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Post Labor Day Cruising

Discussion in 'Pacific North West Cruisers' started by jssailem, Sep 8, 2017. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,897 posts, 544 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    I am two days in on a 95 mile cruise around Whidbey Island. So far it has been light on boat traffic as the kids are back in school. No waits at our chosen dining spots (had a great Thai dinner in Port Townsend and BBQ Brisket at a new place 'Whitey's" in La Conner, named after the owners former goat. He assured us no goat was used in making the BBQ).

    Weather while mild has been a bit disappointing. The beautiful views we take for granted have been hidden by the smoke and haze from the forest fires raging in the Pacific Northwest. It is worst than fog. More like a Beijing smog. The forecast for 10 knot winds on the Strait of Juan de Fuca never materialized so we were forced to motor.

    My brother in law (out for a visit from Michigan) received a lesson in the power of tidal currents as he guided our craft through Deception Passage. We cruised smoothly on the 6.2 current running in the narrows under the bridge. But on the east side where the water boils and eddies, he brought us too close to one of the eddies and lost control of the boat as the water took the 17,000 pound boat and gave her a tug. A bit of splash in the cockpit and a look of OMG on his face told the story... " I am sorry.... I had no idea... Are we OK?" It gave me a chance to use my favorite cautionary message about being on the water... "Just when you think all is well on the water and you let your guard down thinking I got this.. Neptune reaches up and gives you a reminder, You are a little boat on a vast ocean."

    Well now for some more fun. Our last leg down the Saratoga Passage. Maybe we will get a breeze today, maybe a little rain. It is always great to be out on the water. May we have a mild fall so we can stretch this year out with a bit more cruising.
     


    Last edited: Sep 8, 2017
  2. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    883 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Sammamish, WA Everett, WA
    Fair wind and calm seas for the remainder of the trip. Too bad about the haze hope the Brother in Law can come again when conditions are better.

    How is your home doing in the ash and smoke???
     


  3. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,897 posts, 544 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Getting dirty... The cars have a thin layer that is in need of constant washing.
     


  4. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,747 posts, 155 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Hi John, nice report. Certainly some strange looking sun and moon shots.

    Reminds me of our return trip in 2015 through Gillard Pass. Following the flood south passed Devils Hole coming into Big Bay. Current trying to toss Belle-Vie around like a top. Really strong eddies and overfalls. Took quite a lot of effort just to keep her on course.
     


  5. justsomeguy

    justsomeguy

    Joined Feb 20, 2011
    5,497 posts, 481 likes
    MacGregor, Island Packet 35
    US Tucson, AZ/San Carlos, MX
    "Post Labor Day" cruising. No white shoes? :biggrin:

    Nice write-up, BTW.
     


  6. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,389 posts, 339 likes
    Catalina 34
    US C34 San Francisco
    We're out, too. Went up to Wallace Island, Conover Cove, the dock is usually full, but not on Wednesday night! Great blood red full moon. Great viewing, lousy damn smoke! Got up to light rain this morning. Cleared on our way home to Maple Bay. Going to a county fair tomorrow, off again on the boat on Monday or Tuesday for a week. Now that the hordes have disappeared, the anchorages should be "available" again. :)
     


  7. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    883 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Sammamish, WA Everett, WA
    Trish and I are going out for the day tomorrow. Then more maintence (head sink and faucet)

    Les
     


  8. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,747 posts, 155 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Some of you heard about the Atlantic salmon farm eruption in Deep Water Bay on the south east corner of Cypress Island. Well, my boating buddy and I were in Eagle Harbor for several days shortly after this eruption. Since the harbor is but maybe three miles north, it fills up with...Atlantic salmon. I've never seen so many jumping fish. Fish and Wildlife were in and said, "no limit, catch as many as you want". Well, I don't fish, darn, but...

    The next day Fish and Wildlife ordered the Lummi and Swinomish tribes to bring in their gill nets and get rid of them. Wow, what an operation. Tons of salmon were hauled out of that small harbor. During the day, not to miss out on the bonanza, I dinghy over to the head of the bay where one of the larger boats were pulling in their loaded nets and I ask if they could spare a fish? No problem, how many do you want? Just one would be sufficient. So he tossed a very nice 25 pounder into my boat. I thanked him, but then he said, "do you want two magnums of vodka that another boater gave them as a thank you?" They and I don't drink vodka, but to help them out I reluctantly take both off their hands. That is what a Good Samaritan does, eh? Must give Bloody Mary a try.

    I ask if there is anything I can do in return as a thank you? Yes, some ice water would be nice. So that is what I bring back, a half gallon of ice cold water. Then it was the chore of scaling, gutting, filleting and freezing this beautiful fish. And what a beaut it was in color and texture. We cooked some up while out and it was as good as the Pacific specie.
     


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  9. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,897 posts, 544 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    It is a wonder what can happen when you greet a fishing boat with a smile... Way to score Terry.
     


  10. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,747 posts, 155 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    Thanks John.
     


  11. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,373 posts, 76 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Well, we're on the hard knocking windows out and repowering. Can't wait til its done. I'm doing all the destruction and engine teardown along with large wire/batt removal. I can do all the work I want to to save $75/hr..Engine is supposed to show up around the 20th. (Beta 35/seaprop saildrive/J-prop)
     


  12. Charles Erwin

    Charles Erwin

    Joined Jan 30, 2012
    834 posts, 63 likes
    Nor'Sea 27 - "Kiwanda"
    US Portland/Anacortes
    Mark - Would like to see your project if you would favor such a visit. If not that is fine.

    I ask because I am doing similar work at Marine Servicenter.

    Charles
     


  13. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,373 posts, 76 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    No problem..Boat is at Emerald Marine just in front of the front door next to road. Emerald is across from North Hbr Diesel. I"ll be there at 10:00 for sure
     


  14. Stu Jackson

    Stu Jackson

    Joined Feb 26, 2004
    19,389 posts, 339 likes
    Catalina 34
    US C34 San Francisco
    All the best with the project, Mark.
     


  15. Terry Cox

    Terry Cox

    Joined Dec 25, 2000
    2,747 posts, 155 likes
    Hunter Passage 42
    US Shelter Bay, WA
    An old adage to remember, measure twice cut once. Quite the chore in store...do well indeed.
     


  16. LeslieTroyer

    LeslieTroyer

    Joined May 20, 2016
    883 posts, 180 likes
    Catalina 36 MK1
    US Sammamish, WA Everett, WA
    Best luck Mark. Please report how the beta runs compared to your universal(?).
    Les
     


  17. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,373 posts, 76 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    Old Volvo
     


  18. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    2,897 posts, 544 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Best wishes Mark. You'll have a new lady hidden under the skirt...
     


  19. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,373 posts, 76 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    We're off the front mounts and hanging! Disconnected from the saildrive but not yet separated. The flywheel is a good 80 lbs..That was fun! Just hoping theres no bolt between engine and saildrive at bottom center. That would take some ingenuity to access. Monday morning is the big day... IMG_0189.JPG
     


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  20. Mark Maulden

    Mark Maulden

    Joined Jan 25, 2011
    1,373 posts, 76 likes
    S2 11.0A
    US Anacortes, WA
    So, I sorta hijacked this thread but it is after Labor Day...Finally got it out...we hung it off the blue beam and two of us hammered the chain down the beam to get it into the companionway. Then straight up! IMG_0190.JPG
     



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