Boat and Camping Showers: Equipment and Strategies

Boat showers, like camping showers, are simple luxuries that can change a remote vacation from roughing it, to a pleasurable escape that you, your friends, and your family will look forward to year after year. One of the most luxurious and to my mind, necessary adjuncts to boat cruising, is being able to take a shower after 2 or 3 days. I can manage a weekend, a week or even a month without a shower, washing and rinsing as necessary to keep comfortable and not…

When is whale watching season?

Those of us who live here in the San Juans know that the opportunity to see whales exists pretty much all year round, but there are definite seasons when the whales are more likely to be about. Of all the activities to enjoy here in the San Juan Islands, whale watching is one of the most spectacular. There are many whale watching tours available for those that don’t have a boat, and for those of us that do, knowing where and when to find the…

Matia Island State Park

matia island

High winds caught us by surprise while anchored at Matia Island for Memorial Day. Fortunately, I followed the steps listed in my marine safety article before going to bed and we were able to avert running aground when both anchors began to drag. Boating to Matia Island My friends Ken and Sherrie, my wife, and I had made plans months ago to redevous at Matia Island for Memorial Day weekend. I made a hard push in May to get my hands on the new Torqeedo…

Best Place for Whale Watching in the San Juan Islands Washington

One of the many really cool things about living here in the San Juan Islands is our Orca Whale population. We have both resident whales and transient whales and if you know where to go and when, the chances of seeing them are very good. Even if you don’t have your own boat many whale watching tours are available. Whales and Sails Ken and I were fortunate enough to come across three separate pods a single day while transiting and fishing along the West side…

Vegetable Soup

We were out again this weekend, cruising, fishing, just hanging out. When boating, keeping yourself and your crew fed, is fairly important. To do it easily and with few dishes makes everyone’s trip more pleasant. We keep our boat well stocked with a variety of food stuff, from soups & chili to rice, beans, and pasta fixings. We have pancake and muffin makings, granola, pop-tarts, cereal, canned vegetables, milk and munchies. Our boat pantry may be better stocked than our home pantry. For Saturday lunch,…

The Marine Galley Kitchen- Basics & Beyond

cattails prepared for eating

What is a Galley Kitchen? What is needed, what is helpful, what is extra? This article is about provisioning our boat galley, kitchen, and pantry. That is to say, about the food, cooking utensils and ingredients that we consider basic to our cooking style, as well as some other items that we find convenient or fun. We love to cruise, we enjoy cooking, and we enjoy eating. Equipment for Cooking Our galley consists of a gimbaled 2 burner alcohol stove, sink, icebox, auxiliary butane “Ninja”…

Controlling Fear While Cruising

This article is a followup on my previous post about the virtues of logic and emotional control. I believe that fear is an ever present companion for people that choose a life of cruising. “Did I set the anchor properly? What is the weather doing? What if the winds pick up overnight? Is my anchor alarm working properly?” These are just a few of the fear based questions that makes me hesistate to adopt a cruising lifestyle. They are questions that consistently keep me up…

Fishing for Lingcod, Cypress Island Washington

Heading out to Cypress Island in Washington to one of our favorite Lingcod fishing holes. Fishing from a sailboat is challenge, but bottom fishing for Lingcod can be especially difficult. Ken and I have spent several years perfecting our style and have learned the best times and tides for us to fish for this wonderful fish. One of the places we make a point of visiting during the Lingcod fishing season, is at Cypress Island. There are several very productive holes around the Cone Islands…

Home Port: Cap Sante Boat Haven

It occurred to us, that while we talk about our adventures in the Islands, we never mention anything about our home port, Cap Sante Boat Haven. We have been moored at Cap Sante Marina for over 4 years, since we purchased our first boat the Gwa’Wis. Cap Sante is a public Marina located on the Eastern side of Fidalgo Island, and operated by the Port of Anacortes. While Cap Sante Boat Haven is a wonderful starting point for any adventure, it is also a great…

Cruising the San Juan Islands: Eliza, Vendovi, Cypress, and Jack Islands.

We really packed some travel in for my Mother’s Day cruise. Mother’s Day weekend and we headed out with no particular plan in mind other than to fish for some Ling Cod, sail when the wind blew, and forage for some cattails, nettles, and hopefully some mushrooms. My favorite kind of trip, trusting to our own capabilities to provide us with our food and no particular place to go in mind. We got started on Friday evening, tide was out with the water calm and…

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