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Verena

Princess Louisa Inlet, BC

Our cruising guide states that Princess Louisa Inlet is the “‘holy grail’ for cruising people all over the world”. It did not disappoint. After a 40 mile trek up beautiful Jarvis Inlet we arrived at the entrance to Princess Louisa: The Malibu Rapids – which can run up to 9 miles an hour.  We arrived a few hours before slack tide and took a look at the pass. Here is a video of when probably not to enter the inlet in a slow boat.   When the tide turned our transit was smooth sailing.  Overlooking Malibu Rapids is a beautiful lodge that was built...
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Dodd Narrows, BC

Seeing the BC ferries is a sure sign that we made it to Canada! We checked in at Bedwell Harbor with a simple phone call to customs. The poor chap next to us was searched and interviewed for hours. He was complaining loudly about his fate, so it just goes to show that if you show a little respect and follow the rules there are no problems.While underway this is usually our setup. Cruising guide, plotter/sounder and iPad with Navionics app. Above is another sounder. After checking into Canada around noon we made it to Dodd Narrows just in time to catch...
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From the Interstate to the San Juan Islands

After three weeks in sunny San Diego it was time to head back to the boat…. One of the reasons we made the trip to San Diego was to pick up our cargo trailer full of boat and household stuff.  We took full advantage of having access to a garage to go through all of our things and re-organize. When we sold Camille we didn’t have much time or space and pretty much just tossed everything into the trailer. We had planned on renting a truck to haul our trailer to Washington but Mike’s parents offered to tow it for us in their own car. (Thank you!!) After...
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Road Trip!

After finally getting out of the boatyard (after 30 days…. we had planned on 3 days) we needed a little vacation from the boat. So we found a covered slip, got her all tucked in and hightailed it to San Diego in our mini van to visit with friends and family. Pulling thru Portlandia we gave a little wave to our old cubicles. Made it to California! Good to see so much snow on Mount Shasta. 750 miles to go… Driving down the I-5 corridor thru the San Joaquin Valley must be one of the most boring drives ever, but this sunset helped. Finally made...
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Privacy in a Fishbowl

Living in a trawler is like living in a giant fish bowl. I love it! My biggest complaint about our sailboat was not having any windows to enjoy the view. Of course with all these great views looking out, you get a lot of curious people looking in. At night we like to be able to get some privacy but our living/dining/galley room had no blinds or curtains. The aft stateroom already had honeycomb blinds similar to these and we noticed that they did a nice job of insulating the windows — keeping the cold out when we run the heater. So while I...
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Jones Island

For $200 you can get an entire year of mooring and docking in Washington’s state parks. That is a great bargain especially if you don’t limit your cruising to the summer. Turns out few people actually cruise in the winter and we have had every anchorage to ourselves so far. We spent a few sunny days at Jones Island before the weather turned ugly and drove us into port.The floating docks are removed in winter but landing the dinghy is a breeze on the steep beach. Of course dinghy wheels like we had on Camille would certainly make it easier to pull...
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