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.)

Friday, November 18, 2011

Welcome, Women and Cruising Readers!

We hope you enjoy following along with us as we sail.  After a surprising length of time in San Diego (but not surprising to our friends and family, who know us pretty well) we are FINALLY (we think) ready to head for Mexico and points beyond!  As soon as an approaching weekend storm system passes through, that is...

BTW, we did decide to see the America's Cup races, and found a unique perch.  More on that soon.

Karen's latest article, "A Sea of Meaning: How the Sea Changes Me" can be found on the blog section of the Women and Cruising web site.  If you haven't been there yet, you'll find a treasure trove of in-depth information and insights from women sailors on hundreds of subjects.  This ain't your grandma's recipe exchange.  It's good writing from some seriously hard core women sailors, and it was such an exciting discovery for me (K) that I just HAD to send them something.  And they liked it.  Woot!

The photo is a close-up of part of a mola from Sockdolager's cabin.  


  1. Jim and Karen,
    I enjoy keeping up with your travels and reading your very interesting and funny blogs.. You are an inspiration to the Dana fleet!
    Very Best wishes for your sail to Mexico and Baja! Fair Winds.
    Dana 24 Bambolina.
    SF Bay

  2. Loved your article -- profoundly insightful! I feel something of that when I'm diving well below the surface, visiting that other world that is, well, other-worldly.

  3. I can't wait to follow your adventures! Fair winds and safe passage...

  4. Thanks, guys! This really is an Excellent Adventure we're on. The sail down the coast has been a wonderful experience. Keeping a blog is the best way we know stay in touch with all our friends and family.

  5. Hope it ain't as cold in San Diego as it is in Long Beach....I thought this was southern California. Another storm on the way....hope you aren't leaving in the middle of this...the Best.

  6. As we're experiencing the insanity that is Cabo San Lucas, I wanted to say that article on how the sea changes you was very insightful. It reflected many thoughts I've had while staring at the stars and waves. Thank you for sharing!