeping track of items needing attention when back home is also helpful … this was especially helpful after the first sea trails conducted on AIR BORN in the San Juan and Gulf Islands. … More Keeping a ship’s log

Anchoring

I just love going for a cruise and finding a quiet cove away from all the other boats. Gunkholing requires an anchor. Here I’ll discuss how I store, launch and retrieve an anchor … … More Anchoring

Tossed about

As the evening settled in around Sweet Pea the forecast not to windy northerly was blowing out of the Southwest at Joemma State Park. The seas were confused one to two footers and the wind whistled in the rigging. I had hoped it was just a ‘bit of wind’ as the sun was setting – … More Tossed about

Out in the open

Went to be before the sun had set. I sleep very well on the boat and yesterday’s long motoring spell had me tired. I now need to figure out where to be for the Memorial Day long weekend. My thinking is to try a place I don’t remember staying – Joemma State Park just northeast-ish … More Out in the open

Groceries

Mid-morning on an overcast and almost chilly morning I and the Potters depart Jarrell Cove for Olympia. There is wind, on the nose, that is ‘sail worthy’; but I need to get groceries and then find a location to spend the night (I’m not wanting to pay for moorage in Olympia). Motoring south along Pickering … More Groceries

The current wins

I’m going back into South Puget Sound so once again I’ll transit Tacoma Narrows.  This means an early wake-up to ride the tide south. Up at 3:45am … Momma Kitty doesn’t even move out from the covers.   I make a cup of coffee and eat a breakfast of breakfast bars while boiling water to put … More The current wins

Back to Dockton

I wake and make my morning coffee. It is early so the boats at the public dock are quiet as if people are up they are not on deck. I enjoy watching the boats, a few seabirds and the sun rising. I receive a note from the Potters: no one going to Blake. I let … More Back to Dockton