Sunset at Sucia

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Sucia Island, in the San Juan Islands, is a favorite spot for boaters. It is a large, well kept State Marine Park. There are many places to anchor or tie up to a buoy in the summer, and many walking … Continued

Cyanea Capillata

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Look, but don’t touch! This jellyfish is found in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the late summer. They can grow to be quite large. It is also called the Lion’s Mane Jellyfish, Sea blubber, or Sea nettle. This jellyfish can … Continued


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Second coat is on, hull has been waxed, and now Island Song is going back into the water: A hectic weekend but we got a lot of work done. Thanks to all the guys at Walsh Marine, they were great … Continued

First Coat

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Woo! The first coat of anti-fouling is on. My arm feels like it’s going to fall off. The lapstrake hull is a lot more work than a smooth hull. Today Jeff helped and did the roller while I followed with … Continued


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Well after two blister repairs and lots of prep, the primer went on today. We don’t know what type of paint the previous owner put on her. We could either strip her down to the gelcoat, or do a heavy sanding, or … Continued


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Time to haul her out and put some fresh anti-fouling paint on her bottom 😉 Lots of work planned in the next couple of days! We’ve got a big list; anti-fouling, check a thru-hull, zincs, knot meter, packing gland, clean the … Continued

Line honours and debris

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The first boat to finish Vic-Maui 2012 was a J/145, taking “line honours”. The first boat to cross the finish line in a yacht race wins the line honours, while other boats may come first in the handicap honours. Slower boats have … Continued


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Kayaking around Drayton Harbor today … the tide was rising and the tidal flats were covered … I was looking for a wreck in the tidal flats. It is marked on the nautical chart but I couldn’t find it. Then I … Continued

Vic-Maui 2012

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The Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race is underway!  The cruising division left on July 5, and the racing division left on July 7. Currently the fleet is scattered roughly 150 nm off the coast of Oregon and Northern … Continued

Zombie Apocalypse?

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The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has a campaign to promote emergency preparedness and response. Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse  ( Their promotional material says “If you’re ready for a zombie apocalypse, then you’re ready for any emergency”. They … Continued