Trips

When not working on Reviews or Projects, we try to have fun taking trips on our boats. This is a list of some of the most recent trips we have taken, and stories behind them.

Not a lot of sailing this year…

So far this year I’ve only really sailed once, which was about 2 weeks ago.  Before then, I took the boat up to Seaview to have it hauled, painted, etc. but I don’t count that since it was a “business trip”. And I’m sort of worried about going out right now because of my trip 2 weeks ago.  The short story is that I think I ate something really bad.  Combine that with 3ft waves and 20-25kt winds, and me getting seasick easy, and things went south quickly. I ended up getting to Blake Island (north side moorings) and stopping to check some gear, when I started getting very, very sick.  That was at 2pm on a Sunday.  By 8pm I was really, really bad off.  I remember talking to some friends and feeling like I was drunk.  I was so weak and horribly sick that I couldn’t even stand….

Yearly haul out

I’ve been through a lot of different waxes and treatments for boats that always seem to take forever to apply, or have some catch.  I recently had my boat out of the water, and the cockpit and rest of the deck really needed some help after having been exposed to the elements for a year without much other than the usual wash down. Enter Collinite – I saw this stuff at Fisheries Supply and read a bunch about it online.  I started with Fiberglass Boat Cleaner No. 920 and then applied Paste Fleetwax No. 885. The Boat Cleaner is designed to strip away any discoloration and restore the gelcoat – it was nearly instantaneous, and very easy to do.  I started by using a paper towel to apply it, and then a clean one to wipe it off, which brought with it a lot of dirt and cleared out the…

Taking the ferry to work

The last few days I’ve been “commuting” from our place on Vashon Island into downtown Seattle.  Part of it was a trial to see how it was to commute, and part of it was for fun – if you call getting up at 6AM fun. Monday I took the passenger ferry, which I’ve done hundreds of times, and it was no different than normal.  Of course, I’m doing this during a week when traffic is light due to the holidays, but that’s OK for me.  It was nice seeing the sunrise, and the drive was nice on the Vashon side.  The Seattle side was less fun, but still not horrible.  On the return trip, I had to wait a while to catch a ferry, but nothing hugely long. Tuesday and Wednesday I took the King County Water Taxi from Vashon directly to downtown, and then walked 45 minutes down the…

Sailing … slightly cold but still nice

In the last two weeks I’ve been out on the water twice, once only for a short sail (about 2 hours) and today for about 4.  Last week it never got above 40 degrees, and there was ice on the deck when I left.  Today it was a little warmer, but still only got up to 50 degrees.  As I always do when I’m sailing, I used my SPOT Satellite Tracker to send notes to my crew on shore to let them know I was OK. My Tacktick wind instrument isn’t working, and I’m working to get it repaired, so I ended up having to spend a lot more time paying attention to the wind and steering more manually, which is fine with me, at least every once in a while.  At one point there were some sustained winds of at least 25kts for about 45 minutes – very fun!…

Boarded by the Coast Guard

Yesterday I was out sailing with a friend in Elliott Bay, well I guess we weren’t really sailing because there was no wind….  anyhow, we were trying to figure out what to do next, and hadn’t planned on being out very long. We’d seen one of the smaller Coast Guard boats running around near us for a while, and when it came straight towards us, I figured something was going on. Sure enough, they politely asked if we had been boarded and inspected recently by the Coast Guard, to which I replied that we hadn’t.  They then asked, again very politely, if they could do so.  It didn’t really seem like a question that had an answer other than “sure”, so that’s what I said.  They asked permission to come aboard, and two of them transferred, rather adeftly, to my boat to start the inspection. They looked at life jackets,…

Everyone is after me….

Above is a screen shot from my chart plotter at the end of the day when I was sailing/motoring back into Elliott Bay here in Seattle. The larger boat icon in the center with the compass wind indicator around it is me, the rest of the smaller boats with red lines emanating out of them are all of the AIS targets my system is warning me about. I had 3 Washington State Ferries closing in on my area – two car ferries and one fast passenger ferry, one tour boat, and eventually 2 tugs, one of which was going faster than I was, and on a similar course. AIS here only showed 2 of the three ferries, the tour boat, and the tug. I couldn’t take any more pictures of the system becaue I had to pay attention at that point, but it was pretty nice to be able to…

Harrowing sail

I took today off to sail around the bay and continue to test out some of the new systems on Jammy.  It was forecast to be pretty windy later in the day, and even a rare gale warning late in the evening.  The previous day it had been pretty windy (50mph) but had calmed down a lot. I arrived at the marina around 9AM and got everything ready.  Wind was at 10kts, gusting to 15.  Everything checked out OK, so I left the marina and entered Elliott Bay.  I passed the end of the breakwater, and waves were at about 2 feet.  The wind picked up a little, but not too bad. I put the autopilot on “sail directly into the wind” mode and started to get ready for a little sailing.  I left the motor running at about 1500 RPM.  About 5 minutes into the preparation, and about 1/2…