Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," from Port Townsend, Washington, USA. In 2009 we sailed north from Puget Sound up the west coast of Vancouver Island to the Queen Charlotte Islands (now called Haida Gwaii.) In 2010 we went back to the west coast of Vancouver Island. In July 2011 we left the Northwest, and in March 2012 we crossed the Pacific to French Polynesia, then on to the Cooks, Niue and Tonga. We spent several months in New Zealand, and in May 2013 loaded the boat (and ourselves) on a container ship for San Francisco. In June and July 2013 we sailed north along the California, Oregon and Washington coasts, and in August we arrived home. In October 2016 Sockdolager found new owners, and we are now enjoying Raven, a unique wooden 29' powerboat. Plans are to head north. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Nearly Ready


If you're new to this blog it might make more sense to click on "2009" under the Blog Archive, and start reading from the bottom.

"Nearly ready" is a euphemism, but we like to say that anyway. (Karen here.) There is a sense of final preparation in the air, as the major projects are behind us and it's now mostly small boat jobs and the schlepping of belongings from the house, which is rented to a friend for the summer. Oh, and painting, and... wait, don't get me started! There probably isn't a real finish line to preparing for something like this. More likely it'll be a sense of good enough, let's go. I think that sense may become apparent when we segue from thinking about the tasks at hand to the voyage itself being uppermost in our minds. I hope that's soon. When that happens, we'll probably just send you a quick email and go. The view right now is still from the porthole, not the cockpit. But the excitement is building, which means it won't be long now.

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