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.)

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Heading North

We had really planned to stay in the bay longer but a rare south wind is predicted starting tomorrow (Monday) so we are going to take advantage of it. At 6:25am we should be passing under the Golden Gate Bridge - first stop Eureka (230 miles).

Part four of "the shipping news" is rumbling around in Karen's head and will pop out sooner or later.

Many thanks to all our friends here who have been so helpful and hospitable.


  1. A south wind is only rare when your headed north. When your headed south they happen all the time. Welcome home kids :)

    1. Well that explains why so many boats are trying to head south! We look forward to rounding that upper left corner into the Strait of Juan de Fuca in, oh, a few weeks, and having ourselves a Nantucket sleigh ride home. Maybe we'll see you sailing that lovely boat of yours. -K&J