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.)



Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sockdolager in the Movies! Part 2

Click HERE to see Part 2
Part 2 of what has become a 3-part series called “Outfitting a Small Cruiser for Voyaging,” is ready for you to view on a special page created just for our blog readers by the Maine-based maritime film documentary group called Off Center Harbor. They’ve been wonderful (and at times hilarious) to work with, and we highly recommend joining, for access to more than a hundred videos on subjects ranging from boat building to sail repair to cruising under sail to tours and histories of beautiful and fascinating classic yachts and work boats, and more.  They’re cranking out several new videos each month, so there's lots of variety. 

For more information on outfitting a small boat for extended cruising, this 3-part series can be augmented by viewing our side page called "Fiddly Bits." 

So go have a look at Part 2 and sign up on that page for 10 more free videos that include Part 1, if you missed it. Part 2 will be replaced by Part 3 on the special page in a few weeks, and we’ll let you know when it’s ready for viewing.

Meanwhile, for our sailing friends in the sunny, summery Southern Hemisphere, here is the Next Big Thing. You heard it here first.