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Carl in LA
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Response Posted - 09/02/2019 :  21:28:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
And I think I know why the super yacht left Prevost for Reid... dragging anchor... they must have never been able to set the anchor. Because they tried three times to set the anchor and failed each time backing down on the anchor...

Eventually the captain relocated again and apparently managed to set the anchor.



A while later Greg came by in his very seaworthy dinghy and asked if I wanted to go for a hike over at Roche Harbor... heck-yah!

I grabbed a PFD and stuffed the backpack with water and an extra shirt and away we went...

A word about this dinghy... I think Greg told me it was a 12 foot Novurania... with a 70 hoes Suzuki. That boat hopped up in plane and we scooted out from Reid Harbor for the two mile trip to Roche Harbor.



Actually we went beyond Roche Harbor... we went to Garrison Bay.



Oh boy... Somebody's going to need a history lesson... this place looks important.



And it is...



Greg explained everything to me but its far too much to type so I'll refer you to Wikipedia.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_War_(1859)

And Greg knew all of the parts of the story.

And these are the barracks.



But we were here to hike...



And the trail was in pretty good condition.



And the view from the top was spectacular.

Looking northwest.



And looking southwest.



Very impressive... no more pics from the hike or the return dinghy ride but we did go all the way into Roche Harbor which was interesting and the return dingy ride - with the wind was smooth and quick.

So hat's off to Greg who visited with me in Nanaimo, turned me on to Montague Harbour, helped me clear back into the United States, and totally served as tour guide for a jaunt to the most historic place in the area. I really appreciated all that.

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Response Posted - 09/09/2019 :  08:01:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sunday morning I believe.

And conclusion of a wonderful stay at Stuart Island.

Today's cruise is a short morning jaunt to Friday Harbor. Super calm conditions allowed me to finish coffee in the cockpit while underway.



And the kayakers that spent the night on Stuart Island had an easy paddle back to Roche Harbor.



The cruise to Friday Harbor was easy enough although there were numerous yachts also going southbound which contributed to bouncing across their wakes.

Once in Friday Harbor I decided that rather than anchor right away at the marina-convenient north end I'd take a loop through the southern end.

The route southbound in Friday Harbor first takes you past the large marina, then the ferry dock, then a mooring field, then a no-anchor zone where electrical cables cross, and then finally to a roomy southern anchorage complete with its own exit back to the San Juan Channel.

One of the first interesting boats anchored down south is Sea Ductress. Cool... I've followed development and building of this vessel on the Diesel Ducks Web page. She is from Sea Horse Marine in China.



And this odd ball... I like the lines and the idea has merit... but the outboard is not the right propulsion for the diamond in the rough. Paint would help too.



And at the southern end of the harbor is another marina this one with a couple big tug-yachts... bet they are huge inside.



Ok. More to follow...

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Response Posted - 09/09/2019 :  18:31:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Once again Carl, thanks for posting.

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Response Posted - 09/12/2019 :  07:10:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Appreciate the note...

Best to you,

Carl

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Once again Carl, thanks for posting.


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Response Posted - 09/12/2019 :  07:47:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Continuing on the second visit to Friday Harbor...

After the tour of the southern end of the harbor I went back to the north end for anchoring. I had been told by a boater back at the beginning of the trip that they tended to anchor in the southern end as there was less commotion and noise from the ferry and float planes taking off... all that is true... but for me, with the tiny 8-foot dinghy and only 2.5-hp it made better sense to anchor north which is closer and more protected to make the run to the dingy dock...





The anchorage is a bit rolly during the day due to all the boat wakes from vessels arriving and departing to and from the harbor...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/9svA3o5VHADevDvQ6

This was a surprise... my neighbor started a construction site generator... loud...

https://photos.app.goo.gl/oDzJu5Z82gfUETT5A

Perhaps I mentioned it or perhaps not - but part of the reason for returning to Friday Harbor was to participate in a closing for a property I shared ownership in with my brothers. The property is in Texas and that is where the action was... As I was unavailable due to being off-line and out of the country, they waited until I could return to the United States to close.

My closing documents were transmitted to San Juan Title...



Super convenient to the harbor...

