Here you will find tales of voyages past and present on our trusty Pacific Seacraft Dana 24, "Sockdolager," and more recently, our Bigfoot29 powerboat, "Raven," 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, sailed to Mexico, 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. We are currently cruising in Canada and Alaska, and hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Saturday, November 24, 2012

We're Off!

Well, we will be off in the morning (assuming the wind clocks around a little more to the east). We are at anchor just inside the south western entrance to the lagoon here at Tongatapu, Tonga. It's a beautiful night with a cool breeze blowing. The forecast for the passage looks good with no really strong winds or really big seas predicted and not too many calms either. If all goes well we should get to New Zealand in around two weeks.


  1. Kalo taxidi! Stay clear of the kraken! Alex

  2. It always strengthens one to know your Girl is waiting at the other end of the trip. Lots of songs written on this topic for good reason. That boat would sail to NZ by itself. Fair winds Jim & Tom.
    Ray and Anita
    S/V GUST-O

  3. thought id let you know windigo has recently washed ashore by a recent cyclone where i live near coffs harbor Australia , traveled all that may i have no idea how far that navigation hazard has traveled , looks as though it has capsized and been battered about the mast has broken off and the stern has suffers some severe detachment and damage , probably on being wrecked ashore i suspect