Crabbing with Family

Bayliner 288

After years of cheerleading and encouragement directed at my parents to get a four-season boat so that they could join me on adventures, they finally got one. No-one in my family but me has any sailing experience, despite three generations of avid boating, so it was no surprise when they purchased a Bayliner 288. The four-day trip we took last weekend was months in the planning, yet only considered a ‘trial run’ for the three-week trip we’ll be taking in September. If it wasn’t for…

Pender, Saturna, and Tumbo Islands

Pender Island Bridge

It’s Saturday, the day-after the 4th of July. One of the heaviest tourist days in the San Juan Islands. Andy’s boat, Gladness, and my boat, Solace, are the only ones at the government dock on Saturna Island. I woke up this morning to the squawk of a heron and water as placid as a pond. As I sipped my morning coffee, a pontoon plane landed and dropped off three people at the end of the dock. This seems to be the most popular form of…

Making Blackberry Wine

Blackberry wine is not only incredibly inexpensive to make, it’s fun, makes a great gift, and is an excellent product to barter with. The recipe below makes a tasty wine and is very hard to mess up. Every September I pick as many blackberries as I can, put them in ziplock baggies, and throw them in the freezer for a rainy day. This winter, rainy days were not as prevalent than in the past, so it wasn’t until last month that I got around to…

Who Needs Radar?!

Rosario Strait Fog

Living on a boat requires a significant downsizing of possessions. Before Christmas I warned my family that I can no longer accept physical gifts, but gift cards will be gladly accepted. I was delighted to receive a gift certificate from my parents for the Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. I set out on an early Saturday morning and the conditions appeared perfect: glassy water, a flood tide, not a breath of wind, and warm sunlight glancing off the nearby islands. No sooner did I poke…

How To Insulate a Sailboat – Part 1

This is part one of a three part series. Check out part two and part three when you’re done with this one. This article presents the research I’ve done in anticipation of insulating the hull of my sailboat. I’ll cover the actual work in a future article. One task I’ve had stored in my winter arsenal of rainy-day to-do projects is insulating the hull of my boat. Despite a lack of rainy days this winter, I’ve managed to plow through the lion’s share of my…

Why Blog?

Alaska Hiking

Over the last six months, I have come into contact with both amazing people and kindred souls. In the last week alone I have hung out with Katie and Mark of controlledjibe.com and Katie J of Spyhopper Travels. In July, I rendezvoused with Stormy of artofhookie.org. I always stay in touch with Teresa and Ben of sailingsimplicity.com. I have also spent time with several people who do not have an internet presence, but who’s alternative, adventurous life is equally beautiful and intriguing. I sat down…

The Quest for High Speed Internet On A Boat

how to get wireless internet on a boat

It’s been a month since I quit my corporate job and started getting serious about living and working from the boat. For those that don’t read this blog frequently, I took the plunge and started an online marketing business after three years of dabbling in it as a hobby. Since this business is internet based, it has the potential to allow me to cruise full time, but is dependent on a reliable internet connection. It’s been quite a quest trying to get a reliable, high-speed…

Doe Bay Resort

A few weeks ago, my wife and I got the opportunity to stay at the Doe Bay Resort on Orcas Island. We had been there several times by car, but had never stayed there overnight. This weekend we took the Rock ‘n Row and stayed overnight on one of the resorts two mooring buoys. Doe Bay Resort is the un-resort of resorts. It completely redefines what a ‘resort’ is. If you crave room service, fancy rooms, and public displays of wealth, then Doe Bay is…

New Year’s Eve at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island

Rosario resort

It feels really good to be back out on the Rock ‘n Row again. She’s been docked up since October while I’ve been doing some much needed work in the engine compartment – tuning the engines, cleaning the bilge, installing a bilge pump, fiberglassing in a new bulkhead, and installing raw water pumps among other things. This trip feels particularly good because my brother and his wife joined us for a New Year’s trip to Rosario Resort on Orcas Island. After all the work, it’s…

Rosario Resort – A Honeymoon Destination!

lovers pond at resario resort

An Accidental Honeymoon On Thursday evening, Sherrie & I took off from our home port in Anacortes, with the intention of spending 3 or 4 days out crabbing, salmon fishing, whale watching, visiting Garrison Bay, just cruising the San Juan Islands. On our way out, we experienced some engine heating problems (See article on Marine Engine Cooling) and so decided to beach the boat and do some diving to try to clear the problem. Our efforts were not very successful so, on Friday afternoon we…

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