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Desolation Sound to Alert Bay

June 5, 2019

IT WAS 88 NAUTICAL MILES from Squirrel Cove, in Desolation Sound, up windy Johnston Strait, to Alert Bay. On the way to the First Nations fishing town, we passed three large salmon net pens, owned by Norwegian aquaculture companies. Aboriginal people have been fishing these waters for hundreds of years, and people in Alert Bay…

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Night in Nanaimo

June 2, 2019

      THIS IS LIKELY TO BE THE LAST night I’ll have an Internet connection for a while—and a good thing it is, because the wireless vultures have descended on me in force. Great trip today from Blakely Island up to Nanaimo, where we gassed up. Then we moored in Mark Bay, on Newcastle…

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Rough crossing to the San Juans

June 2, 2019

    SAM AND I LEFT PORT TOWNSEND at 7:30 this morning, and as soon as we got around Point Wilson, we were in nasty four- and five-foot seas blowing down the Strait of San Juan de Fuca from the Pacific. I was navigating without my reading glasses, and as we approached Partridge Point, on…

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Thanks Harvey

June 2, 2019

HARVEY HOCHSTETTER DROVE his 22-foot C-Dory Sleepy C down to meet us, from Sequim, on the first day of our trip, Friday—and escorted us all the way back up to Mystery Bay, on Marrowstone Island. We hung out there on the state park dock before Sam and I headed over to Port Townsend, where we…

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We’re off!

May 31, 2019

  We’ll be leaving Kenmore Harbor in about a half-hour, bound today for Point Hudson Marina, in Port Townsend. Today’s Puget Sound marine forecast calls for “variable wind to 10 knots, becoming south in the afternoon. Wind waves 1 ft or less. Patchy fog in the morning.” Yesterday afternoon, we launched Osprey at North Lake…

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V-berth remodeling project

May 28, 2019

THE C-BRATS WEBSITE, an amazing resource for people interested in these cool little boats, inspired me to renovate my V-berth, to create more storage space for our Alaska trip. Read about this project.

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Shakedown trip

May 20, 2019

DAVE ORTLAND AND I TOOK OSPREY out this weekend for a shakedown cruise, in preparation for next week’s departure. After stopping by the Eddyline factory in Burlington, where we picked up a pair of new Skylark kayaks, we launched at Anacortes’ Cap Sante Marina. From there, we motored about 20 nautical miles, at 5 knots, to…

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One month to launch

April 30, 2019

OSPREY’S PACKING LIST HAS GROWN, a lot, since my last post, a month ago. My buddy Paul looked at the earlier list, and wrote: “The ToDo list reveals you to be every bit the gearhead I remember, but of course boat ownership does little to discourage that tendency I’ll bet. Anyway, it’s really cool.” I…

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From Kenmore, Wash …

April 7, 2019

WE’RE LEAVING FROM KENMORE, on the north end of fresh water Lake Washington, bright and early on the morning of May 31, in Osprey, a 22-foot C-Dory Cruiser. Osprey’s skipper Andy Ryan will be joined by four old friends (one at a time, each for about two weeks) on the 3,000-mile journey from Kenmore to…

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… along the Inside Passage …

April 7, 2019

THE INSIDE PASSAGE (from Wikipedia) “is a coastal route for ships and boats along a network of passages which weave through the islands on the Pacific NW coast of North America. The route extends from southeastern Alaska, in the United States, through western British Columbia, in Canada, to northwestern Washington state, in the United States. “Ships using the route can avoid some…

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