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. In 2018 we cruised up to Glacier Bay, Alaska, and back. We hope you enjoy reading about our adventures as much as we enjoy having them. (And there will be more.)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Made landfall

We arrived this afternoon in Humbolt Bay, CA. Somewhat short of our original goal of San Francisco due to a pesky 40 kt gale predicted to be directly on our path to SF. More to come once Karen gets some sleep and fires up her computer.

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  1. Glad to know you all and Sockdolager wx'd the first storm! Enjoy Humboldt, ya cruisers:)

  2. Egads, glad to hear you are out of the stormy stuff, sailors! Must have been horrendous. May it calm down for you soon.
    Tom on the Lituya

  3. Those of us with Dana 24's are interested in knowing how Sockdolager and crew handled the gale, what were the wind and sea conditions like, what sail configuration did you utilize to heave-to, what did you learn from the experience, what would you do differently, etc.

    Jay Bowden
    Little Lara

  4. Karen and Jim,
    Glad to hear you arrived safe at Humbolt Bay.
    It is a small world of Dana sailors. I just spoke to Port Townsend Sails re a back staysail that I discussed with Carol last year and she designed for me for the Dana. I am ordering it to get the Dana to heave to. I hope we can compare results.
    By the way, I have an open slip in the SF Marina for a couple of weeks as the boat will not be there. You are welcome to use it if you are planning to get to SF in the next 2-3 weeks.
    SV Bambolina

    Dana SF