Spring has come conversations among sailors has increased. One topic that has been batted around is reefing. For those reading that are not sailors reefing is reducing the size of the boats sails in response to the wind speed increasing. The smaller sail catches less wind and the boat heels less (until the wind increases … More Reefing

Family time

I had a good dinner of beer and oysters with my Dad the night I arrived in Edmonds. We went to Anthony’s Cafe at the Edmonds Marina so it was right ‘next door’ to where Sweet Pea was moored. The next day was full family time to celebrate both dad’s birthday and Mother’s Day. Went … More Family time

Port Ludlow to Edmonds

Through the night the wind was gusty at times humming in the rigging. Halfway through the night Momma Kitty wanted under the covers. The morning was sunny. Morning coffee warmed the body and cabin where I enjoyed listening to the news, collected the weather forecast and checked the tide and current tables. Today will go a … More Port Ludlow to Edmonds

Done enough

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

New www-location

I’m moving SWEET PEA’s www-site to this new space. has become unstable with the site not being available for days and weeks. So, give me some time to move the old site’s information to this new domain. Thanks! – Dave

just finished up two weeks in san juan and gulf islands

I just returned from two weeks in the san juan and gulf islands.  I was part of a group of 16 jerry montgomery boats that came together to enjoy sailing in our ‘wrinkled little boats’.  I didn’t sail in SWEET PEA, but in the latest jerry montgomery design – SAGE 17.  this boat, hull #001 named AIR … More just finished up two weeks in san juan and gulf islands