And Sara handled my side of the transaction with perfection.



and as seen walking back from the title company... would this fit in the back of the truck on the way home?



and another interesting vehicle in Friday Harbor...



And with business concluded it was relaxization time onboard... That schooner in the distance is the Spike Africa... https://www.sanjuansailcharter.com/



As always - another favorite boat... as seen in the Friday Harbor Marina...



Its for sale if you are interested...







And speaking of vessels being for sale...

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Response Posted - 09/12/2019 :  08:10:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I advertised the incredible and good vessel Island Dreams...



Truth be told I had taken the titles to the truck, boat, and trailer with me on this trip - on the off chance that I ran into somebody that would be interested in swapping boats... perhaps a catamaran owner looking to downsize... Not likely but I took the titles anyway.

So why would you sell a perfectly fine vessel that has performed so well it deserves a medal for cruising to Desolation Sound and back?

Well...

My wife and I need a larger boat... and more than likely a power boat.

After sailing in British Columbia, going back and forth to Catalina Island off Los Angeles just does not have the same appeal that it used to.

The Catalina 250 is just marginal, in my opinion, for open ocean sailing - which going to Catalina Island really is. I only sail to Catalina if the wave forecast is three feet or less. Near perfect conditions.

I live 40-miles from Cabrillo Dry Storage which is in San Pedro, CA and I have to drive through downtown LA to get there - so the commute has worn me down.

Sailing this 250 from Anacortes ultimately into Desolation Sound including two crossings of the Straight of Georgia was a pretty big accomplishment and I tend to look for new challenges - so itís ok to sell this good boat and move on to what comes next.

So let's see what happens with the advertisement.

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Response Posted - 09/12/2019 :  08:51:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another morning...

And what a morning...

Somehow I poked my head out just before dawn to see this... Wow. This is one of the reasons why we cruise.



And a few minutes later the rays from our sun began shredding the upper atmosphere... Wow.

What a wonderful planet we have.



So... time to relax... far enough along on the way to Skyline Marine Center to not worry about getting there... business complete... weather perfect... lets go look at a couple boats I had seen in outline from the anchorage...

Tug yacht - what a beauty...



And yet another beauty...



And a photo from the interior of smaller commercial marina... just south of the large municipal marina... I thought about renting that Grand Banks but prices were not listed on their web page... no worries - I'll be cruising along soon enough.



And to further the relaxing day - ice cream... Ice cream... it seemed like ice cream was a common thing at essentially every port with development - not a bad thing.



And what is that in the background of the ice cream cone picture... A busker but a busker with style.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/Qaxgy4eAvXWf49fP6

So that wraps up a great multi-day visit to Friday Harbor. Tomorrow - onward to Skyline Marine Center to shut it all down and head home.

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Response Posted - 09/16/2019 :  16:23:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another day... the last day of cruising...

And off we go in the morning attempting to time our arrival at Rosario Straight for slack...



Oh no... what's this? Fog? Yup... I had been told that the season after summer brought fog and here it is... How will I get through the fog without being run over by a ferry of something else?



Well... two parts of a solution. First - the fog was not everywhere... and stay close to the side of the channel way out of the ferry's route...



But not so fast... there it is again - and down by Thatcher Pass which leads to Rosario Straight and eventually home...



But a couple of happy coincidences happened... Rosario Straight went slack at about 11:30 and that was just late enough in the morning that the fog in the area began to lift and dissipate. Excellent... and lucky...

And that gap in the mountains is the pass that leads to Skyline Marine Center.



And in just another half hour or so I was docked at Skyline... The beautiful Island Dreams performed perfectly on a fantastic Pacific Northwest cruise. What more could you ask for.



And now begins the closure of the cruise - getting back home...

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Response Posted - 09/16/2019 :  16:56:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shifting gears...

The return to LA...

Fortunately my wife was able to get away from work after Labor Day and fly up to join me for the return trip. Fantastic.

Before leaving at the end of July I noticed the Ship Harbor Inn which is conveniently located close to the marina as well as the Anacortes ferry terminal.

When I called for a room they mentioned a cabin... A cabin? Heck yeah. I was informed we would be staying in No. 10 - the middle cabin in the picture.



Looked really good with parking adjacent to the porch...



And a pretty good view from the porch as well as through the picture window.



