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
18 June ’18 – After talking with the Choey Lee owner I do the dishes, secure the boat and motor to the Oak Harbor Marina dock to get so gasoline, dump the porta potti and fill the water tank. The day is quickly getting hot and there is not a breath of wind as SWEET … More Swinomish Channel, Anacortes and Spencer Spit
17 June ’18 – I was completely asleep and all I know is I woke up and BANG. Something had hit SWEET PEA and I was up with my head out of the cabin in a second. I see a large sailboat heading away and a guy saying, ‘I’M SORRY! I’M SORRY! OH WOW! OH … More BANG!
15 June 1018 – I’m wanting to get to the San Juan Islands. This means going north. I could cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca or go the ‘back way’ going up Saratoga Passage on the east side of Whidbey Island and then take Swinomish Channel passing through LaConner. I’ve never taken the latter … More To the islands!
11 June ’18 – A leisurely morning in Port Ludlow as Port Townsend Canal current is flooding most of the day and therefore against me. Was chilly overnight. Momma Kitty woke at our usually time, between 5 and 530am, ate some kibble and then came back under the covers for more snoozing. We then slept … More Party Time in Port Townsend
8 June 2018 – Back in Edmonds I spend the day with my Dad. The forecast is for rain so I’ll avoid the raindrops. 9 June ’18 – The boat is damp from the last couple of cool days. Before departing Edmonds I put the bedding in the marina dyer. When I remake the bed … More A day in Edmonds and then to Port Ludlow
7 June 2018 – I cast off the Hope Island State Park buoy at 7am and motor with the tide to Strawberry Point with 5kt wind on the nose the entire way. The Skagit Bay channel heading south along Whidbey Island is narrow and busy with boats and crab pots for (easy) short tacking. The … More South to Edmonds
5 June 2018 – Up at 5am and a quick breakfast of coffee and two breakfast bars. Anchor up and on underway at 7:05am. A good breeze is blowing at just the direction requiring tacking. I decide to continue motoring as I am needing to get through Skaget Bay with the current. As I round … More Cornet Bay and Hope Island
After securing SWEET PEA for sea I depart the Port of Edmonds berth at 9:30am. Before leaving the marina there is a quick stop at the gas dock for fuel. Leaving the port entrance I turn to starboard heading up Possession Sound. A very light-to-no-wind that is blowing on the nose, along with a slight adverse current; so the motor runs until 1pm when I’m near Langly and the winds picks up from the NW 5-10 knots. Two hours later I clear East Point and an hour later pass by Baby Island heading south into Holmes Harbor. … More Saratoga Passage
After a nice couple of days at Liberty Bay and Poulsbo it was time to head to Edmonds to meet up with my family and celebrate my sister’s birthday. This trip involved transiting Agate Passage and then crossing the main channel of Puget Sound. There is a strong afternoon and evening wind forecast for Admiralty … More One month