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Port Townsend to Our Dock 9-8-10 September 11, 2010

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‘9-8-10 Wed. – Motored all the way to Seattle. Along the way we noticed another Caliber 40 LRC called Perfect Salinity that was headed to Port Ludlow. Near Shilshole we saw Osprey motoring and called them on the radio. They had been at Port Townsend also. We got in underneath the railroad bridge at 5:23pm and right away the locks opened up so took advantage of that, then we were early for a 6pm opening of Ballard Bridge. We stopped at m/v Lucky Dog but no one on the boat, then headed to m/v Rophy. Same story so we headed to the bridge and got an opening right away. Total mileage was 860.9

Steve and Judy

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Port Townsend 9-7 & 8 Merrie Ellen & Lady Washington September 8, 2010

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‘9-7-10 Tues. – We got up at 7am to get to Port Townsend (Trip 826.9) to meet some friends from Sequim. Current was with us most of the way. Down right sunny at times and no rain but some mist early on. Got to PT a little before noon. We had crab for lunch with a salad. Friends gave us a ride to the new Northwest Marine Center. Lots of wooden boats around at the Wooden Boat Festival is coming up this weekend starting Friday. We did a self tour of the building and noticed a tall ship outside on a nearby dock. The “Merrie Ellen” a 1922 Halibut sailboat that only had it’s hull built then got stuck in the transition of sailboats weren’t good so it became a steam powered ocean tug for 52 years or so with an 8’ propeller. In 1979 a new owner bought it and converted it to the original design of a sailboat. It has a John Deere diesel engine and only a 4 foot propeller now. Take a look at www.schoonermerrieellen.com . This is not a nonprofit with high wages for skippers and directors. Lots of volunteers to get things done and homeport is Pleasant Harbor is what our tour guide told us. All the money donated goes to the boat for maintenance and care of the boat. We headed back to the boat. The Lady Washington was at the dock and I found out they are getting pulled out for a hull check and bottom job that happens every two years, at 8am tomorrow morning. Hopefully I’ll check this out in the morning. Had dinner with more crab. Then about 10:15pm it started to rain. We did notice a heavy fog bank just south of Marrowstone Head that never did go away for the day, even with bright sunshine in PT area.

‘9-8-10 Wed. – We got up early to watch the Lady Washington get hauled out for it’s once every two year haul out for bottom work and timber check etc. Took lots of pictures with about 1 ½ hours until it was on blocks for wash down. Hope to load these on later in next day or two. Hope to be home tonight?

Steve and Judy
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Bowman Bay 9-6-10 September 8, 2010

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‘9-6-10 Mon. – Crab omelet was great. Cheese, lots of crab and 6 eggs for the two of us. Beluga had already left when we got out. We checked the crab pot and 5 more crab were in the trap. We headed out but the weather was a bit nasty with. Heavy mist and at times down right rain. Wind on our nose but we did have current with us most of the time. We checked out Smuggler’s Cove on Cypress Island per the book “Precious Cargo” by Clyde Ford. I tried calling s/v Windwalker on channel 16 as I figured they’d be in the area. No response but not long afterwards we a saw a sailboat waving at us. It was Todd and Alissa on Windwalker heading back to Anacortes. They had been on Sucia Island also but in Shallow Bay on the west side of the island. We were headed to Bowman Bay, ( Trip 803.8). Tide turned against us big and way more rain. We decided not to go any further for the day. We never did get to shore with all the mist and rain. We anchored in 15 feet. The next morning we could plainly see the anchor in about 8 feet of water.

Steve and Judy
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Echo Bay, Sucia Island 9-4 & 5 September 8, 2010

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‘9-4-10 Sat – Echo Bay, Sucia Island (778.1) We anchored separately but fairly close. They brought Ella a ½ golden retriever and ½ blond poodle. We took a walk over to Fossil Bay and back to the center area. We invited them to dinner on Code Blue as we’ve eaten at their place several times in the past on San Juan Island as we’ve come thru with the boat. The weather was calm and gorgeous thru the evening with stars out pretty good.

‘9-5-10 Sun. – But early in the morning 20 plus knot winds came howling from the north about 1:30am until about 5am or so. Several boats dragged anchor over at Fossil Bay and two big boats dragged a ways in Echo Bay with no damage. Sam missed all the action but heard about it the next day when he took Ella to shore. Sam redid his icebox into a spill over refrigerator/freezer with lots of extra insulation and vacuum panels. I got some hints on what to do with ours that is in the planning stages. We set a crab pot trap out for each boat at 11:30am. Kay had some butter clams frozen and prawn heads that she shared. We had some chicken fat, cooked chicken thigh bones, and some raw chicken thigh skin added in with our bait box. At 1:30pm after only two hours I checked our pot and had six legal sized crab of which we could only keep five. One was big at 7 ½ inches plus. Kay checked her pot after my report and had two. We’re having crab tonight with corn on the cob. We went for a hike around Shallow Bay north and south portion then headed to s/v Beluga their boat for carrot cake and ice cream to celebrate Sam’s upcoming birthday on the 8th. We brought beer for ourselves and some pistachio nuts to share. We headed back to our boat for crab. Not much of a sunset tonight. I used some solar heated water to do the dishes but then heated more on the stove to get the greasy stuff clean as the solar water wasn’t super hot. Judy cracked two crab for tomorrows crab omelet.