Starting to plan our tourist adventures... and trying to read the ferry schedule - no clue how to read this thing... hopefully someone can clarify how to read this thing.



Time to get to work preparing for a return trip... I had noticed that after installing the new hydraulic trailer brake actuator back at the beginning of the trip that the discs did not show even wear - so I searched for an automotive shop that would pressure bleed the brakes - that should make a big difference...



Hummmmmmm... what is this? Well... Maybe the Rosebourogh would make a good replacement boat after the 250 sells...

This example was seemed to be at the end of its first life... Ten years old and the extensive canvas showed about ten years of wear - and Sunbrella is only warranted for ten years - and I have learned from Sailrite and the local loft that most upholsters only use thread that survives six years - unless you pay extra for the version of thread that can last as long as the sunbrella... So whoever buys this beauty is going to have some replacement costs to figure into the price of the boat - which by the way was pretty high in my estimation.

Still - it was nice to see one in person - generally like the boat.





So with time to kill until my wifes flight arrived I took a marina walk to see the other vessels - including this beauty - a Fisher 25... Nice.



Back to work... My appointment to haul Island Dreams was nine AM on Friday morning... First in line I believe... Up she goes... yes - this is after the power wash to remove a months worth of crud from the bottom.



And back she goes to her parking spot in Skyline Marine Centers parking lot... Excellent.



That marks the close of the boating phase of the adventure... or does it?

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Response Posted - 09/16/2019 :  17:30:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Back on land... after a month afloat... I needed a hotel room... Love the 250 for what it is but not a lot of headroom or elbow room in there...

Now... the way this story has to be told diverges from my boating hobby to my alumni football fixation... The first game of the year for my Texas Longhorns is being televised on the Longhorn Network - which is a premium channel on most services. I purchase a higher tier service from Direct TV to get the Longhorn Network and its completely worth it... Longhorn sports fill most of the time on the channel but they even toss in lectures and features. Best of all - they provide a full game day broadcast with re-runs of the coaches rewind of the previous weeks game as well as look aheads to the following game...

Suffice to say, my criteria for picking a hotel was - "do you carry the Longhorn Network?"

Generally no... I think I went to five or six, called a couple more, even stopped at the bowling alley - even called the local casino and checked at their sports bar... nope...

So my room choice then became cost and convenience - and the Cap Sante Inn won out...



But I was not to be deturred from finding a watch my longhorns... as I was driving down the Commercial Avenue I noticed a fellow wearing a Longhorn cap!!! Yes! I'll simply barge my way into his house and watch the game with him... right? Nope... He is suffering too... no LHN for him - and he is resigned to following the box score on the web during the game...

Ouch.



Desperation had set in... I did what every modern human does - I said "Hey Siri"... "show me the closest sports bars"...

Siri found several - and the closer ones I had already called... and then I called this place - way the heck across the county in Sedro-Wooley... Yay! They said they carried the LHN!!! And I drove all 25-miles over there to watch the game at the bar...



And there were interesting wood chainsaw sculptures on the street corners...



But just like Bigfoot... there was no LHN at the bar... the staff had made a mistake. So back to Cap Sante Inn to lick my wounds and follow the stats on the web...

Oh well... at least the 'horns won their game - I'm happy.

Another day and another story...

Here is a fellow I chatted with back at the marina... He towed his home-built beauty from Eureka, CA... a decent haul. And a beautiful home built boat... he said he spent five years building the boat.

He would also be leaving the boat here at Skyline after his upcoming cruise. He mentioned he and his brother would be taking a two week cruise up into the Canadian Gulf Islands - great choice - with him only having two weeks I recommended he visit Montague Harbor as well as Ladysmith and possibly Nanaimo.

I mentioned that one of the reasons I was selling the Catalina was that it was not a good enough ocean boat for me... and he told the story about how he attempted to sail from Eureka to Crescent City... apparently he got pounded and decided that cruising the northern California coast just wasn't that fun in a small boat.

So this is the third person that I have met that keeps their boat in the Pacific Northwest while living elsewhere... Hummmmmmm.



Good times are about to be with the arrival of my wife...

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Edited by - Carl in LA on 09/16/2019 17:37:03
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