Steve and Judy
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Friday Harbor then to Sucia September 4, 2010

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‘9-1-10, Wed. – We left Schooner Cove in light winds from the northwest. Got to Nanaimo YC, 703.8, then dinghied into downtown and picked up supplies at Thrifty Food. We noticed Lady Liberte’ on the dock so stopped in to say hi to Bob and Penny. They keep their boat in our same marina. We then headed to dinner to celebrate Judy’s birthday. Nauticals Seafood Bar and Grill was reported to be a good place so the 10 minute walk really was 15 minutes. At first we went in to the dining area but the chlorine smell from cleaning was too much so we moved to the sun deck. We had a good meal and service. We got our bill and noticed it had an “sd” on each food line item with 15% off so thought he had given us a discount due to “sun deck”. Later, on the way out we noticed the specials for the day, Wednesday was “Senior Discount” day.

‘9-2-10 Thurs – We left with good weather then stopped in at Princess Cove on Wallace Island to update our memento at the cabin. We couldn’t find it inside where it was the last time we were here. We did find it outside and updated it. From there we got to Annette Inlet, 735.6, on Prevost Island. We saw one boat in there but turned into about 8 boats. It was very calm and quiet for the night.

‘9-3-10 Fri – We headed out in the morning and made it into Friday Harbor, 761.1. to visit some friends and maybe go buddy sailing with them. No room inside for a normal slip, so we are on breakwater “A”, the first slip in. There is quite a bit of water motion out here. Good band playing on the grass area called the Rhythmatics. We had dinner with our friends Sam and Kay at the Downriggers in the bar. Beer was 50% off and special menu items were 25% off due to Happy Hour.

‘9-4-10 Sat – We’re headed to Sucia.

Steve & Judy
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Schooner Cove and Winds still Up August 31, 2010

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‘8-30-10 Monday – Mileage to Schooner Cove total is 691.8 so 16.4 miles for the day. We spent some time on the internet then went for about a 7 km hike around the golf course, parks and neighborhood. We saw 33 deer of which 5 had antlers for sure. Two of them were four points and many fawns. Lots of blackberries to pick but some out of our reach. If the blackberry bushes were not close to water the berries were very small due to the drought that is evident here. Lots of signs with no campfires, no smoking etc. and of course very dry plants and such. The thought was to head across the Straits of Georgia as we have a coupon for Bowen Island, north of Vancouver, but the weather forecast is for increasing wind that was supposed to start happening today but didn’t. They said up to 15 in most areas and 20 at Qualicum Beach. It was 5 kts at the most where ever you looked. We’ll see if they revise it tomorrow. We’ll head out early to Nanaimo in the morning as the forecast says increasing winds by noon on Tuesday.
‘8-31-10 Still at Schooner Cove. The increasing winds and heavy rain started last night. Winds from the south at 25+ still at 3:15pm. It looks pretty rough out on Georgia Strait because of the long fetch it has. About 13 miles to Nanaimo from here. I called Nanaimo Yacht Club and they are low on space as boats haven’t left the area due to the high winds. They are open until 9pm tonight so not a problem getting a key for in and out. NYC will check their docks and I’ll call later. The guys here say it won’t die down probably until the winds clock around from the north. Weather guys say 10 to 15 later this afternoon but not happening so far.
Steve and Judy
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A Few Pictures from the Broughtons August 31, 2010

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Some assorted Pictures.

New Memento at Octopus Island for s/v Code Blue

Alan Vogt running up Overflow Basin with his dingy

We have updated the Post from The Broughtons 8-14 to 22 Please visit it for new pictures

Thanks for sharing our trip with us

Steve & Judy

Toba Wildernest Resort – False Bay – Schooner Cove August 30, 2010

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‘8-26-10 We sailed twice for a total 0f 10.7 miles up Homfray Channel, then met winds on our nose and sailed a while more. Finally motored for trip 592.2, for 22.8 miles at Toba Wildernest Resort. Very interesting power plant with about 220 feet of head on a Turgo wheel. It was out of operation due to no rain for a long time finally and full cabins. He has a 30 KW diesel as a backup to his 30 KW hydro plant. After the cabins empty out he can go back to using his hydro power. So far he has used diesel for 8 days this year. He does use propane for the shower system that is four loonies. The dock is in an “L” shape with 50 and 160 feet and no protection of a log boom or anything. White caps and rough water were near the dock when we came in. We moored on the inside. Later it settled down. A nice trail to the waterfall and source for the hydro power. We failed to notice until too late, 9pm, that his spotty internet needs a password. I mean we are in the middle of nowhere and they have a password that no one told us about or is noted in the office. I tried calling on 66a several times and used the intercom system at the office. No response. When we came in we tried calling on 66a and 16 with no response then too. I did notice he had the radio on 66a while he was showing the place to us. This is their 7th year here after seeing a For Sale sign he acted on. When we got to the waterfall rain started coming down for a while. A big rainbow came out with the sunshine. You could see the second rainbow also. We walked the trails and picked blackberries. Boaters can’t use the hot tub, only cabin people. He took some of the cabin people out fishing for the evening. No fish but did get a nice batch of prawns from a trap earlier set. Some logging equipment and tools are staged around the property. Paul Russell, the guy from Shelton with “Ellie K” that gave us a ride into Gorge Harbour was here a few days and ago and told Judy about the place. In 1792 there was a ‘Toba Tabla’ remarked on by Europeans that was about 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet made of wood with drawings on it and such in this area. See http://www.nickdoe.ca/pdfs/Webp28c.pdf or Google “Toba Tabla”. Some what interesting read and the picture/drawing is interesting too to see.

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Toba Wildernest Resort & Toba Tabla August 27, 2010

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‘8-26-10 We sailed twice for a total 0f 10.7 miles up Homfray Channel, then met winds on our nose and sailed a while more. Finally motored for trip 592.2, for 22.8 miles at Toba Wildernest Resort. Very interesting power plant with about 200 feet of head on a Turgo wheel. It was out of operation due to no rain for a long time finally and full cabins. He has a 30 KW diesel as a backup to his 30 KW hydro plant. After the cabins empty out he can go back to using his hydro power. So far he has used diesel for 8 days this year. He does use propane for the shower system that is four loonies. The dock is in an “L” shape with 50 and 160 feet and no protection of a log boom or anything. White caps and rough water were near the dock when we came in. We moored on the inside. Later it settled down. A nice trail to the waterfall and source for the hydro power. We failed to notice until too late, 9pm, that his spotty internet needs a password. I mean we are in the middle of nowhere and they have a password that no one told us about or is noted in the office. I tried calling on 66a several times and used the intercom system at the office. No response. When we came in we tried calling on 66a and 16 with no response then too. I did notice he had the radio on 66a while he was showing the place to us. This is their 7th year here after seeing a For Sale sign. When we got to the waterfall rain started coming down for a while. A big rainbow came out with the sunshine. You could see the second rainbow also. We walked the trails and picked blackberries. Boaters can’t use the hot tub, only cabin people. He took some of the cabin people out fishing for the evening. No fish but did get a nice batch of prawns from a trap earlier set. Some logging equipment and tools are staged around the property. Paul Russell, the guy from Shelton with “Ellie K” that gave us a ride into Gorge Harbour was here a few days and ago and told Judy about the place. In 1792 there was a ‘Toba Tabla’ remarked on by Europeans that was about 4 feet by 7 1/2 feet made of wood with drawings on it and such in this area. See http://www.nickdoe.ca/pdfs/Webp28c.pdf or Google “Toba Tabla”. Some what interesting read and the picture/drawing is interesting too.

‘8-27-10 Flat calm out this morning. It was raining earlier, now no rain. I reached Kyle at 7:30am and he gave me the code over the radio on 66a. Float plane came in about 8am to pick up some cabin people.

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s/v Code Blue – Shark Spit Regatta & Gorge Harbour August 25, 2010

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‘8-22-10 Finished laundry, got some groceries then headed to the dock were we saw the winds had kicked up to 15-20 kts. We put the laundry in big plastic bags that we had brought for rain protection, not wave protection. We headed out to the boat about a mile away. Right away water came into the dingy, and the bags went floating inside the dingy. We got to Code Blue and our laundry was dry but we were soaked mostly on one side from wind and waves. We sailed to Gorge Harbour part of the way then the winds died and motored. After anchoring in the harbour we ate a fast meal and there was a guitarist, Stephanie DeFresne, out on the deck and grass area. We brought wine and cushions, she played from 7:30 to about 9:15pm. They were ballad songs of her own writing and composition. She had two CD’s available but I left my wallet at the boat as it was in the drying out stage. Since the last time we were here three years ago they have put in new docks, ramps, swimming pool and patio brickwork on the lawn. Lots of boats are on the docks. Weather is nice today. I’m having sign in problems as they use a user name and password here. Trip 547.8

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